GEMS Modern Academy receives coveted award for actively supporting the SAP Young Thinkers Network Program

GEMS Modern Academy becomes the only school in the country to have got permission to run the SAP program.



GEMS Modern Academy was recognised with the prestigious SAP Visionary Award for being the only school in the UAE to successfully run the SAP Young Thinkers Network Program for four continuous years. The award was received by Ritesh Dhanak, Supervisor for Digital Learning, GEMS Modern Academy, at the SAP Academic Conference in Karlsruhe, Germany.

The SAP University Alliances program opens the world of SAP to more than 2,600 universities in more than 90 countries worldwide, and aims to develop highly qualified graduates with critical skills for the 21st century workforce.

Nargish Khambatta, Principal, GEMS Modern Academy, said: “In this ever-evolving information age, machine learning helps students decipher patterns emerging from data analysis and to solve problems more effectively. This helps make artificial intelligence more purposeful to human society. Through our partnership with SAP, our students acquire skills that are so essential for their future.”

GEMS Modern Academy offers its students the Young Thinkers Program – part of the SAP University Alliance Program – to stimulate interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning and careers. This facilitates young thinkers to find and develop their talent. The program also addresses the skills shortage that is prevalent around the world by encouraging young thinkers to build up the required skills and become university and workforce ready.


The school has implemented this as part of the ACE program (Afternoon Curriculum Enrichment) program for grades 11 and 12. As an extension of this program, students also go through design-thinking workshops, visit SAP centres and take part in local and international codeJam / Innojam coding events.

Nargish further added: “The SAP award re-affirms our commitment towards providing our students with the opportunities to equip themselves for skills they will need after they leave us.”

The Young Thinkers Network aligns with traditional University Alliances offering, taking advantage of existing content, events and resources wherever possible – and is supplemented with Young Thinkers specific curriculum and events when needed.

Wissam Kadi, Regional Director, SAP Next-Gen, EMEA South, said: “It has been a very exciting collaboration with GEMS Modern Academy working on several innovation initiatives focused on youth development for the digital economy. The visionary award received by GEMS Modern reflects how both the SAP Young Thinkers program and GEMS are committed to driving innovation in STEM education. We look forward to accelerating the SAP Young Thinkers community in the region through our incredible partnership.”

Through a community of over 8,000 faculty members as well as engagement at over 1.500 events annually, SAP University Alliances has inspired students around the world about SAP. As an education initiative, it focuses education around digitalisation and addresses all types of schools with the aim to enable young people to shape the digital world of tomorrow.



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