The school system in Dubai follows that of the United Arab Emirates. As of 2009, there are 79 public schools run by the Ministry of Education that serve Emiratis and expatriate Arab people as well as 145 private schools. The medium of instruction in public schools is Arabic with emphasis on English as a second language, while most of the private schools use English as their medium of instruction. Most private schools cater to one or more expatriate communities.
The New Indian Model School, Dubai (NIMS), Delhi Private School, Our Own English High School, the Dubai Modern High School, and The Indian High School, Dubai offer either a CBSE or an Indian Certificate of Secondary Education Indian syllabus. Similarly, there are also several reputable Pakistani schools offering FBISE curriculum for expatriate children.
The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) was established in 2006 to develop education and human resource sectors in Dubai, and license educational institutes. Approximately 10% of the population has university or postgraduate degrees. Many expatriates tend to send their children back to their home country or to Western countries for university education and to India for technology studies.
Universities include Hult International Business School, Manchester Business School, RIT Dubai, Michigan State University Dubai (MSU Dubai),Middlesex University Dubai campus, the Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani – Dubai (BITS Pilani), Murdoch University Dubai, Heriot-Watt University Dubai, American University in Dubai (AUD), Gulf Medical University Gulf Medical College, European university college(Nicolas and asp postgraduate dental college), the American College of Dubai, Mahatma Gandhi University (Off-Campus Centre), Amity University in Dubai, Institute of Management Technology – Dubai Campus, SP Jain Center of Management, University of Wollongong in Dubai, University of Waterloo – UAE Campus, and MAHE Manipal. In 2004, the Dubai School of Government in collaboration with Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Medical School Dubai Center (HMSDC) were established in Dubai.
The educational opportunities in Dubai are quite a few such as:
- Courses in various disciplines are available in reputed Dubai institutes
- Reputed international universities have set up campuses in Dubai
- Challenging hard core subjects such as engineering and fine arts are available.
- One will study in congenial and friendly atmosphere in culture that is modern as well as traditional
Why study in Dubai?
- Dubai is very cosmopolitan.
- Exposure to varied lifestyles enriches one’s mental horizon.
- Education is cost effective, easy on the purse
- One can have a degree from reputed foreign backed institute.
- City of opportunities.
- Plenty of recreational facilities to make life more enjoyable after a hard day’s work.