SHARJAH, 10th February, 2016 (WAM) -- Leading educational institutions from across the world have descended on Sharjah to take advantage of one of the fastest growing education markets in the world that is set to exceed US$6.7 billion by 2018, as the 12th edition of the International Education Show, IES 2016, opened today at the Expo Centre Sharjah.
The availability of more than 100 top universities and colleges from the country, region and overseas at one place have made the International Education Show at Expo Centre Sharjah the most attractive higher education platform for both national and expatriate students.
"Rising disposable incomes, a boom in the student population and an increase in preference for high quality professional as well as academic programmes have resulted in increased focus on higher education in the UAE. Besides, education is increasingly seen by the government as a major contributor to national wealth and economic development," said Saif Mohammed Al Midfa, CEO, Expo Centre Sharjah, explaining the rationale behind the emergence of the UAE as a leading global higher education destination.
According to exhibitors, factors that underscore the status of the UAE as an emerging education hub include government initiatives, superior infrastructure and facilities, international collaborations and exposure and a multi-cultural student population.
For its 12th edition, the International Education Show is featuring 105 exhibitors that represent almost all universities and higher education institutions in the country as well as leading universities overseas.
"The IES offers the best visitor experience in terms of top institutions, the widest range of under-graduate and post-graduate courses, new exhibitors, strategic partnerships with leading organisations and seminars by well-known counsellors, among others," added Midfa.
New exhibitors for IES 2016 include the University of South Wales, Middlesex University, American College of Dubai, American University in Dubai, Dubai Government Human Resources Department, University of Nicosia, Knowledge Way, Babylon Institute, and 4s Study Abroad Consultants, among others.
Apart from educational institutions, IES 2016 is featuring professional examination bodies, immigration consultants, scholarships, summer training opportunities, banks offering education loans, distance education courses and programmes for working executives.