The Role of Higher Education Programs in Preparing UAE Nationals for Employment: Current Issues and Challenges

The Role of Higher Education Programs in Preparing UAE Nationals for Employment: Current Issues and Challenges

  • 17 November 2013

The UAE has witnessed substantial challenges in terms of the outcomes of higher education institutions and the increasing level of unemployment among UAE nationals.

There are 78 higher education institutions in the UAE, including three government institutions, and the assumption is that these establishments employ a strategy that prioritizes the preparation of Emirati graduates for employment in the local labor market. However, some employers have noted that graduates are not suitably qualified to enter the workforce, particularly in the private sector, and according to the Federal National Council unemployment among nationals reached 13 percent in 2013, representing 40,000 Emiratis. This situation has been accompanied by a fall in the number of Emiratis employed in the private sector, which accounts for only seven percent of the national workforce, according to the Ministry of Economy.

This lecture attempts to tackle the issue of preparing UAE locals for employment during higher education, and its potential impact on Emiratization. The opinions of four key stakeholders involved in this issue are reviewed: higher education institutions; TANMIA (the National Human Resources Development and Employment Authority); UAE graduates; and employers.

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Sunday 17 November 2013

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Sunday 17 November 2013

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