Nearly 69 percent of university students in the UAE want to stay in the country with one in five expat students hoping to become entrepreneurs, a new report has said.
Commissioned by Aon Hewitt and Dubai International Academic City, the “2016 Qudurat Wave III” report said that the numbers had risen by 19 percent, which was the highest since 2013, with 84 percent of students being satisfied with their course of study.
A 36 percent decline was registered with Emirati students who wanted to pursue a career in the public sector as only 17 percent opted to work for the government compared to 53 percent in 2015.
About 26 percent of Emiratis said they wanted to start their own business, while 22 percent wanted to work in the semi-government sector.
Of the Emirati female students surveyed, none of them wanted to become a homemaker with the majority wanting to study further or start their own business.
Expatriate students largely preferred to pursue a career in the private sector with one in every five expats choosing to go down the entrepreneurial route post completion of their studies.
Mohammad Abdullah, managing director of Dubai International Academic City, said: “Having a strong academic ecosystem in Dubai will provide students who aspire to create the economies of tomorrow with the infrastructure that is needed to get there.
“As Dubai seeks to create an innovative economy, findings from the 2016 Qudurat report demonstrate how aspirations of students are changing and how young people are becoming far more entrepreneurial and optimistic about their future, because of the opportunities to fulfil their ambitions in Dubai.”
Data for the Qudurat report, which means ’capabilities’ in Arabic, was collected from 996 national, transnational, and resident students enrolled at 10 academic institutions across Dubai.
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