KHDA to give top high school students academic sponsorship, ‘financial rewards’

Students in Dubai are being reminded once more that high-performing candidates in the emirate are eligible for academic sponsorship in order to assist them in maintaining their organization and as students across the emirate prepare for their secondary school (external) exams.

Outstanding students in particular curricula, such as the IB, UK, US, and Ministry of Education (MOE) curricula, will be eligible for these “financial rewards” under the Knowledge and Human Development Authority’s rewards system.

This reward program was announced by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council. It aims to provide financial rewards and academic sponsorship to Dubai’s highest-performing secondary school students in particular subjects.

Rewards will be determined by students’ “final scores in international board exams,” according to KHDA’s FAQ.

Positive educational outcomes The initiative recognizes and rewards Dubai’s top students to meet the needs of the emirate’s future workforce.

Dr. Abdulla Al Karam, Director-General of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), had previously emphasized that the new system reflects the leadership’s high priority for education in Dubai and their recognition that the younger generation plays a key role in achieving Dubai’s long-term objectives.

“Dubai has recognized education as a crucial factor in the expansion of the knowledge-based economy and is committed to rewarding students for their accomplishments in order to encourage students to perform better. “He added that this will significantly improve educational outcomes in the emirate.

How does it function?
Using tariff point weighting, KHDA collaborates with Dubai’s private schools to identify the students who perform the best across all included international curricula. The system, which is based on best practices from around the world, looks at the results of students’ assessments that their schools have submitted and gives them scores across the curriculum. The Ministry of Education separately calculates scores for schools that use the MoE curriculum.

The program is in line with Dubai’s Emirati Human Resources Development Council’s strategic goals.

“The initiative also supports the UAE’s goal of supporting Emirati development and maximizing Emiratisation rates,” according to KHDA. Additionally, it aims to guide students in making contributions to sectors of the economy that are focused on the future and to highlight individual students’ abilities and skills.
Financial incentives for students and Emirati academic scholarships at domestic and international universities will be included in the plan. International university branches in Dubai will offer expatriate students discounts and priority in obtaining golden visas for themselves and their families.

The system also helps to bring in young talent from all over the world. As a result, Dubai’s competitiveness as a global education destination and reputation as a city that recognizes and celebrates student accomplishments are strengthened.

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