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Culture & Education | Monday 17 July, 2017 4:01 am |

GEMS Education to provide scholarships & financial aid to students through UniConnect Programme

Furthering it’s commitment to helping families, GEMS Education has recently launched the UniConnect Programme – a series of strategic partnerships designed to provide scholarships and financial aid to GEMS students seeking admission at universities within the region and across the globe.  


Dino Varkey, Chief Executive Officer, GEMS Education, said: “This initiative aims to make access to higher education a realistic choice for all our GEMS graduates. Because of our long standing record of academic excellence we have been able to form partnerships under the UniConnect Programme which will provide our students with an added advantage. They can apply to specific scholarships, access financial aid and in some instances receive preferred preference at the university and colleges we are partnered with.”


The UniConnect Programme offers three levels of partnership to Universities and Colleges – Platinum, Gold and Silver. Each partnership level provides different relationship opportunities for the institution and for families as well. Universities across a wide spectrum of countries have been invited to sign up as partners.


The UniConnect programme is one of a many initiatives GEMS Education is working on to help students with higher education choices. GEMS recently announced a partnership with Intelligent Partners, the leading ‘study abroad’ and university advising consultancy in the Middle East. That alliance aims to complement existing college and university admissions advisers within the GEMS network, and offer a new and comprehensive range of services. The UniConnect will provide the next step to this by providing access to partner universities and colleges,  and highlight their specific offering to GEMS Students.


Robert Wilson, Consultant on Higher Education Initiatives at GEMS said: “The GEMS vision has always been to work hand in hand with higher education institutions to promote learning, research and professional development on a global scale. UniConnect allows us to offer all of our graduates an advantage with wider entry opportunities into partner Universities and Colleges. Our aim is to develop a world class hub for advice on tertiary education, encompassing all the major aspects including career advising, college placement, assessment test preparation and guidance and more importantly help and support with sourcing scholarship and financial aid. “


Being associated with the UniConnect programme, will allow Universities and Colleges to create a long-lasting relationship with GEMS schools and students on a global level. This affiliation will ensure that universities provide meaningful scholarships and additional funding towards a Scholarship Fund for deserving students.


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