The UAE Government Annual Meeting on Wednesday saw the launch of the National Strategy for Higher Education 2030, put forward by the Ministry of Education.
The strategy sets out to build and achieve the highest scientific and professional education standards to serve the UAE's future generations.
The strategy seeks to equip a new generation of Emiratis to face the challenges of the future and to ensure sustainable happiness and a better life for citizens as the UAE continues on its path to diversification, growth and development.
Four pillars for education
Implementing the scheme
The strategy identified 33 key initiatives to support the implementation phase. These include:
- National Quality Framework initiative, which aims to develop assessment-based tools capable of taking into account local needs.
- Transparent Classification of Outputs initiative which seeks to ensure transparency.
- The launch of the Private Sector Council to regulate the manpower needs of UAE businesses and to focus on supporting research and development
- The Expanded Professional Experience initiative to provide a variety of career training programmes to students, such as on-campus work, job shadowing, joint ventures
- The Investment in Knowledge initiative is designed to increase the number of Ph.D students
"Education is a national priority for the leadership in the UAE, and has evolved through many stages over the last several years.
Today, through the Higher Education Strategy 2030, we introduce a new model of education that empowers our students with the knowledge to face the future," said Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, cabinet member and Minister of Education.
He added: "Developing an innovative education system and enhancing students' skills are at the core of our strategy – we seek to engage the private sector in this process, and to continuously adapt our system, through research and studies, to develop curricula that will contribute to the UAE's competitiveness globally."
"The education sector is receiving great attention from our leaders. The government places education at the top of its priorities to provide our children with scientific and academic skills and knowledge to achieve UAE's vision in attaining a first-rate education system to bring excellence across all sectors," said Dr Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education.
Dr Al Falasi added that the UAE seeks to benefit from successful global experiences and to build partnerships with leading experts in order to provide a unique model, which would enable future generations propose innovative solutions and ideas that serve the community.
The National Strategy for Higher Education 2030 emphasises the need to provide future generations with technical and practical skills to drive the economy in public as well as private sectors.
It also aims to prepare a generation of Emirati professionals to sustain growth in vital sectors, such as knowledge, economy, entrepreneurship and the overall development of the UAE's labour market.