An Abu Dhabi based Year 13 student recently had the honour of being invited to one of the most distinguished educational institutions in the world – the Oxford University. Abdulrizaq Yusuf from Brighton College attained this opportunity as a finalist in the John Locke Institute’s Essay Competition. Abdulrizaq’s essay was selected as one of the top ten Economics essays received.
John Locke was an English philosopher who is considered to be the father of classical liberalism.
Of the achievement, Abdulrizaq said, “I was encouraged by my college to participate in various activities that would illustrate my genuine passion in Economics and aid my university applications,”
His entry was shortlisted from over thousands across 102 countries. The competition is divided into four categories; Politics and Law, Theology and Philosophy, Economics and finally History. For the selection process, subject specialists read all submissions and then shortlisted a few essays from each category.
As a shortlisted finalist he was invited to attend the Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner at the Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford. “This process has developed my independent thought, critical analysis and ability to structure my findings with clarity,” said an elated Abdulrizaq.
As the date of the ceremony coincided with the Oxford University open day, Abdulrizaq and his economics teacher visited many prestigious and unique colleges of Oxford and had the chance to speak to tutors, admissions specialists and distinguished professors.
“The experience has cemented my desire and ambition to undertake my degree there. I would highly encourage students from the ages 14-18 to get involved in activities that push them beyond the regular school curriculum and to really take advantage of every opportunity that comes their way,” he said.

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