BISJ students wow global universities

From left, Salma Islam, MIT; Hija Ali, Cambridge; Ian Williams, school director; Hafiz Mohammed Amri, Oxford; and Jad Abdel Jawad, Stanford and Harvard. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 01 May 2018

BISJ students wow global universities

Students of the British International School of Jeddah (BISJ) have received university offers from some of the top universities around the world. 

The school, which celebrates 40 years this year, has grown from a small villa, with a few pupils to offering IGCSE at age 16 and now culminating in the International Baccalaureate exams. Over 60 nationalities now are registered for a British-style education, which prepares students for universities around the world.

“It is fitting in this 40th year that we are also celebrating university offers from some of the top universities around the world. These offers show that students who study at any school in the Kingdom should keep their sights on the best universities in the world. The Year 13 students are now on study leave preparing for the remainder of their IB exams which begin later this week,” a press release said.

The students that have studied art as one of their courses have already had their exhibition. 

The school caters for children from years Kindergarten to Year 13 and has in excess of 1,500 students. The school is accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS), the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), and by the British Schools of the Middle East (BSME). Additionally, BISJ is authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) and is a center for Cambridge International Examinations (CIS).

The school has a purpose-built facility with over 100 dedicated classrooms, including swimming pools, an Astroturf pitch and a number of science and IT labs. The sports program is quite challenging and the standard outdoor education curriculum includes windsurfing, sailing and kayaking on the Red Sea.

KAUST’s conscious investor program region’s first

Updated 24 September 2020

KAUST’s conscious investor program region’s first

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) has partnered with the investment platform VentureSouq, startAD, the Abu Dhabi-based global accelerator anchored at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD), and its partner Tamkeen, to launch the first Conscious Investor Fellowship in the GCC. The pan-regional fellowship is a six-week virtual program dedicated to enabling regional investors in the GCC to create sustainable change through impact investments. The program, which will take place from Oct. 7 to Nov. 25, comes as part of the upcoming annual Angel Rising Symposium, to be held virtually between Nov. 24-25, which provides education and conversations on the future of the angel investment sector and how it can fuel national and regional innovation.

The fellowship aims to empower the next generation of regional mission-driven investors who will fuel emerging ventures using technology for meaningful change, resulting in a measurable positive impact. Twenty-five investors from family offices, corporate and government entities will be welcomed as fellows of this inaugural cohort, where they will learn how to identify and invest into tech-enabled impact-driven startups.

The program will cover conscious investment strategies, startup diligence and valuations, impact measurement, portfolio management, and global sector trends in the impact space. Elective thematic masterclasses will also be offered, with a specific focus on health tech, educational tech, environmental tech, and agricultural tech. Participants will be able to apply their knowledge and invest in live deals through VentureSouq’s Conscious Collective Fund. The inaugural edition is held in collaboration with the Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center and Hub71.

Hattan Ahmed, head of the KAUST Entrepreneurship Center, said: “KAUST is driven by a mission to advance research and create new technologies that address our greatest global challenge in food, water, energy, and the environment. We are starting to see more deep tech startups emerging from the ecosystem, disrupting existing industries and creating new solutions to these challenges. The Conscious Investor Fellowship is a key step to advancing this ecosystem and educating regional investors about the potential of emerging technologies and their long-term value. For Saudi Arabia in particular, there is a unique opportunity to nurture this deep tech ecosystem for real economic transformation.”

Ramesh Jagannathan, research professor of engineering, vice provost for entrepreneurship at NYUAD, and managing director of startAD, said: “Conscious investment is a growing global force, accelerated by the ongoing impacts of the global pandemic. In the UAE, and specifically Abu Dhabi, we have a unique opportunity to engage with this global trend, given that the emirate has the highest net potential wealth globally.”