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Mumbai-born brothers fund Oxford's newest college by donating £80mn

'Reuben brothers' who were born in Mumbai have donated 80-million pounds in order to establish a new scholarship programme in Park College.

Mumbai-born brothers fund Oxford's newest college by donating £80mn
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According to sources, the Reuben brothers, who were born in Mumbai, India are amongst the richest businessmen in Britain. The brothers have donated 80-million pounds in order to establish a new scholarship programme for graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Oxford's newest college.

The Reuben brothers, David and Simon recently ranked as the second richest billionaires in the UK with a fortune of 16 billion pounds in ‘The Sunday Times’. The brothers made the donation to Park College established by the university last year. The college is now set to become the “Reuben College” after the "historic gift" from the foundation.  According to the Reuben family, the current pandemic has shown the world how it is pertinent to have the best education. In order to defeat the coronavirus, only the very best medical research and academic thinking can work.

As per the college’s motto, it has stated that it aims to curate new insights into the biggest questions of our time by bringing academics from conventionally separate disciplines together to work on challenging themes and share their knowledge with the college’s graduate students. The initial research themes are, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning; Environmental Change; and Cellular Life, which includes ongoing work in understanding Covid-19 and the current pandemic.

The Reuben Foundation donation broadens up the existing Reuben Scholarship Programme, which was established in 2012 for disadvantaged undergraduate students. The programme will now also include Oxford-Reuben graduate scholarships for students. The college is located in a suite of buildings on the historic Radcliffe Science Library site. The buildings are currently undergoing renovation to create a central site for the college’s graduate students. On completion in 2021, the new college hopes to offer approachable, modern space, with flexible options for quiet study, group meetings, seminars and workshops, public events and social occasions.

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