Education in the UAE: Current Status and Future Developments

Author/s: several co-authors
1st Edition Year: 2011
Edition: Second impression
Current Edition Year: 2018
Language: English
Available Languages: العربية


Education encompasses curricula, institutions and infrastructure and is the foundation of human development. The UAE has long recognized the importance of bringing education to the forefront of development plans, with the aim of creating a diverse and competitive economy based on improving the efficiency and quality of educational output. These development plans include the UAE Vision 2021, the Abu Dhabi Vision 2030, and the Dubai Strategic Vision 2015. A forward-looking vision of education in the UAE entails a number of issues including recognition of the fact that the application of international experiences to UAE educational institutions will not necessarily provide the same results. Researchers have drawn attention to the need for inspiration from the country’s heritage of Islamic civilization and social values ​​when formulating educational policy.

To accomplish the objectives of these important development plans, all parties involved in the education process must be aware of what is required and speak with one voice. Therefore, the First Annual Education Conference of the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR), "Education in the UAE: Current Status and Future Developments," was held on 5–6 October, 2010, in order to respond to various challenges of educational advancement on which the success of the country’s goals over the coming decades depends. Such challenges include not only diversifying the student population, schools and curricula; improving the quality of the school environment; overcoming the limitations of traditional methods of education; creating effective approaches to development, evaluation and assessment; improving educational guidance for students; and achieving greater family involvement in the educational process in order to promote high levels of educational attainment, but also self-confidence, a strong sense of citizenship and a culture of moderation and tolerance. To this end, the UAE Ministry of Education has devised a ten-year strategic plan that aims to reform the education sector and raise student attainment by providing an environment conducive to educational excellence; promoting equal educational opportunities; strengthening nationals’ sense of citizenship; and improving administrative efficiency.



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