Funding Dilemma for Higher Education Update

Since my posting on the Dhs 422m shortfall for UAE Federal Higher Ed institutions there has been a new development on funding.

The government has provided additional funding totaling Dhs 150m for the upcoming year. While a shortfall of Dhs 272m for the upcoming year still exist, the increase was welcomed by the leadership of UAEU, Zayed University, and Higher Colleges of Technology.

It now appears that all the institutions will be capable of accepting the entire application pool for 2011-2012 for the September term. There will be in all likelihood further cuts in staff and or operations (as of yet publicly announced) but the added funds is a welcomed step by the government. Perhaps there will be one more round of funding in the upcoming months after the September term begins and final enrollment figures are reported, but that remains to be seen.

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