Often referred to as the land of plenty, Dubai has moved beyond its glitz and glamour to grow into an emerging education hub. In the last decade, the private education sector witnessed significant growth that saw enrollment figures getting doubled, leading to an increased supply of education spaces. This has brought about a competition within the local education market, to the advantage of the people, who have greater choice of academic institutions for their children.
Dubai, in particular, and the UAE, in general, present a unique case in the education sphere in the sense that they have much larger number of institutions in the private sector as well as students attending those institutions. Private schools across the Emirates account for almost 70 per cent of the total population of schools, while their enrollment figure stands at close to 90 per cent, thanks to the conducive policies of the government.
A pro-active approach of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) and other government agencies has seen various school chains and universities from across the globe setting up their campuses there, and also attracting large investments to the sector. Driven by the UAE’s ‘Vision 2021’, which lays emphasis on the development of a first-rate education system, technology and other latest global trends in learning are fast taking over the space.
As Dubai takes shape of a pre-eminent edu-destination, at Elets Technomedia, we decided to convene the 6th edition of its flagship event “World Education Summit 2016” – a global learning platform that champions innov
ations and investments in futuristic fulfilling education – in Dubai on February 7-8, 2016. The Summit aims to bring all the stakeholders on one platform to facilitate communication and collaboration. It will bridge the divide between the key stakeholders and provide a highly crafted platform for the industry and the academia to connect and converge.
During its last five years of journey, the World Education Summit has witnessed the education sector undergo a paradigm shift. The Summit has strived to look beyond being just an event, by building a strong community around it and providing various business and networking opportunities for the government, education leaders, private sector and civil society organisations. And taking forward the objective of knowledge sharing of the digitalLEARNING magazine, WES Delhi on 6-7 August 2016 and WES Dubai on 6-7 February 2017 will bring together education stakeholders from across the globe, transcending education barriers.
As the Vision 2021 takes shape in the years to come, the World Education Summit remains committed to move shoulder to shoulder with the stakeholders in the Kingdom country and elsewhere in the world to help usher in and be witness to the transformation in the education system and teaching-learning methods.