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New visa rules pave way for more Indian educational units

DUBAI, November 3, 2018

The new visa rules announced recently by the UAE cabinet would give impetus to the opening of more specialised Indian higher education entities across the country, said leading experts at the India-UAE Partnership Summit 2018 (IUPS).
 
The summit was organised by BLF, a unit of India Trade & Exhibition Centre ME in association with Indian Embassy-Abu Dhabi and Consulate General of India-Dubai and UAE Ministry of Economy as strategic partners. 
 
Already three specialised Indian higher education entities are in the pipeline to open new campuses in the UAE, thus leading to a spurt in the presence of Indian educational institutions in the country, said an report by the advisory partner Crowe.
 
These entities include Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad in Dubai, National Institute of Fashion Technology (Nift) and Manipal University Medical College in Abu Dhabi.
 
Speaking at one of the sessions, Dr Abdulla Al Karam, the chairman of board of directors and director general at KHDA, said Dubai has a 96,000-strong Indian student community, which is about 33 per cent of the total student population of 290,000. 
 
"Education was one of the significant themes of IUPS 2018, considering the robust presence of Indian educational institutions in the UAE which is set to increase in the higher education sector," said Ram Buxani, President of the Business Leaders Forum (BLF). 
 
"The excellent infrastructure in the UAE across the campuses in the UAE coupled with the new residency visa rules will fuel the education sector," he noted. 
 
Sudesh Aggarwal, the board member of BLF, the chairman of the IUPS Organising Committee and chairman of ITEC, said: "There is tremendous scope for India and UAE to expand co-operation in the education sector and the new visa regime which grants five-year residency visas for students studying in the UAE and 10-year visas for exceptional students will be a major game changer for the education sector, as it will attract more investments from across the world, and India will be a major contributor in this."
 
Sripriya Kumaria, the secretary general of BLF, said: "In the school segment, Indian curriculum schools have a 31 per cent share in Dubai and it is expected that this will increase in the coming years with the proactive steps taken by the UAE Government."
 
"Moreover investments in the pipeline in higher education will significantly change the landscape of education in the India which in turn will increase the influx of students from abroad," she stated.-TradeArabia News Service



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