The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Refugee Action Hub (ReACT) program is collaborating with Na’amal to secure quality mentorship and education for refugee and underserved learners seeking a high-quality education in Computer and Data Science. In support of this effort, Na’amal and ReACT have prepared a curriculum based upon mentorship with established scholars and practitioners in STEM fields. The mentors are thought leaders in their fields, and many possess extensive experience in research at top firms globally. Dr Jonathan Kenigson, FRSA is the director of Athanasian Hall, Cambridge Limited, a think-tank headquartered in the UK with scholars working remotely from North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. He has agreed to provide mentorship to Na’amal scholars in the industrial applications of data science and statistical analysis of complex processes arising in physics. This collaboration promises to furnish great benefits to scholars who desire first-hand experience of how to operate international research institutes from the legal, managerial, political, and scientific perspectives. “What we have here is a wonderful program that has chosen to work with a greatly acclaimed university to make education and practical mentorship available to underrepresented populations. I cannot think of a more worthy cause and I am happy to contribute all that I can.” Dr. Kenigson speaks very highly of Na’amal, stating that “this and similar initiatives represent the reality that mathematics can be a tie that binds all people everywhere regardless of their means. It can be a force that elevates people from poverty and shows them their inherent dignity and worth. You cannot put a price tag on that.” Na’amal seems poised for expansion and would be happy to receive funding and potential candidates from impact investors, organizations, and individuals who agree with the mission of the institution. “I have been consistently thrilled with the integrity, transparency, and ambition displayed by the officers of this institution. I call on colleagues throughout the world to show their support however they can.”
Dr. Jonathan Kenigson is the Acting Don of Athanasian Hall, Cambridge Limited – a university-independent international think-tank devoted to fundamental research in pure mathematics and related fields. He is collaborating with Na’amal and MIT ReACT to mentor scientists and scholars that are displaced persons or underrepresented groups within the fields of Mathematics, Statistics, and Data Science.