The Ministry of Education extended the deadline for
receiving applications to government higher education institutions and external
scholarships for the 2020-2021 semester to 16th May, 2020, instead of 30th
This decision was made to ensure the future of twelfth-grade
students and guarantee their right to higher education.
The ministry began the application process on 10th November,
2019, for twelfth-grade students who are UAE citizens or the children of female
citizens wishing to enrol in higher education institutions affiliated with the
unified registration system, which are UAE University, Zayed University, the
Higher Colleges of Technology, Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi Polytechnic, the
Fatima College of Health Sciences, and the Abu Dhabi Institute for Vocational
Education and Training, as well as Mohammed V University, Sorbonne University
Abu Dhabi and various foreign missions.
Dr. Ahmed bin Abdullah Humaid Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of
State for Higher Education and Advanced Skills, stated that the ministry is
keen to provide opportunities for students to join higher education
institutions and foreign missions for the next academic year, despite the
Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim Al Mualla, Under-Secretary of the
Ministry of Education for Academic Affairs, stated that the ministry's decision
to extend the deadline was made after it noted the low enrolment rates of male
students expected to graduate from high school this year, which are less than
50 percent in some schools.
"It is important for all students, especially male
students, to register before the deadline because it will give them the
opportunity to complete the required procedures and receive a university offer
for the subject they wish to study before joining the national service. Their
places will be reserved even until after the end of their national
service," he said.
Last year, the Ministry received applications to register
19,796, including 14,809 students who met the admission criteria and were
distributed as follow: 2,740 in UAE University, 2,034 Zayed University, 8,211
Higher Colleges of Technology, 648 Khalifa University, 726 Abu Dhabi Vocational
Education and Training Institute, 296 Fatima College of Health Sciences, 82 Abu
Dhabi Polytechnic, 59 Mohammed V University, 81 Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi
and 202 overseas scholarships.
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