Will the UAE become a hub for international students bypassing countries like the US and the UK? At the moment, India is going to bypass China as the source of destination for most international students in the next three years – the UAE is expected to become a major global educational hub. The findings were published in a study by Dubai International Academic City (DIAC) and BMI Media.
The report covers 104 universities in 41 countries, most of which are in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and the UAE. While China is currently leading the list of sources of destination for international students, the study concluded that India will overthrow China and become the fastest growing student market in the world.
Universities around the world have said that over the next year they will focus on recruiting students in India, China, Brazil, Colombia and South Korea. Experts said UAE universities can get information from Transnational student mobility and university trends in 2018 report to increase their student recruitment strategies.
Experts believe the UAE offers a cost-effective world-class education for students seeking flexible visas and the opportunity to find work after graduation. Most universities surveyed cited public policy as a major barrier to growth. This is true for the US with tough visa rules and the Brexit dilemma of the UK. According to experts, UAE universities have had a strong position to increase the number of applicants due to government support.
“Previously, students had to leave after the fourth year when they graduated, but now a five-year visa will give students the opportunity to interact with employers during their project work and internship. “The opportunity to work is definitely an added value for students, given that the two main markets are India and China.”
The country will benefit from strong bilateral economic and commercial ties between the UAE and India in a variety of areas including trade, investment, energy, artificial intelligence and space.