GEMS Nations Academy, Dubai and Carnegie Melon University partners to reimagine STEM Education and Robotics across the PK-12 education space


gems-education-logoDubai, UAE: GEMS Education and the Community Robotics, Education and Technology Empowerment Lab (CREATE Lab) at Carnegie Mellon University are excited to announce their partnership to empower students with technology, enhance teaching and enable active learning with a truly international perspective.

“Carnegie Mellon University and GEMS Education share a common vision and strategic mission committed to the belief that education is a powerful catalyst that will change the world for the better. Our shared vision engages students in realizing academic excellence through a values-driven approach, carefully constructed to develop in each child the character, creativity, personal leadership and entrepreneurial skills necessary to become future global citizens and world leaders. Our mission is to put quality education within the reach of every child. Our mutual commitments resonate in our work and position our organizations to be powerful partners.” said Sunny Varkey, Founder and Group Chairman, GEMS Education.

The CMU-GEMS partnership is grounded in research driven by innovation in educational technologies borne in CMU’s labs and workplaces complemented by innovations in pedagogical approaches and practices in GEMS schools and classrooms worldwide. 

“GEMS Education is dedicated to improving the state of education thoughtfully and equitably for all learners, and CREATE is delighted to partner with an institution with reach that can help us scale Technology Fluency and Robotics for Humanity to a worldwide audience. This partnership will be a laboratory for long-term innovation, refinement and scaling to genuinely empower teachers at all participating schools,” said Illah Nourbakhsh, Director of CREATE Lab and Professor of Robotics.

CMU’s partnership with GEMS Education allows the CREATE LAB to expand globally and connect with professors, researchers, educators and students with a truly international perspective. Together, they will forge STEM innovations in emerging technologies and research with specific projects co-constructed by the GEMS School communities and CREATE Lab researchers, engineers and scientists.

“Our partnership with Carnegie Mellon helps us answer the world’s call for an education that inspires and cultivates a new generation of self-sufficient, entrepreneurial, academically prepared global citizens.  Thanks to Carnegie Mellon, Nations students learn and apply programming languages and robotics to make contributions to the rapidly emerging landscapes of our global environment, society and economy. Our belief is that the research and innovative practices that flow from our partnership are investments that will change the boundaries and paradigms in education.” said Tom Farquhar, Founding Head, GEMS Nations Academy, Dubai.

The CREATE Lab, part of CMU’s Robotics Institute, began a regional network of satellite labs in 2011, partnering with Pennsylvania and West Virginia schools to help teachers incorporate technological  tools into their practice, and empower learners to employ technology for social good. Earlier this year, the network was expanded nationally, including both Atlanta and Salt Lake City. 

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 Carnegie Mellon University:

Carnegie Mellon is a private, internationally ranked research university with programs in areas ranging from science, technology and business, to public policy, the humanities and the arts. More than 13,000 students in the university’s seven schools and colleges benefit from a small student-to-faculty ratio and an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. The work of CMU’s CREATE Lab builds self-sustaining communities of learning, expression and technology empowerment, transforms student achievement and, ultimately, grows tomorrow’s innovators.