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UAE education expenditure up 78 per cent in 2012 as GETEX Autumn 2012 expects bigger turnout from exhibitors, visitors

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UAE Government allocates AED 8.2 billion for education or 25 per cent of the total federal budget in 2012

Education expenditure in the UAE now accounts for 25 per cent of the total federal budget, underlining the critical importance of education in the social and economic development agenda of the government. Moreover, the UAE Government has increased its budget for education by over 78 per cent to reach AED 8.2 billion in 2012 from AED 4.6 billion in 2011, giving greater leverage for the education sector to invest in more advanced academic tools, technologies, human resources and best practices.

GETEX Autumn 2012 will once again complement the government’s aggressive investments in education by providing a dedicated platform to showcase a range of top-quality academic and training programs from regional and international providers. Organised under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Higher Education, GETEX Autumn 2012 will run from November 21 to 23, 2012 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Anselm Godinho, Managing Director, International Conferences and Exhibitions (IC&E), organizer of the event, said: “The huge increase in education expenditure reaffirms the critical importance of academic excellence as one of the foundations of the long-term development agenda of the UAE Government. Moreover, it will naturally create a huge impact in participation from exhibitors and visitors of the upcoming GETEX Autumn 2012. Being a strategically important platform that supports education in the region, GETEX certainly complements the government’s aggressive investments in education by bringing the best of education and training to learners in the UAE and beyond.

GETEX provides students in the UAE and across the region direct access to academic and training programs from leading institutions around the world. The upcoming GETEX Autumn edition will introduce new study focus areas making it easier for students who visit the show to make an informed choice. The exhibition has been generating very positive online feedback from students and exhibitors alike, so we are confident of setting new benchmarks and reaffirming the GETEX mission i.e. to create the most comprehensive networking platform for the region’s education sector,” added Godinho.

Industry-ready courses such as aviation, industrial and technical training, creative arts, hospitality, teaching, nursing and occupational health, architecture and interior design, graphic design, computing and IT are increasingly gaining popularity in the UAE and across the region. These courses are expected to generate major attention at GETEX Autumn, which will again feature a comprehensive selection of Higher Education and Professional Development programs, including graduate degrees, postgraduate degrees and vocational and occupational courses.


The Global Business School Fair will be launched at GETEX Autumn 2012 to provide an opportunity for MBA schools to meet with potential UAE-based graduate students. The Global Business School Fair will host a Business Seminar that will provide students with resources to help them make sound career choices, while enhancing their employment potential in both the public and private sectors.

Yet another attraction at GETEX Autumn is the Invention, Design and Engineering Arena (IDEA) will again showcase projects, research studies and other innovative breakthroughs achieved by students from different schools and universities setting the pace for technology innovators of the future.

Organizers of GETEX Autumn 2012 are also offering free transport to schools and other academic institutions from all over the UAE. The move is aimed to provide equal opportunity to all students from both public and private schools to benefit from the key offerings and value-added services that are available at GETEX Autumn 2012.

For Further information, please contact:
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Source: Zawya.Com – Press Release – 23 July 2012

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