Private higher education institutions in Dubai register 12% growth in student enrolment

Dubai Web Desk

Key findings

  • 34,893 students enrolled in private higher education institutions in Dubai
  • 38 higher education institutions regulated by KHDA in Dubai
  • 12% increase in student enrolment
  • 25% increase in international students

DUABI, UAE: In Dubai, private higher education institutions licensed and regulated by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) have reported a significant increase in student enrolment up by 12 percent since the previous academic year, as per the latest data revealed by the regulatory body.

A new infographic released by the KHDA showed that the total number of students currently enrolled in Dubai’s private higher education institutions is 34,893 students, Khaleej Times reported.

The number of international students — those who have come to Dubai specifically for their studies — has surged by 25 percent, nearly doubling the count of new enrolments compared to the previous academic year.

The international students now represent one-third of all students enrolled at private higher education institutions in Dubai.

During the 2023-2024 academic year, five new international universities were inaugurated, increasing the total count of higher education providers licensed by KHDA to 38.

The international universities in Dubai offer over 650 programmes with degrees in business, engineering, information technology, and media and design being the most sought-after among students. Programmes in natural and physical sciences, humanities, and law have experienced the highest growth in student enrolment compared to the previous academic year.

The infographic also shows that the majority of students, comprising 63%, are pursuing a bachelor’s degree while 28 percent are enrolled in a master’s programme, and two percent are working towards a doctorate.