Dubai: GEMS Education launched its “GEMS Alumni” program to connect some 400,000 of its alumni from its schools based in the United Arab Emirates on a single digital platform.
The program creates a network of GEMS alumni from around the world to “facilitate career success” in “in-demand industries” including aviation, technology and education.
The initial rollout of GEMS Alumni includes a dedicated website and app launched for alumni to register and login. The program offers a range of opportunities for its members – from reconnecting with old friends to professional networking and accessing Global Alumni Chapters.
Opportunities and offers
Another focus is career development, where alumni can take advantage of career webinars, mentorship opportunities, and industry roundtables. GEMS alumni will also have the opportunity to take advantage of exclusive offers locally and internationally.
The number of GEMS alumni – dating back to 1959 – currently stands at around 400,000 alumni who have all graduated or attended a GEMS school at some point in their school life. Everyone can now access the GEMS Alumni app and website.
GEMS Education CEO Dino Varkey, himself a GEMS Modern Academy alumnus, said: “After more than 60 years, you can meet a friendly GEMS face wherever you are in the world, because our network of graduates and alumni is truly global. . I can’t wait to see the GEMS Alumni program take off, bringing together and opening even more doors for the thousands of GEMS students we have had the privilege of teaching over the years.
From student to assistant director
Sheeba Jojo graduated from GEMS Our Own English High School, Dubai (OOD) in 1989. Today, she returns to OOD as Deputy Principal while pursuing a PhD in e-learning.
Connect the world
Akash Subramanian graduated from GEMS Modern Academy in 2014. Today he works at Facebook in California, having pursued a career in tech inspired by Steve Jobs and Elon Musk.
Serving dishes for the elite
Aamir Hashmi graduated from Cambridge High School, Abu Dhabi in 2012 and learned culinary arts. His career has taken him to the top of the GCC, serving prominent guests including former US President Barack Obama. After competing internationally, he started working in a Michelin starred restaurant in Barcelona.
Take to the sky
Basim Gondal graduated in 2010 from Wesgreen International School, Sharjah. He became a pilot with Air Arabia and is currently pursuing a Masters in Aviation Management.
Become a businessman
Jassim Bangara graduated from GEMS Modern Academy in 2005. He worked in Canada and Hong Kong before returning to Dubai to help with his family’s affairs. He then started his own business and also works as a strategy consultant.
Helping bring 5G to India
Vrunda Shah spent all her school years at GEMS Our Own English High School, Sharjah. After obtaining her engineering degree in India, she joined Intel, where she worked in a team responsible for creating chips for different devices to bring 5G to India.