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Providing Emirati students greater access to high-quality education in Dubai, the second cycle of Mohammed bin Rashid Distinguished Students Programme is now accepting applications from Emirati families for enrollment in private schools.

Fatma Al Marri, Chief Executive Officer of Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) said, “We aspire to provide Emirati students with high quality education and give them access to the best schools in Dubai. These efforts reflect the commitment of our wise leadership to support the educational needs of Emirati families.”

The MBR Distinguished Students Programme is being rolled out by Knowledge and Human Development Authority in partnership with Knowledge Fund and private school operators. It is the first of its kind in the UAE and aims to prepare an Emirati generation by combining innovative, smart and positive education practices.

Fatma Al Marri added, “Once a student is registered to participate in the programme – we will review their eligibility in accordance with the set criteria and application details. Selected students will be notified and informed of their school choice availability at a later stage.”

Registration for the programme is open till April 21 via the KHDA website ( Selected students will start classes from the new academic year in September 2018.

Last year, the programme received more than 550 applications from Emirati students to study in various grades. A total of 236 students successfully met the programme eligibility guidelines and are studying in schools rated ‘good’ or ‘better’ in Dubai.

Eligibility criteria for Mohammed bin Rashid Distinguished Students Programme

Knowledge and Human Development Authority has identified a number of criteria that enable Emirati students to join the MBR Distinguished Students Programme:

  • The student must be a UAE National from the Emirate of Dubai (with family book)
  • The student can be a new enrollment or currently studying at a public or private school
  • The student must pass the entry tests and interviews conducted by the evaluation committee in the school (as a final step in the registration process)