KHDA and nine private schools to offer Emirati students scholarships

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The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), the Knowledge Fund, and nine private schools in Dubai have joined forces to offer more than 400 scholarships to exceptional Emirati students in Dubai’s private schools.

As part of the Dubai Social Agenda 33, the Dubai Distinguished Students Programme will cover half the annual tuition fees for outstanding Emirati students in schools rated 'Good or better' in the most recent inspections cycle.

A total of 1800 students will be awarded scholarships by 2030. 

Her Excellency Aisha Abdulla Miran, Director General of KHDA said “The Dubai Distinguished Students Programme aims to ensure that Emirati students attending private schools in Dubai receive education that is rated Good or better. By fostering sustainable partnerships between the public and private sectors, we can empower the next generation of Emirati youth leaders who will shape the future of Dubai, a key pillar of the Dubai Social Agenda 33.

 “We extend our gratitude to our partners at the Knowledge Fund for their support of this initiative. We also commend the proactive approach demonstrated by participating schools, which reflects their dedication to nurturing exceptional Emirati students by offering scholarships that cover 50 per cent of tuition fees. We welcome more private schools to join us in this endeavour and contribute positively to Dubai’s aspirations by shaping the future leaders and trailblazers across diverse sectors that will lead to the sustained development of Dubai.”

Applications for the 2024-25 academic year will be open from May 20 to June 5. Emirati parents can register their children through the KHDA website. 

Curricula covered by the schools participating in the first year of the Dubai Distinguished Students Programme include the British curriculum, International Baccalaureate, and American curriculum. 

His Excellency Abdulla Mohammed Al Awar, CEO of the Knowledge Fund Establishment, said: “Within our strategy at the Knowledge Fund Establishment, we are keen on adopting and supporting high-quality educational initiatives that enrich the educational system in the Emirate of Dubai, aligning with Dubai's Social Agenda 2033 and the ambitious vision for Dubai to become one of the top 10 cities globally in education quality.

"Today, with the participation of nine private schools, we announce the launch of this educational initiative in collaboration with our esteemed colleagues at the Knowledge and Human Development Authority in Dubai.

"This marks a new phase in empowering distinguished Emirati students by providing an outstanding and ideal environment to enhance their education to higher levels. We extend our gratitude to our strategic partners in schools for their participation in and support of this program, ensuring the effective educational environment that will contribute to the development of our students' skills.”

The scholarship programme is being supported by education operators and independent private schools in Dubai, including Taaleem, Innoventures Education, Dubai Heights Academy, and Dar Al Marefa School. 

The scholarship is open to Emirati students with a family book issued by the Emirate of Dubai. The programme covers 50 per cent tuition for students from Grade 4 or Year 5 until Grade 10 or Year 11 who are either newly or currently enrolled in public or private schools in Dubai. 

Eligible students must have an average grade of 90 per cent or above in the US or Ministry of Education curriculum, a score of at least 5 in the IB curriculum, or a B-grade average for the British curriculum. Applicants must also successfully pass assessments and interviews conducted by the schools’ evaluation committees. 

Under the scholarship, participating schools will cover 50 per cent of tuition costs, while parents or guardians must cover the remaining 50 per cent. The programme will be managed by a committee to ensure the provision of education matches the high standards expected of participating schools.

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