Photos: All the action from EdEx MENA day oneNovember 23, 2016, 3:50 pm GMT
Investing in private education organisations as well as cooperating with them on new regulations will facilitate the growth of quality education in the MENA region.
That was the message delivered by senior representatives at the Knowledge and Human Development Authority and international education experts to regional education professionals on the opening day of EdEx MENA, which was held at Conrad Dubai.
Andrew Scott, vice president of international schools at Cognition Education highlighted the need for investment to support a growing industry.
Scott noted: "Education is an area where investment is vital to support growth and establish a society that is globally competitive. The governments of the region need to support the growth of new operators in establishing or supporting schools creating a competitive environment where quality is the key outcome.
"Improving the regulatory environments will enable greater quality, more efficient, affordable education provision, and create transparent structures to support outside organisations to bring professional development to the region and improve teaching quality."
Underlining key opportunities for governments and regulatory bodies to cooperate, Kalthoom Al Balooshi, director of institutional development at the KHDA discussed the different approaches to improve the delivery of education in the region.
Al Balooshi said: "As the regulatory body, the KHDA attends events such as EdEx to contribute to the platform where investors, operators, individuals, corporates and companies can interact in a transparent way to understand the market and the opportunities that will be available in the future. This will help them better contribute to the education landscape in Dubai.
"Our advice for anyone coming into the market, whether they are an operator, investor or want to partner with investors, is to find a partner that is in it for the quality of the education. With quality you will see a return on investment. Investors need to have a long-term commitment and realise that the payoff investing in education isn't immediate."
She added: "The critical point to take into consideration is when a partnership is undertaken, they must have an open communication with the regulatory body from day one in order for both parties to have full understanding of the requirements and make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible."
Focusing on facilitating business development and partnership opportunities within the regional private education industry, EdEx MENA hosted four targeted conferences. Running in tandem, the Education Investment MENA, Higher Education MENA, Future Education Spaces MENA and K-12 Leaders Forum conferences addressed the latest developments in their respective sectors, and highlighted the necessary steps governments and organisations can take to improve education systems and approaches to teaching.