The year 2020 has changed the education landscape as we know it, bringing with it a series of challenges. These tested the agility of educational institutions and service providers to adapt to massive changes in the industry.
In the United Arab Emirates, the northernmost emirate of Ras Al Khaimah has shown remarkable support for the education sector since adopting it as one of the key pillars of its continued development. At the heart of this course is the RAKEZ Academic Zone, which was created to attract qualified educational institutions and service providers who are committed to providing market-driven education, training and professional development services.
Operating as part of the Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone (RAKEZ), the University Zone authorizes and regulates educational institutions in the Free Zone. It provides cost-effective solutions and value-added services to education players, complemented by attractive benefits such as easy business start-up procedures and professional assistance to keep institutions running smoothly. When it comes to setting up their base, the authority offers the option of renting or building a facility, depending on the needs of the investor.
These combined offers have made it possible to perpetuate the RAKEZ academic zone, even in difficult times. In 2020, he was able to attract three major universities at the height of Covid when all schools closed and sent students to learn from home. RAKEZ Academic Zone is currently home to 11 international university campuses, all of which are fully accredited and recognized in their home countries. Some of the latest additions to the RAKEZ Academic Zone portfolio include Birmingham City University, a UK-based university; South Ville International School and Colleges, the first Philippine university in the RAKEZ Academic Zone and UAE; and Northwood University, the first US undergraduate university in the northern emirates.
Regarding market developments in 2020, RAKEZ Academic Zone has responded by innovating its existing products for the education sector. It has introduced its own virtual educational packages to meet the growing demand for e-learning providers during the pandemic. The packages come in four types and come with all the things education professionals need to build a successful online knowledge business, such as a license, a free visa to the United Arab Emirates, and the United Arab Emirates. access to RAKEZ’s new Compass coworking center and a range of value-added products. services.
Of the four types of virtual education packages, the first ones launched were specifically aimed at online trainers and tutors. RAKEZ Academic Zone has issued many new licenses for these segments in a short period of time, adding to its existing ecosystem of 200 educational partners. With the aim of further exploiting the virtual sphere, it recently introduced packages for online educational consultants and online exam and test preparation providers.
RAKEZ Academic Zone also shows its commitment to spark conversations between institutions and third-party entities within its community. One of the ways that authority does this is by creating engaging events such as the academic-industry network discussion. This is a series of roundtables that aim to bridge the gap between academia and industry by bringing together leaders from government, industry and academia on one platform to discuss issues related to industry.
With all the incentives and initiatives put in place by the authority, RAKEZ Academic Zone is expected to attract more high quality educational institutions and service providers to the northern emirates. This has an impact on the whole situation, making Ras Al Khaimah one of the most ideal destinations for educational actors and learners.