First Emirati woman graduates from Harvard

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Fatima Al Qubaisi is the first Emirati woman to graduate from Harvard Law School. A 26 year old Fatima told that it has been a tremendous experience to be part of the School’s graduating class during its 200th year, and I will be returning to the UAE with a vision and a set of ideas for a brighter UAE.

She recently graduated with a Master’s degree. The prestigious Ivy League school has also left her passionate to promote pro bono legal work in her country.

She attained her bachelor’s degree in law and political science at the Paris-Sorbonne University in Abu Dhabi, and subsequently saw herself getting accepted at a number of top US schools for her Master’s, including the University of Berkeley, Cornell University and Georgetown University.

She says her love for learning stems from the encouragement provided by the country’s leaders, and she wants to pass it on to other young Emiratis. The graduate says she comes from a “family of overachievers”.

She said that “my father is a self-made man who set up a successful financial institution about a decade ago. His sister, Dr Amal Al Qubaisi, is the country’s first woman Speaker of the Federal National Council. At the same time, my uncle converted his hobby and became a professional racer, while his daughters are the first female Emirati go-kart racers,”. She also harbours a passion for women’s empowerment.

 

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