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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…”
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.
One of the artists whose works were selected to be featured on the parking meters is Sheikha Fekri, an Emirati student of Environmental Health Management at Canadian University Dubai (CUD).
The eLearning environment can be a very soiled place for learning, kids sitting at home in front of their computers, connecting to their courses and learning one subject at a time. For some schools, this has been the mode. However, the cross-curricular aspect of the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme has students at IB schools connecting their eLearning across disciplines, making learning at home more engaging, exciting and tangible.
Arab leaders also began to converge on the Saudi capital ahead of a summit with Xi, the leader of the world's number-two economy, who will hold separate talks with the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council before leaving on Friday.
This year, the Sharjah Events Festival will feature a wide variety of fun, entertainment and interactive activities, including musical shows, juggling games, balancing chairs, quick fashion shows, and the incredible skills of police dogs.
Sheikh Sultan Bin Ahmed toured the festival, starting with the pavilions of government entities, getting an insight into their various activities before heading to the pavilions of the Sharjah cities' municipalities, which offer several interactive and heritage activities.
The IPA President advised that emerging markets should be ready for these partnerships and collaborations and invest in their e-commerce capabilities as well as ensuring the necessary skills are there to facilitate their advancements.