The United Arab Emirates is not only popular for its oil reserves, but also due to its education system.
In Dubai, outstanding schools from the primary to the college level continue to foster the country’s status as one of the best places to attain formal education. Its status as a world-class provider of education leads it to pursue new initiatives to maintain academic excellence.
For example, the Ministry of Education rolled out significant changes to the education system as part of the UAE’s vision 2021 programme. The initiative will help students enrolled in the new academic year to receive education through a curriculum “based on knowledge” that will aid the economy in the future, GulfNews.com reported, citing Hussain Ebrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education.
Pursuit of Excellence
Al Hammadi said the reforms in the education sector would help the country move towards a diversified and flexible economy.” Since UAE considers education to be a key component of the vision 2021, the ministry will provide industry members with the necessary skills, tools and training resources for the advancement of teaching methods and techniques.
The changes are applicable to public school students between kindergarten and Grade 12. Hamad Al Yahyaei, Ministry of Education director for the Grade 9 to 12 curriculum, believes the reforms aim to address several issues, including an improved readiness amongst students to be enrolled in higher education.
Back to School
Across the country, more than 1.03 million public school students will return to school on August 28. Al Yahyaei said they will be amongst the first to use a revamped system that will allow them to have the required skills in math, English, Arabic and other language skills in line with international standards, prior to entering college.
Another objective of the reforms involves ensuring a 100% admission rate into college amongst pupils without a foundation year, preferably taking place by 2018 at the earliest, Al Yahyaei said.
The UAE is not only about having a diverse culture. It has leading educational institutions that make locals, immigrants, and aspiring foreign students find the right place for them to study.