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His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council, has announced a reward scheme to recognise Dubai’s highest-performing secondary school students and provide them with financial rewards and academic sponsorship. The initiative aims to meet the demands of Dubai’s future job market by recognising and incentivising the emirate’s top students. The initiative also supports the UAE’s goal of supporting Emirati development and maximising Emiratisation rates.
The new scheme supports the approach adopted by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in honouring top high school students across the country. It also aims to highlight students’ specific talents and competencies, and guide them to contribute towards future-focused sectors of the economy.
The scheme recognises the highest-performing Emirati and expatriate secondary school students in public and private schools that follow the MoE, US (Advanced stream), UK (12-year stream for students who have obtained the approval of MoE, and graduates of Year 13), and IB curriculums.
The scheme will recognise the highest-performing students from the current academic year (2021/22). KHDA will coordinate with public and private schools in Dubai to identify the top performing students across all targeted curriculums using a smart electronic system. Based on international best practices, the system calculates assessment results and provides equivalency scores across the curriculums.
The first batch of 50 high-performing students to receive rewards will be announced in September 2022.
The scheme will include financial rewards for students, as well as academic scholarships for Emiratis at universities at home and abroad. Expatriate students will receive discounts at international university branches in Dubai and will be granted priority in receiving golden visas for themselves and their families.