Student enrolment in higher education institutions in Dubai has risen by 11 per cent in the last year, according to the Higher Education Landscape Report 2012 just published by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA). The report notes that the number of students who have signed up for higher education in the emirate has grown by 31 per cent in the last five years
As far as the nationality of students is concerned the report states that Emiratis make up the largest single group at 43 per cent of higher education students. Of this number 45 per cent are female and 55 per cent are male students. Seventy four per cent of the Emirati students are studying on Bachelor's programmes and the subject that is most popular with UAE nationals is Business.
“What is significant to me is that 46 per cent of the students are attending free zone and branch campuses because 10 years ago their was no free zone so today the introduction of the free zone concept is contributing to the landscape and this will continue to grow” said Abdullah Al Karam, Director General of the board of directors at KHDA.