University of Edinburgh Awards Prince Alwaleed “Distinction of University Benefactor” After Receiving an Honorary Doctorate

Tuesday, 10 May, 2016

HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz AlSaud, Chairman of Alwaleed Philanthropies, was awarded the “Distinction of University Benefactor” on May 6th, 2016 by the University of Edinburgh, for his contributions of over £8 million to the University’s Prince Alwaleed Center for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World. 


The award was presented by Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea, Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh, in recognition of HRH Prince Alwaleed’s significant and long-term contributions to the university. HRH Prince Alwaleed has also received an Honorary Doctorate, honoris causa, from the University of Edinburgh in 2010. The Honorary Doctorate was given to HRH Prince Alwaleed by the Chancellor Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. 


The meeting, held at the Savoy Hotel in London, was also attended by HRH Princess Lamia Bint Majed AlSaud, Secretary General of Alwaleed Philanthropies along with Ms. Hassna Alturki, Executive Manager for International Relations to HRH the Chairman, Mr. Fahad Bin Nafil, Senior Executive Assistant to HRH the Chairman, and Mr. Hani Agha, Head of Travel and External Affairs Department. 


The Prince Alwaleed Center for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World is part of a global network of six centers funded by Alwaleed Philanthropies. They are located in prestigious seats of learning across the world– the University of Cambridge, Georgetown University, Harvard University, the American University of Beirut, the American University in Cairo and the University of Edinburgh. 


“The University of Edinburgh is a historic institution, and to be honored with the Distinction of University Benefactor is a true privilege,” said HRH Prince Alwaleed  upon receiving the award, “our partnership is the result of a shared common passion – to create a more tolerant and accepting world.”


“We will continue to work together over the coming years to achieve this goal. I am confident that we will succeed, thanks to the groundbreaking research and innovative outreach of the Alwaleed centers in Edinburgh and across the world.”


For over 35 years, Alwaleed Philanthropies has supported and initiated projects in over 120 countries regardless of gender, race, or religion. Alwaleed Philanthropies collaborates with a range of philanthropic, governmental and educational organizations to combat poverty, empower women and youth, develop communities, provide disaster relief and create cultural understanding through education.