- 17-Year-Old Dubai Student Vansh Gadhia from Dubai College named in the top 50 finalists for Global Student Prize 2023.
- The prestigious $100,000 award recognizes outstanding students who have made a real impact on learning, society, and their peers.
- Vansh Gadhia, a Kenyan native, excels in international debating, mathematics, coding competitions, and is dedicated to fighting inequality.
- He initiated projects to provide free glasses to underprivileged Kenyan children and enhance literacy through the “Old Books for New Eyes” initiative.
- Gadhia’s work also includes applying machine learning to identify high-risk individuals for Type 2 Diabetes in Kenya.
- The Global Student Prize, launched by the Varkey Foundation in partnership with Chegg.org, aims to celebrate extraordinary students worldwide.
- UAE students have a history of excelling in the competition, with previous finalists making significant contributions to society.
17-Year-Old Dubai Student Vansh Gadhia, a student at Dubai College in the UAE, has been selected as one of the top 50 finalists for the prestigious Global Student Prize 2023. Out of nearly 4000 applications from 122 countries, Vansh stood out for his exceptional impact on learning, his peers, and society. His achievements include outstanding performance in international debating, speaking, mathematics, and coding competitions.
The Global Student Prize, sponsored by Chegg.org, awards $100,000 to a single exceptional student who has demonstrated remarkable contributions to their community and beyond. The Varkey Foundation, in partnership with Chegg.org, established this platform in 2021 to celebrate extraordinary students aged 16 and above, enrolled in academic institutions or skills programs, including part-time and online students.
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Vansh Gadhia’s journey of making a difference started when he took note of underprivileged children in Kenya struggling to afford glasses. Partnering with an NGO, Lions Club International, Vansh approached Al Jaber Opticals to manufacture free glasses for these children. His efforts provided 500 free frames with tailor-made lenses to 63,000 underprivileged Kenyan children from rural areas.
Furthermore, Vansh is actively involved in the “Old Books for New Eyes” initiative, created by his sister Khushi Gadhia, which aims to provide used storybooks to underprivileged children in Africa to improve literacy. He also initiated a project using machine learning to identify individuals at high risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes in Kenya, focusing on patterns among different tribal ethnicities.
As a Computer Science enthusiast, Vansh founded the Computer Science Society at Dubai College, nurturing more than 80 students with discussions, projects, and competitions, including Hackathons.
UAE students have a remarkable track record in the Global Student Prize, with two students featured in the top 50 last year, and one student making it to the top 10. The top 10 finalists for this year’s prize will be announced in August, and the final winner will be selected by the Global Student Prize Academy later in the year, from among these exceptional individuals.
Vansh Gadhia’s achievements exemplify the UAE’s commitment to empowering young minds and fostering positive change through education and community engagement. The recognition he has received on the global stage is a testament to the region’s dedication to nurturing young leaders who can shape a better future for all.
Stay tuned for the announcement of the top 10 finalists, as we cheer for Vansh and wish him the best of luck in the prestigious Global Student Prize 2023! 🌟