- Collaboration with Silicon Valley-based educational institute to address future challenges using ‘exponential technologies’
- Range of curricular and extra-curricular offerings to be jointly developed, preparing students for personal and professional success in a world of exponential technological change
Dubai, UAE: GEMS Education is collaborating with Singularity University, a Silicon Valley-based educational institute and business accelerator, to provide its students with 21st century insight and skills needed to succeed in a world of exponential change.
GEMS and Singularity University will jointly develop key educational programmes, beginning with a 20-week academically and intellectually stimulating, applied skills-based course for GEMS students aged 14-18 and available to these students following the UK, US, IB and Indian curricula. This course will be developed by some of the world’s leading experts and authorities on exponential thinking and technologies, and will significantly and uniquely enhance the curriculum offered to GEMS students.
Dino Varkey, Managing Director, GEMS Education, said: “The world has witnessed massive change in the last few decades, and the pace of change is increasing faster than we could have ever imagined. Students need to become the architects, rather than passive bystanders, of their own future. As a result of the jointly developed GEMS-Singularity University programmes, our students will better understand the opportunities and risks associated with exponential technologies and their impact on society, career pathways and life choices.”
The bespoke GEMS-Singularity University programmes will allow students to explore specific exponential technologies in great depth, learn from the world’s leading experts, and apply this new exponential thinking to a range of futures-based scenarios. Students will be exposed to some of today’s leading innovations and learn how they will shape the future
Rob Nail, CEO and Associate Founder, Singularity University, said: “Our future is being shaped by a number of exponential technologies, most of which we are only vaguely aware. Employed wisely, these technologies – ranging from artificial intelligence to nanotechnology to digital biology – will help us solve some of humanity’s greatest challenges. With the right skills and mentors, our young people will be empowered to make great contributions not only in the future, but today as well. It is therefore important for them to be equipped with the knowledge of how exponential growth will impact their own future and careers.
“We are privileged to work with an organisation that is seeking to transform traditional education and rethinking what the future of schools and learning looks like. Through GEMS Education, we are able to work within a global educational ecosystem that can integrate new content and pedagogy.”
Speaking to the future potential of the collaboration, Brett Schilke, Director of Impact & Next Generation Engagement, Singularity University, said: “Together, we envision the creation of several learning and innovation experiences that will enable young people to master their own futures, and to make meaningful contributions to solving the world’s most daunting problems, thereby positively impacting billions of lives.”
About GEMS Education:
GEMS Education is a pioneering education company. Through our schools, consulting practice and our charitable foundation we are advancing education for all. Every day in our schools around the world, we prepare thousands of children of all ages for real world success. We are a catalyst and delivery partner. We work with governments, donor agencies and private clients to improve education systems, and provide vital training for young people in an increasingly competitive world. Through the Varkey Foundation we campaign for, and support initiatives that change lives through education.
About Singularity University:
Singularity University (SU) is a global community using exponential technologies to tackle the world’s biggest challenges. SU’s learning and innovation platform empowers individuals and organizations with the mindset, skillset, and network to build breakthrough solutions that leverage emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics, and digital biology. With our community of entrepreneurs, corporations, development organizations, governments, investors, and academic institutions, together the community has the necessary ingredients to create a more abundant future for all.
The mission of Singularity University is to educate, inspire, and empower leaders to apply exponential technologies to address humanity’s grand challenges. To achieve this mission, SU offers educational experiences, summits, innovation labs, accelerator programs, social impact projects, and thought leader resources to a diverse audience including entrepreneurs, executives, corporations, academic institutions, investors, NGOs, and governments.
Headquartered at NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley, SU has an active community in more than 110 countries committed to using exponential technology to foster positive change in the areas of environment, security, health, education, energy, food, prosperity, water, space, disaster resilience, shelter, and governance.
A certified benefit corporation, SU was founded in 2008 by renowned innovators Ray Kurzweil and Peter Diamandis with program funding from corporate founders including Google, Deloitte, Genentech, and Autodesk.