19 % of GCC students in UK are from UAE

Marc Jessel, Country Director of the British Council in the UAE, said that educational ties between the UAE and the UK got a shot in the arm following the state visit of the President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to the UK in May.

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Published: Thu 26 Sep 2013, 7:41 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 10:57 AM

He said the visit was a major affirmation of the close relationship between the two countries.

Jessel, in a Press statement, revealed that out of the 18,500 students from the GCC studying in UK at present, 3,200 are from the UAE, which represents 19 per cent of the total.

He said that educational ties between the UAE and the UK have gone from strength to strength over the past few decades, with business management emerging as the No. 1 choice among students from the UAE going to the UK, followed by medicine and engineering.

.Jessel was speaking at the inaugural function of the Education UK Exhibition (EDUKEX) 2013 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

The three-day event in Dubai and Abu Dhabi allows students from across the UAE to interact with representatives from different UK universities and colleges to identify higher education opportunities in the UK.

Jessel added: “This exhibition is of great importance as it boosts the existing relations between the UK and the UAE in the field of education. The show offers a two-way communication channel between students living in the UAE and UK universities that are interested in attracting students with excellent educational background to study there.”

He also said that the strong UAE-UK relations have been reflected in two state visits between both countries within a span of three years.

During the exhibition, which was organised by the British Council, visitors had the chance to interact with over 45 exhibitors.

The British Council says the UAE remains one of the countries that widely follows UK courses and tests in schools and universities.

“The UAE has huge trust in the UK system and a larger number of courses and tests are being brought to the country by UK firms,” Jessel added.

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