The UAE’s prioritisation for expanding the education sector is accelerating the development of a diversified knowledge-based economy, experts said ahead of the annual Getex university fair in Dubai.

They said the government is keen on furthering the UAE education system by allocating Dh10.2 billion for the public and private higher education sectors for the period between 2017 and 2021. This amount represents 20.5 per cent of the entire Dh248 billion federal budget for 2017-2021.

Anselm Godinho, managing director of International Conferences and Exhibitions and organiser of Getex (Gulf Education and Training Exhibition) said the UAE education’s growing international stature is the result of the country’s ongoing shift to a knowledge-based economy.

“The country is fast gaining ground in achieving knowledge and innovation-driven socio-economic growth, with many government initiatives geared towards this end. Education is the key to achieving this ambitious goal and thus, it is important that we give our students unhampered access to quality courses and training programmes on top of best-in-class education infrastructure and an environment conducive to an optimal learning process.