UK education expo draws good crowd
Dubai, December 11, 2011
Over 1,500 parents and students attended the three-day annual education UK exhibition (Edukex 2011) which was organised by the British Council in the UAE recently.
Dominic Jermey, UK Ambassador to the UAE, inaugurated the 10th edition of the exhibition in Abu Dhabi which was generously hosted by the Abu Dhabi Women’s College, City Campus, while Guy Warrington, HM Consul General of the British Embassy in Dubai, officially opened the show in Dubai.
Speaking at the opening in the Radisson Blu, Dubai, Guy Warrington said: “We are pleased to see this huge number of universities at the show as it demonstrates the firm commitment of the British universities to the region."
According to him, representatives of 53 UK universities and specialist colleges flew all the way to the UAE for the event.
"The UK education system combines legacy and innovation backed with distinctive quality which is one of the reasons for the 10 per cent increase in the number of UAE-domiciled students who are studying in the UK this year; and we anticipate 20 percent growth in the numbers next year,” Warrington said.
“It is very important to stress that the tuitions fees for foreign students in UK universities have not changed," he pointed out.
"The increase in tuition fees applies only to UK citizens which means that the difference in fees for home and international students has decreased remarkably," he added.
Lara Khouri, Edukex marketing manager, British Council UAE said: “This exhibition, which is part of the British Council's initiative to enhance cultural and educational relations between the UAE and UK, proved to be a very effective platform for the most renowned educational providers in the UK to talk to UAE students and their parents."
"The number of visitors the event has attracted reflects the demand UAE students have for a UK education, which is not surprising considering that the UK has a tradition of excellence in education built on centuries of experience combined with a spirit of innovation.," she noted.
“It is no wonder then, that the Gulf commands the highest percentage of students in the UK. In fact, as per Higher Education Statistics Agency, the number of UAE-based students studying in the UK last year was 3,110 which is second only to Saudi's 8,775 students,” she added.-TradeArabia News Service