Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC)
The Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) is the educational authority for the emirate of Abu Dhabi which includes the city of Al Ain, and towns in the Western Region (or Al Gharbiya). From January 2008, ADEC became the supervising body of the Abu Dhabi Educational Zone (ADEZ), taking over the role from the UAE Ministry of Education.
- ADEC was established in 2005. Not to be confused with other organisations possibly with the same acronym - the Abu Dhabi Executive Council (Abu Dhabi Executive Committee, Executive Committee of Abu Dhabi?).
- ADEC monitors courses and programs in Abu Dhabi schools and other educational institutes, offers support and assistance to schools and universities, and implements policies and procedures intended to improve the standard of education in Abu Dhabi.
- Director General of ADEC was Dr Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili (last checked June 2009).
- The three educational zones in Abu Dhabi are Abu Dhabi Educational Zone (ADEZ), Al Ain Educational Zone (AAEZ) (Director is Salem Al Kathiri), and the Western Region Educational Zone (WEZ).
- According to Dr Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili, the ADEC Director General, the difference between ADEC and ADEZ is that "ADEC plans and takes decisions, while the Abu Dhabi Education Zone is in charge of the implementation process. However, at the end, we both work together as one team" (reported in Gulf News 28 September 2008).
- A new ADEC corporate brand was announced on 17 June 2010. The brand was created in accordance with the
Office of the Brand of Abu Dhabi (OBAD) guidelines and consists of a new logo and the word Iqraa which "implies persistent hard work". The new brand expresses "the Abu Dhabi Government's commitment to preserving the Emirates distinctive culture and heritage its pursuit of knowledge and educational excellence which will support the future social and economic development of Abu Dhabi" (press release 17 June 2010).
ADEC school accreditation in Abu Dhabi (22 March 2011 update)
New (?) accreditation policy for private schools (non-government schools) in Abu Dhabi announced by ADEC 22 March 2011 (WAM news report).
- All private schools in the Abu Dhabi emirate should obtain an "accreditation license" from ADEC based on Special Education Regulations to be issued by ADEC (issue date not supplied).
- Accreditation requirements will include:
- established leadership, and effective Board of Trustees ensuring implementation of administration best practices.
- minimum grade of "good" attained in overall performance, and minimum "satisfactory" grade in all assessment categories.
- Pilot accreditation system to be run in May 2011
- Full accreditation system to be implemented at a later date to be announced, pending "approval from the higher authorities"
- Accreditation licence valid for 3 years, automatically renewable as long as school continues to make the grade.
- Accredited schools granted autonomy in running their own administration in accordance with the terms and conditions in the Private Schools Policies and Guidelines pamphlet (same as "ADEC licensing and accreditation guidelines" dated January 2009 available on ADEC website?).
Board of Trustees and sub-committee requirements for accreditation
- Board of Trustees of schools are responsible for the appointment, assessment, and dismissal (if appropriate) of the school principal.
- Board of Trustees of schools to approve, monitor, and ensure compliance of school policies, development plans, and school goals.
- school owner permitted to be a member of the Board of Trustees or president of the board, but is not permitted to participate in the management of daily school operations, nor is s/he permitted to have a permanent office at the school.
- Board of Trustees Subcommittees may be formed to oversee specific tasks and report back to the Board of Trustees.
- Board of Trustees meetings should be held at least once every 3 months with a quorum of at least 2/3 of the members. Appropriate records should be kept.
- Chairman can only vote as a tiebreaker to break a deadlock.
- schools should form a Permanent Grievance Committee to handle written complaints made against the school. Chairman should be the school principal, and the sub-committee reports to the Board of Trustees. Complaints should be reported within 24 hours to the sub-committee, and complaints should be responded to within 10 days.
- schools should also form a School Development Committee, responsible for the annual school development plan, and any other plans required as a result of an ADEC school inspection. The sub-committe should include Board of Trustees members, school management and faculty personnel, and may include parent and student representatives. Development plans should be submitted to ADEC for approval.
- Name and contact details to be submitted to ADEC include those of the BOT Chairman, and the chairmen of the respective subcommittees.
ADEC Abu Dhabi school accreditation (2010 information)
- ADEC announced they had signed a 5 year renewable agreement with Advance Education, Inc. (AdvancED), US based school accreditation body (press release and WAM report 03 March 2010). Headline was "ADEC signs MoU with AdvancED seeking International accreditation of its public and private schools"
- According to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), ADEC and AdvancED would collaborate in "providing technical assistance in establishing functioning operational systems to include school system governance, leadership structures, training and certification programs, policies & processes for personnel procurement, placement & evaluation and program evaluation", in other words, make schools better, as they themselves said further on - "create quality educational systems that best serve Abu Dhabi students."
- ADEC will provide AdvanceED with the physical location and resources to operate in Abu Dhabi, and AdvanceED will operate the office and accreditation system for Abu Dhabi schools, and employ a UAE Director of Accreditation. for the UAE office along with staff and administrative personnel.
- AdvacED might also provide ASSIST (Adaptive System of School Improvement Tools) for Abu Dhabi schools.
- Abu Dhabi schools would have to be accredited within 8 years (by 2018) according to a report in The National Abu Dhabi 04 March 2010 - "All schools in Abu Dhabi will have to be accredited by a US body within eight years, the emirate's education regulator said yesterday." - apparently referring to the ADEC press release, although there was no obvious mention of an 8 year time limit in the press release.
Abu Dhabi Future Schools program
- 14 June 2012 (press release) - Hill International (HIL) announced they have been awarded a contract by Musanada to provide project management services for the Abu Dhabi Future School Program, which covers managing construction of 10 new schools, 5 in Abu Dhabi and 5 in Al Ain. Contract duration is 14 months, contract value is about $3.6 million, construction cost of the 10 schools is about $327 million.
- September 2010 - Work started on 5 new schools as part of Abu Dhabi Future School Program. Construction by Sammon Contracting Ltd Abu Dhabi, designed by Broadway Malyan-Planar and DEWAN Architects. Schools are located in Abu Dhabi West, Al Jahly, Al Khatem, Al Khazna, and Al Towaya. Each school will have capacity of 1225 to 1500 students.
- December 2009 - ADEC in partnership with Musanada
(Abu Dhabi General Services Company) announces the Abu Dhabi Future Schools project as part of the ADEC 10 year Strategic Plan to improve education infrastructure in the emirate. Construction of 15 new schools in the emirate will start later.
List of Abu Dhabi Future Schools (not complete)
|Abu Dhabi Island Kindergarten
|Al Jahili Girls School
||Al Jahili, AAN
|Al Khatem School
||Al Khatem, AUH
|Al Mabade School
||Al Khazna, AAN
|Al Rahba Kindergarten
|Al Shawamekh Kindergarten
|Maryam Bint Sultan School
||Al Towayya, AAN
|Mubarak Bin Mohammed School
||Al Bateen, AUH
- AUH - Abu Dhabi city, AAN - Al Ain city. Capacities are approximate.
- Capacity 1,225-1,500 students
- Dewan Architects and Engineers
- Amana Contracting and Steel Buildings (Amana Group)?
- Broadway Malyan - Planar
- Sammon Group
New School Model Abu Dhabi (NSM) - press release 13 September 2010
- A New School Model (NSM) was announced by
Dr Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili, Director General of ADEC at the Bedaya Forum, a teacher training conference of some sort at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC).
- Dr Al Khali said in the press release that the NSM would
focus "on developing students, teachers, the learning environment & community at large" with a student centered learning approach, new curriculums, teaching methods, resources, facilities, and so on and so on.
- Dr Lynne Pierson, the Director of the new ADEC P-12 program said "NSM will be rolled out in all ADEC schools within 6 years."
- The NSM is presumably focused on government schools in Abu Dhabi, not private schools, which run curriculums from different countries depending on their target market.
Abu Dhabi school fee increases
- The Abu Dhabi education authority (ADEC) has allowed some private schools to increase fees by up to 5% for the 2010-2011 academic year according to the Al Ittihad newspaper 01 September 2010.
- The good news is that some of those schools wanted to increase fees by 100% but were not allowed.
- Names of schools were not supplied, but the American Community School of Abu Dhabi appears to be one of them.
- See also Dubai school fee increases.
- A WAM news report 20 September 2010 said ADEC has approved fee increase requests for 28 schools accounting for 5.7% of the 186 private schools operating in Abu Dhabi. The majority of requesting schools were granted 5% increase of fees, although most schools requested an increase of at least 23.4% of their fees.
Abu Dhabi school and education reform with ADEC
- 14 June 2010 - ADEC signed a 5 year contract with EduCluster Finland to implement a Finnish education system in 2 schools in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.
- The Abu Dhabi-Finnish School program will be implemented in Al Ameen Primary School for Boys in Abu Dhabi, and Hili Primary School for Girls in Al Ain for academic year 2010-2011.
- UAE Nationals teachers will teach Arabic, Islamic Studies, Social Studies, Culture and Heritage. Finnish teachers will teach English, Mathematics, Science, and IT with 31 of them being imported for phase 1 of the program.
- Emirati teachers will have the opportunity to obtain a Master's degree from the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland.
- ADEC will fund the project, and also support 2-4 week educational visits to Finland for UAE teachers.
- PPP program Abu Dhabi
ADEC Abu Dhabi school inspections
- ADEC will start (again?) school inspections in September 2012 for the 2012-2013 academic year, both state and private schools (news release 29 February 2012).
- Abu Dhabi schools will be inspected by ADEC in the 2009-2010 academic year, with a preliminary inspection during the 2008-2009 academic year. Similar to the Dubai school inspections conducted by the KHDA.
- Originally in 2009 statements, ADEC said they would make the results publicly available. That would mean parents, students, and teachers would have an opportunity to review schools which they planned to attend. In 2010, ADEC did an about-face and announced the results would be kept secret between the school and ADEC, resulting in parents, students, and teachers wondering what the point of the inspections was, if they weren't allowed to know how good or bad the schools were.
ADEC Abu Dhabi school finder (press release 27 July 2010)
- ADEC has made available an Abu Dhabi school finder on their website (link on ADEC home page) for parents, students, and teachers searching for schools in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.
- All three Abu Dhabi education zones are covered - AAEZ, ADEZ, WEZ.
- School finder lists public (government) and private schools.
- Schools can be searched for by curriculum, level/grade, gender, and location.
- School details include map of location using the Geographical Information System (GIS) technology, principal's name, telephone and fax numbers, PO Box, GPS coordinates.
ADEC statistics and number of schools in Abu Dhabi (as of 03 June 2010)
|Abu Dhabi emirate
|Abu Dhabi city
|Western Region / Al Gharbiah
- Emirati National students represent 31% of private education sector enrollment, expats represent 69%.
- According to
Paul Andrews, ADEC Private Schools Division Manager, 19 new school licenses providing capacity of 23,000 students have been granted from 126 applications (The National 01 June 2010).
- A 27 July 2010 ADEC press release said there were
a total of 480 schools in Abu Dhabi emirate - 175 private and 305 public. Unknown if 10 private schools closed in the previous month or one of the figures is incorrect (June 2010 information was 185 private and 305 public schools).
ADEC new private schools
- On 04 July 2010, ADEC issued a public tender offering 6 plots of lands for private school development in
Khalifa City B and Mohammed bin Zayed City. Plot size 18,000 to 22,000 sq meters and plots to be "leased at nominal rates" according to the ADEC press release.
- School curriculums to be English (1), American (1), Philippines English Language (1), UAE (3). Schools should be open for business by August 2013.
- The new schools are intended to be for students left without a school as a result of Abu Dhabi villa schools closing down.
- Prequalification application forms available from ADEC headquarters in Abu Dhabi from 04-12 July 2010, to be submitted by 1200 on 15 July 2010. After which shortlisted applications can obtain tender documents for the next stage of the application process.
ADEC new public (government) schools 2010-2011 (press release 04 August 2010)
ADEC will open 11 new schools and kindergartens, and integrate 20 schools for the 2010-2011 academic year as part of the
ADEC 10 Year Strategic Plan as follows:
Abu Dhabi Education Zone schools
- Shamkha District school, Abu Dhabi, capacity 330 students, for Cycle 1 and Cycle 2 male students
- Khalifa City A kindergarten, capacity 200 students (male and female), to serve Khalifa City residents, Khalifa City B, Officers' City, and Bein Al-Jisrien district
- Al-Mushrif School for Girls, Cycle 1, and Fatima Bint Mubarak School for Girls, Cycle 1, to be combined and operate in the Fatima Bint Mubarak School building in the Al Muroor area, capacity 690 students
Al Ain Education Zone schools
- Al Toyea Kindergarten, capacity 300 students (male and female)
- Al Sarooj Kindergarten, capacity 300 students (male and female)
- Al Shuaiba Kindergarten, capacity 300 students (male and female)
- Al Qou' Kindergarten, capacity 300 students (male and female)
- Al Barq School for Boys, Cycle 1, and Muawiya Ibn Abi Sufyan School for Boys, Cycle 1, to be integrated in the Muawiya Ibn Abi Sufyan School building, capacity 600 students
- Abdul Rahman Al Dakhel School for Boys, Cycle 1, and Sultan Bin Zayed School for Boys, Cycle 1, to be merged in the Sultan Bin Zayed School building, capacity 675 students
- Al Joud School for Girls, Cycle 1, and Al Raqya School for Girls, Cycle 1, to be combined in the Al Raqaya School building, capacity 500 students
- Al Yahr Al Shamali School for Boys, Cycle 1, and Al Adl School for Boys, Cycle 1, to be merged in the Al Adl School building, capacity 680 students
Al Gharbia schools (Western Region Educational Zone)
Three new schools opening at start of 2010-2011 academic year, two more new schools opening at the beginning of the second semester for 2009-2010. Ten schools to be combined into 5 new school buildings as follows:
- Al-Touba School for Girls, Cycle 3, in Al-Marfa' area, and Al Zaytuna School for Girls, Cycle 2, to be merged and open in a new school building - the A-Touba School, capacity 706 students
- Al Nawawy School for Boys, Cycle 2, and Al Jawahrgy School for Boys, Cycle 2, to be merged in a new school called Uqba Bin Nafe' School, capacity 751 students
- Al Marfa' School, capacity 748 students, new school established from combining Al Marfa' School for Girls, Cycle 1, and Uqba Bin Nafe' School for Boys, Cycle 1. Boys and girls in separate sections but under same management.
Al Seraj School for Boys, Cycle 1, in the Al-Sal district, and Al-Sal School for Girls, Cycle 1, to merge and open in a new school building called Al Sal School, capacity 819 students
- Shajart Al Dor School for Girls, KG to Cycle 2, in the Bouhrama area, and Bouhrama School for Boys, Cycle 1 to Cycle 2, to merge and reopen in a new school building, with separate administration and sections for boys and girls. Total capacity 227 students
Equivalent class/grades in English-medium private school systems for pupil placement
Academic Year 2009-2010 (ADEC information)
||Date of Birth
||01 Sep 2005
||31 Aug 2006
||01 Sep 2004
||31 Aug 2005
||01 Sep 2003
||31 Aug 2004
||01 Sep 2002
||31 Aug 2003
||01 Sep 2001
||31 Aug 2002
||01 Sep 2000
||31 Aug 2001
||01 Sep 1999
||31 Aug 2000
||01 Sep 1998
||31 Aug 1999
||01 Sep 1997
||31 Aug 1998
||01 Sep 1996
||31 Aug 1997
||01 Sep 1995
||31 Aug 1996
||01 Sep 1994
||31 Aug 1995
||01 Sep 1993
||31 Aug 1994
||01 Sep 1992
||31 Aug 1993
||High School 1
||01 Sep 1991
||31 Aug 1992
||High School 2
- Mid-year cut-off date is end of February, not August
- School year runs from January to November. Australia only according to ADEC information but presumably applies to NZ and South Africa also as they are also in the Southern Hemisphere. Also Singapore even though it is in the Northern Hemisphere (only just)?
According to ADEC: "Placement into the age-appropriate equivalency is conditional on successful completion of the academic year, authenticated by a school transfer certificate or official letter. Any requests to place children outside the age framework on this chart must be formally approved by ADEC and be accompanied by a formal assessment, by the school, in English and Maths (for all pupils) and Arabic and Islamic Studies (for native speakers only), demonstrating age and stage equivalency."
There is an appeals procedure if a parent or guardian does not agree with the level that their child has been placed in.
- Appeal to the school directly using the school's internal complaints procedure. If the outcome is not satisfactory, then
- Lodge an appeal with the ADEC Licensing and Accreditation Division Manager. The ADEC Assessment Committee will review the appeal and notify the applicant within 21 days. Documents to be submitted include:
- A one-page summary of the reasons for the appeal
- The outcome of the initial application to the school
- Evidence in support of the reasons for the appeal
ADEC Higher Education Scholarships for UAE Nationals
Talented Scholar Program (01 August 2010 press release)
- ADEC provides scholarships to Emiratis for university study in accordance with the Abu Dhabi Higher Education Strategy.
- UAE Nationals who have scored 85% or more on their UAE General Secondary Certificate or private school equivalent can apply.
- Scholarships are available to students planning to study for degrees in accounting, architecture, economics, electronic engineering, finance, and medicine. New subjects added for 2010-2011 are aerospace engineering, material sciences, and mechanical engineering.
- University students studying one of those subjects can also apply if they have have completed 30 credit hours with a cumulative 3.0 GPA.
- Scholarships consist of university tuition fees and a monthly allowance (AED 6,250 according to June 2010 Talented Scholarship Program information) while studying at a UAE based institute with international accreditation.
- Scholarships are provided on the basis that students achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0 during their studies.
- Division Manager of Counseling and Scholarships at ADEC, Mrs Mona Majed (Majid?), said the program aims to assist citizens to "actively contribute to the social and economic growth of the UAE."
- To register, fill in the scholarship application form on the ADEC website, and submit it to ADEC headquarters with: 8 passport photographs, copy of UAE ID, passport, certified copies of grade 10-12 academic records, acceptance letter from an accredited university, university transcript for students already at a university.
- In 2009-2010, 197 students were selected out of 345 applicants for a scholarship, consisting of 164 high school graduates, and 33 university students.
Other ADEC internships and scholarship programs include:
- Pembroke College (Oxford University) Summer Internship - 4 week study program of Biological Science, and Economics courses.
- Summer Internship to Global Foundries-Dresden Germany (IAG) - internship at the
GlobalFoundries chip manufacturing plant in Germany. Sponsored by
ADEC and the Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC)
- Education Leadership Scholarship - ADEC sponsored for students doing a Master's in Educational Leadership in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK, or USA. Scholarship benefits include tuition fees, monthly salary, travel, school fees for children. On completion of studies, graduates are expected to work for ADEC.
- Elite Scholarship for Advance Technology
- Scholarships Program - see Talented Scholar Program information above
- Study Leave Program
- Transportation Engineering Scholarships - ADEC and Abu Dhabi Department of Transport (DoT) sponsorships for students studying a Bachelor degree in Transportation Engineering or Master degree in Transportation Management and Planning at the Abu Dhabi Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), with internships at the DoT. The DoT will provide graduates with jobs on completion of their studies.
- Urban Planning Scholarships - scholarships provided by ADEC for students studying bachelor and master degrees in urban. The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) will provide internships and hire graduates.
Contact ADEC for more information about internship and scholarship programs. Tel +971-2-6150370, email email@example.com, or visit the ADEC website for application forms and information.
ADEC 10 year strategic plan (2009-2018)
On 29 June 2009, ADEC announced a 10 year strategic plan from 2009 to 2018 to improve the education system in the Abu Dhabi emirate, targeted at government schools and private schools running a UAE curriculum. Key points are (based on ADEC press release 29 June 2009)
- Long term strategy is to migrate Abu Dhabi government schools to a new school model with a new curriculum and assessment scheme, addressing teacher qualifications, curriculum learning outcomes, classroom and school facilities. Migration will be phased beginning with kindergartens, up to grade 12 by 2015-16.
- Short term strategy to focus on cycle 3 (grades 10-12) students to improve their ability to meet university and college entry criteria.
- Improve quality of schools in Abu Dhabi so that students meet international standards.
- Improve student proficiency in Arabic language, and knowledge of UAE culture and history.
- Changing the focus of the current education system to depend more on problem solving and analytical skills than memorization.
- Increasing teaching time for cycle 3 students from the current 4-5 hours (possibly up to 8 hours).
- Replace old and inadequate villa schools with more modern facilities.
- Promote teaching careers for UAE nationals.
- All school age students of any nationality should have access to a quality education.
- Supporting special needs children with an individualized education.
- Providing affordable high quality private education equivalent to international standards.
- Improving career guidance options and supporting Abu Dhabi government Emiratization initiatives.
- ADEC educational targets will be evaluated by independent monitoring agencies, with results made available to the public.
ADEC Higher Education 10 Year Strategic Plan 2010-2019
- On 10 June 2010, ADEC announced in a press conference a 10 Year Strategic Plan for Higher Education in the emirate of Abu Dhabi - the "Abu Dhabi Higher Education Strategic Plan"
- The plan will have 4 target priorities, to be assessed and measured against specific criteria:
- Raising the quality of Abu Dhabi's higher education system to internationally recognised levels
- Aligning higher education with Abu Dhabi's social, cultural, and economic needs
- Building and maintaining a research eco-system to drive an innovation-based economy
- Providing all qualified students with affordable access to higher education
- The Plan was developed by a Higher Education taskforce committe formed in 2009 and comprising the Abu Dhabi General Secretariat, the Abu Dhabi Executive Affairs Authority, the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, UAE University, ATIC, Harvard Business School, Oxford University, and Imperial College London.
- The taskforce identified a number of problem areas including:
- Misalignment of higher education output with Abu Dhabi's socio-economic vision (the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030).
- Insufficient quality of graduates and faculty
- Limited research activity
- Restricted opportunities and access to quality of higher education
- The Gulf News said on 11 June 2010 that these shortfalls were explained by Dr Mugheer Al Khaili, Director-General of the ADEC:
- Low preparation in primary and secondary schools (P-12)
- Inadequate quality assurance
- Limited and unfocused programme offerings
- Difficulty in attracting and retaining quality faculty
- Insufficient funding for higher education
- Underdeveloped research and innovation environment
- The National reported on 11 June 2010 that AED 4.9 billion will be pumped into research and development by 2018 under a new strategic plan for higher education unveiled yesterday.
- ADEC plans to have an inspection system in place for all Abu Dhabi universities by 2011.
- ADEC also plans to establish a network of public libraries in Abu Dhabi by 2014.
ADEC P-12 Executive Committee
- The ADEC P12 Committee is an advisory group of 11 principals (not 12 apparently?) from Abu Dhabi schools who act as a liason between ADEC and ADEC schools so that schools in Abu Dhabi don't have to talk directly to ADEC and vice versa. Or something.
- Committee was announced in a press release 22 March 2010 and consists of 4 principals from Abu Dhabi city schools, 4 from Al Ain, and 3 from Al Gharbia (Western Region).
- HE Dr Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili, Director General of Abu Dhabi Education Council explained the role of the committee in the press release: "ADEC will refer comments and suggestions received from schools to the advisory committee for review and feedback. The committee will in turn send its recommendations to ADEC's P-12 Executive Committee, for approval and implementation. Furthermore, ADEC's plans and programs related to school issues will also be conveyed to schools via the advisory committee to ensure the school community is kept aware and share the valuable views of its members in order to achieve the desired outcomes,"
- Executive Director of the Private Education and Quality Assurance Sector - Yousif Al Sheryani (22 March 2011 information).
ADEC contact details
- Abu Dhabi Educational Council
- PO Box 36005
- ADEC location is off Airport Rd (2nd St), west side, between Delma St (13th St) and Mohammed Bin Khalifa St (15th St)
- Tel +971-2-6150000, fax +971-2-6150555 (or
+971-2-6150595? Seen on AUH government website but might be incorrect), email firstname.lastname@example.org
Last update Saturday 14-Jul-2012