GEMS Education accelerates its technology disruption journey by leveraging Microsoft technologies in the post-pandemic era

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Published July 27th, 2021 - 11:16 GMT
GEMS Education accelerates its technology disruption journey by leveraging Microsoft technologies in the post-pandemic era
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GEMS Education, one of the world’s largest operator of K-through-12 schools, continues to strengthen its relationship with Microsoft as a trusted cloud partner.

GEMS Education, one of the world’s largest operator of K-through-12 schools, continues to strengthen its relationship with Microsoft as a trusted cloud partner. Through Microsoft Azure services, GEMS is ensuring that its students and teachers remain connected and continue to learn and make progress to the full extent in the post-pandemic era.

Aiming to “disrupt from within” and create efficient, sustainable, scalable, and future-ready technology capabilities for the education needs of today and tomorrow, GEMS Education’s three-year technology transformation journey consists of executing multiple strategic initiatives, segmented across three phases: “Fix the Fundamentals” in FY18/19, “Strengthen the Building Blocks” in FY19/20, and “Accelerate Disruption and Incremental Value Creation” from FY20 onwards. 

“As part of its technology disruption journey, GEMS Education has developed its own suite of IP products and solutions, including Phoenix RISE, an end-to-end school management platform; Classroom, an advanced learning management system; and HSE, a health and safety and child safeguarding system, among others”, said Krishnan Gopi, Group Chief Disruption Officer, GEMS Education.” The pandemic took the global education system by surprise, but we were among the frontrunners in adopting remote learning thanks to our in-house developed products and solutions. With a continued focus on developing technological breakthroughs in EdTech products and service offerings, which will shape the future of education, we are now entering the next phase of our IP journey, where we plan to further strengthen our relationship with Microsoft as a trusted cloud service partner.” 

GEMS Education, one of the global education industry’s largest Microsoft users, leverages Microsoft services to support more than 230,000 students, teachers, parents, and administrative staff. 

“Cloud has become a catalyst for change in the new normal, especially in critical sectors like education,” said Ahmed Ameen Ashour, Regional Educational Director, Microsoft UAE. Our long-term commitment is to ensure continuous learning in the UAE by empowering students and teachers to enhance their digital experiences. Through our UAE data centres, our collaboration with GEMS will focus on empowering students, teachers and school leaders with robust connectivity and engaging classroom experiences, to drive improved learning outcomes for the 21st-century student.”

Founded in 1959, GEMS Education has become one of the world’s most prominent private education providers, with independent schools in 10 countries. The company’s mission is to put a quality education within reach of every learner, and today it is developing the skills and knowledge of approximately 174,000 students from more than 175 countries.

Microsoft recently celebrated the second anniversary of its UAE-based cloud regions. These facilities continue to empower enterprises to accelerate their digital transformation journeys and engage customers, empower employees, optimise operations, and reinvent business models. 

 

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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