Posted: Mon, Jan 16, 2023 4:25pm
Last updated: Monday, January 16, 2023 at 10:15pm
The Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (Adek) has opened applications for this year’s Abu Dhabi Scholarships, an annual program designed to provide outstanding Emirati students with a unique pathway to a personalized higher education journey to world-class universities.
The application deadline is 31 March 2023 and is open to high-achieving UAE Year 12, Year 13 students and undergraduate students aged 24 and under, to fulfill their academic potential and contribute to the continued development of priority sectors after graduation contribute.
With 30 new majors, students who meet program criteria can choose from 82 majors in elite and creative majors. New majors include Medicine, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Landscape Architecture, User Experience (UX) Design, Web Design, Fashion Design, Music and Performing Arts, Computer Game Production (Video Games), Culinary Arts and Journalism, among others.
“As part of an ongoing development process that takes place each year, we conduct a detailed analysis and review of our diverse scholarship program to identify key areas for improvement and ensure that the program’s outcomes are aligned with the needs of the national economy,” said Executive Officer Bashaer Dr. Almatrooshi said. Director of Talent Support at Adek. “We are open to applications from creative thinkers, determined achievers, ambitious learners and relentless explorers; our aim is to empower them to fulfill their potential.
Almatrooshi added: “We are committed to developing the UAE’s cadres to lead the future across growth sectors, and the introduction of new specializations within our creative stream reflects our continued commitment to support these national priorities.”
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Students also benefit from internship opportunities with more than 100 industry-specific partners as they pursue majors that align with the human capital needs of priority industries. Program career advisors will also assist graduates with post-study career placement.
In addition to fully funded scholarships, successful applicants will benefit from academic advising and long-term career development support. Dedicated advisors will support students during their studies, while Adek advisors will follow students throughout their university journey and work on five main pillars – social welfare, academic guidance, career guidance, alumni services and job opportunities – provide support for them.
Successful students will also benefit from a book allowance, health insurance, travel costs, a monthly stipend to cover housing costs and a high performer bonus.
Elite program applications are open for Year 12/Year 13 students with a Semester 1 average of 90% or higher in their current year and a final Year 11/12 average of 85% or higher. Hopeful students pursuing a creative major must have a final Year 12/13 average of 85% and must submit a portfolio and two letters of recommendation. Students must also achieve a minimum of IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL iBT 60 and submit an unconditional offer of admission to one of the top 150 universities worldwide recognized by Adek.
Current university students aged 24 and under majoring in one of the approved majors at one of the top 150 universities recognized by Adek may also apply for the program provided they achieve a GPA of at least 3.0 or equivalent and complete at least 30 university credits to IELTS at the time of application 6.0 points or TOEFL 60 points or above.
Students admitted to any of the top 20 colleges approved by Adek are eligible for the Fast Track Scholarship Option, where they bypass the eligibility requirements and are shortlisted immediately.
For more information, prospective students can visit and submit an application by March 31, 2023.
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