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Get ready for the real world... With an HND (HIGHER NATIONAL DIPLOMA) qualification

ECMIT offers a great opportunity to earn a truly vocational career oriented qualification that gets them ready for University education. To know more about how the HND qualification can help transform your career, pay us a visit.

Resources • Prime Location • Highly Qualified faculty • Modern Infrastructure • Excellent Library facilities • Visa Assistance provided • Wi-Fi Campus Salient Features • Courses tailored to meet current employment market • Morning and evening classes • Advising and counseling • Affordable fee structure • Free books provided • Diploma awarded by Edexcel, UK.

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Al Quasis, Al Nahda 2, Dubai, UAE.

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Power of knowledge The UAE invests heavily in higher education resulting in world-class intellectual capital and knowledgebased economy Sadiq Sameer Bhat iven its rapid increase of population and the need to provide quality education to young people who seek to enter colleges and universities, the UAE has been investing heavily in the higher education sector. Every year more than 25 per cent of the federal budget is set aside exclusively for education expenditure.


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That is not all. The education budget, itself, has witnessed a huge jump from previous years. From Dh4.6 billion in 2011, it now stands at close to Dh8.2 billion. Experts point out that the massive investments in education reflect the desire on the part of the country’s policy makers to impart the best education and training to learners in the UAE. With an aim to create a knowledge-based economy, due emphasis has also been laid on establishing free zones dedicated to higher education in the country. The Dubai International Academic City (DIAC), a first of its kind in the world, has a state-of-the-art campus spread over 18 million square feet. With more than 20 international branch campuses of reputed universities from around the world, the DIAC has become

The UAE has made great strides in the field of education. Presently the country’s adult literacy rate hovers above 90 per cent, significantly higher than just a few decades back when it was at 54 per cent for men and 31 per cent for women

an education focal point that boasts of advanced academic tools, technologies and human resources. Furthermore, the UAE is home to prestigious institutions like the American University in Dubai, Tufts University, George Mason University, Michigan State University and Rochester Institute of Technology in Dubai. New York University (NYU) has also set up

its campus alongside the Sorbonne in Abu Dhabi. Similarly Dubai Knowledge Village, based in Dubai Internet City, has attracted several top international universities and research facilities to the UAE including Saint-Petersburg State, University of Engineering and Economics,

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• Continued from previous page University of Wollongong, Mahatma Gandhi University and the Manchester Business School. Together with DIAC, Dubai Knowledge Village hosts 30 higher education universities that offer hundreds of courses and study programmes. As a result, student numbers in Dubai are growing at 10 per cent year on year. Pertinently most graduates and postgraduates in the UAE choose to opt for courses in business, science, engineering and computer sciences. Vocational and occupational courses in aviation, industrial and technical training, creative arts, hospitality, teaching, nursing and occupational health, architecture and interior design are also quite popular. In fact, the popularity of the UAE as one of the key education centres in the region has seen an upward growth in the last one decade. More than 120,000 students are currently studying in various educational establishments in the country. According to the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), the educational regulatory authority, 43,212 students are enrolled at higher education institutions in Dubai including both full-time and part-time students. While half the students are enrolled in 32 institutions in the free zones, others have opted for reputed institutions outside the free zones. KHDA figures state that the University of Jazeera is the largest private institution in Dubai with more than nine per cent of the total student population. Zayed University, on the other hand, is the largest federal institution in the emirate while the University of Wollongong in Dubai is the largest institute in the free zone. Indeed the country has come a

Emirates College for Management and Technology

Upgrade and sharpen your skills Supplementary degree and certificate courses not only add weight to the CV, but also equip working professionals with advanced knowledge EMIRATES College for Management and Technology (ECMIT) believes in affordable and value-based education for working professionals that leads to better employment and better

long way since the late 70s when the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) was set up in the oasis city of Al Ain as a leading teaching and research institution. Today more than 14,000 students are enrolled at UAEU. Most government institutions encourage the nationals to enrol, providing free education. With one of the highest application participation rates by students anywhere in the world, UAE is now home to some of the finest universities in the world. Recently, the American University of Sharjah (AUS) entered into the ranks of the world’s top 500 universities for the first time as per the Londonbased Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), world’s premier university rankings firm. The UAE has made some great

strides in the field of education. Presently the country’s adult literacy rate hovers above 90 per cent, significantly higher than just a few decades back when it was at 54 per cent for men and 31 per cent for women. A sustained focus on education has witnessed the growing enrolment of nationals over the years. Local students constitute more than 43 per cent of the total student population in Dubai, while the last two years have seen an 18 per cent increase in Emirati males in higher education. The percentage of female students is also on the rise. As the educational infrastructure shows more positive signs of growth, knowledge-based economy that equips young people with choices, shaping the future of the country, is quite inevitable.

Preparing students for life MANIPAL University (MU), Dubai ( is a branch campus of Manipal University, India, the largest private university in the country enrolling over 25,000 students across 23 disciplines. Manipal University, India is home to some of the finest institutions of academic excellence including Kasturba Medical College and Manipal Institute of Technology. Similar to its mother campus back home in Manipal, the Dubai branch campus of Manipal University offers students a variety of disciplines to pursue their undergraduate and graduate studies, ranging from laboratory and workshop intensive courses like

classroom setting. EDEXCEL is a UK-based professional organisation. After completion of this programme, a diploma is awarded by EDEXCEL, UK. It is a highly applied career-oriented business programme designed to equip students with hands-on knowledge and expertise needed by today’s complex and rapidly changing business and corporate world. Graduates can also secure advanced placement (often final year) of a Bachelor Degree programme offered by universities in many countries including the UAE.

More than 120,000 students are currently studying in various educational establishments in the country. — Photo courtesy: Getty

Manipal University Dubai

Manipal University offers programmes with a practical, industryrelevant approach

career potential. ECMIT has designed courses and programmes for working professionals to obtain up-to-date skills and business knowledge in areas of business, management, human resources management, marketing, hospitality and tourism while they continue to work. Whether you intend to take a single career enhancing course or a specially focused short training, come and see the difference ECMIT can make. Higher National Diploma (HND) in Business is a programme that advances you to real world business learning in a

engineering, information technology and biotechnology to creative and new-age disciplines like interior design and media and communication. The university also offers a highly hands-on, industry-relevant programme in management and business studies both at the undergraduate as well as at the graduate level. Shaping the future of higher education in the UAE MU, Dubai moved into its iconic state-of-the-art campus in September 2011. Spread over 750,000 square feet of built up area, the sprawling campus can accommodate over 4,000 students. Apart from contemporary purpose built classrooms, the new campus at Dubai International Academic City (DIAC) houses cutting edge laboratories in disciplines such as engineering, biotechnology and information tech-

nology and is also home to some of the region’s best studios and workshops for programmes in media and communications and interior design. The campus also houses a sprawling library, cafeteria, abundant indoor and outdoor sporting facilities, including an athletics track, tennis courts, a gym and fitness centre and a recreation centre for boys and girls. The entire campus is Wi-Fi enabled.

Western International College

Industryfocused faculty Western International College is the preferred learning higher education destination offering accredited UK degrees WINC (Western International College) is positioned as the Best Value British Education Destination in the UAE. It offers at its Ras Al Khaimah Campus Accredited UK Degrees from the University of London (lead college being the prestigious London School of Economics), the University of Bolton and HND qualifications from EdExcel. The range of courses across these three referred institutions include Bachelor’s Degrees in Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Business, Accountancy, Finance, Banking and Economics, Computing and IT and Masters qualifications including MBA, MSc (IT) and MSc (Supply Chain Management). For more information visit A state-of-the-art campus, experienced, industry focused faculty, a diverse mix of students from more than 40 countries, a creative learning and research environment, a host of extracurricular and personal development programmes and a sophisticated hostel accommodation make WINC the preferred learning destination in the UAE.

Admissions for academic year 2012-13 Limited seats in MU, Dubai’s Certificate, Bachelor and Master Level programmes are available for academic year 2012 -13. Programmes commence September 2012. Scholarships are available for Bachelor programmes. Admissions are closing soon. More details can be availed at

The Best Value British University in the UAE! Undergraduate & Postgraduate Qualifications Heriot-Watt University Dubai Campus

Meeting market demands Heriot-Watt University Dubai Campus continuously caters to market needs WITH a history dating back to 1821, Heriot-Watt University has established a reputation for worldclass teaching and practical, leading edge research, which has made it one of the top UK universities for business and industry. The university is ranked among the Top 20 universities in the UK as per the Guardian Universities Guide for 2013. In its continuous

thrive to meet market trends and demands, Heriot-Watt University Dubai Campus has introduced last year MSc in Water Resources in a country that desalinates most of its water. Interior Design was also among the very popular programmes that were introduced last year alongside psychology. This year the university has introduced MSc in Renewable Energy and BSc in Psychology with Management to cater to market needs in these areas. And in a market desperate for computer professionals, the university’s BSc Computer Systems programme offers a combination of theory

and practical learning at a level to enhance the student experience and best prepare them for roles in industry. The students enrolled for this programme in Dubai have the option of transferring to the UK campus during their final year. All degrees granted by the Dubai campus are issued from the Heriot-Watt main campus in Edinburgh, UK and all programmes offered at the Dubai Campus are certified by KHDA (Dubai’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority) and recognised in Dubai by all public and private entities for all purposes.

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• M.Sc IT • Civil Engineering

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