Education in Dubai
Education in Dubai encompasses the several levels of primary, secondary and collegiate education catering to different ethnic and linguistic groups. The educational system in Dubai is the same as in the United Arab Emirates. There are many public schools and private schools serving both the locals and expatriates.
The ever-increasing Dubai population has necessitated a considerable investment in education. Dubai offers an extensive education to all male and female students from kindergarten to university, with education for the country’s citizens being available at all levels. There is also an extensive private education sector, available to several thousand students, of both sexes, to pursue courses of higher education.
Basically, lessons are taught in Arabic with some emphasis on English as a second language although most of the private schools adopt English as their medium of teaching. The Ministry of Education of the UAE (United Arab Emirates) is in charge of keeping the schools' standard in check. It is mainly responsible for the school's accreditation and choosing on the international standards such as GCSE to use. The Dubai Education Council was established in 2005 to develop and regulate the education sector in Dubai. Education fees can vary greatly from free for public schools to tens of thousands Dhs per year for private schools.
Most of the private primary schools have entrance tests and these schools cater to one or more expatriate communities. For example, Delhi Private School, Dubai Modern High School, The Indian High School, Dubai English Speaking School, Jumeirah Primary School, Horizon School and more others, all offer British primary education up to the age of eleven.
When it comes to tertiary education, many expatriates would send their children back to their home country or to western countries for university education. However, more and more foreign accredited universities have been set up in the city every year. Some of these universities include Heriot-Watt University, American University in Dubai (AUD), Al Ghurair University, Birla Institute of Technology, Heriot-Watt University, SAE Insitute, The American College of Dubai and not to mention the well-known University of Wollongong in Dubai.
The Ministry of Education of Dubai is constantly honing its educational strategy to ensure that the programmes developed in its schools comply with the international standards, with particular focus on introducing the latest IT resources at all levels. For example, one of the goals is to provide a basic computer for every ten children in a kindergarten, every five student in primary schools, every two students in preparatory schools and one computer per student in universities. For the coming years, IT educations will the major priority for Dubai and its people.
Dubai has been putting in a lot of effort in creating and developing the infrastructure needed to provide basic and further education for its people. One good example is the Knowledge Village where its aim is to be an education hub in the Middle East. When the educational infrastructure is in place, the focus is on ensuring that the youth of the country are ready to meet the challenges of the 21st century knowledge workplace.
Additionally, to ensure that there are enough jobs for these emerging graduates, a certain number of positions reserved for Dubai nationals in the workforce is being highly encouraged by the government, especially in the private sector, where Dubai nationals account for the diminishing number of the total workforce. Some progress has already been made in banking, insurance and human resources.