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AUS signs MoU with GEMS Education to explore collaborative initiatives
American University of Sharjah (AUS) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with GEMS Education to explore mutually beneficial educational opportunities for students and faculty.
The signing ceremony, held at the GEMS Education offices in Dubai, was attended by Professor Kevin Mitchell, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs and Instruction at AUS; Ali Shuhaimy, Executive Director, Office of Enrollment Management at AUS; and Dino Varkey, Chief Executive Officer, GEMS Education; along with other senior officials from the organizations.
The agreement comprises a wide range of initiatives that include providing GEMS students with opportunities to learn about AUS through student career fairs; facilitating the organization of training and information sessions for counselors and executives; nominating students for merit-based scholarships and financial grants; organizing on-campus competitions and educational activities for GEMS students in areas that include, but are not limited to, architecture, business, cultural events, engineering, international relations, mathematics, performing arts and science; and many more.
Commenting on the agreement, Mitchell said:
“AUS has been enriched by many outstanding GEMS graduates who have attended the university. The agreement with GEMS Education will foster collaboration and provide expanded opportunities for students.”
GEMS Education is one of the world’s oldest and largest K-12 private education providers. It is a highly-regarded choice for quality private education in the Middle East and North Africa region. As a company founded in the UAE in 1959, it holds an unparalleled track-record of providing diverse curricula and educational choices to students of all socio-economic means.
Dino Varkey said:
“GEMS Education remains committed to providing quality education to all our students in their education journey as they transition from secondary to tertiary education and beyond. We value our partnership with AUS, a renowned university that is recognized for its academic excellence and providing a multi-cultural and wholesome environment for students.”
Speaking on the occasion, Shuhaimy said:
“AUS is a higher education institution with an excellent reputation as a center of scholarship and research; GEMS Education is a remarkable global advisory and educational management firm and, I believe, by coming together, we will be able to provide a significant range of opportunities for the students of both AUS and GEMS.”
This partnership is part of the Sharakah program, a strategic initiative by the Office of Enrollment Management at AUS to promote sustainable partnerships with selected schools from across the United Arab Emirates.