(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) A programme that offers over 100 scholarships to Emirati students throughout their academic life in Dubai is now open for registration.
This came after His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, directed Dubai's Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) to organise the third Mohammed bin Rashid Distinguished Students Programme.
So far, the programme has provided scholarships for 314 Emirati students.
It aims to prepare young Emiratis and equip them with the skills needed to "achieve success and excellence through innovative, smart and positive educational methods". The programme is managed by the KHDA in partnership with the Knowledge Fund and private school operators.
Launched by Sheikh Mohammed in 2017, the programme is inspired by the Dubai Ruler's efforts to provide distinguished Emirati students with high quality education.
The KHDA announced the opening of registrations for the programme's 2019-20 cycle. Students in Grade 3 or above can apply for the scholarships by registering online on the KHDA website.
Registration for the programme is open until April 29.
atma Al Marri, CEO for Development of Emirati Student Education Programmes at the KHDA said: "The scholarship programme provides a stepping stone to better opportunities in life.
Our Emirati students thrive and flourish in environments that enable them to widen their horizons. Together with strategic partnerships, we want to make every effort to provide the best quality education for young learners in Dubai."
Al Marri called on Emirati parents to benefit from the scholarships and enrol their children in schools rated 'good' or better by the KHDA. She also lauded the efforts of public and private sector partners supporting the programme.
"A screening committee evaluates each application in accordance with a set eligibility criteria. We believe parental engagement is key to supporting a child's
education journey and their commitment is essential for the success of the MBR Distinguished Students Programme," noted Fatma.
She also highlighted the programme's potential to support students with "excellent study options", specifically praising the role of "GEMS Education, Taleem, Dar Al Marefa School and Kings School" for their contributions to the achievement of future national targets.
To join the MBR Distinguished Students Programme, the candidate must be enrolled in Year 3 or above; must be a UAE national from the emirate of Dubai; should pass written tests and oral interviews set by the school; and must be registered in a school for the academic year 2018/2019.