The Ministry of Education announced the launch of the National Higher Education Strategy, following this week's UAE Cabinet meeting. The strategy was presented during a media briefing held today at the Ministry's headquarters in Dubai.
His Excellency Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Skills, unveiled the strategy's ambitions for achieving quality higher education, both professionally and academically, leading to more impactful institutional research results. These objectives will support the development of a knowledge-based economy, for a generation which pioneers the future success of the country. Moreover, the strategy is set to equip future generations with the most advanced scientific, ethical and professional tools to instill life-long learning and sustain successful futures – in alignment with global competitiveness standards.
The launch of the strategy represents the Ministry of Education's ongoing efforts for implementing education systems with an integrated framework, following the recent launch of the Emirati School Model. The model unifies educational frameworks and curriculums on a national level, benchmarking them against global best practices. The model also seeks to create an enabling environment for students which promotes innovation and creativity.
His Excellency Hussain Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Cabinet Member and Minister of Education, affirmed that the fundamental changes to the education system, represent the Ministry's alignment with the country's future vision and plans, and are overseen by the nation's wise leadership. The educational developments target the building of Emirati students' talents in both higher and general education, and will be exercised in a comprehensive and effective approach. His Excellency Hussain Ibrahim Al Hammadi further asserted that the transitions will deliver a modern, global, educational model to Emirati students, who form the focal point of national investments and the country's biggest assets.
The National Higher Education Strategy is tied to the Ministry's vision for general education, and responds to the challenges identified by employing the latest educational best practices, said His Excellency Hussain Ibrahim Al Hammadi. His Excellency Hussain Ibrahim Al Hammadi added, that the National Higher Education Strategy will be consistent with strategies designed for general education, and will boost overall national education standards, ultimately affecting educational systems and career opportunities – by preparing students with the knowledge and skill-sets, enabling them to become talented, highly educated and knowledgeable individuals who meet the needs of the job market.
OVERVIEW: INTEGRATED STRATEGY FOR HIGHER EDUCATION
His Excellency Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi stated, "Since our country's founding, the UAE has sought to invest in human capital by focusing on education. As a result, we now have a sophisticated educational framework, aligned with global competitiveness standards. To empower our students, we aim to support their skills and abilities, throughout the entire educational journey, to pave the way for life-long learning and help them adapt to the changing dynamics of the job market".
His Excellency Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi added, "The strategy is made up of four pillars - Quality, Relevance, Innovation, and Efficiency. Together, the pillars will help build a generation that is productive, and, equipped with the knowledge and skill set to contribute to the development of a knowledge-based economy. Furthermore, the four pillars will enable future generations to excel in both the public and private sectors, through the promotion of research and entrepreneurship. This is reflective of our national identity, and vision for a tolerant and ethical society. "
Source: UAE Ministry of Education