GCC student population to cross 11 million
Dubai, February 11, 2014
The student population in the GCC has experienced a steady growth and is predicted to reach 11.3 million in 2020 from 9.5 million in 2010, according to a recent study.
About 24 per cent of total government expenditure is spent on the development of the UAE education sector which has an estimated market size of $7.3 billion, it said.
The Getex Spring 2014, a student recruitment event and a podium for education providers to reach out to students with their academic offerings, will take place from April 9 to 11 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, aimed at throwing a spotlight on the surge in the country’s education sector.
The 26th edition of the fair will provide a gateway for more than 20,000 Arab and expat students to connect with over 500 exhibitiors from more than 40 countries, featuring over 2,500 educational programmes from around the world.
Anselm Godinho, managing director, International Conferences and Exhibitions (IC&E), said: “While the UAE is fast emerging as a preferred destination for foreign education organisations and investors, the country’s education sector is poised for a significant growth. We hope to address the broader educational requirements of students that will enable them to gain the necessary proficiency to make the right career move.
“Aside from leading universities and educational institutions highlighting their courses, we have weaved in some new segments into the show, including a Career Advisory Forum, to deliver a more value-added experience for both visitors and exhibitors.”
The event, supported by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority, the Dubai Knowledge Village and the Dubai International Academic City, will focus on key areas such as general education, higher education, vocational education, and training and professional development, with the intent to deliver a well-rounded approach towards learning.
The second edition of the Counsellors Forum will a platform to directly inform students about courses and campuses. It will guide students to choose the most suitable course and educational institution correlating to their career path.
Additionally, the Career Advisory Forum is the latest initiative by Getex that will help students gain insights about the global employment scene and human resource forces impacting multinational companies as well as big corporations. It will also offer vast opportunities for students to network with top employers in the region. - TradeArabia News Service