Record admissions augur well for UAE

THE fact that admissions to higher educational institutions recorded almost 10 per cent increase this year (2005-06) over last year's figure augurs well for the country. It is a clear indicator that the youth of the country are gearing themselves up to take on the responsibilities of occupying critical positions in various sectors.

By Talk Of The Town

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Published: Fri 29 Jul 2005, 11:56 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 3:44 PM

One of the shortcomings that Tanmia has repeatedly pointed out in the implementation of the emiratisation policy is the lack of highly qualified nationals for some positions. With the youngsters aiming high now, the coming years should find smoother implementation of the emiratisation process.

That education is the key to the development and progress of any country or society is an universally accepted fact. There is no dearth of talent in the UAE, particularly among the nationals, but what is required is perseverance to achieve goals.

It is also very heartening to note that girls have, in fact, stolen a march over the boys, in that they are seeking higher education in larger numbers. In the UAE University, the number of women who have been admitted for higher education courses is 2,502 against 1,174 men. Again in Higher Colleges of Technology, they outnumber men with a strength of 3,791 against the latter's 2,875.

And mind you, the total number of applications rejected is over 3,000, either for lack of qualification or they could not raise the funds. But the fact is that these 3,000-plus students have also revealed their keenness to pursue higher studies. With this kind of turnout, the country can be assured of a steady flow of highly qualified nationals who would be ready to take up national duties in the years to come.

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