By Raynald C Rivera for The Peninsula
The number of students from Qatar studying in the UK for the 2015/16 academic year increased by 16 percent, more than double the growth in the GCC, according to latest figures released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency in the UK.
The new data show that the number of students from the Gulf studying in the UK went up 7 percent for the 2015/16 academic year to over 23,000 students.
“I am proud to see that the UK continues to be the most popular destination of Qataris for overseas studies. There are many reasons why students in Qatar and across the globe consider studying in the UK. The first is that UK qualifications provide an internationally recognised boost to salaries and work experience. The UK is also the top destination worldwide for English language study and a welcoming country offering unique opportunities to discover the country’s culture and cities,” said Dr Frank Fitzpatrick, Director of British Council in Qatar.
The British Council plays a key role in connecting students in Qatar with information about studying in the UK. It will host its annual ‘Study in the UK’ exhibition on Sunday and Monday at La Cigale hotel, under the theme ‘Time to invest in your future’. The event will connect students in Qatar with representatives from 35 visiting UK Universities, Colleges and English language providers who can answer their questions about UK education.
During the two-day event, students in Qatar will have the opportunity to find out all they need to know about foundation courses, English Language courses, career-based diplomas, first degree and postgraduate degree courses. The UK representatives will also deliver talks and seminars about different aspects of UK education.
In addition to the talks and seminars, parents and students can speak directly to representatives from Cardiff University, the University of Birmingham, King’s College London, University of Derby, and NCUK — The University Consortium.
A recent global study found that UK higher education institutions are ranked number one internationally in everything from quality of education to student welcome, student support and quality of life. The theme for this year’s event will shed light on what international students love about studying in the UK, through talks by successful UK alumni living in Qatar who will share inspirational stories about their UK experience and subsequent career path.
UK Ambassador to Qatar, Ajay Sharma, said: “British educational institutions remain the best in the world and students who graduate from the UK are equipped with highly sought-after skills, which are immediately applicable in the global workplace. The experience of studying in the UK is also, I believe, second to none. I would encourage young people thinking about their future prospects to visit the British Council’s ‘Study in the UK‘ Exhibition."
The exhibition will take place on Sunday and Monday from 4:30pm to 8:30pm at Al-Wajba Ballroom at La Cigale Hotel.
An opening ceremony will take place on Sunday morning attended by local education stakeholders.