19 % GCC Students Studying in UK are from UAE

UAE-UK educational ties got shot in the arm after President’s visit, says British Council at ‘EDUKEX 2013’ show
Dubai, UAE, 26 September 2013 – Marc Jessel, Country Director, UAE, British Council says educational ties between the UAE and the UK got a shot in the arm following the state visit of UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the UK in May.

He said the visit was a major affirmation of the close relationship between the two countries.
Mr. Jessel revealed that out of the 18,500 students from GCC studying in UK, 3,200 are from the UAE, which represents 19 percent of the total.
Mr. Jessel said that educational ties between the UAE and the UK have gone from strength to strength over the past few decades, with business management emerging as the No. 1 choice among students from the UAE going to the UK, followed by medicine and engineering.
Mr. Jessel was speaking yesterday evening (Wednesday, 25 September 2013) after inaugurating the Education UK Exhibition (EDUKEX) 2013 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
The three-day event in Dubai and Abu Dhabi allowed students from across the UAE to interact with representatives from different UK universities and colleges to identify higher education opportunities in the UK.
Mr. Jessel said: “This exhibition is of great importance as it boosts the existing relations between UK and UAE in the field of education. The show offers a two-way communication channel between students living in the UAE and UK universities that are interested in attracting students with excellent educational background to study in the UK.”
Mr. Jessel said that the strong UAE-UK relations have been reflected in two state visits between both countries within a span of three years.
During the exhibition, which was organised by the British Council, visitors had the chance to interact with over 45 exhibitors.
British Council says the UAE remains one of the countries that widely follow UK courses and tests in schools and universities.
Mr Jessel said: “The UAE has huge trust in the UK system and a larger number of courses and tests are being brought to the country by UK firms.”
Students from the UAE are ideal candidates for UK universities as they are well educated through world class tools and are familiar with the UK system which allows them to cope with the course agenda faster and more effectively than their peers. 

UAE’s First Ever Doctoral Programs in Quality Management, Educational Leadership and Healthcare Management

World-class research supervised by local, international professors to support the UAE Vision 2021
UAE, September 15, 2013 – Hamdan Bin Mohammed e-University (HBMeU) has officially launched the UAE’s first doctoral programs in Management – Total Quality Management, e-Education – Educational Leadership, Health and Environmental Studies – Healthcare Management for the new 2013-2014 academic year. The three new programs are accredited by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research, and represent a major step forward in the efforts to encourage modern scientific research, disseminate knowledge to address the needs of the regional labor market and advance academic and intellectual achievements, particularly as they are closely linked to issues of social and economic development in the UAE and the Arab world.

HBMeU has employed highly qualified and experienced local and international academic supervisors to ensure that these programs match the highest quality standards in the provision of educational courses. The first batch of learners from different nationalities were accepted for the doctoral programs after undergoing a series of assessment tests that included oral and written tests, as well as personal interviews with each learner. The objectives of the new doctoral programs contribute to achieving the goals of the UAE Vision 2021 as they tackle a number of issues such as “The challenges of unemployment among UAE nationals from a practical point of view”, “The theory of effective national programs for achieving government excellence”, “Measuring the quality of knowledge in government institutions in the UAE”, “Intelligent application of  IT”,Towards world-class health care management in the UAE”, and “Attitudes towards technical and vocational education: incentives and obstacles”.
 “As per the directives of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and President of HBMeU, our vision is based on encouraging scientific research and the dissemination of a culture of quality and excellence in e-Learning across the Arab world through three of our schools; the e-School of Business and Quality Management, e-School of Health and Environmental Studies and School of e-Learning. HBMeU is keen to adopt integrated strategies and advanced academic policies that would support UAE’s 2021 Vision of transforming the UAE into one of the best countries in the world by 2021. There is no doubt that the doctoral dissertations due to be submitted by learners and researchers will have a positive impact on providing effective practical solutions based on the methods of scientific research to serve the strategic objectives and ambitious aspirations of our wise leadership,” said Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, Chancellor.
HBMeU has already established fruitful partnerships with several well-known institutions to enrich its academic and professional programs. Consolidating these partnerships under the global consortium will ensure that HBMeU’s Ph.D. program will prove hugely successful in terms of academic quality and effectively serve the research needs of the Arab world. 
HBMeU is the first e-learning institute in the Arab World that was established with the vision to develop a new learning process through the implementation of learning practices characterised by flexibility, quality and diversity to strengthen self-leadership among learners and prepare them socially and academically for a future career through integration in the job market. HBMeU’s philosophy is based on vital methods that have been developed through extensive research and development by specialists from all over the world. These methods include offering high quality programs, supporting the pursuit of lifelong learning, promoting the freedom of information, reinforcing the culture of excellence and innovation and providing education for everyone in line with the highest standards of comprehensiveness and credibility. The university, which is accredited by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, seeks to constantly identify knowledge needs, support research and development programs and create an outstanding environment for e-learning.

Stage Set for Early Kick-off of ‘EDUKEX 2013’ in Abu Dhabi and Dubai on 24 and 25 September

British Council: “3220 UAE students studying in UK this year, a 5 per cent increase over 2012”
Dubai, UAE, 16th September 2013According to the latest data released by British Council, the United Kingdom’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities, there are 3220 UAE students studying in the UK for 2012-2013 academic year, which represents an increase of 5 per cent over 2011-2012 academic year.

This was revealed by British Council while announcing the 12th edition of the Education UK Exhibition ‘EDUKEX 2013’ which will be held from September 24 to 26 in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
British Council’s target for UAE students completing their higher education studies in the UK during 2013-2014 academic year is 4000, which represents an increase of 20 per cent over previous year.
Marc Jessel, Country Director, British Council, United Arab Emirates, said: “This year, British Council has brought forward EDUKEX in Dubai and Abu Dhabi to create space for preliminary talks with UAE students keen to study in the UK. The preference for the UK higher education system has often been inherited by these students from their parents and elder siblings. We are thrilled by this phenomenon, as it is an endorsement of the British higher education system, which is one of the oldest and most prestigious in the world.”
Jessel added: “More than 45 UK universities will be highlighting their latest academic programmes at the show. We anticipate significant insights will be provided to students and parents alike.”
Jessel pointed out: “The Education UK Exhibition (EDUKEX) serves as an ideal platform to promote the UK higher education programmes to students living in the UAE and increase their numbers through well-structured outreach.”
The UK education system enjoys a high reputation among UAE students as a gateway to acquiring skills that would enable them to compete effectively in the global job market. Jessel added that EDUKEX aims to raise awareness of the quality of UK higher education as well as showcase the wide range of courses and programmes on offer in the UK.
EDUKEX is a major activity conducted by the British Council to highlight opportunities presented by UK universities.
Jessel stressed that the show also seeks to build long-term institutional and individual links between higher education institutions in the UAE and the UK.
More than 45 UK universities and colleges will showcase a wide range of bachelors and masters courses, as well as foundation-year courses to visitors in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
EDUKEX 2013 will allow visitors to broaden their knowledge about English language courses, vocational courses and higher education courses offered by a number of UK universities.