The Ministry of Education approved today, Sunday 3rd July, the names of students admitted to public higher education institutions in the UAE as well as the recipients of foreign scholarship and internal study grants for the academic year 2016-2017.
The announcement was made during a gathering organized by the Ministry at its Abu Dhabi office in the presence of His Excellency Hussain Al Hammadi, UAE Minister of Education; His Excellency Dr. Ahmad Belhoul, UAE Minister of State for Higher Education; His Excellency Mohammed Al Bili, Director of UAE University; Dr. Abdullatif Al Shamsi, Director of the Higher Colleges of Technology; Dr. Riad Al Muhaidib, President of Zayed University; His Excellency Mubarak Al Shamsi, Director General of Abu Dhabi Center for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ACTVET); Dr. Arif Al Hammadi, Executive Vice President of Khalifa University; and His Excellency Dr. Farouk Hamada, Director of the Mohammad V University – Agdal.
The Ministry has approved 16,313 students in total. 3,940 students were admitted to the UAE University, 8,373 at the Higher Colleges of Technology, 1,752 at Zayed University, and 1,623 at the institutes and colleges of the Abu Dhabi Center for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ACTVET). 529 students were admitted at Khalifa University and 22 at Mohammad V University – Agdal while 74 students were granted scholarships to study abroad and internal study grants for the first semester of the 2016-2017 academic year.
Along with the announcement, the Ministry unveiled a series of initiatives that are part of the UAE’s vision to develop high-caliber university graduates that have the knowledge and skillset needed to support the UAE’s economic growth. Key programs include coordinating with all branches of Higher Colleges of Technology across the country to develop academic support programs that accommodate all students wishing to complete their higher education studies, regardless of their high school grades and their score on the Common Educational Proficiency Assessment (CEPA).
H.E. Hussain Al Hammadi, Minister of Education, congratulated the students who were admitted to institutions of higher education and stressed the importance of this time in their academic journey in shaping their future career paths. His Excellency also emphasized that the Ministry of Education is committed to integrating modern educational practices in universities across the country in order to better align with the needs of the local labor market.
“We started with a range of regulatory changes which focus on the quality of higher educational outcomes. In addition, high school graduates who do not meet university admission criteria now have the opportunity to take advantage of high-quality academic programs that will help them fulfil their professional aspirations and access a diverse range of career opportunities,” His Excellency said.
Speaking on this occasion, His Excellency Dr. Ahmad Belhoul, Minister of State for Higher Education, also congratulated high school graduates and underscored the Ministry’s commitment to providing the necessary support and guidance as students make decisions about their higher education options. H.E. also noted, “Cooperation efforts with higher education institutions, both public and private, are essential to help ensure our future leaders and entrepreneurs are able to build a competitive knowledge economy and drive sustainable development in the UAE.”
The Ministry is still accepting scholarship applications for high school graduates who meet the requirements and wish to complete their university studies abroad. H.E. advised the students to communicate directly and as soon as possible with the scholarship department or visit customer service centers to get all the information they need.
Approved scholarship students’ names are published on the website of the Ministry of Education: www.moe.gov.ae\pages\approval2016.aspx
The Ministry invites students whose names did not appear on the list of admitted students to communicate with the Registration and Guidance Department at the Ministry or the educational institution they wish to pursue their studies at in order to follow up on their applications.
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