The UAE's Fast-Track Path To Becoming A Global Education Hub
Gulf Business|February 2018

Dr Kevin Dunseath explains how the UAE can become one of the world’s most sought after centres of learning

Dr Kevin Dunseath

The past couple of years have seen dramatic changes in the political climate in many parts of the world, including the US, the UK and the Middle East.

As the sands continue to shift, the preferences of prospective students have also changed in terms of where to pursue higher education and how that education might help them achieve their goals.

During this time, the UAE has further strengthened its position as the leading hub for higher education in the region and has set its sights well beyond the Arabian Peninsula. Armed with the right tools, the UAE has the ambition, the dedication and the commitment to achieve its vision.

The US and the UK have long been favourites of international students, including those from the Middle East. However, EdArabia announced that for the period of January to April 2017, traffic and student search queries on its website saw a shift in sentiment when it came to study options abroad, with the US, for example, slipping in the ranking. In the UK, despite the increase in applications before the Brexit referendum in June 2016, the latest results from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) revealed a sharp drop in the number of applications from international students within the EU.

According to Higher Education UAE, the revenue base for the market in the UAE is estimated to be worth more than $1bn (around Dhs3.67bn).

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