USA is country of choice for Emiratis studying abroad

WAM ABU DHABI, 17th September, 2013 (WAM) — The number of Emirati high school leavers studying in the USA has grown by 12% year-on-year, according to the latest U.S. report on international academic mobility.

The “Open Doors 2012” report, published by the Institute of International Education (IIE), states that UAE nationals enrolling in U.S. institutions of higher education in the 2011-12 academic year grew from 1,871 to 2,097.

The popularity of the USA for Emirati students comes as the country tops an international university ranking list published earlier this month by QS World University Rankings, with six US universities appearing in the top ten, and 51 featuring in the top 200 in a table of 3,000 institutions worldwide.

Big names on the QS top university list will be meeting UAE students who are keen to pursue a genuine American educational experience at next month’s NAJAH Education and Career Fair, taking place from 29th to 31st October at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

Supported by the U.S. Department of State, EducationUSA will host representatives from 20 US universities in a dedicated American pavilion offering educational advice to visitors at NAJAH.

Ali E. Lejlic, Counselor for Press and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi, said, “Our mission is to ensure that students from across the UAE find the information they need about studying at American colleges and universities. We offer free and objective information about the many educational opportunities at accredited institutions in the United States, along with guidance on how to access those opportunities.” “It is important to provide interested Emirati students and their parents with accurate and reliable information regarding studying in the United States and the steps involved in that process. We offer educational experiences of the greatest quality, with outstanding variety and diversity in higher education, as well as an open door and warm welcome for international students. NAJAH is an unrivalled venue in terms of visibility and size for us to share this message”.

Now in its seventh edition, NAJAH will host more than 140 exhibitors including universities, training institutions, and employing organisations eager to meet thousands of school-leavers or recent graduates exploring future opportunities in education and career advancement.

Other major international institutions taking part this year include Oxford Summer College, Jacobs University Bremen, The American University in Cairo, The Lebanese American University, Japan International Cooperation Centre, Strathclyde Business School, and Education City Qatar.

NAJAH is held under the patronage of Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, and is supported by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, the Abu Dhabi Education Council and Dubai International Academic City The three-day event is sponsored by ALHOSN University, Ajman University of Science and Technology, Berkeley Middle East, Be You International, Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD) and Masdar Institute.

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