UAE tops student enrolment in international schools worldwide

ISC to present research on pathways to higher education at GESS Dubai


The UAE has the highest number of students aged 16-18 years enrolled in an English-medium international school.

With 517,840 students, the Emirates tops the list with India in second (314,804 students) and Saudi Arabia in third (294,295). China and Mexico round up the top five with 291,726 and 129,416 students, respectively.

The data is part of a bigger research that will be presented by leading international schools market intelligence firm ISC Research (ISC) at GESS Dubai, the premier education show in the Middle East, scheduled on February 25-27, 2020 at the Sheikh Saeed Halls of the Dubai World Trade Centre.

Entitled Higher Education Report: Research into Pathways from K-12 English-medium International Schools to Higher Education, the ISC study seeks to provide analytic insights into university choices as well as degree options of students from international schools, and hope to provide a framework for higher education success for students.

“This report provides insights for international schools and higher education institutions planning their outreach and admissions strategies, especially for students in the UAE, which has the highest concentration of students in potential feeder schools,” said Diane Glass, Commercial Director, ISC Research, who will also present findings at GESS Dubai about another ISC-backed study on  Wellbeing in International Schools.

The presentation is part of the more than 300 CPD-certified workshops and sessions on offer at the leading education show organised in partnership with the UAE’s Ministry of Education. It is also supported by the Ministry of Education Bahrain, Ministry of Education Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Arab Bureau of Education for Gulf States (ABEGS) and British Schools in the Middle East (BSME).

“The conference content is more comprehensive than ever, and as a result we have added more rooms, such as the Immersive Technology Stage, a dedicated space which will showcase immersive technology and host a range of expert speakers, both local and international, to share best practice in the use of AR and VR for learning; as well as GESS talks Active, where visitors can experience the power of music, drama, art and exercise to get students active, smiling and engaged; and GESS Bites, which are dynamic, insightful and fast paced sessions designed to get visitors thinking on a variety of education viewpoints and inspirations to foster change, conversations and collaboration,” said Matt Thompson, Project Director, Tarsus, organisers of GESS which, in addition to Dubai, has editions in Indonesia, Turkey, Mexico as well as Africa.

The show also features an exhibition that provides school decision-makers access to the products and solutions that meet the needs of the modern classroom and transform the way students learn.

For over 13 years, GESS Dubai has been the trusted platform for suppliers of the entire spectrum of educational products and services with a growing portfolio of companies and brands hosted in more country pavilions this year, such as Germany, Korea, Saudi Arabia, China, US, Finland; plus new pavilions from India and Singapore and largest UK pavilion in the event’s history.

“We know that innovative products are key for schools, one of the key areas of the exhibition is the Start Up Pavilion, the biggest we have so far since establishing the event over a decade ago, where you can meet enterprising new small businesses that are shaking up the education sector with their disruptive new ideas. Many of these start-ups are providing innovative solutions geared specifically for learning situations in the Middle East, offering bespoke solutions for the unique needs of teachers and students in the region,” added Thompson.