UAE budget prioritises education and social development, says local paper

WAM ABU DHABI, 29th October, 2013 (WAM) — The true import of a country’s knowledge-based economy lies in its grass roots level fecundity of creativity, ideas and expansion, which in turn drives its development and progress with an unwavering hand. Ideas for growth for a country are best realised when they emanate from the repository of its own people, commented a UAE daily.

“Keeping this in mind, the UAE has been consistently moving the goalposts for its achievements further afield and the latest federal budget is in fine synchrony with its long-term plans of enabling Emirati citizens to play a more powerful role in shaping their country”, said ‘Gulf News’ in its editorial today.

The Dh140 billion budget for 2014-16 has allocated an impressive 21 per cent for social development and education; of which Dh9.8 billion will be spent on public schools and higher education. By any account, these are hugely significant sums.

As crucibles of idea generation, public schools and national higher education institutions play a paramount role in producing a country’s thought leaders. The more these institutions gear themselves up to produce generations of Emirati inspiration and intellect, the greater the dividends for the UAE as a knowledge economy.

“Excellence of education in public schools is the prerequisite for path-breaking pursuits in higher education, the two are inextricably linked, and investment in a strong and dynamic research environment in national higher education bastions, ensures the connect is fructified. By viewing public school and higher education as partners in progress, the UAE is ensuring that its future is placed in charge of its own thought leaders”, concluded GN.

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