By Staff writer
New research shows UAE has 511 international schools, ahead of China, Pakistan and India
The UAE has the most international schools in operation in the world, with six new schools opening since February, new research has revealed.
International schools are still on a growth trajectory in the MENA and South Asia regions, according to the latest data published by ISC Research, part of The International Schools Consultancy (ISC).
The report shows that Asia, to which the Middle East and South Asia belong as a geographical region, has the highest number of English-medium international schools by geography, with a total of 4,346
By country, the UAE leads the world with 511 international schools, followed by China (480), Pakistan (439) and India (411).
Three other countries from the region figured prominently in the world's top 15, with Saudi Arabia (245), Egypt (183) and Qatar (152) in 5th, 9th and 14th position respectively.
"The education landscape in the Middle East and South Asia is changing very rapidly. Only last February, there were 505 schools in the UAE, and that number has increased by 6. This kind of commitment to developing the education sector is prevalent in the region, where economic progress in recent years have put the spotlight on education as a key factor for future progress," said Rhona Greenhill, co-Founder, International and Private Schools Education Forum (IPSEF), which will take place in Dubai on September 29 to October 1.
English-medium international schools now provide education for over 4 million students around the world. This number has risen dramatically in recent years. Just 15 years ago there were fewer than 1 million students.