Saturday 26 November 2022 - 4:55:49 pm

30 high achieving Emirati high school students successfully complete NYUAD’s Summer Academy Programme

ABU DHABI, 3rd October, 2022 (WAM) – Thirty high-achieving Emirati high school students have completed the 18-month New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) 2022 Summer Academy enrichment programme. The programme is designed specifically for academically outstanding UAE-based Emirati high school students and seeks to prepare students for admission to the world's top-tier universities.

Zaki Nusseibeh, Cultural Adviser to the UAE President, said, “Participants in the Summer Academy demonstrate the very best qualities of academic achievement, intellectual curiosity, and leadership potential. Their accomplishments are a source of great pride for the nation. NYUAD’s Summer Academy participants are effectively preparing for global citizenship so that they have the ability to engage collaboratively across an international diversity of cultures and beliefs.


"By preparing them with the training that would enable them to continue their higher education at top universities, the outcomes of participants’ experiences means that they are motivated and skilled to find sustainable solutions to the challenges faced by all nations.”

The highly selective programme, which has been running for 12 years, has celebrated success whereby Emirati Summer Academy alums have been admitted to top-tier English-language global universities such as Yale, Princeton, University of Toronto, London School of Economics, George Washington University, Boston University, King’s College London, The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Tokai University, as well as NYUAD and NYU New York among many others.

Senior Vice Provost for Strategy and Planning at NYUAD Fatma Abdulla said, “The Academy has a proven track record of nurturing talented local students to excel in some of the most competitive and acclaimed educational institutions in the world. Our graduates not only go on to have fulfilling academic careers, but also long-term success in medicine, government, finance, research, law, education, aviation, and many other areas. We are delighted to have the opportunity to support the UAE in its transition towards a thriving knowledge-based economy with young Emirati talent at its core.”

There have been a total of 283 graduates of the Summer Academy from the Class of 2012 through the Class of 2021. The Summer Academy curriculum focuses on the development of critical thinking and writing in English, quantitative reasoning, standardised test preparation, public speaking, and leadership, as well as college admissions counseling.


Taking place during the two summers following grades 10 and 11 and including additional instruction throughout the academic year, the Summer Academy introduces students to the academic standards, norms, and values appropriate to world-class higher education institutions. The highly competitive programme solicits nominations from school principals and counselors on behalf of Emirati students who attend government or private high schools from all seven emirates.

Esraa Esmail/ Rola AlGhoul