March 18, 2014
According to recent statistics, the UAE’s education sector currently has a market size of USD 7.3 billion and accounts for approximately 24 per cent of the total federal expenditure, with the government investing in the latest and best educational offerings to students. GETEX, the longest-running student recruitment event in the region, will be held from April 9 to 11, 2014 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre to provide students, and the entire academic community, a greater understanding of regional and global education trends and practices.
Held under the patronage of the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, GETEX 2014 will offer visitors access to diverse academic options in courses, programs and education-specific technology spanning across all possible areas of specialisation that a student could be interested in. This 26th edition of the show will provide a valuable and interactive platform for students to get complete information about internationally-available educational programs and courses, campuses, colleges and universities. This will enable students to opt for the most suitable courses and educational institutions meeting their individual academic and professional goals, desired fee and scholarship structure, and preferred entry schedules and qualifications.
Aside from benefitting students, GETEX will also host the Student Counsellors forum for the education providers in the region. Proving immensely popular at last year’s event, the GETEX Counsellors Forum will convene and address a large group of counsellors, elaborating on various topics surrounding the education landscape and the varying needs of students today.
Another highlight of the show will be the Career Advisory Forum which is a new initiative by the show, intended to introduce GETEX participants to the latest recruitment policy trends and qualification criteria by leading multinational companies. This will provide significant and in-depth information about the employment landscape, hiring guidelines and human resource policies followed in the regional and global job market, in effect, helping students prepare for the job market.
Anselm Godinho, Managing Director, International Conferences and Exhibitions (IC&E), the organiser of GETEX, commented: “The UAE has witnessed an increase in demand for world-class schools and universities from both expatriates and citizens in the last few years, making the private education sector the biggest in the region, valued at AED 10.2 billion. This surge has also made the UAE a key destination for foreign educational organizations and investors where they can explore opportunities within the booming education market.”
“On the flip side, it is becoming more difficult for students to make informed decisions about their future education path, as sometimes they are at a loss for where to start. They turn to GETEX because it is an ideal, one-stop platform to help in their decision-making process, as it comprehensively highlights prevailing opportunities in the global educational sector. It brings leading institutions closer to the local audience, provides networking prospects, and enables them to make better choices regarding their academic preference and career goals. Today, education is also about acquiring the required skills and proficiencies to be hired by global corporations. The Career Advisory Forum at GETEX will enlighten students on how to acquire the right skill sets and how to effectively transition from education to workplace,” concluded Godinho.
GETEX 2014 is supported by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), the Dubai Knowledge Village (DKV) and the Dubai International Academic City (DIAC). Spread across an area of 14,000 square meters, the event will facilitate the interaction between students and educational institutions from India, Australia, USA, Canada, UK, Malaysia, Turkey, Lebanon, Ireland, and all over the world. It will enable over 30,000 students to know more about 2,500 featured programs from universities worldwide, and facilitate their efforts in securing the best possible education. For more information, log on to: http://www.mygetex.com/.