Why choose Dubai as an international Destination for Higher Education?

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In countries like the US and UK, the higher education sector has always been a source of national pride and investment able to draw foreign students fairly naturally and elegantly.

By contrast, the new higher education hubs emerging in other parts of the world have had to act quickly, assertively, and without precedent in building their educational infrastructures and brands. Much is at stake, so the hope for these new markets – such as Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – is to balance speed with an emphasis on quality
and focus.

Here, we look at what is currently going on in the UAE as it relates to these issues, and offer a market overview with a special focus on Dubai. Please see our ICEF Monitor article ''Country snapshot: United Arab Emirates'' here: http://bit.ly/1p5ICH6.

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Why choose Dubai as an international Destination for Higher Education?

  1. 1. Why Choose Dubai as an International Destination for Higher Education? Ayoub Kazim ICEF Conference Dubai, 2013
  2. 2. Investment Business Parks Hospitality Properties Jumeirah Group Dubai Properties Group Dubai Group Dubai International Capital TECOM Investments ICT Cluster Media Cluster Education Cluster Science Cluster Industrial Cluster
  3. 3.  DKV is the world’s first Free zone dedicated to Human Resource Development, Executive Search, HR Consultancy, Training, Personal Development and R&D programmes.  DKV aims to develop the regions’ talent pool and establish the UAE as a knowledge-based economy.  Launched in 2003  Located in the heart of Dubai, next to Dubai Media City and Dubai Internet City.  Over 450 HR/Consulting/R&D/Training and Personal Development Business Partners.  Launched in 2007 as the world’s only free zone dedicated to higher education.  Host to 21 International Branch Campuses (IBC’s) Of the UAE’s total 37 IBC’s, from 11 countries.  The largest academic zone in the UAE, with nearly 20,000 students in the 2011/12 academic year  Hosting 53% and 23.5% of the universities in the UAE and GCC, respectively (UNESCO Report).  Ranked top 25 in the Middle East under “Best Overall” category according to 2010 Financial Times Rankings.  Accredited with “Green” status and Silver LEED classification DKV DIAC
  4. 4. DIAC has world-class academic partners from multiple countries around the world. A selection of our universities include: • University of Wollongong • Amity University • Middlesex University • Michigan State University • Hult International Business School • Manipal University • BITS Pilani • S P Jain • Heriot Watt University • Manchester Business School • Murdoch University • Institute of Management Technology
  5. 5. EDC Annual Report - Student Hub 1% 15% 10% 0,26% 3% 1% 1%0,45% 11% 3% 3% 2% 0,80% 8% 6% 6,47% 0,19% 3% 0,36% 2% 0,72% 0,34% 2% 2% 18% Student Population : 15,465 *(accurate as of 31 Dec 2012)
  6. 6. 18% 0,5% 46% 23% 5% 8% 16% 46% 22% 69% 0,5% 78% 44% 14% 42% 27% 0% 12% 0% 11% 0% 64% 74% 17% 23% Number of students accepted from abroad * The following universities primarily focus on recruiting students that are resident within the UAE: AUE, Imam Malik, MSU, NIVE and Saint Joseph
  7. 7. 2% 2% 5% 54% 36% 1% 1% Student Enrollment for 2012 Certificate Diploma Foundation Bachelors Masters Associate Degree PhD
  8. 8. Source: KHDA Higher Education Landscape 2012 • There are a total of 162 private schools in Dubai from multiple disciplines and curricula including CBSE, CISC, National Curriculum for England and American •40,000 to 45,000 students graduate from high schools each year in the UAE. • At the end of 2011, there were 43,212 students studying at higher education institutions in Dubai, 10% growth from the previous year. • The UAE has 110 universities and colleges. • Approximately 10,000 students enter the UAE government universities. • 60% of Dubai based universities are inside free zones. • Universities in Dubai offer 432 programmes.
  9. 9.  Growing higher education sector with variety of higher degrees being offered.  Large number of universities from multiple countries.  Ease of Visa issuing and low restrictions.  Close proximity to many international destinations.  Safety and Security.  UAE has a growing pipeline for future leaders .  Lowers cost of living compared with USA/Australia and European countries.  Key industries looking to hire in the region across multiple sectors.  Key education events being hosted in Dubai throughout the year.
  10. 10.  UAE has strengthened its position as the most popular destination among Gulf-based expats.  Dubai remains by far the region’s most attractive city for expatriates.  UAE’s already high retention rate has increased further, due to rebound in business confidence, declining rents and the country’s high level of political stability. Source: Gulf Talent – Employment and Trend in the Gulf
  11. 11. Growing demand for Quality Private Education Private Higher Education Enrollment Growth Rate (2008 – 2011) Private Higher Education Enrollment as a % of Total Enrollment (2011) Source: Parthenon Paper on Investment Opportunities in K-12 & Higher Education in Saudi Arabia & UAE
  12. 12.  Population growth  Superiority of private schools’ students in English and Math  Parents’ willingness to spend more on the education of their children  Arab Spring  Sustaining higher Economic growth than many regions in the world
  13. 13.  Lack of an overall national strategy on education  Lack of adequate preparation in schools for tertiary education  Improving quality of higher education  More science and engineering degrees required  Gender imbalance in higher education  Low workforce participation of Emirati women  Social attitudes towards types of employment (i.e. vocational)  National recognition of degrees awarded locally  Funding of R&D projects  Need for national and regional workforce planning Source: KHDA 2011
  14. 14. Lack of a single source of information or a resource centre  Lack of sharing information across different organization  Market dynamics and their links with the economic growth  Uncertainty of national and regional demographic profile in mid to long term vision  Uncertainty in future regional market condition driven by the regional geopolitical landscape
  15. 15. Source : Higher Education Landscape, KHDA Huge Industry Demands
  16. 16. Distribution of Emirati Students by Major Areas of Study Source: TCO Management Consulting ; Harnessing the Full Potential of Emirati Human Capital
  17. 17. Key Objectives of the Study:  Understanding gaps in the regional workforce (Gaps between industry requirements and graduate skill set)  Understanding upcoming trends and emerging industry segments  Understanding recruiters habits and attitudes  Markets Involved: GCC, Levant, Africa, Central Asia, Sub Continent and Asia
  18. 18. THANK YOU

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