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30% Growth for Sharjah Education Show

January 14, 2014 - 9:50:50 am


Four-Day International Education Show to be held at Expo Centre Sharjah from Jan 29


Sharjah, 13th January 2014


An upcoming higher education event in Sharjah has seen strong growth, confirming the trend of rising demand for higher education among nationals and expatriates.


The International Education Show (IES), which is set to be held at Expo Centre Sharjah from January 29 to February 1, 2014, has registered a 31 per cent rise in the number of exhibitors. The four-day show will showcase nearly 150 institutions, against last year’s 104.


This is apart from the more than 60 exhibitors from India who will be taking part in the Great India Education Fair, under the aegis of AFAIRS Exhibitions & Media. The Great India Education Fair will be held for the second consecutive time as part of the International Education Show and feature international boarding schools, universities and colleges from across India.


“The International Education Show is now entering its momentous 10th edition, growing with each edition and become a catalyst to the country’s ambitious higher education campaign to prepare its youth to achieve high in their life and contribute to the nation’s growth,” said Mr. Saif Mohammed Al Midfa, CEO, Expo Centre Sharjah.


The show is set to complement the latest move by the UAE to facilitate higher studies of its youth in leading universities overseas to help eliminate high unemployment rate among nationals and prepare them for the demanding needs of the labour market.


With the UAE cabinet approving 21 per cent of its total budget allocation of Dhs. 46 billion for the education sector in 2014, it becomes a continuing trend where the government is placing high importance on the sector, thus boosting demand for higher education.


“Though we have good local and international institutions in the country and can lay claim to the status of an emerging educational hub, we have to admit that huge gaps exist between workforce supply and demand in a number of industries. Through high budgetary allocations and pro-active strategies implemented by the Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research, the UAE government is aiming to plug these gaps,” said Mr. Midfa.


Industry watchers point out that with the booming economy generating enough jobs, and events like World Expo 2020 promising more than 275,000 employment opportunities in the near future, the higher education sector is set to see greater interest from students and their parents.


“We are also likely to see more educational institutions coming to the UAE and the existing ones increasing their programmes to meet the rising requirements. The International Education Show will be a dedicated platform for local and international institutions to target the ambitious student population in the region,” added Mr. Midfa.


Since Asians constitute the largest student community in the UAE, the Great India Education Fair, India’s most popular education event, will target the expat population in the country the most, while it will also be interesting for those keen on pursuing higher studies in one of the fastest emerging economies in the world.


The Great India Education Fair will help parents interact directly with principals / authorities of India’s high-ranking boarding schools which are offering spot admissions from Std. 2 onwards, providing international curriculum, world class infrastructure and quality education at an affordable cost.


Students can meet directly with admission directors of India's leading and recognised universities and colleges that offer a wide range of bachelor’s and master’s programmes.


“Among the Asian student population, Indians are the single largest nationality. With nearly 65 top boarding schools, colleges, universities and other educational institutions from India taking part in the Great India Education Fair it will be a must-visit for Indian expats in the country and the region,” he added.


The International Education Show will be held for four days at Expo Centre Sharjah from 29th January to 1st February. The show timing will be 9.00am until 2.00pm & 4.00pm until 8.00pm from January 29th – 30th and 1st February; 4.00pm until 8.00pm only Friday January 31st. Exclusive timing for girls will be on January 29th, from 9.00am until 2.00pm; exclusive timing for boys will be on January 30th, from 9.00am until 2.00pm.