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Sharjah fair opens global window to higher education
February 10, 2016
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SHARJAH: Leading educational institutions from across the world have descended on Sharjah to take advantage of one of the fastest growing education markets in the world that is set to exceed $6.7 billion by 2018.

The availability of more than 100 top universities and colleges from the country, region and overseas at one place have made the International Education Show at Expo Centre Sharjah the most attractive higher education platform for both national and expatriate students.

The 12th edition of the International Education Show (IES) was opened by His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, at Expo Centre Sharjah on Wednesday and will continue until Friday.

"Rising disposable incomes, boom in student population and an increase in preference for high quality professional as well as academic programmes have resulted in increased focus on higher education in the UAE. Besides, education is increasingly seen by the government as a major contributor to national wealth and economic development," said Saif Mohammed Al Midfa, CEO, Expo Centre Sharjah, explaining the rationale behind the emergence of the UAE as a leading global higher education destination.

According to exhibitors, factors that underscore the status of the UAE as an emerging education hub include government initiatives, superior infrastructure and facilities, international collaborations & exposure and a multi-cultural student population.

For its 12th edition, the International Education Show is featuring 105 exhibitors that represent almost all universities and higher education institutions in the country as well as leading universities overseas.

"The IES offers the best visitor experience in terms of top institutions, the widest range of under-graduate & post-graduate courses, new exhibitors, strategic partnerships with leading organisations and seminars by well-known counsellors, among others," added Al Midfa.

IES continues its partnership with Afairs Exhibitions & Media of India to host the Great India Education Fair, the largest exhibition on studying in India, featuring more than 50 premier Indian boarding schools, colleges, universities and higher education institutions that offer a variety of academic, professional and vocational programmes.

Another highlight of the show is a seminar by India’s leading education and career counsellor Pervin Malhotra, who will address students and parents on Fastlane to career success: Education opportunities in India after grade 12.

Ms Malhotra, who has been featured in over 1,000 TV & radio programmes and has published close to 100 career guides and reports, will highlight critical issues involved in selecting specific fields of study and planning a successful career.

New exhibitors at IES 2016 include University of South Wales, Middlesex University, American College of Dubai, American University in Dubai, Dubai Government Human Resources Department, University of Nicosia, Knowledge Way, Babylon Institute, and 4s Study Abroad Consultants, among others.

Apart from educational institutions, IES 2016 is featuring professional examination bodies, immigration consultants, scholarships, summer training opportunities, banks offering education loans, distance education courses and programmes for working executives.

The show, which has Ajman University of Science and Technology as Platinum Sponsor, is open for students and general public from 9am to 2pm and 5pm to 9pm on Feb.10 and 11, and from 4pm to 9pm only Friday, on Feb.12.

Admission is free all.

The 18th National Career Exhibition is held concurrently at Expo Centre Sharjah, which will help national graduates explore career options available with the country s public and private sector establishments.

WAM

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