ICEF World Student Scholarship Education Programme • February 16 - 17 2023, Dubai, UAE
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Middle East ambitions are driving large increases in higher education scholarships

ICEF World Student Scholarship Education Programme, is a new event providing a unique opportunity for international educators to network with the largest gathering of scholarship providers sending students abroad from the Middle East.

This inaugural event runs from February 16 – 17 2023, immediately following the 16th edition of ICEF Dubai, and is an opportunity to meet with heads and key decision makers from over 100 scholarship organisations, who together control in excess of US$20 billion in scholarship funds, supporting hundreds of thousands of students studying abroad each year.

Motivated by ambitious national Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s), members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), are embarking 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.



Meeting schedule & Seminar programme

Build your own personalised programme of up to 30 in-person meetings with potential partners.

Enjoy a programme of live seminars, presentations and panel discussions, featuring regional experts and leaders working to transform the GCC countries.

Taking place on the opening day, this is a unique opportunity to gain up-to-date information and news on the latest market trends and issues.

Apart from your scheduled meetings, coffee breaks and an evening reception provide ample opportunities to enjoy informal networking opportunities.


Who goes to ICEF World Student Scholarship Education Programme?

ICEF World Student Scholarship Education Programme will bring together government ministers and industry leaders from across the GCC – Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE – with international educators interested in developing long term, transformative partnerships with organisations looking to develop innovative education programmes.

Delegates at this inaugural event include the Ministry of Higher Education from Oman, the Ministry of Tourism from Saudi Arabia, and the Ministry of Culture from Saudi Arabia.

Pricing & Registration

For education representatives and scholarship providers costs start from just €5,950 per organisation.

Preferential rates are available for participants who are already registered for ICEF Dubai. Please contact your ICEF representative to learn more and take advantage of this special offer.



IWSSEP is held at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers in Dubai’s commercial district, a landmark 5-star hotel set among landscaped gardens with a swimming pool, sun deck, and spa. With 15 restaurants and bars – including one with spectacular views over Dubai – the Jumeirah Emirates Towers is a sophisticated, premium venue.

Additional event information

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08:0009:00Onsite registration and welcome refreshments

08:3008:50Official opening

08:5010:30Seminars I

10:3011:00Refreshment break

11:0013:00Seminars II


14:0016:001:1 Meetings (6 x 20 minutes)

16:0016:20Refreshment break

16:2018:001:1 Meetings (5 x 20 minutes)

20:0023:00Gala Dinner - sponsored by Jahez

08:30Meeting hall opens

09:0011:001:1 Meetings (6 x 20 minutes)

11:0011:20Refreshment break

11:2013:001:1 Meetings (5 x 20 minutes)


14:0015:00Presentation of Scholarship Programmes

15:0016:001:1 Meetings (3 x 20 minutes)

16:0016:20Refreshment break

16:2017:401:1 Meetings (4 x 20 minutes)

17:4518:30Closing session

The health and safety of our delegates is important to us and we will follow the latest advice provided by local health authorities to ensure that our event conforms.

All delegates should follow the COVID-19 entry requirements of the host country. If local health authority guidance prevents the in-person aspects of this event taking place, our hybrid event platform allows us to seamlessly deliver this event in an online format.

If an in-person participant cannot attend due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, we can switch the attendance seamlessly to take part virtually instead, without the need to reschedule meetings. Alternatively, you may nominate a colleague to attend in your place.

FAM Tours and Receptions, are two ways you can increase your organisation’s profile by hosting invited ICEF event participants to a private gathering either at your school/campus or a location of your choice.

Find out more information about available activities and how to submit a proposal for your own FAM Tour or Reception, below.

Available FAM Tours and Receptions / Proposal Form







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