GEMS International School becomes first in UAE to partner with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

  • The school’s personalized pathways offer now includes aviation and STEM
  • Students able to earn one year’s worth of US college credits

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates: GEMS International School – Al Khail (GIS) has become the first school in the United Arab Emirates to partner with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), one of the most prestigious and sought-after universities in the world for aviation and aeronautics.

Through this partnership, students studying the IB Career-Related Program (CP) can now select the ERAU Dual Enrollment Program as Career-Related Study (CRS). It gives students the equivalent of one year of US university credits after successfully completing the CP and ERAU program, allowing them to enter directly into the second year of their university course.

Simon Herbert, School Principal/CEO of GEMS International School – Al Khail, said, “As the GEMS Center of Excellence for Aviation and Space, we are delighted to partner with the University aircraft Embry Riddle. The partnership is extremely rewarding for our students and provides another superb pathway that personalizes the education we provide. This puts our school at the forefront of finding opportunities for our students and graduates, while offering parents a significant discount on university fees.

Matthew Flaherty, Vice-Chancellor and Director of Asia, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Asia, said: “It gives us great pleasure to recognize GEMS International School – Al Khail as one of our partners in the framework of the ERAU dual registration program. We are confident that this partnership will enable students enrolled at the school to benefit from ERAU’s reputation as one of the world’s leading higher education institutions in aviation and flight education. aerospace. With this head start in teaching aviation and aerospace while still in high school, GEMS students prepare for a fulfilling career not only in aviation and aerospace, but also in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

GIS inaugurated its first cohort of CP students in September 2021, with a total of 23 students majoring in Business or Creative Media. Thanks to ERAU, CP students will now also be able to specialize in aeronautics and aviation, or in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Alternatively, they can specialize in Combined Business with one of two new pathways.

Students are free to choose from a wide variety of ERAU university-level courses leading to aeronautics, aviation, or STEM streams. They must register for four courses in the first year of CP and four courses in the second year. The courses are not run simultaneously, but are sequential, with each course lasting nine weeks. Students complete them online at school while following the rest of the CP curriculum face-to-face.

Universities place great importance on applicants who have completed the dual enrollment program, given the rigor and maturity it demands of high school students.


About GEMS Education

GEMS Education is one of the oldest and largest providers of private K-12 education in the world. It is a popular choice for quality private education in the Middle East and North Africa region. As a company founded in the United Arab Emirates in 1959, it holds an unparalleled track record in providing diverse curriculum and educational choices to all socio-economic backgrounds. GEMS Education now owns and operates 63 schools and educates over 130,000 students in the MENA region; and through its growing network of schools as well as its charitable contributions, it fulfills the founder’s vision of bringing a quality education within reach of every child.

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