• Community college partners offer majors in significant areas including science, engineering, agriculture, environment, and more

Abu Dhabi, UAE: Khotwa (Rizeup), the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge’s (ADEK) fully funded scholarship program, has strengthened its global scholarship partner network after collaborating with prestigious community colleges in Australia and New Zealand for the first time.

Designed to propel the program’s mission forward by providing education pathways across the globe, the inclusion of community colleges from both countries will strengthen Emirati students’ exposure to international perspectives and cultures, while also creating unparalleled opportunities to specialize in key subjects linked to priority industries and the future economic needs of the UAE and Abu Dhabi, including engineering, agriculture, science, environment, among others.

The Australian community colleges, affiliated with the global renowned University of Queensland and University of New South Wales, are pioneers in interdisciplinary climate change research. Additionally, the University of Southern Queensland and the Federation University, two of Australia’s leading regional institutions, are known for their contemporary teaching methods and robust industry connections.

New Zealand’s community colleges are affiliated with the top-ranked universities, including Lincoln University, the country’s oldest and leading land-based center of education, and the University of Auckland and the University of Canterbury, both of which are known for excellence in engineering and science programs.

Launched in September 2022 under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Office, the first intake of the program accommodated 441 students, providing access to study in eight diverse fields across 42 majors at 38 community colleges in the USA and Canada.

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About Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK)

The Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) is the Education Sector regulator across the Emirate. It oversees and provides services throughout a learner’s journey from early education to university and beyond. It also champions inclusivity for People of Determination in the mainstream schooling system and by providing specialized schools.

Across Early Childhood and K-12, ADEK licenses and regulates nurseries and private schools in Abu Dhabi while also legislating, mandating, and managing its own Charter Schools and 2 schools for People of Determination.

ADEK also annually provides distinguished Abu Dhabi students with full scholarships and support to study at the best universities around the world. In addition, the Department audits and enhances the delivery of Higher Education in Abu Dhabi, attracting Higher Education Institutions to open the required programs or schools that serve Abu Dhabi’s needs while championing a student and faculty-friendly ecosystem in the Emirate.

With a vision to Empower Education. Empower Minds. Empower the Future, ADEK recognizes that every learner is different, and a diversity of teaching methods are essential for students to succeed. To that effect, ADEK partners with stakeholders to enable a great education system to flourish in Abu Dhabi and nurture future-ready graduates who have the 21st century skills required to sustain and carry forward Abu Dhabi’s vision.