­­Much-favoured Study Abroad Destinations

Going beyond Commerce and Trade, India and United Arab Emirates are

connecting stronger for higher education


India and United Arab Emirates (UAE) have always shared healthy relation with progressive approach to strong commerce and economy. Indians are calculated to be the highest immigrant work-force in UAE with 27 per cent of the total UAE residents. The lesser known fact is that this oil-rich country is not just limited to being recognised as commercial hub, but is also one of the most sought countries for youth in India and across the globe for higher education in management, technology and applied social sciences.

As per a report by ‘The National’, out of total students studying in UAE, 67% are UAE residents and the rest 33% are International students. Out of those 33%, 30% students are from India they are followed by Egyptians at eight per cent, six per cent are Pakistanis, six per cent for Nigerians and Jordanians at five per cent. Two-thirds of those graduating did so in business related fields, with 13 per cent in engineering, seven per cent in media and design, six per cent in information technology and four per cent in architecture and construction.

The country stands tall in minting and spending a good share of global revenue, making livelihood a difficult deal for a commoner. Understanding the same the educational institutions at UAE aid students to help them have global exposure and world class education at recognised and listed universities across the Emirates.

The scholarships and fellowships which are available for Indian students to study in UAE are:

  • BITS Pilani Dubai Scholarships and Fee Concessions- https://www.bits-pilani.ac.in/Dubai/scholarships
  • Hamdan Bin Zayed Scholarships for Top Secondary School Graduates- https://www.adu.ac.ae/study/financials/scholarships/h.h.-sheikh-hamdan-bin-zayed-scholarship
  • HH Sheikh Hamdan Scholarships- https://www.hbmsu.ac.ae/study/scholarship-and-financial-aid

Similarly, the Government of India, under the flagship scheme of General Cultural Scholarship Scheme (GCSS) and Cultural Exchange Programme, covers various programmes and courses to facilitate Emirati students ­looking forward to studying in India. Following institutes have tied with the UAE Ministry for the same:

  • IIM Kozhikode’s International Exchange Programme
  • Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad
  • IMT Dubai

Universities of UAE offering Admissions to Indian students

  • Zayed University
  • American University of Sharjah
  • Ajman University
  • University of Dubai
  • American University in Dubai
  • University of Wollongong in Dubai
  • Khalifa University
  • United Arab Emirates University
  • University of Sharjah
  • Abu Dhabi University

There are more than 150 universities, colleges and institutes across India which are recognised by the Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research, UAE for its residents to study (follow the link http://uaeembassy-newdelhi.com/UAE%20MoHESR%20-%20Univ%20List.pdf)

Studying in UAE gives one a promising and a fulfilling future, but reaching there requires meeting intricate processes of documentation and related application procedures. This is where India’s largest scholarship platform Buddy4Study, reaches the student in need of support as a true buddy. Buddy4Study guides a candidate through each step of application and counsel the candidates to present best of their potential to the admission panel. One may reach the platform through website- www.buddy4study.com.

A world of surprises and opportunities awaits for the students who are willing to pursue education overseas and UAE has everything for them to make their study abroad trip memorable. Incorporating a perfect blend of unique lifestyle, diverse cuisine, authentic Emirati culture and thriving business hub, UAE has been a much-favoured study abroad destination for students across Asia, North America and Europe.

(Courtesy: www.buddy4study.com)

Top 40 global education systems

First in the ranking is South Korea, followed by three Asian countries – Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong. On the fifth place is Finland, which was on the first place in the previous ranking.

Education is considered to be one of the biggest treasures in every country. However, its quality and importance is different throughout the world.

We have prepared a list of best education systems according to Pearson, a British multinational publishing and education company. The criteria of the ranking are the education in primary, secondary and high school, as well as the higher education institutions and international schools.

First in the ranking is South Korea, followed by three Asian countries – Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong. On the fifth place is Finland, which was on the first place in the previous ranking.

The newest researches are showing the improvement of the Asian education systems in support of this tendency the CEO of Pearson, John Fallon, states that the advancement of the education systems strongly reflects on the economic growth of the countries.

Where are the European Countries?

First comes Finland and the United Kingdom is second among the European countries – as the higher education institution and international schools are strongly increasing its rank. On a global scale, the United Kingdom is sixth, ranked higher than countries such as Germany, France and the United States.

A surprise or not, Poland is on 10th place, the reforms in the post-communist country seem to be giving great results. Poland’s education system surpasses countries like Denmark, Germany, Russia, the USA, Australia, Belgium, France, Italy and more.

The newcomers

In the last version of the top 40 ranking the newcomers are the developing big countries – Indonesia, Mexico and Brazil, they are not only advancing in their industry but their educational systems are starting to compete more and more on a global level.

The top destinations for a Masters degree

If we start looking at the top education systems from the Masters degree point of view, there are some big shifts in the ranking. In 2018 the United Kingdom holds the first place, followed by the United States. Both countries often change places, all depending on the innovations at their higher education institutions.

The third place is for Germany and the high quality of its technical universities. The country is one of the top 5 best destinations for international students and it is catching up to rivals on the third and fourth place – France and Australia.

The other countries which make it to the top of the list are: China, Switzerland, Austria, The Netherlands, Singapore, Canada, Sweden, France, Spain and Hong Kong.

Here is a list of top universities which we highly recommend to check, while you do you research for the best place for your Masters:

  • Newcastle University Business School
  • London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University
  • University of Warwick
  • London Metropolitan University
  • University of Birmingham
  • Jönköping University
  • University of Stuttgart
  • Jacobs University
  • ESMT Berlin
  • HECTOR School of Engineering & Management
  • University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur
  • The School of Life Sciences FHNW
  • Università della Svizzera italiana (USI)
  • PolyU Design Hong Kong
  • Radboud University
  • NHTV Breda
  • Rotterdam Business School
  • MCI Management Center Innsbruck
  • UPF Barcelona School of Management
  • EAE Business School
  • Deusto Business School
  • Barcelona Graduate School of Economics
  • ESERP Business School

Each university offers a unique study environment. Hence, make your research carefully, moreover if you live or study close to some of our fair cities in Europe, you can come and meet with university representatives – all gathered at one place in one day.

(Source: Novinite.bg and THE World University Rankings)


List of the top 40 educational systems in the world

  1. South Korea
  2. Japan
  3. Singapore
  4. Hong Kong
  5. Finland
  6. United Kingdom
  7. Canada
  8. The Netherlands
  9. Ireland
  10. Poland
  11. Denmark
  12. Germany
  13. Russia
  14. The USA
  15. Australia
  16. New Zealand
  17. Israel
  18. Belgium
  19. Czech Republic
  20. Switzerland
  21. Norway
  22. Hungary
  23. France
  24. Sweden
  25. Italy
  26. Austria
  27. Slovenia
  28. Portugal
  29. Spain
  30. Bulgaria
  31. Romania
  32. Chile
  33. Greece
  34. Turkey
  35. Thailand
  36. Columbia
  37. Argentina
  38. Brazil
  39. Mexico
  40. Indonesia


How much does it cost to study abroad?

Apart from tuition fees, living expenses are the other major cost factor. Renting a room or a flat, buying groceries, going out with friends, and paying for travel or teaching materials, for example, will cost you money.

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Studying abroad is always an adventure. However, you shouldn’t take any uncontrollable financial risk while going abroad. Therefore, you have to think carefully about the cost. Several issues need to be considered before making a decision.

Tuition Fees

Every education system is different. Some countries do not charge anything for studying at a public university than a small administrative fee, while others charge exorbitant fees. Furthermore, there are differences in tuition fees between public and private higher education institutions. Although European integration keeps moving forward, tuition fees still vary significantly from country to country. In the UK, for instance, it seems as if universities are following the path of the US and Australia, where tuition fees have been skyrocketing in recent years. How much you will have to pay also depends a lot on your country of origin. Learn more about tuition fees in Europe.

Costs of living abroad

Apart from tuition fees, living expenses will be another major cost factor. Renting a room or a flat, buying groceries, going out with friends, and paying for travel or teaching materials, for example, will cost you money. Inform yourself about the living expenses in your country of interest. A good indicator of living expenses is the economic prowess of the country in which you would like to study. For example, studying in Switzerland is generally more expensive than studying in Indonesia. Another crucial factor to think of is insurance.

Is it worth the cost?

Going abroad will always cost you money, even if you are going to a country which seems very affordable. While abroad, you will probably travel a lot more than you would in your home country. Likewise, you will also spend more money paying for souvenirs, additional vaccinations or special equipment, for example. Then again, the experiences you gain will probably compensate for the expenses, and you will keep your memories forever..                                                       n


Aspiring for the world-class higher education system

Between 1950 and 2014, the number of universities in India increased by 34 times. And, between 1950 and 2013, colleges increased by 74 times.

Frank T. Islam

India has the third-largest higher educational system in the world. In 2016, there were 799 universities and 39,071 colleges spread across the country. These numbers are staggering. The growth of higher education in India over a little more than half a century has been even more staggering.

Between 1950 and 2014, the number of universities in India increased by 34 times. And, between 1950 and 2013, colleges increased by 74 times. This quantitative explosion in higher education institutions has not been matched by the quality of the education they provide. In fact, the gap between quantity and quality is so large that it stands as one of the major obstacles in the way of India being a world leader. To become such a leader, India needs to develop a world class higher  education system.

Two years ago, the Narendra Modi administration attempted to put some focus on quality in higher education with its introduction of draft regulations for a new initiative called the “UGC (Declaration of Government Educational Institutions as World Class Institutions) Guidelines, 2016.” By 2018, when the first six institutions were named under this initiative, they were designated as “Institutions of Eminence” as opposed to “world class institutions”.

Although the label has been changed, the intent remains the same. That is to give considerable discretion to and elevate the status of these institutions. This is not necessarily a bad thing. But, it will do little to address the underlying problems of higher education in India.

This is true because the focus is completely wrong. These universities are the tip of the higher educational iceberg. Enhancing the capacity of a few institutions, thus possibly enabling them to be rated a little higher in the world rankings of higher education institutions, does nothing for the many.

That’s not to say that India does not need world class institutions of higher education. It is to say that more, importantly India, needs a world class higher education system.

A world class higher education system is one that is student or customer-centred rather than institution-centred. It comprises certified and caring institutions that have the resources required and the core mission of ensuring that students/customers acquire the knowledge/skills/abilities and dispositions that they need to achieve their individual goals and to maximise their contribution to society.

India’s current system has been almost exactly the opposite of that. The emphasis has been primarily on a select group of institutions and individuals rather than embracing and addressing the needs of the whole.

There are many steps that must be taken to change this and to make the Indian higher education system world class. They include:

Increase Public Financing

The federal and state governments currently provide limited funding for higher education. As a result, over 70 percent of the higher education institutions are operated by the private sector. These institutions are not well regulated and are of highly variable quality. Public sector financing could be used to support existing public institutions and to establish new ones in regions in which there are limited higher educational opportunities.

Enhance the Infrastructure

Colleges and universities throughout India have inadequate physical settings, lack equipment, and suffer from a shortage of competent teachers. Ensuring that each higher educational institution is infrastructurally sound, establishes the proper environment for learning and growth.

Expand access to and participation in higher education

The enrollment in higher education is approximately 15 per cent of the eligible population. This percentage needs to be much higher for India to be considered and to become a developed or developing country. It also needs to be representative of the entire population, including females, those from the weaker sectors, and rural areas.

Enforce Standards and Requirements Appropriately

The announced replacement of the University Grants Commission (UGC) with the Higher Education Commission of India (HECI) created considerable debate within and outside of the educational community. The essential question regardless of whether there is an UGC, HECI or some other agency with an acronym. must be: Is the proper data being collected and used to monitor performance and ensure accountability for each institution in the higher education .

Place an emphasis on vocational education

The higher education system must meet the needs of potential employers and prospective employees. Currently, there is a mismatch. The higher educational system must equip itself to be the provider of first resort and give the country the skilled workforce it requires.

There are many other steps that must be taken, such as addressing politicians controlling many educational institutions, to make India’s higher education system world class. But there must be only one mindset. That mindset must be that the country’s higher education system must be restructured, redesigned, and renewed in a way that benefits all of India and all Indians.

(The writer is an entrepreneur, civic and throught leader ­based in Washiington, DC)

Egypt, Japan, Senegal, Ukraine and Uruguay elected non-permanent members of UNSC

United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) elected Egypt, Japan, Senegal, Ukraine and Uruguay to serve as non-permanent members on the UN Security Council (UNSC). These members will serve the UNSC for two-year terms beginning on 1 January 2016 until 31 December 2017.

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