Mrs. Soundari Raj, Managing Director, UCMAS, United Arab Emirates, is from Chennai, India, hailing from a family of educators. A post-graduate in Science as well as in Education from Madras University, she is a prominent and active member of various social welfare organizations pertaining to children and women.
A teacher for over two decades, Mrs.Soundari was deeply impacted by pressure current pedagogical methods place on a child’s mental faculties. Determined to help children find better ways to learn and enjoy the learning experience, she undertook a personal quest to find a skill development technique that was effective yet fun for children. She found her answer in UCMAS – Universal Concept of Mental Arithmetic System – during her visit to Kuala Lumpur in 2003.
UCMAS UAE was launched in November 2003 with 10 franchisees and 150 registered students. Today, UCMAS UAE now has more than 30 franchisees with over 6,000 registered students duly served by over 150 course instructors.
UCMAS is now a household name in the United Arab Emirates. Under the leadership of Mrs. Soundari, UCMAS, UAE has attained the enviable record of having conducted the Abacus Mental Arithmetic Competition at the National level for 8 successful years, with the increased intake of contesting students each year.