|Emirati students engrossing in their study|
Though many Emiratis still joining with UAE’s public sector higher education institutions, but according to the study report, more and more Emiratis are opting to study in Private Universities. The multi-cultural environment, better choice of programmes, better exposure and scholarships from private universities are pointed out as the reasons for this cultural shift. Shortage of seats in government universities is also a reason for an increased interest in private institutions.
Other interesting aspect is the growing appetite among Emirati students for higher education. Enrolment of Emirati students into higher education institutions has seen a hike of about 10.1 per cent for the academic year 2013-14. It is stated that the Emiratisation drive— the government’s effort to pull more Emiratis into the private sector — and the changing face of cultural and corporate work environment in the UAE could be the prime reasons for this shift.
The report was released lately consists of details about Dubai’s private school system and higher education sector’s growth over the last ten years. The 22,694 Emirati students studying in Dubai represent 43.2 per cent of the total higher education student population. The total for 2013 is 10.1 per cent higher than the figure for the last academic year and is equivalent to the year-on-year growth average that has been seen for the last three years.
The private school and higher education sectors in Dubai have witnessed further strong growth in student enrolments in 2013-14, and the trend looks set to continue, according to the report.
Primarily, it is the needs and expectations of Dubai’s expatriate population that continue to drive growth of the private school sector. Universities face increasing pressure to deliver courses and programmes that meet the needs of the regional job market.
The number of students studying higher education in Dubai continues to grow. The total of 52,586 students, including both full-time and part-time students, represents a healthy 9.4 per cent increase from last year’s total, which is above the long-term trend of seven per cent year-on-year growth over the last five years.