Jun 17 2012
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Scholarship budget up, regulations in place
Sunday, Jun 17, 2012
Abu Dhabi: The Abu Dhabi Executive Council (EC) has approved an increase in the budget for scholarships and has given the charge to the Abu Dhabi Education Council ( Adec ) to regulate such scholarships and study leaves in the UAE and abroad. The EC, which approved a budget increase of Dh197 million to be spent over the coming four years on scholarship programmes, also announced that Adec will be the regulatory authority for developing the scholarship system. According to an Adec statement, the move is expected to provide world-class higher education system and build local competencies that would meet labour market needs.
Registration is already open for higher education scholarship programmes from June 3 onwards and will continue until June 21, 2012. This programme is available to Emiratis who have scored a minimum of 85 per cent in Grade 12. Current university students who have completed 30 credit hours while maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0 are also eligible to apply for the programme.
Adec provides a comprehensive set of scholarship programmes and study leave and offers scholarships to 1,840 students enrolled in various disciplines. They include the Al Nokhba Scholarship, Abu Dhabi Council for Economic Development scholarship, Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority Scholarship, Saadiyat Island’s Cultural District Scholarship, Study Leave Programme for Abu Dhabi Government Staff, Study Leave Programme for SEHA Staff and Nibras Scholarship Programme. Apart from that, Adec also provides a number of summer internship programmes such as Al Nokhba summer internship programme, Mubadala Aerospace internship programme, summer internship programme at L’institut D’etudes Politiques and the Pembroke College summer internship programme.
“The scholarship programme aims to create a stronger alignment between the human capital resources and labour market requirements,” Dr Al Khaili said.
By Nada Al Taher Staff Reporter
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