The GEMS Difference

Going beyond the traditional concept of a school education

Joining GEMS Education and being part of our family of schools means gaining access to a wide array of programmes, initiatives and benefits that go well beyond the traditional concept of a school education.


We strongly believe in the importance of instilling fundamental human values in our students – and then celebrating our students’ acts of kindness, empathy, compassion and respect. The GEMS Jewels of Kindness & Respect initiative encourages all GEMS Education students to think about being kind and respectful to their friends, family and wider community, anchored to the belief that children learn best when there is close collaboration between home and school on core values.

Centres of Excellence

GEMS Education has established five ground-breaking Centres of Excellence designed to deliver outstanding provision of future technological and digital learning experiences and prepare students for a rapidly changing world. Operated in partnership with key industry players in the public and private sectors, these Centres provide students with game-changing opportunities in areas including Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, Digital Industries and Sustainability, Aviation and Space, Performance and Theatre Technologies, and Entrepreneurship and Youth Start-up.


The future-focused research and development arm of GEMS Education, GEMS X has a vision of redefining learning and school through the lens of work, technology and inter-connected societies of the future. To find out more, visit the GEMS X website.

GEMS UniConnect

The GEMS UniConnect programme provides scholarships and opportunities to students seeking admission at university. UniConnect has developed partnerships with a growing number of post-secondary institutions across the world, securing scholarships covering up to 100% of tuition exclusively for GEMS Education students.

GEMS Student Employment

The GEMS Student Employment programme makes full use of our extensive network of partnerships with industry leaders across the region and beyond to provide GEMS Education students with experiential and competency-based learning through internships, volunteer work, apprenticeships and part-time and graduate jobs.

Leading Ambassadors

His Excellence Ban Ki-moon, the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations, and Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice Chancellor of the University of Buckingham, have both joined GEMS Education as advisors. Ban Ki-moon is the ambassador for the Model UN Conference at GEMS World Academy. Sir Anthony Seldon is helping to develop an innovative ecosystem through the adoption of Artificial Intelligence at GEMS schools in coordination with the University of Buckingham.


All GEMS Education schools in the UAE are working with UN:CC Learn – The United Nations Climate Change Learning Partnership – to bring world-class environmental education to every child across the GEMS Education network. In 2019, Candice Wright, a teacher at GEMS FirstPoint School – The Villa, became the first teacher in the UAE to be UN:CC-accredited. Later in the year, The Kindergarten Starters become the world’s first fully UN-accredited Climate Change School.

Quality Assurance Programme

GEMS Education’s Quality Assurance Programme embodies our promise to parents, to listen to their needs, take on board their feedback and act accordingly. It recognises how vital it is that we get closer to our families and better understand their requirements and circumstances, resulting in improved learning outcomes and altogether happier students, parents and staff.