Dubai’s international higher education institutions have witnessed an 8% annual growth in enrollment, according to the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA). The data showed that the number of international students choosing Dubai to pursue higher education has increased by 12%, making up almost one-third of all students. Over 30,000 students are currently enrolled in university programs, as revealed by a recent infographic by KHDA that provided detailed data on the emirate’s higher education, international higher education providers, students, faculty, programs, and research fields.
Furthermore, over 80% of graduates in the last two academic years have either found jobs or pursued further studies. During the last three academic years, international universities have increased their programs by 21%, with business, engineering, and information technology (IT) degrees being the top choices among Emiratis and foreigners. Meanwhile, differently-abled students prefer business, media studies, and IT programs.
According to recent figures, 60% of students are enrolled in undergraduate programs, 30% in postgraduate programs, and only 2% in doctorate. Roughly 80% of all students are enrolled full-time. Dr. Abdulla Al Karam, Director General of KHDA, stated that Dubai is quickly emerging as a leading hub for international higher education. He added that the increasing number of international campuses and multiple programs are attracting more students.
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