UAE, India strengthen educational collaboration

Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, UAE Minister of Education and Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister for Education and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India, signed the MoU on behalf of their respective nations I Picture: Supplied
Both parties have signed an MoU to facilitate bilateral relations by promoting student and faculty mobility, facilitating joint research programmes, developing courses, organising conferences, symposia and exhibitions, and sharing lectures on mutual interests 

Abu Dhabi, Nov 2, 2023: The UAE Ministry of Education has signed a cooperation agreement with its counterpart in India to enhance joint work and exchange experiences in education.  

The MoU aims to strengthen bilateral relations by promoting student and faculty mobility, facilitating joint research programmes, developing courses, organising conferences, symposia and exhibitions, and sharing lectures on mutual interests.  

In addition, the collaboration also aims to bolster cooperation in terms of exchanging information in the fields of public and higher education, including regulations and legal structures. This also includes exchanging best practices in evaluation and classification frameworks and information that elevate the national qualifications, latest developments and trends in technology, as well as frameworks and policies for the development of gifted and talented skills. 

Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, UAE Minister of Education and Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister for Education and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship in the Government of India signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), on behalf of their respective nations. 

The signing ceremony took place during the visit of Pradhan along with his accompanying delegation to the UAE.

Dr. Al Falasi says“We at the Ministry of Education are keen to continue establishing cooperation frameworks with educational institutions and entities regionally and globally to advance our educational system and elevate the quality of education. These collaborations also contribute to the exchange of knowledge and experiences with countries around the world to boost the skills and competencies of teachers and students, preparing them to tackle future challenges.”

Both parties will also exchange information on a comprehensive benchmark on the curriculum framework and on qualifications issued by educational institutions in both countries in order to facilitate mutual recognition of these qualifications. Additionally, the MoU includes facilitating academic collaboration between higher education institutions in both countries, enabling twinning, joint degree and dual degree programmes. 

Moreover, the MoU stipulates capacity development of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) teaching staff, as well as any other areas to be mutually agreed upon. 

The total number of students of Indian nationality in general education schools in the UAE is 271,109, including 248 in government schools and 270,861 in private schools, while the number of students in higher education institutions is 5,707, including 1,142 in public education institutions and 4,565 in private education institutions. 

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