Higher Education Institutions
UAE higher education institutions can be divided into three categories: Public, private, and Global Partnerships.
1. Public Institutions
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
2. Private Institutions
The Ministry of Education through its Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA) is responsible for the accreditation of private institutions.
3. Global Partnerships
A number of international universities have campuses and programs in the UAE. Some are housed in special zones, including Dubai Knowledge Village and Academic City. (source: UAE Cultural Division)
Fields of study
According to the latest UNESCO data (2019), students are enrolled predominantly at the undergraduate level—only 13.6 percent and less than 1 percent of students studied at the master’s and doctoral levels, respectively. The population-rich emirates of Dubai and Abu Dhabi have almost 60 percent of all students. The field of study most pursued in the UAE by far is business and economics, followed by engineering and education.