UAE sets up council to link education to private sector needs

Private Sector Council is part of new national strategy for higher education to 2030
By Staff writer
Wed 27 Sep 2017 07:43 PM

The UAE has launched a new national strategy to drive priorities for higher education up to 2030 including a new council to link qualifications to private sector needs.  

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.

As part of the plan, a Private Sector Council will be set up to regulate the manpower needs of UAE businesses and specify qualifications to work in the higher education system.

It also includes the Expanded Professional Experience initiative which aims to provide a variety of career training programmes to students such as on-campus work, job shadowing, joint ventures and vocational trainings.

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".

"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, 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 National Strategy for Higher Education 2030 emphasises the need to provide future generations with the necessary technical and practical skills to drive the economy in both public and 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.

The UAE government has set four main pillars to achieve this strategy - quality, efficiency, innovation and harmonisation.

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