Provision of education in the United Arab Emirates began shortly after the establishment of the federation with the inception of the first university in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates University. Since then, the country has progressed with efforts of ensuring high literacy rates, modern programs and women’s share in education. It works on improving its youths education which is why the agenda 2021 has been set. The UAE currently devotes approximately 25 percent of total federal government spending to education. The overall literacy rate is 90%
The higher education system is monitored by the Ministry of Higher Education. The ministry also is responsible for admitting students for studying higher education in UAE to its undergraduate institutions.
The literacy rate in 2007 was 91%. Currently, there are thousands of nationals pursuing formal learning at 86 adult education centers spread across the country. Not many people know that Middle East countries are becoming the hub of Universities and Colleges with many International Universities have opened their campuses in these countries. Similarly, Dubai has more than 11 International and Local Universities offering the best programs in MBA, Medical, Engineering, Arts & Design, Films & Media and many other Courses and Programs. These degrees and diplomas are well recognized around the world.
The UAE has shown a strong interest in improving education and research. Enterprises include the establishment of the CERT Research Centers and the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology and Institute for Enterprise Development.