news 01 06 2017 1


The President of the University of Bahrain, Prof. Riyad Y. Hamzah, praised the creativity of some students at the University, pointing out that nations are always proud of their creators and they should always strive to overcome the barriers to effective innovation.


On Tuesday (30 May 2017), Prof. Hamzah received at the College of Health Sciences Ms Zeinab Abdul Hussein Abu Suheil, winner of the gold medal at the 9th International Invention Fair of the Middle East which was held recently in Kuwait in collaboration with the World Organization of Inventions of Geneva. The Fair, entitled “Investor- Inventor Meeting”, was held under the patronage of His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. More than 245 inventors representing 36 countries from around the world took part in the Fair.


Prof. Hamzah said: “The University of Bahrain will continue to foster a culture of innovation. It works to discover and develop talents in various sectors through the programs offered by the University, in and outside the classroom.”


He added: “Bahrain and the University are very proud of our innovative and creative students who always participate and rank high in international events.”


Ms Abu Suheil, the student who has won the gold medal, thanked Prof. Hamzah for inviting her, and for his continuous support of innovation. She added: “winning this prestigious gold medal has made me so proud. I hope I will be able to represent Bahrain in other international events.”


HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, representative of His Majesty the King for Charity Works and Youth Affairs, Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, Chairman of the Bahrain Olympic Committee, also honoured Ms Abu Suheil for winning the gold medal.


Ms Abu Suheil’s invention is based on developing an automatic device for applying cast on fractures. The device is different from the traditional ones currently used in hospitals. Ms Abu Suheil explained: “the device is designed for simple, closed, non-moving fractures, or for fractures that are fixed on the hand, forearm, leg, foot, fingers or toes. The device can be used in hospitals and by health specialists in orthopedic/fracture clinics. The mechanism of this device is like the mechanism found in 3D printers.”


Ms Abu Suheil, a final year nursing student at the College of Health Sciences at the University of Bahrain, was awarded one of the first five top awards in the Kingdom of Bahrain for the Young Inventor Competition. She was also honored by the Minister of Youth and Sports Affairs in the Kingdom of Bahrain His Excellency Hisham bin Mohammed Al-Jowder.