Published on Nov 29, 2013
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(CNN) -- Next year's college applicants have some difficult choices to make. Is it better to go to state school or private? Stay close to home or ship out to Abu Dhabi?
Western students receiving their education in the UAE is not as far-fetched as it might sound as some of the world's most respected collegiate brands have set up outposts in the Gulf region.
Dubai hosts 52 universities while Qatar has set up Education City, a sector that houses a number of U.S. colleges including Carnegie Mellon, Cornell, Georgetown, and Northwestern.
Next year, the first students admitted to New York University (NYU) Abu Dhabi will graduate; a benchmark almost as significant as the scheduled completion of the university's new Saadiyat Island campus.
Students at NYU Abu Dhabi
"There are lots of exciting signs that the region is heating up and getting more dynamic in terms of higher education," says Phil Baty, the editor-at-large of Times Higher Education.
It's not Greenwich Village but as you move through the world you have to adapt to local customs.
John Sexton, president New York University
"There's recognition (in the Gulf) that they need to prepare for the post-oil world, and they realize that a knowledge-based economy ensures growth in the future."
Several local universities have stepped up their game, too, building state-of-the-art research facilities to attract students from abroad.
Even Saudi Arabia is getting in on the act. This year witnessed the completion of Princess Nora bint Abdulrahman University (PNU) in Riyadh -- a 2,000 acre site and the largest all-female university in the world.
In several instances, investment in education in the region has paid off. One of the most prominent collegiate success stories is NYU Abu Dhabi, which started accepting students to its UAE hub four years ago.
Despite initial fears from critics that the new campus could potentially water down both the brand and the quality of its degree, the Abu Dhabi facility is one of the most selective schools in the world, admitting 150 out of 9,000 applicants per class.
Prospective students often have to decide between NYU Abu Dhabi and top tier universities like Oxford and Yale. In recent years, the school has been dubbed "the world's honors college".
NYU Abu Dhabi campus
NYU president John Sexton -- the brainchild behind the project -- has lofty goals.
There have been some examples of universities embarrassing themselves and getting it wrong.
Phil Baty, editor-at-large, Times Higher Edcuation
"Our mandate is to create in NYU Abu Dhabi a school that educates the leaders of global civil society, from every sector of the world, and in every sector of society," he says.
Though the Emirates outpost has, according to Sexton, "done a great deal to help NYU elevate its game," other universities in the area have met with more mixed results.
A cheating scandal at the Dubai campus of Edinburgh's Heriot-Watts University earlier this year underscored the concerns that universities with operations overseas are not able to maintain their standards.
Other institutions, such as the University of Waterloo in Dubai, had to close because of a lack of enrollment, while Michigan State University curtailed it undergraduate program and now only offers six Masters degrees.
"There have been some examples of market failure, of universities embarrassing themselves and getting it wrong, rather than planting their flag abroad," says Baty.
"The issue is, how much are they invested? Are they just about pushing the global brand abroad, or are they genuinely on the ground, creating an infrastructure that will last?"
Even with the success stories, the moral implications of doing business in states with limited freedom of speech and mixed human rights records has left some critics feeling uncomfortable.
Earlier this year, LSE pulled out of a conference in the UAE (and subsequently witnessed one of its scholars barred entry) after the authorities restricted the inclusion of sensitive topics. Back in Manhattan, some of NYU's faculty members have also expressed concern about the UAE's stance towards gays (illegal) and Israelis (unrecognized).
Sexton, however, is unperturbed.
"My experience of the Emirates is that it's a very open society. Now, it's not Greenwich Village but as you move through the world you have to adapt to local customs. My daughter doesn't dress the same way in Istanbul as she does in New York; when I'm in the UK, I'm not as free to criticize public officials as I am in the U.S. You just have to be aware of rules and regulations," he says.
Leah Reynolds, a senior at NYU Abu Dhabi, agrees with Sexton. Her experience, she notes, is about getting exposure to a wide cross section of cultures, not about imposing her own.
"In my classes, every country we refer to has a case study right there; chances are, someone in the classroom that will have had that experience, no matter what it is," she says.
Dubai education is currently on the rise. For years, Dubai stepped up its program on developing the education system. Education in Dubai has really sky-rocketed into a high level of quality and the education’s continuous rise signifies the progressive state of Dubai and the UAE. The Rising Education in Dubai Infographic showcases the best numbers about education in Dubai, including enrollment numbers, schools numbers, population numbers and quality education numbers.
Dubai Uprising: 10 Important Numbers That You Need To Know About Education in Dubai
- Enrollment in Dubai 2013/2014: Dubai has a total of 271.926 enrollees, where 218.386 are expats (non-emirati) and 53,540 are Emirati.
- Enrollment in private schools increased by 10.3% for school year 2013/2014
- Private schools in Dubai offer UK curriculum. It has the highest enrollment rate amongst private schools and higher education in Dubai – 32.2%
- Dubai is currently in line with the international standard of set by the United Nations which is 185-190 calendar days.
- On the 7 emirates, Dubai has the highest proportion of expatriates and therefore the highest concentration of international schools, with 98,000 pupils per million population.
- UAE has more international schools and pupils than any country in the world.
- This 2014, a total of 147 schools in Dubai will employ smart learning programme for students, the Ministry of Education will further the inclusion of smart boards, custom social network and promote interactive learning for students
- UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has praised the UAE for lowering rates of illiteracy to less than I per cent.
- Average school fee in Dubai is 1,725 to 98,000 dirham per year.
- Word of mouth: A report from Gulfnews says that Parents in Dubai choose schools for their kids based from the “word of mouth”. Not through inspections and ratings published.
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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have opened new doors for free online learning that lends itself well to ICT-related subjects. Meanwhile, employers seek candidates with relevant web skills. The Supply and Demand of MOOCs Infographic shows what skills are most in demand and what MOOCs are available that teach those skills, based on the results of a study conducted by the European Commission.
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Abu Dhabi Vocational Education and Training Institute (ADVETI) was established in 2007 and has seven (7) entities: Al Jazirah Institute of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi, Al Jaheli Institute of Science and Technology in Al Ain, Baynounah Institute of Science and Technology in Western Region, Al Reef Institute of Logistics and Applied Technology in Al Shahama, Sharjah Institute of Science & Technology in Sharjah, Secondary Technical School (STS) and Vocational Education Development Center (VEDC). ADVETI is an initiative of the Abu Dhabi Government and is under the umbrella of the Abu Dhabi Centre for Technical & Vocational Education and Training (ACTVET).
Published on Jun 28, 2015
Launched by ACTVET to nationally celebrate the achievements of Technical and Vocational Education and Training, TVET Week is the first event of its kind in the UAE.
UAE TVET Week aims to engage and inform prospective students
about the benefits and advances in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) as well to become the national platform for experts, industry and government leaders, policy-makers, researchers and educators to exchange ideas and expertise on future TVET trends.
The TVET Week 2015 took place in the seven emirates and consisted of the Inaugural Leaders Forum, the TVET Discovery Experience which comprises Mini-Expos and Campus Open-Day in different campuses across the UAE.
The 2015 TVET Leaders Forum was held on 18th January at Ettihad Towers. Intended to be the inaugural of a series of annual Forums, the event brought together a group of leading experts within the global TVET sector for the purpose of enhancing awareness, fostering understanding, sharing of best practices, the formulation of new ideas and encouraging cooperation between TVET institutions and the corporate sector to create a reliable route for youth employability.
A skilled and qualified workforce is needed for further economic and social development within the UAE (UAE Vision 2021). Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) has an important role to play in this context of establishing a robust labour market and addressing Emirati skill development, human capital and employability by 2021.