Education is the Essence of the Future

  • 17 August 2013

The United Arab Emirates pays utmost attention to education and seeks to provide all support possible for its development and modernization. This approach stems from the UAE’s awareness of the pivotal role played by education in promoting human resource and developing its creative skills and capabilities. According to a report released by Pearson, a company specialized in providing education services, recently the UAE is among leading countries when it comes to spending on education and digital learning.

This achievement – under the wise leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (may God protect him) and support of His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces – is linked primarily to human resource and prepares the ground for coming generations to keep up with technological developments and rapidly changing development needs. Attention to education and its development are hence given top priority in the UAE. The UAE Vision 2012 also attaches special importance to education. It aims to set up an advanced system of education and a highly productive knowledge-based economy.

This vision has fueled interest in education and the development of curricula that are focusing more and more on teaching sciences and benefitting from advancements in this field. This has helped the cause of improving quality of life and building a knowledge-based society. This is substantiated by the fact that education sector accounts for 22 percent (AED 9.9 billion) of the total allocations in the 2013 federal budget, in addition to interest in providing infrastructure for various stages of education, developing curricula, attracting major global universities to establish branches in the UAE. This is meant to expand education options and provide UAE nationals the opportunity to join universities from Europe and the US inside the UAE territory without the need to travel abroad.

The UAE is aware that developing education is necessary for continuing the progress of the UAE in all fields. The more the education system in the country caters to today’s needs and is open to modern applied sciences, the more it would become capable of finding the human resources specialized in disciplines required by the local labor market. The wise leadership pays great attention to modern sciences, especially in the field of technology, because it is aware of the importance of building national workforce capable of taking up responsibilities and achieving targets. Its approach is based on a firm belief that the future of the country is linked to knowledge and capabilities of youth in the country and that paying attention to education is the best investment for the future.