To Enable Students of Enrolling in Leading Local, International Universities
The Ministry of Education (MoE) has launched the registration in the University Readiness Program "INTILAQA". The program aims to prepare a generation of students that is capable of enrolling in the most prestigious local and international universities in various majors that meet the demands of the labor market and supply its various, priority sectors, in accordance with the UAE's strategy and future directions.
It also aims to diversify the scholarship countries, educate students about distinguished universities around the world, and provide academic guidance for them, in order to choose their academic and professional paths, in line with their skills, abilities, capabilities and future tendencies. It also improves their chances of obtaining direct academic admission to local universities and unconditional enrollment in the international universities.
The "INTILAQA" program, launched by the MoE with its partners Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education and Univer, targets stage three students, from grade nine, 10, 11, and 12 of all nationalities and from all schools in the country, whether government, private, or high school of applied technology. It will be implemented virtually outside school hours throughout the academic year.
The program includes two phases, the qualification program, where the students are qualified with the necessary requirements and skills. It includes students from grades nine, 10, 11, and 12. It then moves to the empowerment stage, through which the students will be able to actually apply to universities and obtain direct, unconditional academic admission.
In addition, the program offers a range of services, including guiding them to choose the majors compatible with their personalities, skills, and abilities, and supporting their registration in standardized tests. It also enriches the students' experiences through encouraging them to take part in enrichment programs offered by the MoE to develop their academic and non-academic skills. In addition to following up on their registration in higher education institutions through the student registration platform of the MoE (NAPO) and introducing the scholarships offered by the government and private institutions in the country to them.
His Excellency Dr. Muhammad Ibrahim Al-Mualla, Undersecretary of the MoE for Academic Affairs, said, "The Ministry of Education is keen on enhancing and promoting relations with local and international educational and academic institutions. The MoE also works to qualify students to enroll in higher education institutions inside and outside the country, provide them with the necessary skills, knowledge, and sciences, and support them in determining their desires and tendencies, in line with the future needs of the labor market."
H.E. Al-Mualla pointed out that the "INTILAQA" program marked a new phase in qualifying a generation of citizen students with the required competencies and skills and facilitating their chances of obtaining unconditional academic admission in international universities and direct admission to distinguished universities in the country. He added that this would achieve the future vision of the state and wise leadership 2071 to build innovative, pioneering national generations and cadres and prepare them for competitiveness.
Her Excellency Dr. Amna Al-Dahak Al-Shamsi, Assistant Undersecretary for Care & Capacity Building Sector at the MoE, said, "The UAE, thanks to the directives of the wise leadership, is adopting the best practices to enable students to elevate their scientific and cognitive abilities and qualify them to enroll in the leading local and international universities in majors that anticipate the strategy of the Next 50."
H.E. Al-Shamsi pointed out that the University Readiness Program "INTILAQA" met the requirements of the labor market, provided our students with distinct educational opportunities that would enable them to obtain competitive job opportunities after their graduation, and provided them with the necessary skills to be creative and innovative leaders in various areas of science and knowledge, by providing them with the latest knowledge and capabilities. She added that the program qualified graduates in the various disciplines needed by the current and future labor market, to achieve the strategic goals and plans of the UAE and the insightful vision of its outstanding leadership in prosperity and sustainable development and comprehensive economic development.
For her part, Dr. Sonia Bin Jaafar, Chief Executive Officer at Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education, said, "The Foundation is committed to enhancing innovation in the area of education, increasing opportunities for Arab youth to obtain high-quality education, and improving job opportunities and prospects for career development in all fields. "INTILAQA" puts Emirati youth in the center of focus and interest when it comes to these opportunities."
She added by saying, "We are happy to cooperate with the MoE, which shares us the same objective of enabling youth to achieve prosperity and take part in the renaissance and sustainable development of the country and Arab region. We are confident that this program will open new horizons to the students and offer them a bright future. It will also help in supporting the priority sectors."
For his part, Ahmad Abu Sheikha, Chief Executive Officer of "Univer", one of INTILAQA's partners, said that the program was part of their message to spread awareness among high-school students about starting early in the process of exploring personal abilities, scholastic, and professional tendencies, which would help to make the right decision regarding their future.
He added that the importance of "INTILAQA" in the medium and long term lies in graduating creative university graduates, who were qualified with the skills necessary to enter the labor market and compete for the best jobs, which would reflect positively on the national economy.