The Dubai Crown Prince has met top-performing high school pupils and issued directives to offer them financial rewards and scholarships for prestigious universities. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum met the high achievers at Emirates Towers and encouraged them to continue to excel.
A smart electronic system identified the top 50 male and female high school pupils for the academic year 2021-22. These included 25 Emirati and 25 expats. The cohort includes graduates of Grade 12 and Year 13.
Announced by Sheikh Hamdan earlier this year, the plan aims to recognise and reward top Dubai pupils. Emirati pupils can obtain scholarships within and outside the country at the most prestigious international universities. Expatriates get financial aid for international university branches in free zones and a priority issuance of Golden Visas.
The pupils, who graduated from their respective curriculum during the academic year 2021-22, were drawn from public and private schools and various curricula.
In coordination with the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) and Dubai’s public and private schools, the smart electronic system standardises high school results across different curricula to ensure fairness while calculating grades.
“Emirati youth are the nation’s pillar of development and the best hope for its success. In Dubai, we remain committed to nurturing their skills and enhancing their participation in nation-building. I call on the high-achieving pupils and all graduates to complete their studies in scientific disciplines that add qualitative value to the market’s needs in the strategic priority sectors, which are particularly important to the local economic system. We remain keen to invest in your abilities and provide all the facilities that support your journey so you can write a new chapter in Dubai’s excellence and leadership. We see the future with you, and you, as top performers, are an inspiration for other youths,” Sheikh Hamdan told the students.
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The system is inspired by the gesture of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to appreciate exceptional high school students in the UAE. Earlier this year, the UAE Vice-President had called and congratulated the top-performing students in the end-of-term public exams.
Meanwhile, heads of Dubai Government entities hailed the emirate’s strategy of recognising and rewarding top academic achievers and engaging young valedictorians in forecasting and creating the future.