UAE: Abu Dhabi Education Articles & Analysis

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Reforms carried out over the past several years have been geared toward preparing Emiratis to fill the jobs needed in Abu Dhabi’s increasingly industrialised economy. As part of its strategic development plan, the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030, the government aims to transform the emirate into a knowledge-based economy by focusing on high-skill...

Building a skilled workforce capable of driving a knowledge-based economy is Abu Dhabi’s main goal when it comes to education. In pursuit of this aim, the emirate’s government is making major investments in its schools and universities that are geared towards enhancing the quality and quantity of education for the growing local population. In...

Rising incomes and population growth are driving increased demand for private education in Abu Dhabi. From 2007 to 2011, enrolment in private schools increased 34.5%, and the trend is set to continue. Private schools, from local providers to global corporations, are expanding their footprint in the emirate.

As it invests in human capital, Abu Dhabi is focused on building up the local capacity for scientific research and innovation in key growth sectors. Research and development (R&D) facilities remain in their infancy in Abu Dhabi, but through substantial funding and industry partnerships, the government has demonstrated its commitment to...

The focus on research and development (R&D) at universities and higher education institutions bodes well for Abu Dhabi’s education system and economy. Educators and public officials recognise the importance of investing in R&D projects. “A major component to economic development is building research capabilities,” said Wael Ibrahim Al Anqar...

While Abu Dhabi’s government schools are currently undergoing improvements such as a holistic approach to curriculum reform known as the New School Model, private education in Abu Dhabi is also rapidly changing. Private school enrolment has grown steadily over the past decade, and older private schools are being closed while investors and government...