GEMS Nations Academy, Dubai and Carnegie Mellon University partners to reimagine STEM Education and Robotics across the PK-12 education space

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Published October 31st, 2016 - 06:24 GMT
GEMS Education
GEMS Education

GEMS Education and the Community Robotics, Education and Technology Empowerment Lab (CREATE Lab) at Carnegie Mellon University are excited to announce their partnership to empower students with technology, enhance teaching and enable active learning with a truly international perspective.

"Carnegie Mellon University and GEMS Education share a common vision and strategic mission committed to the belief that education is a powerful catalyst that will change the world for the better. Our shared vision engages students in realizing academic excellence through a values-driven approach, carefully constructed to develop in each child the character, creativity, personal leadership and entrepreneurial skills necessary to become future global citizens and world leaders. Our mission is to put quality education within the reach of every child. Our mutual commitments resonate in our work and position our organizations to be powerful partners." said Sunny Varkey, Founder and Group Chairman, GEMS Education.

The CMU-GEMS partnership is grounded in research driven by innovation in educational technologies borne in CMU’s labs and workplaces complemented by innovations in pedagogical approaches and practices in GEMS schools and classrooms worldwide. 

“GEMS Education is dedicated to improving the state of education thoughtfully and equitably for all learners, and CREATE is delighted to partner with an institution with reach that can help us scale Technology Fluency and Robotics for Humanity to a worldwide audience. This partnership will be a laboratory for long-term innovation, refinement and scaling to genuinely empower teachers at all participating schools,” said Illah Nourbakhsh, Director of CREATE Lab and Professor of Robotics.

CMU’s partnership with GEMS Education allows the CREATE LAB to expand globally and connect with professors, researchers, educators and students with a truly international perspective. Together, they will forge STEM innovations in emerging technologies and research with specific projects co-constructed by the GEMS School communities and CREATE Lab researchers, engineers and scientists.

"Our partnership with Carnegie Mellon helps us answer the world’s call for an education that inspires and cultivates a new generation of self-sufficient, entrepreneurial, academically prepared global citizens. Thanks to Carnegie Mellon, Nations students learn and apply programming languages and robotics to make contributions to the rapidly emerging landscapes of our global environment, society and economy. Our belief is that the research and innovative practices that flow from our partnership are investments that will change the boundaries and paradigms in education." said Tom Farquhar, Founding Head, GEMS Nations Academy, Dubai.

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.

Carnegie Mellon University Qatar

For more than a century, Carnegie Mellon University has challenged the curious and passionate to imagine and deliver work that matters. A private, top-ranked and global university, Carnegie Mellon sets its own course with programs that inspire creativity and collaboration.

In 2004, Carnegie Mellon and Qatar Foundation began a partnership to deliver select programs that will contribute to the long-term development of Qatar. Today, Carnegie Mellon Qatar offers undergraduate programs in biological sciences, business administration, computational biology, computer science, and information systems. Nearly 400 students from 38 countries call Carnegie Mellon Qatar home.

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