Information for Potential Employers

DSS/SASP & Their Students Education at Prestigious Universities

The Distinguished Students Scholarships (DSS)  and the Study Abroad Scholarships (SASP) are granted annually by the Government of the United Arab Emirates. The scholarship program is Sheikh Zayed’s gift to the most promising UAE national students, whose intellectual capabilities and character make them  stand out. The exclusivity of the scholarships is seen in their limitation to approximately a dozen recipients that have been selected through a multi-stage process from an initial pool of over six hundred candidates.

In the United States, our students attend elite universities such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania, Brown University, Stanford University, Duke University, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Michigan. At these schools, students study a variety of majors that range from engineering and computer science to finance and political science

Hiring DSS Students as Summer Interns

During the summer break, many of the DSS recipients return to the UAE in order to gain work experience in their area of study. While providing a learning experience for our students, these internships offer organizations in the UAE an opportunity to appraise young, talented, and energetic nationals. In many cases, these experiences can lead to full-time employment upon the students' completion of their educational training in the United States. Please contact the Scholarships Office for information about selecting one of our students for a summer internship

Hiring SCO Graduates as Permanent Employees

One of the requirements of the scholarships is that the recipient works for a U.A.E government or  semi-government organization for no fewer than five years upon completion of their university education. Through a combination of our selection process and the students’ training at elite universities, employers are ensured top-quality candidates for positions in their organizations. Graduates have been placed at an array of top government offices such as the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, U.A.E Oil & Gas Companies, the Abu Dhabi General Health Services Authority and Etisalat. To find out how your organization can benefit from hiring our graduates as permanent employees, please contact the Scholarships Office.


Quotes of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan - The President of UAE

Educating the individual is this country’s most valuable investment. It represents the foundation for progress and development.

A true commitment to tapping all of the available work fields, combined with a high enthusiasm for acquiring knowledge, broadening horizons and benefiting from modern science is necessary for the UAE to succeed in taking a forward step into the 21st century.

In an effort to successfully build our nation, a large portion of this country’s income is invested in compensating opportunities for progress that may have passed us by, and in moving along with the progress of the developed countries in order to support our main aim of advancing the UAE and the UAE national.

Despite the educational achievements, the educational process is an ever-growing challenge in need of meticulous planning and rigorous efforts of program development in order to keep up with modern technology and the fast-paced technological advancement.

Quotes of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan - Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi about Education and Human Development

Education is a country’s single most important priority and investing in the educational development of the individual represents the only real investment.

Our educational development plans allow us to look forward to an even brighter future of generations capable of handling twice the responsibilities as a result of being founded on knowledge, learning and adherence to customs and traditions.

The true wealth of a nation lies in its youth…one that is equipped with education and knowledge and which provides the means for building the nation and strengthening its principles to achieve progress on all levels.

Every UAE national considers the founder of this country and leader of this nation his role model …and all nationals have responded to this leader’s call for progress and advancement thus making the UAE individual the backbone of the country’s development.

The future holds no place for those who lack knowledge and education.

Education is the priority of any nation that hopes to occupy a distinguished position among the countries of the world. It is the means by which it can build a strong generation, cautious of adhering to its customs and traditions and able to adjust to the ever-changing needs of our times and to the ever-developing technologies of the modern world.

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