UAE Business Opportunities in Education and Training Sector

An Expert's View about Education in the United Arab Emirates

Posted on: 21 Sep 2010

Education is high on the agenda of the UAE government, which is keen to meet international standards.” The report shows that there is a demand for new British curriculum schools.

Sector briefing UAE Business Opportunities in Education and Training Sector Why UAE? Education is high on the agenda of the UAE government, which is keen to meet international standards. A budget of AED 9.8 billion was allocated for education for the year 2010. The funds are meant primarily for educational reforms at both school and university level which will include modernising curricula, building new facilities and upgrading existing establishments. The Government encourages private education providers to increase their presence in the region and has actively pursued partnership deals to encourage leading international universities to set up. ?Education is high on the The Ministry of Education which is a federal agenda of the UAE body with offices in seven Emirates of the UAE government, which is keen to has announced a new education strategy meet international 2010-2020 to provide the UAE with competent human capital. According to H.H. standards.? Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, the aim is to build a knowledge based society and enhance the standing of scholars and intellectuals in the Arab world. They have identified 10 strategic objectives which covers high quality curriculum, excellent teaching, developing primary and secondary education, excellent learning environment and tools, UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: UAE opportunities in Education and Training harmonised assessment on a federal level, extra and individualised attention for students with additional needs, affordable and high quality of public and private education, promoting national identity, encouraging parent?s direct contribution and developing a future generation of Emirati teachers and principals. Dubai established the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) as the key body to enhance the education sector in Dubai and to raise skill levels. Abu Dhabi set up the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) to enhance the sector in Abu Dhabi. In 2006 ADEC embarked on a programme of partnerships to run and operate clusters of public schools through management contracts. Similar steps have been taken by the Northern Emirates and education councils have been formed in the Northern Emirates of Sharjah, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah and Umm Al Quwain. They all work closely with the Ministry of Education. The Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) has invested in a ten year strategic plan to help raise the quality of Higher Education for students in Abu Dhabi on par with international standards and to drive an innovation-based economy. Part of this plan includes special needs infrastructure in 10% of universities across the emirates. Find general information on the UAE market conditions on UKTI?s website. The Doing Business Guide for UAE gives an overview of UAE?s economy, business culture, potential opportunities and an introduction to other relevant issue. UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: UAE opportunities in Education and Training Good quality tailored executive education Opportunities programmes and training courses that are linked to specific industries and can There is a demand for new British demonstrate value in the present economic curriculum schools as the number of children scenario are still being considered. The focus is seeking places in these schools outstrips on deliverables. supply, especially at the secondary level. Initiatives that are being encouraged in schools Please note that UKTI publishes international include new ways of teaching, improving business opportunities gathered by our staff competencies, integration of network of British Embassies, High technology in education, leadership skills Commissions and Consulates worldwide. These for pupils, training programmes for opportunities appear in the Opportunities portal nationals, building schools for the future , on the relevant sector and country pages on developing and implementing an IT the UKTI website. By setting up a profile you support plan and latest innovations in can be alerted by email when relevant new education such as virtual environments. opportunities are published. New or updated alert profiles can be set in My Account on the Teachers are now required to undergo website. structured training to facilitate promotions, offering opportunities for teacher training. If you have any questions on the opportunities above, contact the UKTI contacts named in this There are opportunities for brand name report. Business opportunities aimed Universities, school management firms specifically at UK companies are added daily to and assessment outfits. UKTI?s website. These leads are sourced by our staff overseas in British Embassies, High Restructuring of Sports Education and Commissions and Consulates, across all sectors introducing global standards for school and in over 100 markets. buildings maintenance (preventive maintenance) are included in the new You can be alerted to business opportunities on Education Strategy. a regular basis by registering on the UKTI website. Find out more on UKTI?s business The Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) opportunities service on the UKTI website is committed to upgrading all Abu Dhabi public schools by 2016. They are also keen to raise the quality of Higher Education. There is a dearth of libraries for students to conduct research at the secondary school and higher education levels. Research continues to be high on the government's agenda. A National Research Foundation was set up in 2008 to help promote research activity. The Emirate of Abu Dhabi is investing in renewables and aerospace and training programmes related to these will be useful. The training and development of the Emirati workforce is an integral part of UAE's strategic development plan known as Vision 2020. Besides conventional training opportunities in institutes of higher education, industry based training is growing rapidly. UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: UAE opportunities in Education and Training Major events and activities UKTI contacts Building Future Education MENA Sunita Mirchandani Contact: Trade & Investment Advisor Time: 21-22 November 2010 British Embassy Dubai Tel: 00 9714 309 4239 Gulf Educational Supplies Show (GESS) Fax: 00 9714 309 4302 2011 Email: Contact: Time: 29-31 March 2011 Shaimaa Abdel Bar Abu Dhabi International Book Fair 2011 Trade & Investment Adviser Contact: British Embassy Abu Dhabi Time: 22-27 March 2011 Tel: 00971 2 610 1525 Fax: 00971 2 610 1585 GETEX 2010 Email: Contact: Time: 14-16 April 2011 Find full details of all events in this country and sector on the UKTI website. New export events are added daily to the site and you can register to be alerted to them on a daily, weekly or monthly basis UKTI?s Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) provides grant support for eligible Small & Medium Sized Enterprises (SME's) to attend trade shows overseas. Find out more about UKTI support for attendance at overseas events UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: UAE opportunities in Education and Training Next steps - How UKTI can help ? Arranging appointments British companies wishing to develop their ? Organise seminars or other events for business in the UAE market are advised to you to meet contacts and promote your undertake as much market research and company in the UAE market planning as possible in the UK. UKTI?s team in UAE, with its wide local knowledge and This work is available via our Overseas Market experience, can provide a range of services to Introduction Service (OMIS) a chargeable British-based companies wishing to grow their service which assists British-based companies business in global markets. wishing to enter or expand their business in overseas markets. This can include: ? Provision of market information To find out more about commissioning this ? Validated lists of agents/distributors work, or accessing other UKTI services and ? Key market players or potential specialist advice, please visit the UKTI website customers in the UAE market to find contact details for your local UKTI ? Establishment of interest of such office. contacts in working with you Whereas every effort has been made to ensure that the information given in this document is accurate, neither UK Trade & Investment nor its parent Departments (the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office), accept liability for any errors, omissions or misleading statements, and no warranty is given or responsibility accepted as to the standing of any individual, firm, company or other organisation mentioned. Published 2010 by UK Trade & Investment. Crown Copyright © UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: UAE opportunities in Education and Training
Posted: 21 September 2010

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