The Abu Dhabi Executive Council has announced that the Abu Dhabi Education council (ADEC) will be the regulatory authority for developing a scholarship system aiming to manage and control scholarships and study leaves within the UAE and abroad. The Executive Council has also approved a budget increase of AED 197 million to be spent over the coming four years on scholarship programmes which will help enhance the UAE’s capabilities through provision of world-class higher education system and building local competencies that would meet labour market needs.
HE Dr. Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili, ADEC Director General, said that the Executive Council decision comes in line with the Abu Dhabi Government Economic Vision 2030 for developing an innovation-based economy through the expansion of the scholarship programme and identifying its policies. He lauded the great support extended by the UAE’s prudent leadership and their keenness to provide UAE students with the best educational opportunities at local as well as international levels.
"The scholarship programme aims to create a stronger alignment between the human capital resources and labour market requirements", added Dr. Al Khaili.
Mrs. Mona Majed Al Mansouri, Division Manager of Guidance and Scholarships at ADEC said that pursuant to the Executive Council decision, ADEC scholarship committee will develop a strategy and general policy proposals for scholarships and study requests and leaves submitted by all government bodies.
"The committee will also develop scholarship-related regulations and decisions, decide on the countries, institutions of higher education, disciplines and majors required, terms and conditions, financial allowances, benefits, academic reports review and follow-up process, discontinuation, extension and recommendations", added Al Mansouri.
Al Mansouri pointed out that the new decision will create a centralised and standardised system to manage scholarships, where ADEC will be responsible for managing all the academic programmes, study leaves, general requirements for all Abu Dhabi Government employees. ADEC will also be responsible for monitoring the scholars’ obligations after completion of study and obtaining their degree.
ADEC provides a comprehensive set of scholarship programmes and study leaves and offers scholarships to 1840 students enrolled in various disciplines. ADEC local scholarship programmes include Al Nokhba Scholarship Programme, Abu Dhabi Council for Economic Development Scholarship Programme, Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority Scholarship Programme, Saadiyat Island’s Cultural District Scholarship Programme, Study Leave Programme for Abu Dhabi Government Staff, Study Leave Programme for SEHA Staff and Nibras Scholarship Programme. Moreover, ADEC 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 Pembroke College Summer Internship Programme.
Registration was opened for local higher education scholarship programme on June 3 and will continue till June 21, 2012. This programme is available to UAE nationals who have scored a minimum of 85% in G12. Current university students who have completed 30 credit hours while maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.00 are also eligible for applying to join the programme. The scholarship programmes aim to attract students interested in pursuing degrees in electronic, electrical, chemical and mechanical engineering, economics, accounting, finance and medicine.