According to a report by the UAE daily newspaper, Gulf News, who spoke to experts about UAE students studying abroad in the UK, US and اCanada to learn about the emerging trends, engineering and business are among the most sought after majors by UAE students studying abroad.
Last year there were more than 3,200 students from the UAE studying at university level in the UK as opposed to 1,400 in 2002/2003. Business and management studies and engineering are the most popular subjects chosen. Various engineering disciplines are believed to be becoming popular most probably due to market demand — these include aerospace, civil, electrical and electronic, and mechanical engineering. In addition, despite the rigorous requirements, students are becoming interested in majoring in two different engineering fields, such as electrical and mechanical engineering, or engineering and applied mathematics. Other popular subjects include medicine, pharmacy, computer science, law and education. Subjects which are increasing in popularity include economics, psychology and design studies.
The primary motivating factors for pursuing engineering studies are professional and financial. Emiratis majoring in engineering can be sponsored by UAE companies that will fund their education as well as offer them a permanent position upon graduation.
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