GETEX Spring 2013 provides exclusive sponsorship opportunities for educators to gain exposure in the world’s fastest growing private education market
March 24, 2013
The UAE student population has expanded by up to seven percent in the last five years, a robust growth rate that is expected to further surge as the country moves forward with its education strategies. Private education in particular is rapidly gaining ground as the UAE now has the fastest growing private education market in the world with a value of USD 1.9 billion, creating lucrative investment opportunities for leading academic institutions in the region and around the world.
GETEX Spring 2013, the most effective and result-driven forum for student recruitment in the Middle East and Asia, provides opportunities for education providers to take advantage of the enormous growth potential that the UAE’s private education market has to offer. The event expects to attract a record participation of students and key industry figures from all over the country and across the Middle East. With a host of value-added sponsorship opportunities, GETEX Spring serves as a gateway for education providers to penetrate the UAE private education market and achieve maximum brand exposure. GETEX Spring 2013 will run from April 17 to 19 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.
“I have been attending GETEX for 14 years and have found this event to be a great opportunity to market our university to the entire Middle East. It also provides access to education agents from the region who come to attend this well advertised event. It is a very well organized event that beats any other fair that I know of in the Gulf region. My university has recruited 1,150 students from around the globe in the last six years, and GETEX has certainly played a role in our success in the Middle East,” comments Mahmoud Lamadanie, Executive Associate Vice President, Center for International Affairs & Programs (CIAP), Grambling State University, USA, who has been a regular participant at GETEX.
GETEX Spring 2013, which marks the 25th edition of the show, will gather thousands of education industry stakeholders to provide a dedicated networking platform that supports the long-term growth and development of the region’s education sector. Apart from its General Education segment, this silver jubilee edition of GETEX will feature Higher Education and Professional Training segments, and will also focus on Sports Education, Education Tourism and Education Resources & Supplies.
19thInternational TESOL Arabia Conference & Exhibition 2013
March 14, 2013
His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, opened the 19th Annual International TESOL Arabia Conference & Exhibition today at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Deira, Dubai.
The theme of this year’s conference, which runs from March 14–16, is “From KG to College to Career”, focusing on the learning of English language in education at all levels in the region, particularly extending the usual focus on the mainstream educational years to young learners and also to continuing education for adults after formal education is completed. As well as the plenary sessions, the 1,600 conference-goers will be able to choose from almost 200 break-out sessions given by presenters from about 20 different countries in this region and further afield.
TESOL Arabia 2013 features a number of well-known international speakers, including Professor Jack Richards, Carolyn Graham, Ken Wilson, Dr Luke Prodromou, Dr Barbara Sinclair, Professor Dr Kurt Kohn, Dr Linda Price, David Gibson and Professor Pauline Rea-Dickins. With this highly-rated lineup of speakers the TESOL Arabia International Conference continues to be the premier professional educational development event in the region.
TESOL Arabia is supported by a wide range of sponsors prominent in the educational field: the British Council, and IDP-IELTS are the Platinum Sponsors; the Higher Colleges of Technology in the UAE, and the American Center for Press and Cultural Affairs are Gold Sponsors; Arab Gulf Education, the University of Wollongong in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates University, International House Dubai, and AMIDEAST are Silver Sponsors; and CORE Education & Consulting is our Bronze Sponsor. TESOL Arabia is very grateful for their generous support, and their contribution to the professional development of educators in the Arab Gulf region.
There was a special pre-conference course on 13 March: “Mobile Learning for the 21st Century Classroom”. An additional special certificate course, “Masterclass in ELT”, with prominent international experts, will run during the three days of the main conference.
The TESOL Arabia conference also offers delegates the opportunity to peruse the latest in up-to-date language teaching materials and software in its Exhibition Hall. Teachers interested in gaining employment can meet and interview with prospective employers in the Job Fair.
TESOL Arabia is the region’s foremost teachers’ association. It is a volunteer-run organisation, based in the UAE, providing professional development opportunities for its members, who are mostly educators involved in teaching and using English as a medium of instruction.
The conference this year is co-chaired by Les Kirkham and Sandra Oddy from Al Ain, UAE.
PEARSON’S PTE ACADEMIC TEST ACCEPTED BY THE MINISTRY OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH IN THE UAE
Dubai, UAE, 12 March 2013:Pearson announced today that the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MoHESR) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has recognised its English language test, PTE Academic. The MoHESR is the Federal Government’s quality assurance agency responsible for promoting educational excellence across higher education institutions in the UAE. The accreditation of PTE Academic by the MoHESR will ensure UAE students with a valid PTE Academic score will be accepted into undergraduate and post-graduate courses at the UAE’s three government universities.
The test also provides assurance to universities that the students they are admitting can effectively communicate in the English language in an academic environment and will have a higher chance of academic success. PTE Academic score reports show the achievements of test takers in the four key communication skills, listening, reading, speaking and writing, as well as the enabling skills of grammar, oral fluency, pronunciation, spelling, vocabulary and written discourse. Test takers are provided with information on their performance on each section of the test so that they can improve their skills in specific areas if needed.
PTE Academic has been a popular choice among students around the world who need to take an English language test, because of the test’s fast turnaround times – from booking the test to receiving results – and because it prepares students to use their English skills in an academic setting.
The accreditation of PTE Academic by the MoHESR will allow universities to employ an English language test that streamlines and enhances the admissions process and assists university staff in making faster and better-informed decisions about the students they admit.
Pearson’s PTE Academic test has achieved esteem amongst learning institutions around the world because of its reliability, objectivity, relevance and importantly, its security. Pearson’s state-of-the-art biometrics ensure the security of the entire testing process. Score reports are viewed and downloaded via Pearson’s secure online verification system and only score reports viewed via Pearson’s online website are guaranteed to be authentic. Security features of PTE Academic are the latest available, and include palm vein scanning, the use of electronic signatures and CCTV recording throughout the testing process.
Pearson is known throughout the Gulf region for its commitment to providing the very latest in learning technology that is relevant to the needs of learners in this part of the world. Pearson’s regional president, Ms Christine Ozden said of the MoHESR approval of the test:
“Pearson is delighted that the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research has recognised the benefits of PTE Academic. The accreditation of the test will allow hopeful university entrants throughout the UAE to undergo a test that is known around the world for its fairness, ease of use, reliable results and advanced security measures, which are some of the most sophisticated on offer. I am proud to say that the test also has significant advantages for the universities who rely on it to determine who they allow into their institutions. These universities can be confident that they are using a test that has been utilised by some of the world’s most prestigious learning institutions and government agencies”.
About PTE Academic
PTE Academic is owned and administered by Pearson, the world’s largest learning company, which is made up of some of the globe’s best known and respected education brands including Dorling Kindersley, Penguin, Edexcel and the Financial Times.
PTE Academic is accepted by the UK Border Agency for Tiers 1, 2 and 4 and spouse visa applications and by the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) for student visa applications. PTE Academic is endorsed by the prestigious Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC®), owner of the Graduate Management Admission Test® (GMAT®).
Globally, approximately 3,000 renowned colleges, universities, training providers and professional associations accept PTE Academic scores, and the test is recognised by 95 percent of higher education institutions in the United Kingdom. PTE Academic is accepted by the UK Border Agency and by the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship
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