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ICEF Middle East Scholarship and Partnership Summit

A high-level event connecting international education professionals with scholarship providers and HEIs from GCC countries to develop long-term partnerships.

February 16 - 17, 2025 Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
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Connecting education providers around the world with scholarship providers and HEIs from the Middle East

On 16 – 17 February 2025, the ICEF Middle East Scholarship and Partnership Summit returns to Muscat, Oman, for its third edition. Developed in close partnership with the Sultanate of Oman’s Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, this event provides a truly unique platform, where selected international education professionals can not only network with scholarship providers sending students abroad from the Middle East, but also establish institutional partnerships with universities from this region.

Taking place immediately after the 18th edition of ICEF Dubai, this summit provides the unparalleled opportunity to engage with key policy and decision makers from 100+ Middle East scholarship organisations and universities – vital contacts for educational institutions hoping to make inroads into this expanding, yet complex regional education sector. With limited spaces available, participation will be by application and selection only. 

Meeting one-to-one and networking with prominent scholarship organisations and higher education institutions from Bahrain, Kuwait, Iraq, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE will enable international education institutions to attract high numbers of well-funded students from this rapidly growing market segment, where forming personal connections and engaging with the local culture is essential to creating long-lasting partnerships.

Motivated by ambitious national Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), these organisations control in excess of US$20 billion in scholarship funds and have embarked on an unprecedented drive to provide funding for internships, pathway/vocational programmes, life-long learning opportunities, professional training programmes, language studies, and university scholarships for hundreds of thousands of students studying abroad each year.

Event programme, seminars, & meetings

Opening the summit will be a programme of seminars and panel discussions featuring regional leaders and experts, as well as engaging round table discussions, giving you the opportunity to debate regional topics with heads of scholarship organisations, government ministers, Middle East experts, and sector peers – all with the full support and engagement of the Sultanate of Oman’s Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation.

You can also build a personalised programme of up to 17 in-person meetings with scholarship providers, selected to support your recruitment objectives. Refreshment breaks, lunches, and evening functions including a gala dinner give you additional networking opportunities

2024 • Seminar Programme

Who goes to the ICEF Middle East Scholarship and Partnership Summit?

The ICEF Middle East Scholarship and Partnership Summit attracts the most senior figures from both the region and the sector. Higher education and industry leaders connect with officials and policy makers, including representatives from ministries, universities, police and armed forces, airline companies, investment authorities, government departments, associations, councils, and foundations from across the GCC region – Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE.

For more information, see the 2024 participant lists below.


The ICEF Middle East Scholarship and Partnership Summit is held at the stylish, contemporary Kempinski Hotel Muscat, Sultanate of Oman.

Located in the modern community of Al Mouj, Muscat, and encompassing over six kilometres of stunning coastline, the five-star luxury award-winning Kempinski Hotel Muscat offers state-of-the-art meeting and event facilities, a business centre, an executive lounge, a well-equipped health club with a first-class spa, a variety of outdoor and water activities, as well as eleven world-class restaurants and bars providing unforgettable dining experiences.

2024 Event Statistics

179 scholarship and 167 education providers from 27 countries.

Scholarship providers

  1. 1. Saudi Arabia38%
  2. 2. Oman31%
  3. 3. UAE14%
  4. 4. Bahrain8%
  5. 5. Qatar5%
  6. 6. Kuwait3%
  7. 7. Iraq1%
All scholarship providers
  1. 1. Saudi Arabia
  2. 2. Oman
  3. 3. UAE
  4. 4. Bahrain
  5. 5. Qatar
  6. 6. Kuwait
  7. 7. Iraq

Scholarship provider region

  • Middle East 0%

Scholarship provider • representatives

  • First-timers 0%
  • Female 0%
  • Male 0%

Educator countries

  1. 1. Oman28%
  2. 2. USA25%
  3. 3. United Kingdom12%
  4. 4. Canada11%
  5. 5. Australia5%
All educator countries
  1. 1. Oman
  2. 2. USA
  3. 3. United Kingdom
  4. 4. Canada
  5. 5. Australia
  6. 6. New Zealand
  7. 7. Cyprus
  8. 8. Denmark
  9. 9. France
  10. 10. Germany
  11. 11. Hungary
  12. 12. Ireland
  13. 13. Spain
  14. 14. Switzerland
  15. 15. Türkiye
  16. 16. Dominica
  17. 17. Thailand
  • Language schools
  • Universities and vocational training institutes
  • Foundation / Pathway programmes