Education in the UAE
The UAE has just set up a new council to upgrade education in the country, after educational authorities in Dubai gave schools in the city a bad report card.
June 8, 2009 6:20 by kippreport
The US-based George Mason University recently announced that it would close down its campus in Ras al Khaimah at the end of the spring term. The university, which launched undergraduate courses in 2006 with less than 40 students, reportedly failed to reach a financing agreement with Edrak, the RAK government institution that funded and provided facilities for the campus.
“Many [universities] have come in with far too ambitious targets and I can see more closures,” Raymi van der Spek, vice-president of administration at the University of Wollongong in Dubai told The National in March this year. “I don’t believe their numbers are where they expected them to be. There are too many institutions, which fragments the number of students that each can attract.”
However, there is also good news – the UAE University in Al Ain launch PhD programs in May this year, making it the first government university to offer doctorates. Each student is expected to cost the university AED300,000 a year in living, housing and research costs, with a significant percentage of this funding coming from the government.
Officials hope that by 2014, hundreds of doctoral students will use the program, and work on research projects of relevance to the country.