Janecke Aarnaes

Director, Universal American School

Janecke Aarnaes, Director of Universal American School in Dubai, a PreK - Grade 12 IB World School and a leading American international school in the region, is a global citizen and an international educator with more than 25 years of experience in teaching and leadership. She came to Dubai in 2017 to set up and be the Founding Head of Dwight School Dubai, also an IB World School with a strong American legacy. Prior to that she has held numerous school leadership positions, such as Head of School at Oslo International School (OIS) in Norway, a cutting-edge private K-12 co-ed IB World School and Business Development Manager at the Scandinavia School of Brussels, Belgium. Janecke is a Council Member of the Dubai Future Council for Education and has recently served a six year tenure as a Member of the Board of Trustees and lastly Vice-Chair of ECIS, the Educational Collaborative for International Schools.


Leaders in Education Conference

14 November 2021 | 16:25 - 16:45 | English | Experiential Learning

Under the auspice of 'the future being now', education needs to equip students not simply with knowledge, but with skills that apply to the context of the world beyond a school campus. The best approach to the future comes through preparedness. We value the unique opportunity to provide students with real life experiential learning programs to help them make connections with the world of work where they can test and further develop their personal skills attributes to enhance their future employability and validate their higher education choices. This presentation gives voice to students from Universal American School, who will give first hand accounts of the value of experiential learning. We find that the unique experiential learning programs at UAS, which harness an entrepreneurial spirit and a dedication to making connections to the real world, particularly valuable and inspiring for students in today’s society