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Imran Mojib, Special Correspondent
The 140 students of Dubai International Academy, who graduated at a virtual graduation ceremony, have received significant scholarships from 61 universities, totaling up to an impressive amount of over Dhs15 million, and counting.
The school’s twelfth graduating class had impressive acceptance rates as over 88 per cent students gained admission to their first-choice university, with 90 acceptances to 20 of the World’s Top 50 QS Ranking universities. The DIA’s Class of 2020 also had 114 acceptances from 21 UK Russell Group of Universities.
Guest of Honour, Dr. Imad Hoballah, the Minister of Industry, Lebanon and a member of the DIA advisory council shared an inspiring message of hope, courage and resilience with the graduates.
“It is not always easy to know what is right or let alone do what is right but just as you have conquered these 13 years of awkward moments and self-doubt you will learn to do the right thing. You will fail, you will fall but you will pick yourself up, find a new path, forge ahead, invent and reinvent yourself; make the lives of those around you better because you can,” he said.
The online graduation ceremony was made special for students and families with a visual art online exhibition, a wonderful dance display and student videos that made it an interactive experience. The students’ success was celebrated with outstanding awards such as the CEO award, Valedictorian, International student award and many more. This was the school’s first cohort who had undertaken the Career Related Programme.
In her address to the students, Poonam Bhojani, CEO of Innoventures Education, said, “You are entering a world very different than what we could have visualised a short while ago. We wish you all success and good luck. As you step out into the world, dare to dream, dare to stand by your dreams and work hard to achieve these dreams.”
Quoting Kahlil Gibran, Jayne Needham - Principal Dubai International Academy Emirates Hills, said: “Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you, and though they are with you yet they belong not to you…”
Twenty-three inmates of the Dubai Correctional and Punitive Establishments have recently undertaken the Toefl (Test of English as a Foreign Language) in preparation for tertiary education.
Representatives from over 110 leading universities from countries such as Canada, New Zealand, USA, Australia, UK, and Ireland will be in the UAE later this month to help students explore a range of universities and courses on offer at the expo.
A 15-year-old who envisions herself to be immersed in Social Service and who believes that perfection or being perfect is both an “illusion” and a “myth” has bagged the Distinguished Student Category Award at the 22nd Cycle (2019-2020) of the prestigious region-wide “Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation for Distinguished Academic Performance Award.”
Citing the confessional statement, the investigators said he had taken his children on a motorbike to Lulliyani Canal in District Kasur. He asked his children to pose for a selfie, but suddenly, he pushed them into the canal.
At least ten people were killed in India's state of Sikkim and 82 others, including 23 army personnel, were missing after heavy rainfall caused the glacial Lhonak lake to overflow, spurring catastrophic flooding in the region on Wednesday, officials said.
Abu Dhabi Police pointed out that the entrances, including Sheikh Zayed Bridge, Sheikh Khalifa Bridge, Mussafah Bridge and Maqta Bridge are not allowed to use during morning rush hours only by large buses transporting workers.