Dubai: New rewards system for students will promote academic excellence in schools, officials say


Dubai: Dubai government officials have welcomed the introduction of an award system to honor and incentivize high-achieving high school students in Dubai’s public and private schools, saying it will play a major role in promoting of student excellence and the empowerment of future generations. The reward system was announced by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council.

The reward system is aligned with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, to create a future-ready city that prioritizes success academics and the development of high-performing students.

The system will include financial prizes for top performing high school students, as well as academic sponsorships and scholarships for Emiratis at universities in the UAE and abroad. Outstanding expat students will enjoy discounts at international higher education institutions in Dubai and continue to receive golden visas for themselves and their families.

Positive school results

Commenting on the strategy to reward outstanding secondary students, His Excellency Abdulla Al Basti, Secretary General of the Dubai Executive Council, said the new system encourages and recognizes top performers in line with Dubai’s philosophy of excellence.

“As part of the leaders’ vision for human development, Dubai is committed to promoting academic excellence and student success. This award program not only helps generate more positive outcomes from the education system, but also expands the pool of talent in the country who can contribute to sustainable development and shape the future of the country,” said Al Basti.

Quality career opportunities

His Excellency Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Chairman of the Emirati Council for Human Resource Development in Dubai, highlighted the positive impact the system will have on the development of Emirati skills by creating the conditions to further improve the quality of human resources.

“The system recognizes students as the next generation of leaders, entrepreneurs and professionals who will drive the development and progress of Dubai. The program is aligned with the strategic objectives of the Emirati Human Resource Development Council in Dubai,” said Al Mansouri.

Global competitiveness

His Excellency Dr. Abdulla Al Karam, Director General of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), said the new system reflects the high priority given to education in Dubai by the leaders and their recognition that the young generation plays a pivotal role in achieving Dubai’s Future Goals.

“Dubai has identified education as a key driver for the growth of the knowledge-based economy, and is committed to motivating students to improve their performance through recognition and rewards for their achievements. This will have a significant positive impact on educational outcomes in the emirate,” Al Karam pointed out.

Investing in national skills

His Excellency Abdullah bin Zayed Al Falasi, Director General of the Government of Dubai’s Human Resources Department, said investing in Emirati human capital by promoting education is one of the goals of the “UAE 2071 Centenary”, the roadmap created to achieve the country’s long-term goals. .

“The new reward system will play a positive role in attracting young talent from around the world, further enhancing Dubai’s competitiveness as a global educational destination and its reputation as a city that recognizes and celebrates student performance and achievement,” said said Al Falasi.

The award scheme will honor public school pupils and will also cover private school pupils taking Department of Education, US, UK and International Baccalaureate curricula.

The first batch of top performing Emirati and expatriate students will receive their awards in September 2022. Financial awards will be given to the top 25 Emiratis and the top 25 expatriate high school students.


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