Dr Mariam Shaikh is an eminent professional in the Education field based in the United Arab Emirates with over 35 years of experience and continued success. Her expertise covers Student Recruitment, Marketing, Strategic Development, International Relations and Student Experience. She has held key positions in reputed and prominent Universities in UAE and has worked actively to draw aspiring students looking to pursue Higher Education from all over the world to the region. Her professional endeavours in Education started in the early 80s when she owned a Nursery School inspired by her children and then went on to Head a prominent school group as Principal. Dr Mariam was integral to the exponential growth of the school making it one of the largest Asian schools in UAE with over 7000 students. Following this, Dr Mariam joined the Higher Education Sector to pursue new opportunities and assist students to fulfill their academic and career aspirations. She has played a key role in establishing some of the most reputed foreign University branch campuses in UAE such as the University of New Brunswick in Dubai Knowledge Village, which was a pioneering effort to encourage foreign Universities to set up their campuses in Dubai. She has held Senior Leadership positions with the Canadian University of Dubai, Heriot-Watt University and Amity University in Dubai and has actively contributed towards the start-up and exponential growth and development of the student population in these institutions’ foreign branch campuses.
Q1. Education is an important aspect of the society we live in today. What challenges did you face while establishing a nursery school at the beginning of your career
It was way back in the 1980s….. My husband had been posted to Ras Al Khaimah as the Airport Operations Manager for Kuwait Airways Corporation. I had heard a lot about the UAE and was anxious to move there along with my two kids. With great excitement and expectations, I joined my husband on this posting.
Once we landed there our priority was to find good schools for our children.
For our son Khizer, we decided on the Indian School Ras al Khaimah as that was highly recommended but for our daughter Sakeen who was two years old we were looking for a Pre-School or Nursery to enrol her in. At that point, there was only one British Pre-School available in Ras al Khaimah which was pretty expensive.
I was determined to come up with an alternative which would be cost-effective as well as would provide a high-quality curriculum to prep toddlers for school. I researched intensely to come up with a suitable solution and I designed a unique concept as a turn-key solution to initiate and operate a progressive Pre-School/ Kindergarten. As I was unsure of the outcome and how well it would be received by the community, I decided to start small in my own Villa which had a huge garden and a lot of space for the kids to play around we even had rabbits, a dog and tortoise and many other birds in a mini zoo we created to keep the toddlers engaged and happy.
I included basic academic concepts of literacy and Math, focused on developing fine motor skills cultivating social and school-readiness skills and incorporated elements unique to our preschool philosophy.
Soon when the word of mouth started spreading and parents saw the kind of work I was doing, the curriculum I was following from the UK for Pre- School learners and the playground equipment I brought in from the UK, I had the neighbour’s kids joining and before I knew it I had close to 10 kids. Very soon, I hired another Teacher and classroom assistant. We accepted kids between the ages of 2-4 years old preparing them for KG.
I decided at that point to move to a bigger facility. In the 80s, all Businesses needed a local Sponsor and I was very lucky to find Shaikha Aliya from one the leading local families in Ras al Khaimah who saw my vision to create this haven for the preschoolers and supported me as my Sponsor. I rented a huge Villa in the Nakheel area and my Nursery was licensed under the name of Hadana Shams al Worood or ‘Sunflower Nursery.’ We had a beautiful garden space and we planted Sunflowers all around giving it the beauty, sunshine and warmth to create a happy and positive ambience for our toddlers.
In a few months, we had over 80 kids from multiple nationalities enrolled with us and even the Education Ministry recognized us for our efforts. This was my first milestone achievement inspired by my daughter which led the way for many more Nurseries and Pre-schools to establish in the region. I was happy and proud to be recognized for my efforts by the Ministry in Ras al Khaimah.
Q2. What moved you to get into the higher education space? Do you still find it exciting?
From the very beginning, I was extremely passionate to cultivate young minds as the future of the Nation- always empowering, mentoring, inspiring and assisting students in their study choices., I moved to the Higher Education Sector to pursue new opportunities and assist students to fulfil their academic and career aspirations.
I have another interesting story leading to this. This too was inspired by my son Khizer. It was the time that we were looking for Universities for my son. He wanted to do a Program in Medical Sciences and after researching over 400 Universities in Canada, Europe and the US, I found the most appropriate program at the University of New Brunswick, Canada. It was affordable and well known for its Pre-Medical Sciences degree.
Once we completed all the formalities and Khizer was accepted, my husband and I decided to go and drop him off personally at his University in Canada. While we were going through his registration process at the University, I met with the Registrar and she was interested in hearing more about how we decided on this University as they were not well known in the Middle East and did not have too many International students from this region studying there. I mentioned to her how I had researched and decided on this University as the most appropriate and the best fit for my son to proceed onwards to Medical school.
With VP of UNB, Dr Kathryn Hamer
She immediately organised a meeting for me with their Vice President- International. I spoke a lot about the opportunities to recruit students from Dubai and convinced him to establish a presence for their University by setting up a Representative Office in Dubai. He agreed and offered me the position of Manager of their Admissions Office based in Dubai. This was the very first set up of a Canadian University Representative Office in Dubai in the year 2000 – my second milestone achievement and I was strongly supported by the Canadian Consulate and Embassy. I sent a hundred students to the University by the second year of our presence in Dubai thus establishing the University of New Brunswick as a preferred study destination for students from the UAE & GCC.
Following that, I played a key role in establishing some of the most reputed foreign University branch campuses in UAE such as the University of New Brunswick in Dubai Knowledge Village, which was a pioneering effort to encourage foreign Universities to set up their campuses in Dubai.
I held Senior Leadership positions with the Canadian University of Dubai, Heriot-Watt University and Amity University in Dubai and actively contributed towards the start-up and exponential growth and development of the student population in these institutions’ foreign branch campuses.
Yes of course I still find it exciting and always will!! Focussing on Students and their Success was the main driving force which brought me back to embark on my entrepreneurial venture MS Education Consultants to continue with my mission of supporting students to turn their dreams into reality and stay focussed on their career goals and aspirations.
Harvard affiliate Mother Theresa University recently honoured me with an Honorary Doctorate in Transformational Educational Leadership based on the Study Paper I submitted on International Education opportunities for students from all over the world aspiring to develop their career goals from the best the world has to offer.
I developed a paper that would serve as a landmark in the development of Educational affiliations worldwide to help students achieve their goals and dreams with the GPS that I would provide through my new venture in Dubai ‘MS Education Consultants’ A Name to reckon with. For the excellence that you Target’ To be the Best in the World..!!
After having been a senior leader in many Universities in Canada and Dubai, I have now initiated my Entrepreneurial venture MS Education Consultants where I continue with my mission of assisting students globally. Advising and mentoring students towards the right choice of University is my PASSION and -” I feel the same excitement as the student does once he/she reaches their study destination and achieves their career aspirations”.
Being able to start my own company has been my lifetime Goal, and this is true for me — It’s never too late to set a new goal or Dream a new Dream..!!
My core business in MS Education Consultants is providing a one-stop solution for students applying to Universities in the U.K, US, Canada, Australia, Dubai, Europe, Malaysia and India by counselling and advising them through the application process, choice of programs, career perspectives, how to get internships abroad, assisting them with housing on/off Campus, Visa assistance and anything else they require to make their experience a wonderful one!!
For me ” My Passion is my driving force and hence I built my business around what was truly important for me, my Passion keeps me going 24/7 and this is what makes me happy and makes me shine because I truly love what I do….. I am often referred to as a Glucose Shot as when I am energized I can radiate that energy to others. That makes me inherently happy.
We are blessed to live in the UAE in a culture that understands, supports and respects women as much as men. We feel truly empowered!!
My advice to other Women Entrepreneurs is ‘“ Build something that you are passionate about. As an Entrepreneur, you have to have the passion and drive to stay the course!!”
‘It is entirely up to us to challenge our boundaries, our comfort zones, and get out and see what else is out there in the world and what else is possible, and give ourselves a shot to go a little bit deeper, a little bit further!!’
As one of my current major projects, I have been appointed as the Middle East Strategist for the prestigious University of Guelph, Ontario Canada to assist students in the Middle East with their admission into U of G. The University of Guelph is a leading Higher Education Institution in Canada with three majors ranked top 20 in the world, in combination with Student Satisfaction that is consistently top-ranked in Canada.
Q3. How has the field of education changed over the years? What should we expect for the future?
Although the Covid-19 pandemic has posed challenges, it has equally opened the door for unprecedented opportunities in education. New approaches and methodologies have been introduced in instructional delivery, teaching & learning that have the potential to transform education through updating curriculum with program outcomes that focus on employment readiness and enhancing skills which are essential for the ever-evolving job market.
Moreover, technology utilization beyond traditional trends has proven to be effective in improving the quality of education and achieving the expected program outcomes and objectives. Educational theorists unanimously agree upon the fact that post-Covid-19 will require the revising of the current program curriculum including course design and delivery, assessment, and instructional methodologies.
Traditionally, classrooms have been relatively isolated, and collaboration has been limited to other students in the same classroom or building. Today, technology enables forms of communication and collaboration undreamt of the past. Students in a classroom, for example, can learn about the Arctic by following the expedition of a team of scientists in the region, reading scientists’ blog postings, viewing photos, e-mailing questions to the scientists, and even talking live with the scientists via a videoconference. Students can share what they are learning with students in other classrooms in other states who are tracking the same expedition. Students can collaborate on group projects using technology-based tools such as wikis and Google docs. The walls of the classrooms are no longer a barrier as technology enables new ways of learning, communicating, and working collaboratively.
Although restrictions have eased in many parts of the world, the progress made in digitizing education will remain relevant. Authorities in many parts of the world can build on this digital foundation to create a genuinely 21st-century education system that blends traditional teaching models with the technology tools that have emerged in the last two years.
All schools across the UAE adopted remote or online learning in 2020 following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic to control the spread of the virus and to protect the health of students, teachers and the entire school
Q4. What advice would you give students who are down in the dumps? How do you motivate them to move forward and pursue their dreams?
Throughout my journey, I have worked closely with students of over 100 different nationalities, mentoring and empowering them and helping them in their study choices, encouraging them to pursue their dreams in careers they are passionate about and via entrepreneurship and working hard to achieve their goals.
I have been the Chief Happiness Officer and Vice President of Student Experience in Universities, where I implemented several projects and initiatives to promote and foster happiness and create a positive and happy environment. I also launched a Student Happiness Centre where students could come and meet with me and share their ideas and give suggestions on new projects and extracurricular activities, competitions and events they would like to see hosted in the University.
My mission is to assist students globally to help them achieve their career aspirations. I also work closely with young student entrepreneurs guiding them and mentoring them till they have moved effectively into the real world. I always encourage my students by saying – “Cherish your Dreams and your Visions, as they are the blueprints of your Ultimate Achievements!!
The future holds promises and dreams for the youth that can be achieved through hard work, dedication, planning, education and words of wisdom.
The best advice for young people often comes from older people who have lived their youth, so we can always share some words of advice to motivate the youth of today. I always encourage young people to dream big and set realistic goals to achieve these dreams.
Literally speaking, youth is the transitional age between childhood and adulthood. However, philosophically speaking, youth is a state of mind that we should all embrace from time to time. Some of the best times in life come during our youth. Adventures and good memories with friends from youth are cherished the most. What one learns at this young age, the company that he keeps, the path that he follows and the lessons of life he takes to make a person what he will become tomorrow!
Thus, youth is an extremely important time in everyone’s life. The youth of a nation are its leaders of tomorrow and so it is vital to educate them with good and strong values and deep thoughts
Transformational leaders create enthusiasm and encourage communication. While working with students this is key to a create an environment where students can express their academic/career interests and aspirations. We offer assistance to students pursuing higher studies by helping them identify the right program and University, application assistance and visa guidance. A component of transformational leadership is celebrating the unique elements that make individuals different and also giving them autonomy, which helps students feel empowered and responsible. In this fast-paced environment that we live in today, and all the new challenges that arise, students have a hard time overcoming life events that interfere with their basic education, one of the main reasons why transformational leadership in education can help improve the situation and in some cases even solve the issues.
On this path of innovation in leadership, at MS Education, we prioritize the students’ needs, goals, dreams and aspirations and then appropriately guide them on the right academic and professional path to the education destination of their choice. To do so, my team of qualified counsellors are able to provide opportunities to students from all over the world aspiring to develop their career goals from the best the world has to offer.
Q5. Keeping in mind the effect the pandemic has left us with, the education industry, like other industries were forced to change the way they function. With this in mind, what is your opinion about the hybrid learning model?
When the Covid-19 pandemic spread rapidly in early 2020, businesses across sectors had to respond quickly. Some began remote working while others had to continue operating with full or reduced staffing on-site. Others had to close operations altogether.
Whichever category a business fell into, the pandemic created many new occupational safety and health risks to be considered before conducting operations.
As time moved on, some organizations were able to welcome staff back into workplaces, while ensuring they could provide a safe and healthy working environment by following new government procedures and policies.
One of the worst hit sectors was the education sector since as a measure to curb the spread of coronavirus governments had ordered schools to temporarily close to avoid the movement of students and other workforce members related to the education sector.
As a result, access to online learning across many private schools was conditional to payment of term fees. Some families facing economic pressure, on account of the coronavirus crisis, found it difficult to pay. School operators reported that the shift to e-learning meant increased operational costs – for digital training imparted to teachers and purchasing e-learning platform licenses.
The situation resulted in a confrontation between parents and schools; requiring the education authority, Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), to step in and call for a compromise from both sides. Private school operators responded by offering fee reductions and flexible payment plans to retain pupils and ensure business continuity.
This virus had brought out an unknown factor that was not previously given much importance, and discussion due to the traditional style of textbooks and notebooks when it came to teaching, that factor being the digital gap. For students who do not have access to online resources and devices or those who require learning support, it can be an alienating experience, contributing to higher dropout rates. With schools closed, we need to pay special attention to those who are most vulnerable, not just physically, but also academically and psychologically.
Learning aside, schools are important spaces for students to establish and nurture social skills. Staying connected with the school and classmates is essential for a pupil’s well-being, especially under the current circumstances. For teachers, providing a mutual relationship when a school is closed, and children are at home can be especially challenging. The current crisis has seen students tap into reserves of resilience and adaptability, guided, and supported by schools, teachers and parents, most importantly, it further highlights the importance of the role played by teachers requiring greater awareness, and under lockdown, it is a role to be done by families as well.
The challenge today is to reduce the negative effects of this pandemic on learning and school education whenever possible and to use this experience to improve learning at a faster pace. Education authorities must also consider how they will navigate this crisis, without deepening extant gaps in society and ensuring that all children have equal opportunities for good education. The impact of the coronavirus on education will extend beyond the current situation. Schools may not return to what they were before the global pandemic, and the boom of learning from this period may have a major impact in shaping the new education experience.
As of 25th September 2022, universities in Dubai have commenced a new academic year with a 25% surge in student enrollment, this was mainly due to the fact that mass vaccinations were carried out across the nation in order to mitigate the impact of COVID-19, in addition, vaccinations for employees in the education sector was a necessity as mandated by the governments of the respective states further solidifying the safety of the education sector making parents and students alike feel safe leading to this increase in student admissions.
Universities continue looking for newer options to make students feel safer and secure by making admissions processes more flexible, extending deadlines, and giving them the option to work hybrid or completely digitally to those who have been used to it by now.
These pieces of evidence prove that education is a relatively stable sector that has adapted as a result of the pandemic but also continues developing further instead of being halted.
As an education consultant, our business involves providing student-centred guidance and assistance for applications to their university of choice making sure it is a seamless and not frustrating experience, as a result, our technical partners would be high schools who recommend the organization to not only discover what the student truly aspires to become but also the absolute best university that can fulfil their aspirations. By providing relevant information that is up to date in these dynamic times, and following up with our clients to make sure they are not lost, a superior service can be provided that ensures a closely-knit partnership in the making leading to upscaling in the long term as the word-of-mouth marketing is becoming the most effective marketing tool in this era as rightly said: “People do not buy goods and services, they buy relations, stories, and magic.”.
Education is the foundation of a strong economy. It increases human capital, drives productivity and boosts economic output.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) supported the global education sector with digital tools, programmes and resources to ensure continuity of learning.
Although these solutions were crucial, they mostly focused on transferring knowledge, not the practical and in-person experience students needed to grasp concepts, the evolution of educational technology going forward must thus address experiential learning. When coupled with innovative pedagogies, augmented reality, virtual reality (VR) and mixed reality are positioned to address this need and create a competitive advantage for all stakeholders involved.
Advancements in technology have penetrated most sectors and transformed them administratively or in service delivery.
The disruption we are seeing in today’s digitalizing world is helping increase accessibility, enhance quality and improve the affordability of education globally.
We need to adapt to an evolving landscape and nurture our younger generations to help outmatch our success. While schools and universities have been increasingly focused on personal development, some technologies can expedite the process. VR is a leading example and arguably a game-changer for the next generation of students, graduates and vocational learners and enables experiential learning.
It allows students to immerse themselves in an interactive experience where they can visualize their actions’ outcomes first-hand.
Coupled with the metaverse, students and teachers can communicate and share while immersed, overcoming space and time limitations. Finally, they can consolidate previously acquired knowledge and apply skills acquired through conventional e-learning.
Whether through VR or other experiential learning tools, educational technology is at a turning point. We have started to see these plans pan out in national transformation plans, even in emerging economies.
UAE simulates the future through its recently inaugurated The Museum of the Future in Dubai, an architectural wonder.
The museum showcases an epic display of “Tomorrow Today” through augmented and virtual reality, visually demonstrating how technology reshapes our future and how our “Future Heroes” can learn through play and develop new skill sets.
In the UAE, the government continues to lead the way in recognizing the critical role of technology in reimagining society and enabling human progress. In fact, according to the Dell Technologies 2020 Digital Transformation Index, 90 per cent of organizations in the UAE fast-tracked their digital transformation program.
When it comes to business or any position of power, women always hit a glass ceiling. What was your strategy to break it and how did you become who you are today? What thoughts do you have to share with women who are trying to climb to the top today?
“As for me I truly believe that the glass ceiling exists for only those who see it!! “
We originate from a leading Business family in Mumbai, India where we owned the largest Umbrella manufacturing firm- STAG Brand Umbrellas which had multiple outlets in different cities in India and was established as early as 1860 and developed into a very well-established and renowned brand.
Hence, it was indeed surprising that neither my brother nor I decided to pursue our family Business but instead adopted Education as our career path. My brother Dr Imran S. Currim is currently a Chancellor Professor at the University of California, Irvine and Head of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre as for me – I am part of the Education industry here as a Senior Leader in multiple Universities in Dubai and Canada.
On my journey here, I have faced many challenges but each one of them has only strengthened me to make me the person I am today; a thorough professional who knows exactly what she wants; someone who sets her eyes on a goal and does not lose sight of it unless it is achieved. Born into an affluent Muslim family, it was unheard of that I would work in India, hence I set my sights on the UAE. My parents and my husband were extremely supportive of me in all my endeavours so that has definitely contributed to my success along my journey.
I would like to share that Success for me is no accident. It is the result of hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.’
I am an active supporter of women entrepreneurs through the Global Women Entrepreneurs Group in Dubai and promote collaboration in Education and Professional Development. My mission includes supporting and empowering women in the mainstream economy through skill development, entrepreneurship projects and improving young women’s access to mentors and new venture incubators.
“No matter where you are in life inspire and empower the people around you because success is never reached alone wealth and wisdom are far sweeter when shared”
Biased standards and cultures made the idea of professional or personal success for women seem like a futile aspiration. And if history reigns the pages of wonderment over women’s worth outside of the home, the dilemma of allowing them to have a career, and the overwhelmingly idolatrous belief that only men can be money-makers are all facets of the world we were all living in.
As the saying goes, the past is to learn from; and that we have. Today, women are making headlines, breaking barriers, and swearing by the go-getter attitude. However, this liberated mindset still doesn’t offer the freedom to dream big, and the statistics glaringly prove it: men are 42% more likely to be promoted to leadership positions than women in India, according to LinkedIn’s recent gender research insights.
An Emirati woman, who broke the glass ceiling to become the UAE’s first female aircraft engineer, Eng Dr Suad al Shamsi said there is no reason why women can’t excel in engineering and other male-dominated fields.
The strides made by the UAE in space exploration are impressive, As the first Emirati female astronaut, Nora Al Matrooshi is breaking boundaries that are literally out of this world.
She said “My message to everyone is if I can do it, you can do it,” she said. “And if no one has done it before then you can just go ahead and be the first because if you have the ambition and drive you will find opportunities everywhere at any time.”
Our job is to provide an environment that unlocks women’s potential – one that protects their dignity and femininity, helps them create the necessary balance in their lives and values their talents and potential. Given this environment, I am confident that women will perform nothing short of miracles.
I play an active entrepreneurship role in many Women Global Entrepreneurial groups where we share our experiences and expertise and collaborate to help each other’s businesses. We can encourage women entrepreneurs by sharing what we have learned and sharing our journey as well to inspire others to take the lead.
I truly believe that where there is a woman there is MAGIC!! All of us women have magic inside us and can do incredible things… I am of the opinion that the success of every woman should be an inspiration to others, we should raise each other up!!
As we try to navigate these complicated times, which brings me to this – what I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have. And I’m especially proud and inspired by all the women who have felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories. Each of us women is celebrated because of the stories that we tell, and this year we became the story.
All women have great ideas, intuition, perseverance, dedication and confidence.
Put yourself on the steering wheel and you can steer yourself in any direction you choose and you will get there!l You can decide where to go……
You have received numerous awards and accolades. What, according to you, was the most gratifying one and why?
Every Award is truly special and along with the happiness and pride of receiving this recognition, there is a greater responsibility on each of us to live up to expectations and go beyond.
As for me the research journey never ends. There are always new ideas to imagine, new dreams to dream, new goals to set and new avenues to explore, with the intent to benefit our local and global communities.
The very first award I received in March 2019 was the GCC Leadership Award which was truly special for me and will always hold a special place in my heart. It was just before I started my own Entrepreneurial venture after a long and successful professional career of 35 years.
It came as a lucky charm to me as I was stepping into an unknown world of Entrepreneurship after being a Senior leader in three major International Institutions. I was at a crossroads in my career and it gave me that boost of motivation that “I Can do it” Wow moment!!
I was proud and honoured to be recognized among the GCC Women Leaders!!
The trend today is for students to pursue their higher education abroad, be it in the US, Europe or the Middle East. As a leader in the industry, how do you make room for international collaborations with students and other professionals?
I strongly believe in the development of society through Education, and its value system, to leave a profound legacy for the future generation. I am of the opinion that international exposure and amalgamation of various cultures will help to create a tolerant and peaceful global society that will be progressive and will establish a bright future.
One of my initiatives is my recent launch of the Student Cultural and Higher Education Experience Program.
In my previous role as VP of International Partnerships of a University, I initiated and executed several MOUs to partner with institutions in the US, Austria, India and China to encourage internationalization and cross-cultural student mobility.
I was also among the first to bring in 120 Chinese students to study in Dubai.
The future of international mobility today lies in combining physical and digital experiences to reach a wider range of students. The number of internationally mobile students in higher education has grown dramatically However, this is just 2.6% of the total world student population. With Covid-19, higher education institutions and schools were closed in 185 countries, affecting about 1.5 billion learners but the pandemic also showed how online teaching and learning innovations shifted the potential of international exchange.
More than ever before now is the time to reimagine student mobility so that more students can benefit from an international experience in ways that are not subject to changing global health or political restrictions, and that consider the planet’s well-being.
Virtual student mobility (VSM), defined by UNESCO IESALC as “a form of mobility that uses information and communication technologies to facilitate cross-border and/or inter-institutional academic, cultural, and experiential exchanges and collaboration,” could increase access to international education, harnessing technology for good and reducing higher education’s environmental footprint.
The incredible creativity and innovation shown during the pandemic to ensure students can continue to benefit from cross-cultural exchange using information and communications technologies need to be harnessed and further developed so that student mobility becomes possible, not only physically but through virtual modalities.
The future of student mobility will combine physical international experiences with digitally driven virtual opportunities that can reach a wider range of students and build greater cross-cultural awareness and skills. This is what we will continue to strive to do to keep pace with the changes needed to provide more access to students globally.
MS Education Consultants offers many verticals:
- University Admissions: Through extensive experience with Undergraduate and Graduate Applications, we offer student-centred guidance and assistance for Admission into Degree Programs that suit the Student’s Academic and Vocational/Career aspirations. We assist students to pursue their higher education in over 400 Universities located in UAE, USA, UK, Canada, Australia and Europe.
- Education Consultancy: We promote the United Arab Emirates as an Education Hub and also encourage the growth of Educational Institutions in new markets through advising and consulting on New Campus Start-Ups and developing Student Recruitment plans and Outreach Strategies both locally and internationally. We also advise on Effective Marketing Budget Utilization and Planning, Growth and Retention solutions, Government Accreditation, Training and Development for Student Recruitment Teams, Partnerships and collaboration guidance and promote initiatives that contribute to positive Student Experiences.
- Online Training: Through valuable partnerships, we facilitate training courses by Industry professionals to help boost interests, skills and knowledge. Furthermore, we support the launch of Innovative learning programs and courses offered by leading providers to young and adult learners.
With the Ex-Prime Minister of Canada, The Right Honorable Jean Chretien
Tell us about one experience in your professional life that changed your perspective forever. How significant has it been in your career?
My active involvement in the pioneering initiative in the year 2000 of bringing an International Branch Campus from Canada to Dubai Knowledge Village broadened my perspective on the endless possibilities in the field of Higher Education. This had a profound impact on my Professional career thereafter and my strive towards Excellence in Education.