Over 500 applications received for Emirati scholarships in Dubai schoolsJune 13, 2017, 4:35 am GMT
More than 550 Emirati students have applied for scholarships at private schools in Dubai through the Mohammed Bin Rashid Distinguished Students Programme.
The programme is part of a series of strategic initiatives led by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) in collaboration with the General Secretariat of the Executive Council and Knowledge Fund.
On Monday, the KHDA signed agreements with Knowledge Fund, GEMS and Taaleem at a ceremony hosted at its headquarters in Dubai International Academic City.
The latest agreements provide a long-term implementation plan for the newly created scholarships in participating schools, with a framework to manage enrolments and implement the programme at various stages.
The three agreements also outline key responsibilities and commitments of various partners in achieving objectives to provide opportunities for Emirati students, especially those who are distinguished, to join some of the best private schools in Dubai.
The programme aims to prepare a generation of Emiratis by combining innovative, smart and positive educational practices.The programme provides students with the opportunity to receive academic guidance in line with sectors of strategic importance to the emirate of Dubai.
All applications will be reviewed by a central eligibility committee to confirm compliance with scholarship guidelines.
Commenting on the programme, KHDA director general Dr Abdulla Al Karam said: "We have made significant progress since the announcement of this important initiative by creating greater cooperation between the public and private sector, as well as encouraging more Emirati students to positively influence their education journey. The signing of new agreements with GEMS and Taleem marks an important step forward in contributing to UAE national agenda goals."
Hesham Khalifa Al Qaizi, CEO of Knowledge Fund said, "Our support for the programme comes as part of a framework to develop the education sector in Dubai and improve the quality of education that students receive, while contributing to achieving our leadership's continuous pursuit of excellence."
The MBR Distinguished Students Programme is being rolled out by Knowledge and Human Development Authority and selected students will start classes from the new academic year in September 2017.
The latest round of DSIB inspection results showed the percentage of Emirati students receiving Good or better education has doubled since school inspections first began in 2008/09, with 54% of the total Emirati student body enrolled in private schools now attending schools rated Good or better.
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