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20 years of Empowering Young Minds

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UCMAS – an innovative Abacus-based Mental Math program – was founded thirty years ago, by Prof. Dr. Dino Wong in Malaysia, with a bold vision to redefine education and equip students with invaluable skills for a lifetime.

From modest beginnings in Malaysia, UCMAS has grown into a global phenomenon, empowering generations of students in over 80 countries with the timeless art of mental arithmetic.

At the heart of UCMAS lies the concept of “Education with a Difference” – a philosophy that goes beyond rote memorization to nurture critical thinking, concentration, and mental agility in children.

In 2004, captivated by the far-reaching influence and core philosophy of UCMAS, two seasoned educators from India, Megha and Anand Karia, ventured to bring this revolutionary program to Canada. Despite the prevailing belief that math was primarily an “Asian concept,” the Karias took a leap of faith, determined to prove that Canadian children were more than ready for the challenge.

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UCMAS Canada President- Anand Karia, with the Founder of UCMAS, Prof. Dr. Dino Wong

And prove they did! Over the past two decades, UCMAS Canada has celebrated a remarkable milestone, successfully training over 50,000 students and reaffirming its commitment to providing quality education and nurturing essential skills for the challenges of the 21st century. With each student’s success story, UCMAS has created its position as one of the leading educational franchises in Canada from its humble beginning in the GTA to creating influential hubs in Alberta, British Columbia, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ottawa, enriching communities and shaping the future of countless young minds. 

What makes UCMAS unique is that it’s not a stagnant concept that forces children to follow ideologies blindly, it is a perfect, scientifically proven concept that can prove everything it preaches. All kudos to the Research Scientists at the UCMAS Head Quarters who put efforts into constantly upgrading the curriculum according to the learning needs of the children and helping them get the best out of their invested time. UCMAS is also endorsed by renowned Universities like Harvard for the whole brain development it nurtures in the students. 

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In our 20-year journey of transforming learning, we’re honored to have received several prestigious awards recognizing our commitment to excellence and innovation.

Our CEO’s leadership has been acknowledged with the Best CEO award, while our financial integrity earned us the CFA Franchisees’ Choice Designation (FCD) Award. We’re also proud recipients of the Diversity & Inclusion Champion award for our dedication to diversity and inclusion. Moreover, our initiatives have been featured in the Guinness Book of World Records and recognized with the World Kindness Award for our global impact in spreading compassion. These accolades inspire us to strive for positive change and to make a difference. 

Our CEO’s leadership has been acknowledged with the Best CEO award, while our financial integrity earned us the CFA Franchisees’ Choice Designation (FCD) Award. We’re also proud recipients of the Diversity & Inclusion Champion award for our dedication to diversity and inclusion. Moreover, our initiatives have been featured in the Guinness Book of World Records and recognized with the World Kindness Award for our global impact in spreading compassion. These accolades inspire us to strive for positive change and to make a difference. 

Anand Karia with 14th Consecutive Winners of The Franchisees’ Choice Award
Megha Karia with 14th Consecutive Winners of The Franchisees’ Choice Award

14th Consecutive Winners of The Franchisees’ Choice Award

At UCMAS, celebrating achievements, hard work, and the competitive spirit of every child is ingrained in the organization’s very fabric. From the inspiring National Competitions to the prestigious International Grading Exams and the Graduation Ceremonies, these events have consistently shone a spotlight on the remarkable accomplishments of UCMAS students, inspiring them to reach for the stars.

More than 50% of UCMAS students and alumni are accepted into specialized gifted programs, providing them with access to high-quality education opportunities. Many UCMAS alumni have gone on to prestigious universities around the world including, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Waterloo, University of Toronto, and more, excelling in their chosen fields and making meaningful contributions to their communities. Armed with the confidence, resilience, and problem-solving abilities instilled at UCMAS, these individuals have proven that the program’s impact extends beyond mathematics. 

As UCMAS Canada celebrates its 20th anniversary, its aspirations remain infinite. Guided by the commitment to excellence and continuous advancement, UCMAS is poised to make an even greater impact in the years to come. In the words of CEO Megha Karia, “UCMAS will always stay relevant,” standing strong with its core philosophies and values through the use of the traditional abacus. The skills acquired through UCMAS transcend the classroom, laying the foundation for life-long learning and personal development. Whether pursuing higher education, navigating careers, or facing new challenges, UCMAS equips students with the mindset and skills necessary for continuous growth

The UCMAS vision to empower students with the necessary life-long skills remains strong today. Over the past 20 years, UCMAS has empowered 100,000 children, and it’s committed to empowering many more in the years to come.

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