The Dubai campus has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Taaleem Education, the leading provider of private K-12 English language education in the UAE. The agreement is targeted at creating mutually beneficial educational opportunities for staff and students over the course of the next three years.
Speaking on the occasion, Professor Ammar Kaka, Provost and Vice Principal of Heriot-Watt University Dubai, said, “It gives me great pleasure to sign this MoU with Taaleem Education today. Given the current global uncertainties, more than ever before, there is an urgent need for both staff and students to learn and grow in order to be successful in a competitive marketplace and I am glad that we are able to provide opportunities to make that happen. As a five-star rated University here in the UAE, we are sure that we will be able to mentor Taaleem students and faculty to help them gain skills that will be valuable.”
Under the MoU, Heriot-Watt University will provide staff and students of Taaleem access to relevant events such as guest speaker series and experience days, organise faculty development workshops for Taaleem professional staff, provide work experience opportunity to three Taaleem students for a duration of two weeks each year and appoint a designated Admissions team member to support Taaleem students through the complete applications and enrolment process.
Taaleem Education on its part will include Heriot-Watt University at all their student career fairs, permit the University to communicate with Taaleem students and their parents with regards to higher education, distribute University publications and accomplishments in Taaleem schools and publications and engage with Heriot-Watt to provide information and training sessions to select Taaleem career counsellors and executives.
Recent reports state that the UAE education market is expected to grow from USD 4.4 billion in 2017 to USD 7.1 billion by 2023. Additionally, the Ministry of Education (MoE)’s Education 2020 strategy, is designed to bring significant qualitative improvement in the education system, especially in the way teachers teach and students learn. Partnerships such as these will go a long way in supporting this vision.