The virus outbreak has done significant damage to the economic progress and well-being of people in countries that are still in financial crisis. Restrictions on travel imposed by various countries to halt the spread of the virus have also had a significant impact on studying abroad. According to data shared by the Ministry of External Affairs, the number of Indian students travelling abroad has decreased from a staggering 588,931 in 2019 to 261,406 in 2020, with many of them delaying or reconsidering plans to study abroad due to health, safety, financial, and mental wellness concerns.
Indian students are moving cautiously forward with their plans to study abroad and explore destinations closer to home. The opportunity to study at an international university closer to India appears appealing because it provides a safety net that allows them all the flexibility they need if they need to come back home. Because of its international reputation as a business hub, accessibility, geographical location, security, multicultural affiliations, relaxed labour laws, migration opportunities, quality of life, and educational opportunities, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has become a popular destination for international students, including Indian students. Moreover, an international education will give you access to a global alumni network that will help you long after you graduate.
Why Indian students choose the UAE as a global study destination:
Recognition of Degree
The approximately three-hour flight to the UAE allows Indian students to choose from a number of international universities located in this region. Many international universities, including the Manipal Academy of Higher Education in Dubai, have established a campus in the MENA (the Middle East and North Africa) region. Because these campuses are integrated with businesses in various sectors throughout the UAE, students who study here receive international recognition, which enhances their employment options.
Opportunity for exchange programmes at a lower cost
The days of a student being concerned about the high cost of studying abroad are long gone. Students now have financing options, such as the UAE, to enrol in exchange programmes with international universities. The investment required is lower than that required for colleges in Europe and the United States. Studying in the West will cost significantly more and result in massive education loans.
Opportunity to work in a global environment
Among many well-known brands and businesses establishing offices in the UAE, Indian students now have more opportunities to travel and take on better jobs. They also get to work with a diversified workforce relatively close to home rather than flying to distant countries. The majority of the world’s major conglomerates have a significant presence in the UAE and are constantly on the lookout for new talent.
The UAE welcomes individuals from over 150 countries. Because different communities coexist peacefully in the region, overseas students can meet and interact with students from other countries. These engagements will assist them in achieving excellence. Studying alongside these multicultural peers will not only improve students’ communication and networking skills but will also prepare them to embrace foreign traditions.
Easy to migrate abroad
Migration opportunities for students and residents to popular destinations such as Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, and others are much preferable. Partnership with multiple global universities and student exchange programmes allows for graduate studies in these locations. The UAE offers maximum benefits to students who choose their academic path from leading universities across various career paths.
Also with the arrival of major events such as Expo 2020, the UAE has established an international footprint by identifying entrepreneurial opportunities in emerging fields. The UAE government’s various pro-business policies and regulations are assisting individuals in focusing on entrepreneurship, reaffirming the UAE’s position as a favoured second home for students and enterprises.
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