- Skills Development Specialist Abdallah El Marhoune
Ministry OF Education
Al Nahda Rd, Near Al Qusais Metro Station – Dubai-
Al Nahda Rd
United Arab Emirates
Based on the vision of preparing the students to be leaders in all fields including the scientific fields, huge efforts have been made recently to develop the Emirati schools’ curriculum. These efforts are paid in order to keep the Emirati students up with the rapid technological and scientific revolution all over the world. Having us living the period of the fourth industrial revolution needs us to prepare our students with the necessary tools to possess their deserved position amongst the nations. As a matter of fact, an important method for the students to measure their knowledge and abilities gained is by having them associating with all other students around the world. This can be done through the international competitions organized in all different scientific fields, named the International Olympiads.
The Activities and Care Sector in the Ministry of Education noted this necessity, hence, the Sector launched the initiative of Masterminds in February 2018 to fulfill this need. The Masterminds initiative is a sustainable program that trains the students on scientific topics in depth. These fields are but not limited to Science, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Economics, Informatics, and the Arabic Language. The students who are enrolled in this program are expected to gain the necessary knowledge to overcome their peers in these fields during their school studies as well as their university studies. This is done by having them trained on a weekly basis by professional trainers and university lecturers. These training sessions are held in internal camps and external camps where the students spend most of their time practicing and developing their knowledge and skills.
The first Mastermind Qualifiers
In November 2020, 585 students from public and private schools took the Qualification exam. A total number of five hundred and eighty-five students took the exam from all over UAE. The following table shows the number of the students who participated in each subject from grades :
The Mastermind Qualification Exams prepared by our Scientific committee (basically are multiple choices and essay) This year 2020 all our tests were online due to the situation of the pandemic
Mastermind National Teams
As the Mastermind National Teams have been formed, a training program was needed for them to boost their skills and abilities to meet the International Olympiads Standards-aligned within the IBO regulation
After the qualification round the students started their training with the first stage of having alternating weeks for each subject to make the students able to follow their senior colleagues. And then having weakly training to catch up with the international standards and in line with IBO's regulations
The students from grades 8 and 9 took separate intensive classes to follow up with their senior colleagues who are in grade 10 in the subjects of Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Biology. This stage continued for four weeks.
The students from grades 8 and 9 are joining the students in grade 10 as they are almost having close knowledge of the targeted subjects. The training took place on an alternating weeks basis
Informing the national teams who are participating this year in the International Olympiads that their training will be on a weekly basis. This includes the Physics, Mathematics, and Chemistry National Teams.
The students who are forming the Mastermind National teams will be involved in an abroad training camp in the UAE University, more precisely in Al Ain to be trained by the best university lecturers who have immersed Olympiads knowledge. This will take place during the first week of April
The students will have a closed internal training camp in June to revise and prepare themselves for international participation during the summertime in July and August.
All our Training material are developed by the Local Academic Committee ( University Professors ) in collaboration with Olympiad Experts
Medals for the Students who performed well and Certificates issued with a number of training hours for all students
Grade 8,9,10,11 and 12 from public and private Shools
August till June
minimum of 2 hours
2 to 3 sessions / Week
- 2020: 585 students from 55 schools (41% of eligible schools)
- 2019: 483 students from 50 schools (40.5% of eligible schools)
- 2018: 411 students from 45 schools (40% of eligible schools)
% of schools = the percentage of students from different schools during the qualification round
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