Govt guide

The UAE government has always been at the forefront when it comes to upgrading and innovating its education sector. With various initiatives, the UAE has become the favourite destination for Arab youth as according to Arab Youth Survey 2017; one in every three young Arabs would like to live in UAE making it more than twice as popular as the US. The UAE government has setup various regulatory authorities to handle its education sector. Below we have provided information about these regulatory bodies.

Regulatory authorities of K-12 education.

Federal Bodies

Ministry of Education (MOE):
Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MoHESR) were two separate ministries before they were combined into single Ministry of Education (MOE) in a major government restructure in 2016. Ministry of Education is responsible for handling all stages of education in UAE including schools, colleges, universities and postgraduate programmes. Both public and private schools operate under MOE, however it is not responsible for directing and deciding the curriculum of private schools. The vision of MOE is innovative education for a knowledge, pioneering, and global society.

Local Bodies

Department of Knowledge and Education is responsible for regulating and spearheading the development works within the education sector in the Abu Dhabi emirate. Both private and public schools in Abu Dhabi operate under this.

Dubai Education Council (DEC) is responsible for maintaining the quality of education of schools in Dubai emirate to meet global standards.

Knowledge and Human development authority (KHDA) is authorized to inspect schools and improve their quality of education in Dubai. KHDA works in close association with schools, investors, educators, and government to create education of high standards. The Dubai Schools Inspections Bureau (DSIB) and the Dubai School agency (DSA) come under the KHDA scope of work.

The education sector in rest of the emirates is maintained by MOE through local branches.

Regulatory authorities of higher education.

Ministry of Education (MOE)

With the increase in higher education institutions in UAE, various initiatives were taken that sought to improve and maintain the quality of higher education in United Arab Emirates. Below are the regulatory authorities of higher education in UAE.

Ministry of Education (MOE) is responsible for general planning of higher education and scientific research in the United Arab Emirates. It is responsible for preparing draft laws for the establishment of higher education institutions in UAE. It is also responsible for licensing and accrediting of private institutions.

National Authority for Scientific Research assists in knowledge industry and to support innovation in higher education institutions. Its main focus is to improve scientific research scenario in higher education institutions.

The Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA) is responsible for licensure of institutions as well as their academic programmes. It is a member of International Network for Accreditation.

Below we provide you some links that you may find useful:

  1. Ministry of Education.
  2. The Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA).
  3. National Authority for Scientific Research.
  4. Department of Education and Knowledge.
  5. Dubai Education Council.
  7. Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA).
  8. Dubai School Inspection Bureau (DSIB).
  9. Dubai School Agency (DSA).
  10. School Inspection Reports.
  11. KHDA Regulations.
  12. Scholarships in UAE.
  13. Ministry of Education services for students.
  14. Programs for youth.

The purpose of our Educational Journal Article is to share findings from a mixed-method study that explores, from the perspective of Emirati parents as well as Expatriates in UAE, what it means to be involved in their children's education. The instruments used for data collection are authentic providing journal of higher education and journal of educational research. This journal might prove to be an important first step of understanding the educational system in UAE and will enable us to better support in decision making when it comes to being as basic as seeking admission in UAE nurseries, schools or Universities.

The admission seeking opportunities differ from specific to each age group (Kindergarten, Cycle One, Cycle Two, Cycle Three, Adult Education and Special Education

Admission categories in public kindergartens:

  • Emirati Students holding a family book.
  • Children of Emirati mothers who hold a family book.

1. Documents required per student category:

  • Student's and student parent Emirates ID
  • A copy of the Student's valid passport
  • A proof of residence for student
  • Vaccination certificate (a copy of the vaccination card for students kindergarten and vaccination programs in schools for students from the first grade until the twelfth Schools cannot refuse enrolment of students who do not have up-to-date vaccination cards. If vaccination cards are not submitted or are incomplete upon enrolment, the vaccinations will be considered as not administered and the School Nurse shall administer all catch-up vaccinations.

2. Certificates Required for Entering students from G2 to G12:

  • Passing certificate of the previous year for G2-G10
  • Passing certificate of the previous 2 years for G11 & G12

Education Journal for Expats

This is an article about education particularly for Expats wishing to study in UAE.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE), one of several emerging epicentres or "hubs"; of international higher education, is host to the largest number of international degree providers worldwide (Knight, 2011). Unlike other major importers such as Malaysia or China, however, a strong majority of its nearly 150,000 higher education students are themselves international, reflecting its broader demographic trends, with over 80% of the population comprised of non Emirati expatriates.

Like secondary schools and healthcare in the UAE, the explosion in private provision since the mid-1990s has led to the growth of a highly commercialized higher education market, which expands student access and choice while keeping talent on-shore (Knight, 2013).

International students can apply to private colleges/universities in the UAE. Recently, UAE University allowed expatriates to enrol against certain fees, and achievements criteria.One should check the licensed institutions in the UAE. EDUUAE is the reliable source where you can get the information about licensed educational institutions in UAE. Those wishing to apply for admission in UAE should check the visa requirements set by the government of UAE (General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners affairs). Non-Arab students should consult their respective home embassy for various application procedures and other benefits and scholarships. For more information you can visit this official website.

Expats looking for scholarships in UAE can get the information here on the official site. This is the official site of the Ministry of Education, UAE.

Students can also apply online to various educational institutions in UAE. The steps for applying online are described here.

We recommend that students seeking education in UAE should keep themselves updated with education journal articles to get the latest information about new educational developments in UAE.