Revealed: the most popular university majors in Dubai

Nearly 44% of total higher education students in Dubai chose Business Administration as their major, according to new report
Revealed: the most popular university majors in Dubai
By Sam Bridge
Fri 14 Jun 2019 12:26 AM

Business Administration is the most attractive major for both male and female students at Dubai universities and colleges, it has been revealed.

Nearly 44 percent of total students in the emirate chose the subject, with 47.4 percent male students and 39.7 percent female, according to the new Dubai Higher Education Statistics (DHES) system launched by Dubai Statistics Centre.

Media and Design majors were the second most attractive choice for female students at 11.5 percent followed by Humanities Sciences at 11.1 percent while data also showed that Engineering was the second most attractive major for male students at 22.4 percent followed by IT at 8.8 percent.

DHES data showed that the total number of students enrolled in higher education institutions in Dubai in the 2017/2018 academic year was 55,820, of which 19,063 were Emirati and 36,757 were non-Emirati.

Emirati students represented more than one-third of the students enrolled in Dubai universities and colleges in the 2017/2018 academic year at 34.2 percent.

Non-Arab Asian students accounted for 36.2 percent, non-Gulf Arab students 17.6 percent and Gulf students 3.6 percent.

DHES data also showed that in the academic year of 2016/2017 the total number of graduate students stood at 13,646, of which 4,453 were Emiratis and 9,193 were non-Emiratis.

Business Administration was again the most popular major, having been chosen by 6,587 graduates representing 48.3 percent of the total number of graduate students. Engineering was placed second at 15.6 percent followed by Media and Design at 9.1 percent.

Emirati graduates represented 32.6 percent of the total number of students - nearly one third of the total. The percentage of non-Arab Asian graduates stood at 37 percent, while Arab students accounted for 14.3 percent.

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