The UAE education sector now accounts for approximately 24 per cent of total government expenditure and is estimated at a market size of $7.3 billion, a report said. Due to its promising growth prospects, the UAE is fast becoming a hot destination for foreign education organisations as well as investors interested in seeking opportunities in the higher education sector, added the report, titled Education Sector in UAE to 2016 and published by ReportLinker.
Globalisation is also a key factor leading to the entry of several international players keen on providing quality education as per international standards, according to the report. Reflecting the education opportunities available in the country, the seventh edition of Najah, Education, Training and Careers Fair has seen an increase in the number of international pavilions taking part, including those from Australia, Malaysia, the US and for the first time Japan. Taking place from October 29 to 31 at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, Najah focuses on career, training and education opportunities for school-leavers and fresh graduates contemplating their future career direction and educational aspirations.
Yuji Kawamoto from the Japan International Cooperation Center  (JICE), a non-profit organisation promoting Japanese education and the central figure at the Japanese Pavilion, said: “We will host 10 to 15 universities from Japan that will use Najah as a platform to promote Japanese education and create awareness about our country’s premier universities and courses.” “JICE had recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) to promote Japan as a study destination for UAE nationals.
Subsequently, ADEC and the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research recommended us this opportunity to take part in Najah and we are very excited to be involved for the first time.” Khurram Saeed, Najah exhibition director, said: “As the higher education sector continues to grow every year, the UAE is witnessing an increase in demand for private schools which impart quality education according to international standards.
Najah provides a great opportunity for organisations to enter this dynamic market and capitalise on the growing education sector .” Other prominent institutions on the local front taking part in Najah this year will be Abu Dhabi University, Khalifa University of Science and Technology, American University of Sharjah, Masdar Institute, ACTVET, American University in the Emirates, Al Ain University, University of Jazeera and many more. Now in its seventh year, Najah is particularly popular among UAE nationals. In 2012, 69 per cent of all visitors to the show were Emiratis, the vast majority either school-leavers or recent graduates who came to explore future opportunities in education and career advancement from more than 140 universities, training institutions, and employing organisations.
The three-day event is the largest education exhibition for local and international universities and training institutions interested in driving their student recruitment  activities in the region.