GEMS, a Dubai-based Educator Asia Expansion Plans Teaching in the world’s curriculum as follows:
A broad balanced education option. For students from Kindergarten (age 5) to Grade 12 (age 17). Focused on enquiry based learning and 21st century skills. American High School Diplomas are accepted by all US universities and are well recognised around the world.
Also known as the National Curriculum for England. For students from Nursery (ages 3-4) to Primary (ages 4–11) to Secondary (ages 11–18). Focused on creative and critical thinking as well as academic goals. GCSEs and A Level qualifications are recognised by major universities around the world.
CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) and CISCE (Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations) options are available. Focused on academic achievement and culture. Qualifications are widely recognised by all Indian universities and increasingly more international universities.
Three IB programme options available for students aged 3 to 19. They are designed to help young people grow academically, personally, emotionally and socially. Focused on developing life-long love of learning and skills to thrive in a globally connected world.
It also has development plans of expansion in southeast Asia and beyond.
‘GEMS Education’ is a for profit operator of private kindergarten to grade 12 schools. It is the largest education organisation in the world with 150,000 pupils and more than 11,000 teachers across the Middle East, Africa, Europe, China and India.
It lately started looking at opportunities to expand in new markets such as Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines and China in 2015. Its first school in the US just opened in Chicago and it plans to open an another one in New York.
Founded in the 1960’s, GEMS company is well represented in the United Arab Emirates with 12 schools and is also in Qatar, Egypt, Kenya, the United States, Switzerland, Uganda and India.
GEMS opened its first school in Singapore in September 2014, and will open its first school in Malaysia in September 2015, said the founder of the firm, Sunny Varkey.
The company did not say what amount they were looking to invest but the expansion plans came after a group led by Dubai’s Fajr Capital took a “minority but significant stake” in the firm late last year.