Dubai: Universities are considering a host of contingencies to enable school graduates to apply for admission despite coronavirus disruption, Gulf News learnt on Wednesday. These include; extending deadlines, relying on final school grades, accepting scanned documents and treating each case individually.

It follows the cancellation or postponement of many school-leaving exams; uncertainty around some university admission tests; closure of school and university campuses; and grounding of international flights.

Universities, exam boards and schools are coordinating to find solutions to these extraordinary challenges in education, which includes a complete move to online teaching and learning for an indefinite period.

In the UAE, university leaders said they are considering, or have already taken, a number of steps to ensure the admissions process continues during the time of COVID-19.

Applying from home

Dr David A Schmidt, President, American University in Dubai (AUD), said: “More than ever, AUD is committed to applying a holistic approach to reviewing an applicant’s file based on their personal circumstances, ambition and experiences. We empathise with the struggle of high school students – and educators – to last semester’s unforeseen challenges, and have updated the current admissions application process to ensure that students wishing to join AUD, can do so from their homes, with minimal basic documentation, until the current situation abates.”

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Individual basis

He continued: “Additionally, and in line with the best practices of many top international universities, AUD now assesses applicants on an individual basis, considering previous in and out of class achievements. At AUD, we educate the whole-person and it is the whole-person we consider when a student applies.”

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