An Israeli academic has been honored with The Khalifa Award for Education for her research on how children learn to read.

The Emirati award was given to Tzipi Horowitz-Kraus, an associate professor at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, who was one of four winners from outside the United Arab Emirates.

The Khalifa Award for Education, which has both the UAE president and prime minister among its patrons, was founded in 2007 to advance standards of education at all levels in the Emirates and across the whole Arab world.

The latest awards were presented by UAE president Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan at an education conference held in Abu Dhabi on May 14 and 15. The ceremony was also attended by Yifat Turbiner, wife of the Israeli ambassador to the UAE, who is responsible for cooperation in innovation and academic relations.

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