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Reward System to Honour Top High School Students in Dubai

by Eddie Rayner
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What is the rewards scheme?

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council, has announced a reward scheme to recognise Dubai’s highest-performing secondary school students in specific curricula and provide them with financial rewards and academic sponsorship. The initiative aims to meet the demands of Dubai’s future job market by recognising and incentivising the emirate’s top students. The initiative also supports the UAE’s goal of supporting Emirati development and maximising Emiratisation rates.

The new scheme supports the approach adopted by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in honouring top high school students across the country. It also aims to highlight students’ specific talents and competencies, and guide them to contribute towards future-focused sectors of the economy.

The Dubai Student Wellbeing Census, conducted annually for five years, involved more than 100,000 students

Which curricula are included in this scheme?

Curricula included in the reward scheme are UAE Ministry of Education, US (AP), UK (AS and A levels) and International Baccalaureate. To be eligible, students must have graduated from school in the 2020/21 academic year.

How will high performing secondary school students be identified across different curricula?

KHDA coordinates with private schools in Dubai to identify the top performing students across all included international curricula using tariff point weighting. Based on international best practices, the system calculates students’ assessment results submitted by their schools and provides scores across the curricula. Scores are calculated separately by the Ministry of Education for schools offering the MoE curriculum.

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The scheme will include financial rewards for students

What are the rewards and incentives that the highest- performing students will receive?

The scheme will include financial rewards for students, as well as academic scholarships for Emiratis at universities at home and abroad. Expatriate students will receive discounts at international university branches in Dubai and will be granted priority in receiving golden visas for themselves and their families.

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