The slight decline follows years of growth for the higher education sector in the city
The number of students enrolling in Dubai universities has marginally dropped (1.2%) from 30,375 in 2018 to 29,989 this year, according to figures in the Dubai Higher Education Landscape report commissioned by the city’s educational regulatory body, the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA).
The numbers mark the first drop in university students studying in Dubai since 2015.
In the year between 2016 and 2017, the city had seen student numbers rise more than 10% from 26,125 to 28,972.
Average annual school fees in Dubai can cost up to AED64,000 ($17,400), according to a 2019 report by education guide Edarabia, with schools in areas such as Nad Al Sheba, The Springs, Meadows, Greens, and Jumeirah Village Circle (JVC) being the most expensive.
On the other hand, schools located in Deira, Al Qusais/Muhaisnah, and Al Karama offer the lowest school fees in Dubai, averaging AED12,723 ($3,464) per year.
In a bid to regulate prices, Dubai this year capped school fee increases at 2.07% (the value of education cost index approved by Dubai Statistics Centre) for around 90% of schools for the upcoming academic year 2019/2020.
The new regulations say that schools that maintain their KHDA ranking for the 2018/19 academic year will be able to increase their fees by a maximum of 2.07%.
The School Fees Framework was also developed based on feedback from parents and educational service providers in the annual assessment by the Dubai School Inspection Bureau (DSIB).