By Martin Morris
Funding in place allowing for every qualifying Emirati to go to a federal university this year.
More than 13,000 qualifying students have been told they have a university place for the upcoming academic year.
However, for the second year in a row this was only made possible by a reported emergency funding increase.Before last year, lack of funding meant thousands of Emiratis were denied places despite passing the Common Educational Proficiency Assessment (Cepa) exam.
Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak, Minister of Higher Education said it was of the ''utmost importance'' that a new formula that linked funding to the number of qualified students was approved, the National newspaper reported.
''We have been given feedback that it is about to be approved," he said, adding that it would "hopefully be in the next budget.''
Of the 13102 students to be admitted to higher education, 3,146 will be accepted at the Emirates University.
The Higher Colleges of Technology will absorb 7,423 while Zayed University will welcome 1,813. Some 720 will go to study abroad.
''National universities and colleges are progressing ahead confidently to deliver their mission and vision taking all useful, constructive developments to respond to (the) demands of students and (the) requirements of community developments,'' Sheikh Nahyan said.
''The increase in the number of students accepted in(to) the higher education institutions this year requires an expansion in the intake capacity and facilities,’’ he added.