UAE: Abu Dhabi Education

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Chapter | Education from The Report: Abu Dhabi 2016

The education sector in Abu Dhabi is benefitting from targeted investments in career-relevant post-secondary programmes, as well as strong partnerships between schools and industry. Furthermore, recent K-12 curriculum reforms are aimed at building a strong base of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) undergraduates. With the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030 development plan...

Thanks to business-friendly government policies implemented over the past 10 years Abu Dhabi is now home to a rapidly diversifying economy that is among the largest in the region, with GDP reaching a total of Dh952.68bn ($259.32bn) at current prices in 2014.

Abu Dhabi’s higher education sector is expected to play a pivotal role in the emirate’s plans to reduce dependency on external sources for innovation and knowledge acquisition. 


What impact have inspections of private schools had on the quality of academic services?

Quality assurance is paramount to Abu Dhabi’s education strategy, as evidenced by recent initiatives unveiled by the National Qualifications Authority (NQA), the federal body that has been active in implementing the Qualifications Framework for the Emirates (QFE mirates) handbook, which lays out education qualifications at all levels in the UAE. Plans to roll out new...

As the emirate’s growing population leads to an expansion of private kindergarten-to-grade-12 (K-12) schools, education authorities have focused on maintaining a careful balance between supporting new growth and preserving a high calibre of education. Although private K-12 school inspections have been undertaken since 2008, the government’s Irtiqa’a (“Raising the Bar”)...

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