Date Tuesday 23 May 
Time 08:30 - 09:15 (refreshments from 08:00)
Location Westminster room, Queen Elizabeth II Centre, Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London, SW1P 3EE
RSVP Tony Moran (

The University of Birmingham invites delegates to attend an ‘early doors’ panel discussion on its role in helping the Dubai Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) achieve its ambition of supporting the UAE to become an internationally renowned hub for quality higher education.

Internationalisation has been the catalyst for expansion of the higher education sector over the last decade, as global universities seek to extend their international reach and world cities become focal points for talent, knowledge and innovation. 

Nowhere is this more evident than the UAE; enrolment is booming as the emirates become a destination of choice among overseas students seeking quality international higher education. 

Education leaders in Dubai and across the UAE are forging partnerships with universities around the world as they seek to build a connected community of learning and research drawing students from across the globe.

Global universities are increasingly working with UAE leaders to support them as they seek to deliver the 42,000 extra student places that will be needed by 2020 to accommodate the expected influx of learners from around the world.

Whilst Dubai is already recognised as one of the world’s important destinations of learning, it faces a number of challenges, such as satisfying demand for higher education places; maintaining and improving the quality of higher education; meeting the pastoral needs of international students; and working with global universities to secure its vision for higher education.


  • Professor Sir David Eastwood, Vice-Chancellor, University of Birmingham, UK
  • Dr Abdulla Al Karam, Chairman and Director General, Dubai Knowledge and Human Development Authority, United Arab Emirates
  • Professor Robin Mason, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International), University of Birmingham, UK