GCC student numbers to top 11m in 2020
Dubai, October 7, 2012
The student population in the GCC is expected to sustain a 1.8 per cent compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) within a 10-year period to reach 11.3 million in 2020, said the organisers of an upcoming education event in Dubai.
Getex Autumn 2012, a dedicated platform to showcase the widest range of top-quality academic, vocational and training programs from leading regional and international schools, will run from November 21 to 23 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The rising number of students has strongly influenced the increase in demand for higher education in the region, particularly in the UAE which has been aggressively encouraging private sector investments, thereby establishing the country’s private education sector as the biggest in the region with an estimated value of $2.8 billion.
With studies showing that 95 per cent of all females and 80 per cent of all males enrolled in the final year of secondary school applying for admission to a higher education institution in the country and abroad, the UAE attracts the largest number of high-profile academic institutions from all over the world.
Anselm Godinho, managing director, International Conferences and Exhibitions (IC&E), the organiser of the event, said: “Getex provides a dedicated networking platform that stimulates the continued growth of the education sector, while supporting initiatives by governments in the GCC to enhance the quality of education in the region.”
“Moreover, it significantly broadens the academic choices of students by filling a void in student recruitment for those seeking to study abroad or in prestigious academic institutions within the UAE.”
Getex Autumn 2012 will showcase a wide selection of higher education and professional development programs, including graduate and postgraduate degrees along with vocational and professional courses.
New to the event this year is the Global Business School Fair featuring a collection of MBA schools from across the world looking to meet with potential UAE-based postgraduate students.
The Global Business School Fair will host a business seminar that will provide students with resources to help them make sound career choices, while enhancing their employment potential in both the public and private sectors. – TradeArabia News Service
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