Gems Education, Canadian University Dubai Announce Scholarships Worth Dh10 Million

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Published February 26th, 2018 - 09:51 GMT
Karim Chelli, President of Canadian University Dubai and Dino Varkey, CEO of GEMS Education
Karim Chelli, President of Canadian University Dubai and Dino Varkey, CEO of GEMS Education

GEMS Education and Canadian University Dubai have announced a partnership that will offer scholarships exclusively to GEMS students. The value of the scholarships is AED10 million.

Starting this academic year 2018-2019, Canadian University Dubai will offer a series of scholarships exclusively for GEMS students. Scholarship amounts will vary depending on course of study and the academic merit of GEMS students.

GEMS students who study at Canadian University Dubai will be able to study both at the Dubai and Canadian campuses. Choosing to study in Canada will offer a unique career boost for students, as the country offers a path to citizenship once an international student earns a post-secondary degree from a Canadian university. 

GEMS announced the launch of the UniConnect programme last year. The programme is set to include a series of strategic partnerships designed to provide scholarships and financial aid to GEMS students seeking admission at universities within the region and across the globe. 

This first partnership with Canadian University Dubai also provides for dedicated career training for GEMS students. 

Dr. Karim Chelli, President of Canadian University Dubai, said: “This partnership with GEMS Education illustrates our deep commitment to ensuring a transformational education experience for our students. We also recognise that strong relationships with partners such as GEMS Education enable us to build and shape future leaders.”

Dino Varkey, CEO of GEMS Education, said: “We are proud to announce Canadian University Dubai as our first partner with UniConnect. We look forward to partnering with many more universities in the UAE and internationally – including the Ivy League – as part of our commitment to making quality education accessible for all our students throughout their schooling and beyond.”

Buti Al Ghandi, Chancellor of Canadian University Dubai, commented: “Canadian University Dubai is a locally and regionally ranked, student-centred research university with a global perspective. Our students benefit from the extensive group of partnerships we have with prestigious Canadian Universities across Canada - making us the only university in the region to offer a clear path towards a Canadian Education.”

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.

Canadian University of Dubai

In pursuit of academic excellence, Canadian University of Dubai was founded as a visionary initiative. Determined to leverage on North American and European diverse learning culture, the University is committed to provide a plethora of opportunities in work, research, and learning. Additionally, the curriculum, teaching methods and support services are provided by proficient and enthusiastic Canadian and European faculty who teach programs that suit learners’ needs for a labour market of ever changing competition.

The University offers a wide spectrum of education choices for the aspiring learners to carve a niche in respective fields complemented by practices to hone their skills before they enter into a Certificate, Diploma or Degree program.

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