GEMS World Academy - Dubai has announced the launch of The Hub, a central component of the Academy's Centre of Excellence for Entrepreneurship and Youth Start-up. The Centre, which is the first of its kind in the education sector, seeks to foster an entrepreneurial mindset and drive innovation among students, leading to successful ventures and the creation of jobs.
The Hub is a key support platform that will incubate the ideas of student entrepreneurs and provide support to make them reality. The Centre of Excellence will also help students to refine their projects, gain appropriate guidance and rapidly establish their enterprises in partnership with key industry leaders and with the support of the Centre’s entrepreneurship eco-system partner, Wamda Ventures.
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Yesterday we officially launched "The Hub", our new Center of Excellence for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Environmentalism, led by our incredible EIE Director, Helen Al Uzaizi. The Hub is a first of its kind in-school entrepreneurship centre, incubator and collaboration space for students. All of our students are invited to work on their own innovations and entrepreneurial projects and ventures. The ultimate goal is to encourage the development of an entrepreneurial mindset and culture within our schools at all levels. We were honored to welcome many distinguished guests to the launch, including GEMS Education CEO, Dino Varkey, GEMS Chief Education Officer Sir Christopher Stone, celebrity entrepreneur Anas Bukhash, TV Chef and Author Zahra Abdalla, Wamda, many company CEO's and Directors, education leaders, students and parents. This event gave our students the opportunity to pitch their own business ideas directly to the guests. #TheHubGWA #GEMSGenius #Entreprenuer #EIE #Innovation #Environmentalism #sustainableaction
The Centre will also provide training, facilitate access to experts, promote peer-to-peer connections and provide resources for students to enable them to scale up and grow their business ideas and while developing an entrepreneurial mindset.
The Centre of Excellence was inaugurated by GEMS Education CEO Dino Varkey, in the presence of leading influencer entrepreneurs in the UAE, including Anas Bukhash, co-founder of Ahdaaf Sports Club and the founder of Bukhash Brothers, and Zahra Abdullah, the food blogger behind “Cooking with Zahra”.
Today’s students are far more likely to have to create their own employment, while 65 per cent of the jobs they will engage in after they graduate do not even exist yet. With the current unemployment rate in the MENA region at about 28 per cent, it is even more important to enable the region’s youth to tap the potential of self-entrepreneurship.
During the launch event, GEMS World Academy - Dubai students presented ground-breaking innovations such as the WorkHub – a centre to upskill and re-integrate the unemployed and bring them back into the workforce. The event also featured a project named Axion Education which is a solar-powered tablet with educational programmes and curriculums for use in impoverished areas by children who do not have access to schools. Revolutionary projects such as these were among the many on display at the launch, all aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 1 to end poverty in all its forms everywhere.
Helen Al Uzaizi
Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Environmentalism Director, Administration
"Students enter a continuously changing world that requires flexibility, creativity, collaboration and nimbleness to adapt to this rapid change. Increasingly, our students need to think like entrepreneurs, and our Centre of Excellence aims to break schools out of old dichotomies between knowledge and skills, traditional rigour and entrepreneurial creativity. We want our students to be socially aware and responsible global citizens who understand local needs."
CEO of GEMS Education
"GEMS World Academy, Dubai’s Centre of Excellence for Entrepreneurship and Youth Start-up is a crucial component of the school and is one of five Centres of Excellence across our network of schools. The Centre is designed to promote technological and digital learning as well as unique student pathways and qualifications, and The Hub provides our bright young minds with a collaborative space to work on projects related to entrepreneurship, innovation and sustainable development"