• Partnerships for the UniConnect Scholarship Programme extended to six universities in total
  • Scholarships are exclusive to GEMS Education students in the UAE

Dubai, UAE: GEMS Education has reaffirmed its commitment to making quality education accessible for all students throughout their schooling and beyond, by signing agreements with five more colleges and universities that will offer scholarships exclusively to GEMS students, with a total value of over AED 100 million.

The universities participating in the programme are; Middlesex University Dubai, an internationally renowned university offering top quality UK education in wide variety of academically rigorous undergraduate and postgraduate programmes; SP Jain School of Global Management, the world-class business school with campuses in Dubai, Mumbai, Singapore and Sydney; Skyline University College, one of the oldest tertiary education institutes in the UAE; andVision Concepts Aviation Training Institute (VCATI), leaders in offering technical courses in the aviation industry; and the University of Modern Science (UMS), which is one the top universities in the UAE offering a range of bachelor degrees and courses. This is in addition to the already announced partnership with the Canadian University Dubai.

Further to today’s announcement, GEMS Education is set to announce a series of agreements with some of the world’s top universities, including Yale and Harvard in the US and the University of Cambridge in the UK within the coming weeks.

The UniConnect programme was launched in 2017. The programme is designed to provide scholarships and financial aid to GEMS students seeking admission at universities within the region and across the globe.

GEMS students in the UAE can apply for these scholarships through their school counsellors. GEMS announced the launch of the UniConnect programme last year.

Dino Varkey, CEO of GEMS Educationcommented: “GEMS Education is proud to offer opportunities to make quality education more accessible to all our students. Fostering a number of strategic partnerships with these renowned universities will give GEMS students exclusive scholarships to a range of world-class universities, with the flexibility to study in Dubai campuses or abroad.”

Dr. Cedwyn Fernandes, Director of Middlesex University Dubai commented: “Middlesex University Dubai is pleased to enter into a partnership with GEMS Education – the leading and largest school education provider in the UAE. This partnership will contribute to fostering academic excellence. Over 150 GEMS students will be awarded Academic Excellence Scholarships every year and teachers and employees from GEMS schools will have access to Middlesex University’s Dubai degree programmes and workshops.”

Prof. Christopher Abraham, CEO and Head of the SP Jain Dubai Campus says: “As a top ranked Australian Business School, SP Jain is delighted to partner with GEMS Education, one of the world’s largest providers of high-quality education in this UniConnect relationship. We envisage that the UniConnect agreement being signed today will provide a large number of scholarships to deserving GEMS students, for our world-class undergraduate programmes

Mr. Nitin Anand, Head of Skyline University College commented: “Skyline is proud to have signed this agreement with one of the finest education providers at school level in the UAE today. This initiative reinforces our common goals, aiming to extend a comprehensive learning experience to those students who are unable to support their education financially, while promoting education as a fundamental prerequisite of students.”

Capt. Mohammad O. Al Suwaidi, Chairman, Vision Concept Aviation Training Institute (VCATI): “We are pleased to align with the GEMS group to offer scholarships and concessions to their students. This association is highlighting the similar principles of VCATI and GEMS schools as both are focused on superior training and the values we instill in our students.”

Prof. Ahmed Ghonim, President the University of Modern Science (UMS), said: “We at UMS are always very keen and focus on reaching the level of the academic quality that matches the quality and outstanding reputation of the higher education in United Arab Emirates. Developing and maintaining high quality academic programs require amongst other things, partnerships with sound and reputable education facilitators like GEMS Education. Therefore, we believe that this partnership with GEMS and UniConnect program will enable both parties to fulfil important part of their commitments towards students and the community at large.”

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 Middlesex University Dubai:

Middlesex University Dubai is the first overseas campus of the internationally renowned Middlesex University in London. The campus, which opened in January 2005, has over 3,000 students from more than 100 different nationalities and offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in a wide variety of subject areas including Law, Psychology, Computer Engineering, IT, Accounting & Finance, Marketing, HR, Graphic Design, Film and Journalism; it is the first and only university to offer a face to face LLB (British Qualifying Law) Degree. Middlesex University is a global university committed to meeting the needs and ambitions of a culturally and internationally diverse range of students, by providing challenging academic programmes underpinned by innovative research, grant and professional practice. Middlesex University Dubai prepares its students to be professional, skilled individuals fitted for the modern world, committed to lifelong learning and able to contribute to the communities in which they live and work.

As well as having all the advantages associated with being a British university, Dubai campus students can benefit from all the opportunities afforded by a rapidly developing modern city in the heart of the Middle East, while experiencing the diverse nationalities and cultures that make up the population of Dubai. The Campus is located in Dubai Knowledge Park, occupying spacious classrooms and study areas within four buildings. Dubai Knowledge Park itself was set up in 2003 for international institutions that promote learning. Middlesex University Dubai students, therefore, have the opportunity to participate in a much wider student community.

About SP Jain School of Global Management:

S P Jain School of Global Management is an Australian business school with campuses in Singapore, Sydney, Dubai, and Mumbai. The campus mission is to create business leaders. This school is ranked among the top business schools in the world. It is also the world’s first tri-city business or the educational school. The School offers undergraduate, postgraduate and executive education programs.

About Skyline University College:

Skyline University College was established in 1990 in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, a member of the UAE Supreme Council and the Ruler of Sharjah. SUC offers Undergraduate Programs in Business Management and Information Technology and Graduate Programs in Business Management, which are fully approved and accredited by the Ministry of Education (MOE). SUC believes in responding innovatively and effectively to train human resources and fulfill the educational needs of industries like Aviation, Hospitality, Travel and Tourism, Information Systems, Marketing, Business Management and Finance sectors, and is, presently, one of the leading universities in the Northern Emirates. In continuation with the progressive approach, SUC looks forward to meeting the future needs of the industry as and when required.

About Vision Concepts Aviation Training (VCATI):

Vision Concept Aviation Training Institute (VCATI) is based in Dubai with a strong belief in delivering Quality Education through Modern Techniques at affordable pricing by competent faculty for our diverse mix of students. Our philosophy of excellence has enabled us to achieve critical accolades that create value for our students. These include approval by General Civil Aviation Authority as a CAR147 training organization, partnership with global leaders Jeppesen (a Boeing company) and KLM UK Engineering. Our qualifications meet GCC and European standards offering multiple global opportunities to our students worldwide. VCATI is signing global partnerships for Non-Aviation Courses.

About University of Modern Science (UMS):

University of Modern Science (UMS) was founded in 2011 by H.E. Rashid Al Falasi. Due his inspiring, creative and strategic leadership, he has succeeded in making UMS one of the top business schools of UAE in very less time.  Today, UMS offers Bachelor of Arts courses, Bachelor of Science courses and Master degree courses. UMS is accredited by the Ministry of Education of the United Arab Emirates.

University of Modern sciences owes its existence to the wisdom, benefaction and philanthropy of a far-sighted visionary H.E Mr. Rashid Al Falasi. Blessed with the insight of a skilled entrepreneur, the organizational capabilities of an executive, the versatility of a venturesome industrialist and with the qualities of leadership and organization he has laid the founding stone to the development of a prodigious university to cater to the growing needs of the region and the country on the whole.

At its inception in 2010, University of Modern Sciences was called the Biotechnology University College established under the patronage of Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry offering courses in Biotechnology. From a trivial college comprising of a single faculty BUC grew into The University of Modern Sciences by the guidance and magnanimity of its benefactor Mr. Rashid Al- Falasi.