Most university students coming to study in Dubai are Indian, says KHDA

DUBAI // Most university students coming from aboard to study in the emirate are Indian, according to a new report from the Knowledge and Human Development Authority.

The Story Unfolds... Private Education in Dubai 2015/16 report released on Sunday says there are a total of 26,125 university students in Dubai.

Of these 67 per cent are UAE residents with 33 per cent travelling from abroad for study.

Indians make up 30 per cent of those who travel to the emirate for study.

They are followed by Egyptians at eight per cent, six per cent are Pakistanis, six per cent for Nigerians and Jordanians at five per cent.

The study shows there has been a 7.5 per cent growth in student enrolment and the emirate is now home to 26 international branch campuses from 11 countries – the most in the world.

British Higher Education institutes have the most campuses with eight, followed by India and Australia with four.

There were 5,619 graduates in 2014/15 and of these 44 per cent received a bachelors degree and 52 per cent gained a masters degree, said the report.

Two-thirds of those graduating did so in business related fields, with 13 per cent in engineering, seven per cent in media and design, six percent in information technology and four per cent in architecture and construction.

This is also reflected in the popularity of degrees and fields new students enrol in.

Bachelors degrees were top with 58 per cent enrolment, followed by masters degrees on 34 per cent, foundation on four per cent and doctorates on 1 per cent.

Again new students opted for business with 53 per cent followed by engineering on 16 per cent, information technology and media and design both on seven per cent, with architecture and construction on six per cent.

The KHDA now also licenses technical and vocational education and training providers through the Qualifications and Awards in Dubai or QAD.

As a result there are now 1,029 of these training institutes offering 32,000 courses.

Source : The National

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English skills, long working hours in focus at career fair

EnglishSkillsAndLongHoursAbu Dhabi: Strong English language skills, willingness to work beyond official hours and a high GPA are among some of the prerequisites for job opportunities, companies attending a career fair said on Wednesday.

In its ninth edition this year, Najah higher education and career exhibition featured over 140 participating exhibitors, several of which were companies across the UAE looking to hire fresh graduates and job seekers.

Khalifa Al Rumaithi, an officer at Abu Dhabi National Oil Company’s (Adnoc) recruitment department, told Gulf News that the company is planning to hire around 4,000 people this year and 70 per cent of vacancies have been filled.

“We are now looking to recruit potential employees for the remaining 30 per cent of the positions we have available. We want fresh graduates who can start with us and learn everything from scratch. Whoever we hire has to be a UAE national, which I believe tops our priorities for this year in terms of recruitment,” Al Rumaithi explained.

“Being able to speak and write fluently in English, graduating with a high GPA from any university, whether in the UAE or abroad, and making sure that potential employees have completed their national service, are among some of the other factors we take into account,” he added.

Available positions are for chemical, mechanical, petroleum and marine engineers between the ages of 21-24, Al Rumaithi added.

Meanwhile, Mohammad Al Beloushi, Adviser to the Chairman and CEO of STRATA, said that they have two types of jobs available.

“We are currently looking for technicians, who could be from grade seven and onwards, as long as they’re above 20 years old. We offer those who apply for this position a 10-month intensive progamme in collaboration with UAE University and Lockheed Martin. Professors from the university are in charge of teaching the theoretical courses, while experts from Lockheed Martin guide students through the practical side of things.”

“The second type of job we have available is for those who pursued their bachelor’s degree or higher degrees in mechanical engineering. For these kinds of jobs, one of the most important requirements is to be able to speak English fluently as we deal with a lot of international clients.”

There are approximately 15 jobs currently available for fresh graduates at STRATA, Al Beloushi added.

“Potential employees should also be open to the idea of working outside the company’s official working hours.”

Al Beloushi said many people tend to quit their jobs merely for a slight increase in their salaries.

“A lot of people switch jobs just for a Dh500 or Dh1,000 increase. They should look at the bigger picture, as in what kind of experience they are receiving in return, particularly if they are still at the start of their careers.”

As for the Abu Dhabi Farmers’ Services Centre (ADFSC), a minimum of 15 fresh graduates will be hired before the end of this year to work in the agriculture sector, Rashid Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Human Recourses and Administration Director for Abu Dhabi Farmers’ Services Centre, said.

ADFSC also announced that the organisation will look to increase its recruiting efforts over the next 12 months in line with national Emiratisation plans.

“We presently have open positions in both technical and commercial services, all of which are essential positions that help farmers grow and market their produce. Other office-based support roles are available in human resources, customer service and more,” he added.

Candidates applying for open positions can submit applications at ADFSC’s booth at the Najah 2015 exhibition and suitable candidates may be hired immediately.

A survey conducted in collaboration between and the market research company YouGOV, targeted employers registered with across the Middle East and revealed that about 31 per cent of employers in the UAE are looking to hire UAE nationals and expats.

Article Source : Gulf News

Online Trading Academy extends its franchise agreement for the next 10 years in the GCC

pic27324Online Trading Academy and Al Khaleej Training and Education have found success and continued growth in the Middle East region since signing a franchise agreement 10 years ago. In the decade that Online Trading Academy has been present in the Knowledge Village of Dubai and providing a premier finance education for the region’s community members, they have earned several awards related to trading and investing education. The Dubai center is a four-time winner of the MENA Forex Expo Awards for Best Education Institute and Best Forex Education Provider. General Manager, Tareq Abu Hantash was honored with the 2014 Above and Beyond award presented by Online Trading Academy. “We are very excited about the future growth plans for Online Trading Academy in the Middle East,” said Gene Longobardi, Chief Operating Officer at Online Trading Academy. “We have enjoyed an exceptional partnership with the Dubai team and Al Khaleej for the past ten years and have seen the business grow tremendously as a result of the outstanding education and customer service, as well as the ever-increasing demand for education in the financial markets.” “We are proud to represent the brand in the region and look forward to bringing Online Trading Academy to additional markets in the Middle East in the near future,” said Alwaleed Aldryaan, CEO of Al Khaleej Training and Education, and President Online Trading Academy FZ, LLC. “We are committed to providing the most effective financial education in the Gulf region. Online Trading Academy has created an education system that teaches people to invest successfully in any market and all market conditions.” Online Trading Academy will expand their financial education reach to Saudi Arabia in the near future. Longobardi and Aldryaan have enjoyed a business relationship with a number of education brands that spans over 20 years.

Universities must take charge of their own futures

colleges uaeBy Dean Hoke

In April last year, Bloomberg journalist Michael McDonald wrote an article describing the decline of small colleges and universities in the United States. He pointed out some very disturbing facts.

In the US, the number of private four-year colleges that have closed or were acquired doubled from about five a year before 2008 to about 10 in the four years to 2011. The statement was based on a study in 2013 by researchers at Vanderbilt University.

Among all colleges, 37 merged in the three years to 2013, more than triple the number that merged from 2006 to 2009, according to directory publisher Higher Education Publications.

All of the schools in the Vanderbilt study that closed had fewer than 1,000 students.

I see the potential for several higher education institutions to close or merge in the next 10 years in this country unless they take action. Here are some reasons why.

Firstly, too many schools have a small student body. There are at least 113 registered higher education schools in the UAE with at least another four coming into operation within the next year. The vast majority are privately held. Sixty institutions have enrolments under 1,000 and 47 under 500.

Secondly, 30 per cent of the institutions are not accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation.

Many of these are registered in academic free zones in Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah. The Government only recognises schools that have been approved by the CAA.

If a student graduates from a free-zone school and it is not CAA approved, the degree is only recognised in the home emirate. This limits the job opportunities of graduates.

The higher education market here is also highly cost competitive. At the 100 private and branch-campus schools, tuition fees for an undergraduate range from Dh40,000 to Dh60,000 a year.

Universities are competing for students in the UAE and throughout the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

Recruiting students is very expensive and the average student applies to six to 10 schools. Of the students who do enrol, a significant number will drop out or transfer in the first year for a variety of reasons including academic or personal issues. Universities need to be more proactive in student retention.

There is also the issue of staff retention. While some institutions offer good compensation packages, many have a high staff turnover. This is caused by factors including low salaries and few pay rises, and it is prevalent in institutions with small enrolments.

Reputation also plays a part. Organisations such as The Times Higher Education World University Rankings and QS World University Rankings have produced lists of world rankings, with various subsections such as "top Arab universities". These have become increasingly popular with students, parents and counsellors. However, the ranking reports skew towards reputation and research-focused institutions rather than teaching-orientated or career-focused schools. Smaller schools are rarely research-oriented and do not receive recognition.

The costs associated with maintaining and updating a university campus facility are also high. Ongoing expenses include utilities, IT infrastructure, insurance, phone systems, sports facilities and maintenance. Some of the less visible expenses involve financing new construction and campus projects, and revenue inconsistencies. The cost of loans to build campuses is significant and must be added to the overall operating costs. All of these items must be factored into what to charge for tuition.

Which universities may face challenges is not predetermined, but at least 60 could fall into this category. It is up to the institutions themselves to take steps to remain ahead of the competition.

Article source: The National, UAE


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