KHDA reports 12% annual growth in Dubai’s private higher education enrolment

The total number of students currently enroled in Dubai’s private higher education institutions is 34,893 

Dubai, Apr 22, 2024: Private higher education institutions licensed and regulated by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) in Dubai have reported a 12% rise in student enrolment compared to the previous academic year. The report has been released by the regulatory body.  

A new infographic released by the KHDA showed that the total number of students currently enroled in Dubai’s private higher education institutions is 34,893 students. The number of international students – those who have come to Dubai specifically for their studies – has surged by 25%, nearly doubling the count of new enrolments compared to the previous academic year. International students now represent one-third of all students enroled at private higher education institutions in Dubai. 

During the 2023-24 academic year, five new international universities were inaugurated, increasing the total count of higher education providers licensed by KHDA to 38. 

Aisha Miran, Director-General of KHDA says that the record growth in student enrolment in Dubai’s private higher education sector aligns with the goal of the Dubai Economic Agenda, D33, to make the city a leading global hub for higher education. She also says that that the increase in international student enrolment particularly reflects the city’s position as a preferred choice for students worldwide seeking quality education opportunities. 

The higher education landscape infographic by KHDA features comprehensive data on Dubai’s higher education sector, including details on higher education providers, students, programmes, faculty and fields of research. 

International universities in Dubai offer more than 650 programmes, with degrees in business, engineering, information technology, and media and design being the most sought-after among students. Programmes in natural and physical sciences, humanities and law have experienced the highest growth in student enrolment compared to the previous academic year. 

The infographic also shows that a majority of students, comprising 63%, are pursuing a bachelor’s degree, while 28% are enrolled in a master’s programme and 2% are working towards a doctorate. 

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