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The Growing Educational Bond: Indian Institutions Find Foothold in UAE

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is quickly becoming a popular location for Indian students seeking higher education, with a wide range of job options.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is rising as a prominent destination for Indian students seeking higher education, offering diverse career opportunities. 

With institutions such as IIT Delhi-Abu Dhabi, BITS Pilani-Dubai, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Amity University-Dubai, and SP Jain School of Global Management-Dubai making significant contributions, the academic landscape in the UAE is evolving while fostering cultural ties between the two nations.

Current Landscape:

Several Indian institutions have established themselves in the UAE, enhancing the academic milieu. The focus extends beyond academic excellence, emphasizing the importance of mutual recognition of qualifications through national qualifications frameworks.

IIT Delhi-Abu Dhabi Campus:

The much-anticipated IIT Delhi-Abu Dhabi, with its interim campus at Zayed University, is gearing up to commence academic operations in January 2024. 

The inaugural program, a Master’s in Energy Transition and Sustainability, aligns with COP28 objectives, emphasizing environmental sustainability.

Academic Collaboration:

Efforts are underway to foster academic collaboration between institutions in India and the UAE. Twinning, Joint Degree, and Dual Degree Programs are actively under consideration. 

This reciprocal arrangement would see students from IIT Delhi-Abu Dhabi conducting research in Delhi while researchers from IIT Delhi contribute to the Abu Dhabi campus, leveraging the UAE’s robust energy and petrochemical industry.

Agreements and Progress:

A significant milestone was reached when India and the UAE signed a contract to establish the IIT Delhi campus in Abu Dhabi during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit in July 2023. 

Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan recently discussed the evolving education sector landscape, reviewing progress on the IIT Delhi-Abu Dhabi campus.

Future Prospects:

Speculation abounds regarding the potential establishment of an Indian Institute of Management (IIM) campus in the UAE. 

If realized, this would mark the first instance of an IIM expanding internationally, with IIM Ahmedabad being a frontrunner in the discussions. 

The prospect of such an expansion underscores the growing collaboration between India and the UAE in higher education.

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