20th Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Distinguished Academic Performance announces results

DUBAI, 21st March, 2018 (WAM) — The Board of Trustees of the Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Distinguished Academic Performance, HBRADAP, today confirmed the results of its 20th cycle, which included 202 winners in the “Excellent Persons from the Academic System” category, 177 in the local competition categories, 19 in the Gulf Cooperation Council, GCC, categories, three in the “Best Applied Education Research in the Arab Nation Award,” and three in the “UNESCO-Hamdan bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Prize for Outstanding Practice and Performance in Enhancing the Effectiveness of Teachers.”

The winners will be honoured on 29th April at the World Trade Centre in Dubai.

Dr. Jamal Al Muhairi, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Secretary-General of the Award, said that the latest cycle saw 47 percent more winners than the previous one, and three times the number of Arab participants.


Dr. Ali Al Kaabi, General Coordinator of the Judging Committees, said, “The total number of participants in all categories reached 345 local participants, 87 Gulf participants and 85 Arab participants. Dubai and Sharjah led in the list of winners.”

A total of 158 students won in the “Distinguished Student” category, three in the “Distinguished University Student” category, six in the “Distinguished School and School Administration” category, three in the ” Distinguished Educator” category, 16 in the ” Distinguished Teacher” category, one in the “Extremely Distinguished Teacher” category on a Gulf level, two in the “Best Applied Project” category, two in the “Best Distinguished Innovation” category, three in the “Best Educational Research in the Arab Nation Award,” and three in the “Distinguished Family” category. The Dubai Culture and Arts Authority and the General Department of Punitive and Correctional Establishments of the Dubai Police received the “Establishments Supporting of Education Award.”

Dr. Al Kaabi also revealed the results of the Gulf competitions, which included 19 winners in various categories, with Saudi Arabia leading in the number of winners with 11, followed by Bahrain with five and Kuwait with three.

He added that the “Arab Educational Research” category received applications from 85 researchers from 15 Arab countries, with three receiving the award. A special committee was formed to assess the research projects from around the Arab world and communicate the results to the award’s management, according to various timings, he further added.

Saudi Arabia had the highest number of research applications at 27, followed by Jordan with 13, Palestine with 12, and the UAE with eight.

The Department of Education and Knowledge of the Abu Dhabi Education Council had the highest number of participants with 88 candidates, followed by the Sharjah Educational Zone with 86, of which 47 won, the most out any zone. The Dubai Educational Zone had 42 winners, the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge had 35, the Fujairah Zone had 26, the Ajman Zone had 10, the Ras al-Khaimah Zone had six, and Umm Al Qaiwain had one winner.

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