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UAE: $30m invested in EKI schools

UAE-based alternative asset manager Gulf Capital has announced its first foray into the region's booming education sector with a US$30m investment in one of Dubai's international schools operators, Evolvence Knowledge Investments, to help finance two new schools in the Gulf.

International Schools expected to reach 3.7m students in 2014

New statistics from the International School Consultancy Group show that the market is predict to continue to see significant growth in 2014 with numbers reaching 7,200 international school teaching over 3.7 million students in English by the end of the year. Last year, international schools generated US $34 billion in annual fee income.

Schools set to boom with Dubai’s World Expo win

Authorities in Dubai expect the 2020 World Expo to bring in US$23 billion and to fuel growth across many sectors including education as it becomes the first Middle Eastern city to host the event. With the population predicted to reach two million by 2020 – driven mostly by expats– the demand for quality international schools in the region will only continue to increase.

What is Dubai’s draw? Commerce, safety and ease of access…

With good rates of local enrolment and strong demand from Asian and African students in particular, Dubai International Academic City (DIAC) is evolving into the regional higher education hub it wants to be. DIAC is clear on how it will develop in the future – building and expanding its range of HE programming to complement its current offer from 26 resident institutions and directly feed into the skills needs of the Middle East. Amy Baker reports.

GG13: build digital, industry-linked knowledge economies

Going Global, the British Council's conference for leaders in international education, convened in Dubai this week. The conference actually spurred dynamic debate over the need for knowledge-based economies that are international in scope, digitalised in format, and economically-aware in terms of educational delivery.