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Emirati students like private universities

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Dubai: Freedom is the most preferred parameter for the Emirati men while choosing places for higher education. That is why Emirati men go for private universities in Dubai as it offers maximum freedom for the students. This is the one of the interesting factors find out by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA).

Last year, 55 per cent of Emirati students were men, with the percentage rising to 57 this year. This compares unfavourably to the three federal universities, where only 30 per cent of students are men.

Prof Abdullah Al Shamsi, head of the British University in Dubai, said private universities allow men to study part time, and federal universities do not admit them more than two years after finishing high school.

In American University in the Emirates 69 per cent are Emirati and 59 per cent of them are male. American university’s flexible class times attract high numbers of male students.

As was the case last year, the number of Emiratis continuing with higher education in Dubai is increasing. UAE citizens represent 43.2 per cent of the total higher education student population, 22,694 of 52,586 students enrolled. There are 57 higher education institutions in the emirate, four of which provide vocational education.

Enrolment of Emiratis is highest at locally owned private universities such as the British University in Dubai, where 53 per cent of students are Emirati. Federal universities have 41 per cent, international branch campuses 5 per cent and vocational schools 1 per cent.

Seventy-one per cent of all students are studying for a Bachelor’s degree. The report shows healthy growth in Dubai, an area seen as an educational hub with the most international branch campuses in the world. About half of Dubai’s more than 52,000 students come from Arabian Gulf countries.

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