Four Gems students from U.A.E top the world in international award

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Published January 18th, 2012 - 01:10 GMT

In an outstanding display of academic excellence, four GEMS school students from the United Arab Emirates out-performed thousands of candidates worldwide.

From the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), the awards recognise the outstanding academic achievements of secondary school students across the world in different regions.

In the U.A.E the awards for the June 2011 Cambridge examinations (Cambridge IGCSE, Cambridge International AS Level and Cambridge International A Level) are known as the H.H Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Cambridge Outstanding Learner Awards. Cambridge IGCSE is the world’s most popular international qualification for 14 – 16 year olds.

GEMS students received a total of 30 Outstanding Learner awards which is a third of all award winners in the U.A.E.  GEMS students topped the U.A.E in 13 examination subjects.

“Since its launch 10 years ago here in the UAE, GEMS students have been recognised in the Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards. These achievements are a credit to the partnership between GEMS and Cambridge and demonstrate the dedication and commitment of teachers, students and the schools. We look forward to congratulating more learners from GEMS Schools in the near future,” said William Bickerdike, Regional Manager, Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan, University of Cambridge International Examinations

The four students who topped the world in their examination are: Kristina Prilepchanska of Cambridge International School for IGCSE Drama; Bushra Ali of the Westminster School for AS Level English Language; Dilawar Zainab Zohar of Cambridge International School for AS Level Travel and Tourism and Swetha Sabu Gaesan of Cambridge High School in Abu Dhabi for A Level Business Studies.

“We are proud of our association with Cambridge International Examinations and salute the achievements of all our high performing students. Congratulations to them and their families. We believe in and support the achievement of excellence and these students are leading the way,” said Margaret Atack, GEMS Education spokesperson.  

The Cambridge International School received the highest number of awards in the UAE with a total of 13 awards.

The H.H Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Cambridge Outstanding Learner Awards were established in 2002 by Cambridge International Examination, under the patronage of  H.H Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.   Since inception, 442 awards have been given out, of which GEMS students have won 118.

Background Information

GEMS Education

In 1959, two teachers, KS Varkey and his wife Mariamma, arrived in Dubai. 

At the time, Dubai was a burgeoning trade centre on the Arabian Gulf. The Varkey family had left Kerala, India to seek a better life for their family. What they found was a real need to educate children arriving in the city from around the world.

Their son, Sunny, added a visionary’s ambition to a practitioner's experience. From simple roots in a family of teachers, GEMS Education, is today an international company with schools and education services across the Middle East. We still share the same mission - to provide a quality education to everyone.

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