NEW DELHI, 24th March, 2019 (WAM) — Student exchanges may emerge as a new addition to the expanding bilateral relations between the UAE and India.
Judging by questions addressed to the UAE Ambassador to India, Dr Ahmed Al Banna, at an interactive session with students, academics and the media last week, there is a growing interest among Indian students in enrolling in educational institutions in the UAE.
The Ambassador answered a range of questions on bilateral relations after speaking on the theme of “flourishing relationship between the Republic of India and the United Arab Emirates” at the Indian Institute of Technology, IIT, in New Delhi.
Students from the IIT itself and Delhi University as well as India’s premier institution of higher learning, Jawaharlal Nehru University, JNU, asked Dr Al Banna about opportunities available in the UAE for them to pursue higher education.
The Ambassador gave a detailed account of the UAE’s expanding and sophisticated educational opportunities. He explained that several world-famous universities had opened campuses in the UAE and were accepting students from the region and beyond. He welcomed Indian students to study in these campuses.
Hitherto, universities in the US, Britain, Canada and Australia have been the favourite destinations for Indians wishing to study abroad. This may change in favour of campuses in the UAE with growing information exchanges between the two countries about educational opportunities in each other’s locations.
Dr Al Banna told the audience that Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education, visited New Delhi at the end of January. One of his engagements here was at the IIT. Such visits and the interaction by Dr Al Banna at educational institutions across India have created greater awareness among students and parents here about opportunities for higher learning in the emirates.
India is also keen to attract students from the UAE to study in India as they once did many decades ago. However, universities in Europe and America have since become the preferred destinations for UAE students pursuing higher learning.
India offers a large number of scholarships through its government agencies for foreign students who wish to study here and would like students from the UAE to avail themselves of these scholarships, according to government officials in New Delhi.