Written by Gireesh Kumar Balan, Editor, Edubeanz
Dubai (UAE) 26 November 2016: In higher education, China and Dubai are drawing closer. If a recently signed agreement works well, more and more Chinese students may find Dubai as their one of the most preferred education hub.
The new agreement was signed between the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) in Dubai and the Chinese Service Centre for Scholarly Exchange (CSCSE). According to the agreement, the degrees earn by the Chinese students in Dubai will be verified by CSCSE and the Ministry of Education in China. The agreement also brings in greater collaboration in higher education and exchange between Dubai and China in place. At present, Chinese community in Dubai comes around 250,000 people, including more than 1,000 school and university students.
Branch campuses are the main attraction
Branch campuses set up by global universities in Dubai and Abu Dhabi are one of the attractions of China. Instead of going all the way to US and UK, Chinese students can earn the same degree by studying at branch campuses of foreign universities. Dubai witnesses the highest concentration of branch campuses of global universities worldwide. A branch campus should deliver the same quality of education as its mother university which is located either in US or UK. In Abu Dhabi, the branch campuses of New York University and Paris-Sorbonne are good examples of this, while in Dubai, both Middlesex University from London and Heriot-Watt University from Edinburgh are also highly rated. In academic programmes, the four branch campuses mentioned above has the same validation and monitoring system as the mother campus and in some cases there is a free flow of students and faculty between the two locations. (However, this may not be true in case of all branch campuses. )
Adapt with another culture
China is hungrily looking for a global power. Though in manufacturing, they are the world’s factor, in case of soft power, they are far behind. Chinese experts think that higher education in a foreign land can do a lot in this domain. So, foreign education gives them a chance to adapt to another culture.
The growing competition in China related with admission is the reason for the migration of education. Fiercely competitive nature of university entrance is one of the strong reasons for many young people in China turning to overseas institutions for further education.
China’s contribution in Dubai
Not only do they offer prestige, Dr Abdulla Al Karam, Director-General of KHDA, said: “The Chinese community has contributed greatly to the growth of Dubai, and we are happy that this agreement builds on our relationship. International branch campuses in Dubai are known for the quality of education they provide and the multi-cultural values and skills they offer students. We look forward to welcoming students from China to our diverse and happy city.”
The agreement was signed during Dubai Week in China, supported by Falcon and Associates. During the event, more than 100 educators and investors from China participated in a panel discussion about the growth opportunities for schools catering to the Chinese community in Dubai. A separate discussion outlined the excellent study and employment opportunities that a Dubai education gave to students from China. The Chinese community in Dubai is made up of 250,000 people, including more than 1,000 school and university students.
Panellists contributing to the education discussion at Dubai Week in China included Professor Ahmad Al Ali, vice-chancellor, Emirates Aviation University Dubai; Professor Bryn Jones, Heriot Watt University, Dubai; Che Weimin, deputy director-general of CSCSE; and Judy Hou, managing director, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management.