GEMS Education and Siemens have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to increase collaboration and integration between the education sector and industry in Dubai. The new partnership builds on ”Rahhal“, an initiative of Dubai’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) that encourages schools to think ”outside the box“ and develop innovative learning opportunities.
Through the partnership, GEMS students will gain access to industry-level courses and qualifications, support from industry experts, and internships. They will also have the opportunity to be part of an energy efficiency programme that will be adapted into a case study specific to their school, while also partnering with universities for accreditation.
”This is a first-step towards recognising industry-academia partnerships at the school-level and a reflection of Rahhal’s potential to truly disrupt education,“ said Dr Abdulla Al Karam, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director General at KHDA.
”We hope the move will encourage students and teachers to co-create cities of the future by working with real-world scientists and innovators. This partnership can potentially encourage many more schools to come forward and partner with Rahhal in an effort to extend learning opportunities outside the classroom.“
The agreement was announced on 23 June at GEMS FirstPoint School – The Villa (FPS), which is newly appointed Centre of Excellence for Digital Industries.
”Schools of the future will evolve into hubs of learning, connecting young people with a personalised menu of opportunities linked to industry. Not all of these opportunities will be available at school, some will be in the workplace or in different learning institutions, while others will be accessed via cutting-edge technology from anywhere in the world. The future of education is being developed right now, and this calls for a pioneer to pull all the opportunities together. GEMS FirstPoint School is that pioneer,“ said Matthew Tompkins, Principal of GEMS FirstPoint School – The Villa.