Role of Education in Comprehensive Development

  • 9 January 2014

Since its establishment in 1971, and under the leadership of its Founder, the Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God bless his soul), the UAE has shown great interest in science and knowledge and has introduced effective methods in the field of education and training. The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan firmly believed that education was the key to development, and rightly said that “the size of nations should not be measured by wealth and funds, as money is only a means to fulfill needs, while great objectives can be achieved only through knowledge.” He also maintained that “the educated class is the ultimate asset for advanced nations, and that the progress of a nation can only be measured by its level of education.”

The wise leadership of the UAE continues to believe in these ideals. President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (may God protect him) has said that the development of “human resources on this blessed land is the ultimate capital. Money is transient and knowledge remains key to progress”. The same ideals were extolled by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, who at the recent Mohammed bin Rashid Policies Council session – ‘Future Trends to Develop the Education Sector’ – said that education should be enhanced in accordance with recent technological advances. As education remains the top priority for the Government, His Highness said that the aim is to make the education system one of the best in the world by 2021. “I want the best educational system for my people – one in step with the increase in knowledge and technological advancements worldwide,” His Highness said.

This interest in education has led the UAE to make substantial investment in this vital sector for providing facilities to educational institutions, improving syllabi, improving teaching methods and enhancing the performance of teachers. Over 20 percent of the annual budget has been allocated to education, which explains the UAE’s outstanding position in this field. The UAE University was ranked top university in the Arab world and 76th globally in 2013-2014, in a survey published recently by The Times Higher Education. The CEO of Canada’s Elite University recently said that the UAE has great opportunity to achieve scientific revolution as it has an impressive track record, ability to boost socio-economic life and leadership abilities to make important and immediate decisions.