The UAE Ministry of Education signed a memorandum of understanding, MoU, with Expo Center Sharjah on Monday, ahead of the 13th International Education Show, to be held from 15th to 17th February.
The event also coincides with the 19th National Career Exhibition.
The MoU, signed by Marwan Ahmad Al Sawaleh, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Education for Academic Affairs, and Saif Mohammed Al Midfa, CEO of Expo Center Sharjah, aims to introduce students to academic and professional opportunities across the UAE. Both parties will work on raising the awareness of students and enabling them to take sound academic decisions, which will pave the road for a professional future.
The deal also seeks to link families and guardians to higher education institutions so that they can be informed about educational offerings and opportunities in the country. Additionally, the MoU will help foster the relation between the Ministry of Education and other education-related institutions in the UAE.
Commenting on the occasion, Al Sawaleh expressed his happiness over the deal and explained it would help identify career opportunities for students as per their interests and academic capabilities while keeping their guardians engaged in those career moves. Students will be able to choose specialisations that best fit the future needs of the national market and consequently guarantee the best professional future for graduates.
He also lauded the significant role played by the expo centre in supporting educational progress as the centre offers its venues to host all related events that help fulfil the community’s scientific and cultural needs.
According to Al Sawaleh, the International Education Show represents a vital platform that provides academic guidance for students. Based on its educational plans, the Ministry of Education is striving to unite visions and practices throughout the educational cycle. This aims to address the sustainable development required for the country. To realise this, the ministry is attracting best available capabilities and linking it to the needs of the students, based on the national agenda and the UAE Vision 2021.
Commenting on the development, Al Midfa of the expo centre noted that the MoU would help advance education in the UAE. "Quality education is the key to development and the first step towards a bright future for the next generations," he added.
While the upcoming International Education Show will host over 100 local, regional and international educational institutions, the National Career Exhibition will host over 70 government and private entities. The exhibition attracts young Emiratis looking for job opportunities that suit their capabilities.
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