Higher education is part of Wafic Said’s heritage. His father, Rida Said, founded the first university in Syria – now Damascus University. Its graduates went on to drive development in Syria and across the region leaving Wafic Said with an enduring belief in the power of higher education to bring about positive change.


Lord Jenkins


Wafic Said with the Chancellor of Oxford University, Lord Jenkins, finalising the agreement on the creation of the Said Business School.


The Said Business School at Oxford University was founded to help business benefit from Oxford’s scholarship, teaching and values. This young school is already one of the highest ranking business schools in the world. It is poised to become a model for how a top business school can draw on the learning of a great university in ways that benefit the practice of business globally.  Wafic Said has been the major donor of the School’s buildings.  The Foundation also supports many other activities at the School including MBA and doctoral scholarships, faculty recruitment, the careers and alumni services and entrepreneurship initiatives.


Said Business School Oxford

Said Business School - Oxford University


The Said Foundation’s scholarship programme for students from Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine was founded for exceptional students with the potential to make a difference in these countries. The students from the Middle East supported by the Foundation now number around 750, most of whom have studied at British universities.  Alumni have gone on to successful careers and made a real difference to the lives of others.


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Wafic and Rosemary Said with Said scholars at the Foundation annual dinner 2012, held at the Victoria and Albert Museum