In 1959, two teachers, KS Varkey and his wife Mariama, arrived in Dubai. At the time, Dubai was a burgeoning trade centre on the Arabian Gulf. The Varkey family had left Kerala, India to seek a better life for their family. What they found was a real need to educate children arriving in the city from around the world. Their son, Sunny, added a visionary’s ambition to a practitioner’s experience. From simple roots in a family of teachers, GEMS Education is today an international company with schools and education services in 14 countries. We still share the same mission – to provide a quality education to everyone.
GEMS Education, initially Global Education Management Systems (GEMS), is an international education company. It is a global advisory and educational management firm, and is the largest operator of kindergartento- grade-12 schools in the world, with a network of over 70 schools in over a dozen countries. GEMS provides pre-school, primary, and secondary education. Through its consultancy arm, GEMS Education Solutions, the company works internationally with public and private sector clients on school improvement initiatives.
The Varkey Foundation, formerly known as the Varkey GEMS Foundation, is the philanthropic arm of GEMS Education. It aims to impact 100 underprivileged children for every child enrolled in a GEMS school.
GEMS has offices in the United Kingdom, the United States, Singapore, India, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Egypt, Kenya, Switzerland, and the United Arab Emirates.
1. Has schools across 16 countries with over 1, 40,000 students representing over 150 nationalities
2. In the last 3 years, GEMS students have gone on to over 980 universities across 48 countries including 12 out of the top 15 in the world
3. GEMS students have won over 1,000 national and international awards across academics, sports and arts