16:30 – 17:25 | Regional study hubs: International education within the MENA region

🎤 Speakers

Amitabh Upadhya, Vice President, Altamont Group
Alexander Zheltov, CEO & Founder, Educate Online
Suad Alhalwachi, CEO, Education Zone
Martijn van de Veen (moderator), Chief Business Development Officer, ICEF

📝 Description

With the prospective rise of young people under 30 reaching a solid 30% by 2050 in the MENA region and rising student enrolment numbers, new education capacities need to be developed as the lack thereof creates economic challenges.

Whilst government spending across the MENA region remains low in comparison to the global average; high student numbers have accelerated investment in higher education from the private sector, contributing to the emergence of new forms of education, including the virtual university, offshore international campuses—aiding the internationalisation of higher education. As such, a new trend of educational structures has emerged, with several foreign universities establishing local and regional educational hubs.

In this discussion, we aim to evaluate the factors that have administered the evolution of regional study hubs in the MENA region; alongside the arising challenges to their implementation.