Environmental Education Initiatives

Environmental GLOBE Initiative

GLOBE term stands for Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment. GLOBE is a worldwide science and education program which links the students programs with a research network through which GLOBE focuses on the study of the environmental aspects across different regions and countries around the world. The initiative aims to improve student environmental awareness and urge them to carry out research and studies in order to help solving the environmental problems that the country’s regions face.
The project is supported by NASA-USA; the data observed and assembled by school students may help NASA scientists conducting some environmental studies and research.
UAE contributed in GLOBE environmental program in 1999 as a member of the GLOBE international website. The program was applied as an initiative made by the Ministry of Education in 2012. The program was implemented in approximately 54 primary and secondary governmental schools in which one of the school classes was allocated to be the program’s permanent headquarter which students continuously visit. These classes were provided with an Environmental GLOBE kit which includes (a monitor, sensors and laboratory tools) used to apply the Environmental GLOBE protocols (soilwater-ground cover-air). Students regularly (weeklymonthly) monitor the data before uploading it to the GLOBE international website. In addition, students contribute in GLOBE activities that the school, along with the Ministry of Education, introduces.

Higher Education in UAE as Compare to USA

The UAE has the most international schools in operation in the world, with six new schools opening since February, new research has revealed.
International schools are still on a growth trajectory in the MENA and South Asia regions, according to the latest data published by ISC Research, part of The International Schools Consultancy (ISC).
Political Life
Government. The UAE has a federal government that is made up of several organs: the president and his deputy, the Supreme Council, the cabinet, the Federal National Council, and an independent judiciary with a federal supreme court. The Supreme Council has both legislative and executive powers and includes the rulers of the seven emirates. The cabinet consists of ministers drawn mainly from the ruling families of the emirates.

The report shows that Asia, to which the Middle East and South Asia belong as a geographical region, has the highest number of English-medium international schools by geography, with a total of 4,346
By country, the UAE leads the world with 511 international schools, followed by China (480), Pakistan (439) and India (411).

Leadership and Political Officials. The fact that the traditional tribal system of government each emirate was based on similar political principles facilitated the establishment of the UAE. Hereditary dynastic family rule still operates in each emirate as a local government system under the umbrella of the federal system. Members of the ruling families occupy the most important positions in their political administrations. While the political system continues to retain some of its traditional values at formal and informal levels, it has been able to keep pace with economic and social change. The sheikhs are highly regarded for performing the dual roles of modernizers and guardians of the cultural heritage. They still have traditional majlis where citizens have access to their leaders.

Social Welfare and Change Programs
The development of the infrastructure has been impressive. The welfare system offers womb-to-tomb free state services for all nationals, including high-quality health care, education up to the tertiary level, social security, family allowances, subsided electricity and water, and housing for low-income groups. This is a major way of distributing oil wealth among the national population. The immigrant population also benefits to some extent, particularly in regard to medical care.

NonGovernmental Organizations and Other Associations
There were 103 Associations of Public Benefit in 1999, serving interests of many groups and identified with heritage preservation, immigrant communities, professional groups, culture, women, religion, sports, and general humanitarian services. Their role is seen as complementary to that of governmental institutions.

Three other countries from the region figured prominently in the world’s top 15, with Saudi Arabia (245), Egypt (183) and Qatar (152) in 5th, 9th and 14th position respectively.
“The education landscape in the Middle East and South Asia is changing very rapidly. Only last February, there were 505 schools in the UAE, and that number has increased by 6. This kind of commitment to developing the education sector is prevalent in the region, where economic progress in recent years have put the spotlight on education as a key factor for future progress,” said Rhona Greenhill, co-Founder, International and Private Schools Education Forum (IPSEF), which will take place in Dubai on September 29 to October 1.
English-medium international schools now provide education for over 4 million students around the world. This number has risen dramatically in recent years. Just 15 years ago there were fewer than 1 million students.

Gender Roles and Statuses
Division of Labor by Gender. Modern economic roles and social status reflect both change and continuity for women. Schools and universities are segregated, and levels of enrollment of girls and their performance are impressive. In higher education, female students outnumber males two to one. However, women’s participation in the labor force remains one of the lowest in the world at 6 percent in 1990. In spite of new employment opportunities, most women opt for marriage and raising children. UAE society places a high value on those roles. Conservative cultural attitudes lead women to seek jobs that do not involve mixing with men or commuting far from home. Subsequently, most women are employed in education, health, and civil service.

The Relative Status of Women and Men. Official statements affirm that men and women have equal rights and opportunities to advance themselves and the nation, yet patriarchy as a generalized ideology is still visible in social life. Men continue to receive employment preferences in high state administration and private businesses. Women do not play a significant role in politics and religious life, as these areas are considered male domains.

Marriage, Family, and Kinship
Marriage. Arranged endogamous marriage within the kinship (tribal) units was the preferred pattern in the preoil period, but this pattern has changed somewhat. Individuals now have greater choice, yet many nationals still prefer arranged marriages. Emiratis are strongly discouraged from marrying nonnationals, and a young man receives $19,000 from the Marriage Fund if he marries a national. As prescribed by Islam, a man is allowed up to four wives, but most men have only one wife.

Domestic Unit. The traditional household unit of the extended family has been undermined, as over 80 percent of national households live as nuclear families in their own houses. Large families are encouraged by the state as a national policy, and family size is six to eight children. The husband’s authority is declining, while the wife is gaining importance as a mother and the manager of the domestic unit. On average, each household employs two live-in domestic servants, usually Asian.

Kin Groups. UAE society is family- and kin-oriented. Tribal kinship units play a significant role in social identification and one’s standing in the community. Most families prefer to live in the same neighborhood as their kin.

Child Rearing and Education. Children are showered with care, affection, and physical contact. They are raised to be respectful toward their parents and elders and grow up to be skilled in interaction with a large number of relatives. Up to age 5, a child is referred to as jahel (“the one who does not know”), and there is a tolerant attitude toward children’s behavior. Most families employ maids to share child caretaking, and this has introduced a foreign cultural element to child socialization, although a maid’s influence is viewed as negative. The school system has undertaken a greater role in children’s socialization, significantly reducing the family’s role in this process.

Higher Education. The government views higher education as a major instrument for development. The UAE has one of the highest ratios of students entering higher education in the world. There are seven universities and eleven higher colleges of technology.

An old mosque in Fujairah. Islam is the dominant religion in the UAR, so mosques can be found everywhere.
An old mosque in Fujairah. Islam is the dominant religion in the UAR, so mosques can be found everywhere.
Social customs are shared throughout the Gulf Arab countries. An Islamic greeting ( al-salam alaykom )is the most appropriate, and men follow this with a quick nose-to-nose touch while shaking hands. Women greet each other by kissing several times on both cheeks. Men normally do not shake hands with women in public. It is customary to ask about the health of a person and his or her family several times before beginning light conversation. Refreshments usually are served before serious matters are discussed.

It is customary not to use first names but to say “father or mother of (oldest son).” Respect and courtesy are shown to elders, and in their presence young men are expected to listen more and speak less. Sex segregation is still evident in social life. Men are entertained in majlis (large living rooms, often with a separate entrance), while women entertain friends in the home. It is customary to take off one’s shoes before entering a private house.

Emiratis stand close to each other when interacting. It is acceptable for men or women to hold hands. The presence of many ethnic groups has led Emiratis to be tolerant of other social customs, yet they remain conscious of their own customs as markers of cultural identity.

Religious Beliefs. Islam dominates all aspects of life. Most Emiratis are members of the Sunni sect. Matters relating to marriage, divorce, inheritance, economics, politics, and personal conduct are affected by Sharia (Islamic) law.

Emaritis are tolerant toward other religions, and immigrants of other faiths are allowed to have their own places of worship. Large numbers of Asian and Arab immigrants also follow Islam.

Rituals and Holy Places. The main Muslim religious ritual is prayer five times a day. This requires wodou (ablution) for purification. Usually people go to the nearest mosque or pray at home. The rituals involved in the pilgrimage ( Haj ) to Mecca are the most elaborate. One must remove the shoes before entering a mosque. In large mosques, there are separate areas for women.

Medicine and Health Care
Before 1960, there were few hospitals, and the population relied on traditional folk medicine. Cautery, bloodletting, and the use of herbs were common, and a religious teacher ( muttawe ) dealt with cases of mental illness. Life expectancy was around forty-five years. Today Emiratis have a free modern

An ancient watchtower on the coast of the United Arab Emirates.
An ancient watchtower on the coast of the United Arab Emirates.
health care system with numerous hospitals, primary health care centers, and private clinics staffed primarily by immigrants. With improved diet and health care, life expectancy is now seventy-two years, and there has been a reduction in infant mortality. The extended family provides its sick members with support in the form of frequent hospital visits, and traditional medical practices are still used to deal with mental illnesses.
Secular Celebrations
The UAE national day, 2 December, is the most important secular celebration. Cities are decorated with colored lights, and folklore troops perform in heritage villages. 1 January is a holiday but is not celebrated by nationals. Expatriate communities celebrate their own religious and secular holidays.

The Arts and Humanities
Support for the Arts. The state generously supports writers, painters, actors, and folk dancers. Sharjah is particularly active in promoting culture and was chosen by UNESCO as the Arab Cultural Capital in 1998.

Literature. The oral tradition remains strong, particularly storytelling and poetry, and most state events are accompanied by poetry readings. Written literature is increasing in popularity.

Performance Arts. Conservative elements of the society still impede women’s participation in performance arts. In 1999, the first college for theater arts opened in Sharjah. Emiratis rely on theater and television programs produced in other Arab countries.

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Abu Dhabi University alumni donate Dh40,000 to students in need

ABU DHABI // Alumni from Abu Dhabi University have donated Dh40,000 to ease the financial burdens of students in need.

Combining both the spirit of Ramadan and Zayed Humanitarian Day, 280 of the university’s alumni donated to the charity campaign between Abu Dhabi University and Zakat Fund.

Charles Diab, director of ADU’s University Advancement said that over the last six years, donations have reached Dh50 million which have helped shape the future of more than 1,500 financially challenged students. “As we work to achieve the campaign’s goal this year of collecting Dh5 million in donations which will help 300 students through their college years, we are extremely proud of all of Abu Dhabi University’s alumni who have helped us to achieve that noble goal,” he said.


More than 340 teachers dismissed in Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI // Education chiefs have dismissed more than 340 teachers from state schools in Abu Dhabi.

The schools regulator, Abu Dhabi Education Council, said 272 teachers lost their jobs because their skills no longer fitted the curriculum.

They were “made redundant due to changes in the school curriculum as per the New School Model”, Adec said. “They were no longer required to teach in their areas of speciality.”

Another 71 teachers were fired for failing to meet performance standards. “These teachers were given ample time to improve their overall performance through teaching standard tools and evaluation tools set by Adec,” it said.

“School leaders were clear with those teachers about their overall performance standards throughout the year.”

The dismissed teachers made up more than 3 per cent of Adec’s teaching staff in its 255 schools. They were given two months’ notice of their dismissal, Adec said.

“They were well aware of their termination in advance.”

Adec would not specify which grades or subjects the dismissed teachers taught, and said only that “these are the total number of teachers terminated across different subjects in the emirate of Abu Dhabi”.

It said they were not limited to teachers who taught in English or Arabic.

The New School Model was introduced into government schools in 2010 as part of an overhaul of Abu Dhabi’s education system.

It standardised the curriculum, introduced teachers to give lessons in English for half of the subjects and placed strong emphasis on developing the pupils’ “21st-century skills”.

The new curriculum began with primary school children and advanced one grade a year.

Last year, as the model was reaching Grade 9, Adec said the high school curriculum would also be restructured, placing a special focus on promoting science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) subjects.

The restructuring eliminated the humanities stream and introduced a new curriculum in which Stem made up nearly 50 per cent of the subjects. Adec said this month, it had hired 548 English-language teachers for the next academic year.

The UAE education system is changing for the better

Very few countries in the world provide their citizens with comprehensive education to the extent the UAE government does. From kindergarten all the way through to a doctoral degree, Emiratis enjoy the opportunity to receive free education at any level.

As the country developed and its population grew, the need to invest in education was met with fervour by the nation’s leaders and government. Initially the state supported thousands in pursuing a higher education overseas as post-secondary options in the UAE were limited.

Now, however, UAE citizens need not travel abroad to obtain university degrees, as heavy investment in higher education at home has provided students with a plethora of private and public universities within the UAE. But, unlike tertiary education, attending primary and secondary education overseas was not an option.

When sending their children to school, Emirati parents face the choice of private versus public schools. In the private education system, they can guarantee their children receive a decent education, becoming proficient in the invaluable English language, now essential in gaining access to UAE universities.

This decision, however, usually comes at a price, not only in the monetary sense through high tuition, but also culturally, with the levels of Arabic and Emirati heritage taught being poor at best as the schools opt to focus their resources elsewhere.

Selecting the public school route is no easier, as many parents understand they will be subjecting their children to a mediocre level of education, a level of Arabic that’s no more than adequate, and a poor command of English. Although these aspects tend to limit most of the students, this choice is taken as the education is free and the children will have a better command of their mother tongue as well as their culture and heritage.

An increasing number of Emirati families prefer private to public schools, resigned to the reality that a private education better ensures their children will receive a higher education diploma. Due to levels of English that are lower than the minimum requirement, 95 per cent of public students require remedial English and IT courses for up to two years, which finally prove too discouraging for many. But the trend of an increasing number of Emiratis in private schools, and the necessity of remedial classes, could soon be reversing.

The Abu Dhabi government has undertaken the enormous task of overhauling its school system, with the Abu Dhabi Educational Council spearheading the educational transformation. Introduced in 2010, the New School Model envisages bilingual teachers and students, with mathematics and science being taught in English. The traditional teaching method of memorisation will become a thing of the past as students’ learning skills, participation and active learning are promoted.

Millions of dirhams have been spent on the ambitious programme, with an estimated Dh80,000 being spent on each student within the programme. Promising signs have been seen with children in Cycle 1 (Grades 1 to 5), with parents saying their English has improved markedly. But with the public school system still in flux and the new programme just settling in, the number of Emirati students in private schools seems likely to grow.


Education System in the United Arab Emirates

Primary Education
Education continues to be a top priority in the United Arab Emirates, and the Abu Dhabi Education Council is continuing to make great strides. All levels including tertiary are free (including at a growing number of private institutions) and over 80% of secondary school leavers avail themselves of the opportunity. The 6 years at primary school are compulsory, and create the foundation for what is to follow.

Middle Education
The 3 years at preparatory school that follow are compulsory too. This marks the end of the mandatory schooling period – students are now free to study on, or find work. Many of the poorer outside the cities still unfortunately do, despite all the efforts.

Secondary Education
There are 2 kinds of secondary schools. Ordinary secondary schools teach academic subjects aimed at a secondary school leaving certificate (the qualification for university education) for 3 years. Technical secondary schools are more specific skill focused – following their 3 years most students leave with a technical secondary diploma.

Vocational Education
The United Arab Emirates is determined to replace its oil based-economy by becoming an industrial heartland. A national qualifications authority coordinates the efforts of a network of vocational skills training centers, to ensure quality outcomes, and the involvement or organized labor in assignment with national priorities.

K-12 Education

The education system of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is relatively new. In 1952, there were few formal schools in the country. In the 1960s and 1970s, a school building program expanded the education system. Now, education at the primary and secondary level is universal. In 2006-2007, approximately 650,000 students were enrolled at 1,256 public and private schools. About 60% of all students attend public schools.

The public schools are government-funded and the curriculum is created to match the UAE development’s goals and values. The medium of instruction in the public school is Arabic and English as a Second Language is emphasized. There are also many private schools which are internationally accredited. Public schools in the country are free for citizens of the UAE, while the fees for private schools vary.

Education reform focuses on better preparation, greater accountability, higher standards and improved professionalism. In addition, rote instruction is being replaced with more interactive forms of learning, and English-language education is being integrated into other subjects, such as math and science. The Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC), the Dubai Education Council (DEC) and the UAE Ministry of Education (MOE) are each tasked with education reform, while preserving local traditions, principles and the cultural identity of the UAE.

Education at primary and secondary levels is universal and compulsory up to the ninth grade. This takes place in a four-tier process over 14 years:

4 to 5 year-olds attend kindergarten
6 to 11 year-olds attend primary schools
the preparatory stage caters for children aged between 12 and 14 and
15 to 17 year-olds attend secondary schools.
About 40% of pupils attend private schools. Some of these offer foreign language education geared towards expatriate communities, usually preserving the culture and following the curricula of the students’ countries of origin.

A Cabinet decision issued in 2001 excluding expatriate students from government schools, was rescinded in mid-2006. Commencing in the academic year 2006/07, admission for expatriate students will be based on merit and fees will be levied.

UAE President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan established the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC), an independent Abu Dhabi-based corporate body, in 2005 to develop education throughout the UAE.

ADEC will work closely with the Ministry of Education (MOE) in formulating the emirate’s education plan within the framework of the UAE’s general education policy.

ADEC takes an entrepreneurial approach to involve the private sector, improve and modernize facilities, reduce bureaucracy, update curricula and take advantage of information technology.

ADEC has already announced a new initiative to improve the quality of public education. The project entitled ‘Public-Private Partnership for Public School Management’ enables leading local and regional private education providers to manage selected public schools in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in conjunction with ADEC. Launched as a three-year pilot program commencing in September 2006, selected Abu Dhabi schools, including kindergarten and primary schools for boys and girls in the three educational zones of Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and the Western Region, will be involved in the project.

ADEC has also entered into an agreement in which Zayed University (ZU) will assist in developing the English language skills of elementary level students at four model schools. Thirty faculty members from ZU will work with the first and fourth grade students at these schools, observing and evaluating English language teaching methods, and designing modern academic programs. The initiative will be extended to all schools at a later stage.

The Dubai Education Council (DEC) seeks to meet global standards, focusing on international accreditation and comprehensive quality assurance programs. A recent initiative is designed to attract world-class international primary and secondary schools to Dubai.

The education system through secondary level is monitored by the Ministry of Education (MOE). It consists of primary schools, middle schools and high schools. The MOE develops and monitors reform activities, with a focus on standards-based, student-centered education. These efforts include a partnership with National Association of Elementary School Principals in the United States. Activities include:

Audits of every public school in the UAE
Evaluations of the system, from individual schools up through the Ministry
Ongoing professional development of teachers and principals
The MOE is constantly honing its educational strategy to ensure that the programs developed in its schools comply with international standards, with particular focus on introducing the latest IT resources at all levels. For example, one of the goals is to provide a computer for every ten children in kindergarten, every five pupils in primary schools, every two students in preparatory schools.

That IT education in the formative years has become a major priority for the UAE is underlined by the success of the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid IT Education Project (ITEP), which was launched in 2000. As well as installing computer labs in all participating schools, and creating a comprehensive cutting-edge curriculum, ITEP also provides an invaluable online educational resource at www.itep.ae. ITEP now provides courses in 40 high schools in the UAE (20 in Dubai, 20 in Abu Dhabi) and over 13,000 students pass through the program every year. ITEP’s trainee pupils achieved 97% success rate in courses in the 2005/06 academic year.

Breakdown of the K-12 education system
Primary and secondary education is provided for all UAE citizens. The existing educational structure, which was established in the early 1970s, is a four-tier system covering 14 years of education.

Age level from: 4 to 5 years old

Length of program in years: 6
Age level from: 6 to 12 years old

Length of program in years: 3
Age level from: 12 to 15 years old

Length of program in years: 3
Age level from: 15 to 18 years old
Certificate/diploma awarded: Secondary School Leaving Certificate

Technical Secondary School
Length of program in years: 6
Age level from: 12 to 18 years old
Certificate/diploma awarded: Technical Secondary Diploma

Education in the UAE

One of the UAE’s highest priorities has always been education. As President His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, founder of the UAE, noted, “The greatest use that can be made of wealth is to invest it in creating generations of educated and trained people.”

The UAE has focused on educating both men and women. In 1975, the rate of adult literacy was 54 percent among men and 31 percent among women. Today, literacy rates for both genders are close to 95 percent.

New initiatives are being launched at all educational levels. A key area of focus has been to transform K to 12 programs, to ensure that UAE students are fully prepared to attend universities around the world and compete in the global marketplace. In addition, some of the world’s best universities are creating programs in the UAE, attracting talented students in the Arab world and globally.

K-12 Programs

The education system of the UAE is relatively new. In 1952, there were few formal schools in the country. In the 1960s and 1970s a school building program expanded the education system. Now, education at the primary and secondary level is universal. In the 2013-2014 academic year, approximately 910,000 students were enrolled at 1,174 public and private schools.

Education reform focuses on better preparation, greater accountability, higher standards and improved professionalism. In addition, rote instruction is being replaced with more interactive forms of learning, and English-language education is being integrated into other subjects, such as math and science. While general strategy is determined by the Ministry of Education, education councils set up in individual Emirates assist in implementing government policy. The Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC), the Dubai Education Council (DEC), the Sharjah Education Council and the UAE Ministry of Education are each tasked with reforming the educational program in the UAE while still preserving local traditions, principles and the cultural identity of the country.

Higher Education

The UAE is home to a wide range of universities, both public and private. UAE citizens can attend government institutions free of charge, and the UAE has one of the highest application participation rates in the world. Ninety-five percent of all girls and 80 percent of boys enrolled in the final year of secondary school apply for admission to a higher education institution. UAE public universities include:

UAE University, where enrollment was 502 in its founding year and has increased nearly 30-fold over the years. Women represent a majority of the student body. UAE University awards 70 undergraduate degrees in addition to graduate degrees with many programs that are internationally accredited.

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History of Education in the United Arab Emirates
The education system in the UAE has gone through four main stages. First, education in the nation was informal. By relying on the Holy Quran and the Profit’s Hadeeth (sayings), teachers, called “mutawwa” and “mutawaa,” used to teach basic skills to neighborhood children. Scientific Circle Education was the second stage of education in the UAE. It was practiced by scientists, scholars, and intellectuals who had knowledge of religious education, history, math, and grammar. The teacher and students used to form “circle lessons,” which were held in mosques, the teacher’s house, or another house in town.

Next, Developed (or Semi Systematic) Education was the main form of education in the UAE from 1907 to 1953. Area pearl merchants helped to open schools in cities, bringing in teachers and verifying quality in education. One of the popular “developed schools” in Dubai was Al Ahmadia, which was established in 1912. This education system became popular with the foundation of the Department of Knowledge. For economic and political reasons, this type of education only lasted until the early 1950s.

The final type of education, which is the modern Systematic Education, was first introduced in one of the Emirates before the federation. It was an education system with proper curriculum, testing standards, and certification of the students at the end of each academic year. In 1971, it was announced that Systematic Education would be the official school system in the newly federated union of the seven Emirates. At that point, the ministry of education was established, government schools were built, and teachers were brought from various Arab countries.

United Arab Emirates Looks to Vocational Education

DUBAI — For Musaab Abdo Murshed al-Maamari, continuing his studies after high school has meant striking out on a new path.

“All the male members of my family are in the police or the army,” said Mr. Maamari, 20, an engineering student in the United Arab Emirates. “I wanted a change. I didn’t want to follow. I wanted more, a different kind of job.”

But rather than going to a university, he signed up for a practical engineering program offered by the National Institute of Vocational Education, in Dubai. “I want to know that I have the real skills needed to get a job — and to be good at that job,” he said: “So I chose NIVE.”

Founded in 2006, the institute offers one- or two-year courses that aim to provide graduates with practical skills and qualifications and to prepare them to go on into international higher education if they should decide to do so.

The United Arab Emirates suffers from chronic, structural weaknesses in boys’ education. A striking 25 percent of emirati boys fail to complete high school, according to 2012 statistics from the Knowledge and Human DevelopmentAuthority in Dubai.

Dropouts tend to find jobs in the military or police. Reflecting the school dropout rate, only 30 percent of university students are male; fewer still graduate.

Meanwhile, unemployment rates among emiratis stand at about 12 percent, according to a report by the independent research group the International Council on Security and Devlopment and a separate study by the National Commercial Bank in Saudi Arabia. A study by the consulting firm Deloitte concluded that while jobs are available, students are not graduating with the skills needed.

“While the U.A.E. has built a strong perception as an educational hub, there remain some important work force supply and demand gaps in a number of industries including energy and healthcare,” said Emmanuel Durou, a consulting director at Deloitte Middle East. The hope is that vocational studies may help to fill those gaps.

“For those who have dropped out of school, one has to ask why,” Naji Almahdi, director of NIVE, said by telephone. “Our current education system does not yield itself to the individual, which is why vocational study is important: it gives students more choices and therefore, greater chances of success.”

Other vocational studies institutions have opened in the last two years. The Abu Dhabi Center for Technical and Vocational Education and Training was established in 2010 by the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and will have opened nine schools by the end of this year. Four are now fully operational.