Since it rose to power and opened up as a global nation shortly after the turn of the 90s, the Middle East, especially Dubai, has become a coveted region for new lifestyles of luxury and comfort. But it’s only in the past few years that it has really began to hit home just how popular this region is.
Since 2009, trans-national-education students are five times more likely to select the United Arab Emirates as a study destination. This massive five-fold increase of a study body has taken its toll on the schooling system in the country, seeing fees rise and programmes extend; today there are over 20,000 students in the region studying over 400 different programmes. That works out to roughly fifty students a programme, which is comparable to western class sizes.
The Managing Director of Dubai Knowledge Village and Dubai International Academic City, Dr Ayoub Kazim, speaks out about the matter, “Since 2009, there has been up to a five-fold increase in TNEs considering the UAE as a study destination which Tecom’s Education Cluster has directly impacted through a ten-fold increase in its student body to over 20,000 students since 2003, offering over 400 academic programmes.”
As you’d imagine, this also means that western-trained teachers are in higher demand than ever, needing to cover a range of new schools as they pop up all over the place. However, standards are also being revised in the country and teachers are expected not only to have two years of experience following the end of their teaching programme, but also to have a degree in-line with their chosen subject matter. Visa restrictions have made this even more selective, with teachers over 60, often even over 55, suffering great difficulty in entering the region.