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Dr. Mariam Shaikh Founder & Director, MS Education Consultants

These are the stories that were never heard of! Today, women leaders represent a troop of women who have broken through corporate glass ceilings, found their way off the beaten path, and are now looking into new opportunities for economic participation.

Among those handfuls, this approachable leader celebrates herself as a woman. She cruises her entrepreneurial journey of incorporating MS Education Consultants – with a vision to support students, Education Institutions, and Innovative Learning Programs to meet the demands of the fast-paced world. Dr. Mariam Shaikh, the awe-inspiring founder of MS Education Consultants, one of the preeminent Education Services Consulting firms, is an eminent professional in the education field based in the UAE.

Dr. Mariam has been a lifelong supporter of education and has learned as well along the way. She began her career in education in the early 1980s by running a nursery school inspired by her children. Later, she rose to the position of Principal at a renowned school, where she substantially contributed to the institution’s growth. She then started working in higher education to support students in reaching their academic and career objectives.

Her second milestone achievement strongly supported by the Canadian Consulate and Embassy was the very
first set-up of a Canadian University Branch Office in Dubai. She sent hundreds of students to the University thus establishing the University of New Brunswick as a preferred study destination for students from the UAE & GCC.

Following that, she played a key role in establishing some of the most reputed foreign University branch campuses in UAE such as the University of New Brunswick in Dubai Knowledge Village, which was a pioneering effort to encourage foreign Universities to set up their campuses in Dubai.

In 2020, Dr. Mariam founded MS Education Consultants to assist students, educational institutions, and innovative learning programmes in meeting the needs of the quick paced world.

Dr. Mariam is a firm believer in providing students with the opportunity to travel abroad and in promoting the fusion of various cultures to contribute to creating a tolerant and peaceful global society, which will, in turn, be progressive and result in a promising future for future generations. In order to improve student achievement and support educational institutions with additional opportunities, she conceptualized, strategized, and then finally set up and launched her Company – MS Education Consultants thereby laying the foundation for the future.

MS Education Consultants’ primary goal is to support students in achieving their academic and career goals. Some of the services offered by MS Education Consultants are:

  • University Admissions: MS Education Consultants helps students pursue higher education in more than 400 universities located in the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom,
  • Canada, the United States, Europe, and Australia, thanks to its significant experience with undergraduate and graduate applications.
  • Education Consultancy: MS Education Consultants advises and consults on New Campuses on setting up and developing student recruitment plans and outreach tactics locally and internationally in order to promote the UAE as an education hub and to assist the expansion of various educational institutions in new markets. Additionally, it aids in growth and retention strategies, government accreditation, training, and the establishment training of student recruiting teams to produce great student experiences. It also helps with effective marketing budget use and planning.
  • Online Training Programs: By leveraging its beneficial partnerships, MS Education Consultants organises various training sessions delivered by business leaders to increase students’ enthusiasm, knowledge, and abilities.
  • Student Cultural Exchange Programs: Students can now take advantage of MS Education’s Cultural Exchange Program by visiting the state-of-the-art international campuses in the United Arab Emirates to get a feel for the campus life and the range of Program & Degree options on offer.

“We are a bespoke Education Services Consulting company with Student Success at the core of all our partnerships. I am delighted to share that MS Education Consultants is the official Middle Strategist for the prestigious University of Guelph, located in Ontario, Canada, to assist students in the Middle East with their admission into the University.”- she says.

The University of Guelph is a leading Higher Education Institution in Canada with three majors ranked top 20 in the world, in combination with Student Satisfaction that is consistently top-ranked in Canada.

Recently the University of Guelph’s Computer Science school was ranked as top 20 in Canada along with the University being one of the most sustainable universities in the world ranking 16th by TIMES Higher Education Impact Rankings.

The University of Guelph is one of Canada’s top comprehensive and research-intensive universities. They are known as Canada’s Food University. Established in 1964, the University enjoys a reputation for innovation and excellence dating back more than 150 years to its founding colleges: Ontario Veterinary College, Ontario Agricultural College, and Macdonald Institute.

The University of Guelph’s commitment to internationalization is reflected in collaboration with Dr. Mariam Shaikh as U of G’s Middle East Strategist. “We are extremely excited about having Dr. Mariam Shaikh onboard to assist us with our student recruitment efforts in the MENA region. We want students to have direct access to our staff members globally, and this is a move in that direction,” says U of G’s Regional Operations Manager for
the Middle East and South Asia, Jimmi Hemmenbach.

“For boys and girls forced to flee violence and persecution, an opportunity to study will provide them hope to define their future and realize their potential.”

With such impeccable thoughts, Dr. Mariam can be rightly called a visionary and achiever. She is incredibly passionate about helping students and her career. Over the course of her career, she has worked closely with students from over 100 different nationalities, mentoring and empowering them, assisting them in choosing their academic paths, and encouraging them to follow their dreams by starting their own businesses and pursuing careers they are passionate about.

With excellent knowledge and passion, this enigmatic personality created her success on her terms and played a crucial role in establishing some of the most reputed foreign University branch campuses in UAE, such as the University of New Brunswick in Dubai Knowledge Village, which was a pioneering effort to encourage foreign Universities to set up their campuses in Dubai apart from empowering students to get the best education.

The following is a list of some of the most significant honours Dr Mariam has received during the course of her career –

  • GCC Woman Leadership Award 2019
  • Global Super Achiever Award 2020
  •  Lifetime Achievement Award 2020
  • Woman of Wonders Award 2020
  • Achievers Award in Entrepreneurial Venture 2021
  • Excellence in Mental Health – World Health Award 2021
  • SHE Businesswoman Award 2021
  • Gem of India Award 2021
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Education Industry 2021
  • Global Excellence in Education 2021
  • Fame Times International Excellence Award 2021
  • Awarded Global Excellence in Education from H.E Sheikh Eng. Salem Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Department of Civil Aviation, Ras Al Khaimah (RAKDCA) & Chairman of RAK International 2021
  • Awarded the Prestigious Fame Times International Excellence Award from a renowned International Award organization supported by The World Book of Records, UK, South Asian Chamber of Commerce & many other renowned organizations 2021
  • Awarded Outstanding Contribution to the Education Industry Under the Patronage of The Private Office of H.E Sheikh Ahmed Bin Faisal Al-Qassimi 2021
  • Business Excellence Award 2022
  • Excellence in Education – UAE WIM Top 50 Global Awards
  • Emirates Women Award for Entrepreneurs 2022 awarded by HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum

Dr. Mariam collaborates closely with UNHCR to offer student grants to refugees. She believes that children must attend school no matter where they live. Despite the significant obstacles they experience, education can support the success of refugee children and youth. “It is the obligation of every person born in a safer room to open the door when someone in danger knocks. We strive to ensure that everyone has the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to eventually return home, integrate or resettle.”

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