There’s nothing like Australia!
The World Bank’s latest rankings positions UAE 21st and Australia 14th among 190 countries in “Ease of Doing Business”. The rankings reaffirm the commitment of nations in providing a concrete platform for attracting global business.
The long-standing economic partnership between the UAE and Australia has led to UAE being Australia’s largest Middle Eastern trading partner. This mutual partnership of trust has seen increased trade links in areas of investments in various sectors, such as trading and education with over 350 Australian companies registered in the UAE, along with two reputed schools in Sharjah and few notable universities and higher education providers in Dubai. A rough statistical estimate indicates that there are around 25,000 Australians living in the UAE, mostly working, making it the ninth-largest home for Australian citizens abroad. Around 350,000 Australian tourists visit the UAE to explore the beauty of the country.
On the other hand, Australia is the fourth most preferred tertiary education sector destination among UAE residents after U.K., U.S. and India with around 700-800 registered UAE students in Australia. Globally, Australia is 3rd most popular study destination. The country is the world’s 13th largest, rated AAA by all three global rating agencies, forecast to realise average annual real GDP growth of 2.9 per cent over the next five years – the highest among major advanced economies and characterised by high productivity levels, with 15 out of 20 industries rating above the global average.
It is important to note here that a recent article in The Australian newspaper titled ‘Report shows students favour private degrees’ reported that undergraduate student numbers in commercial colleges rose almost one-fifth between 2013 and 2015, while postgraduate numbers more than doubled. In contrast, public universities had a one per cent decline in commencing student load in 2015. This trend has continued in Australia as young and innovative private higher education providers continue to challenge the older public universities.
One such private provider is the S P Jain School of Global Management. The recognition of SP Jain was further cemented when the Indian Minister of Finance, Arun Jaitley, commenced his visit to Australia on March 29, 2016 and his first stop was this institution where he spent valuable time visiting the campus.
SP Jain’s education model adopted for both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes was where students are required to study in three global campuses located in Dubai, Singapore and Sydney. Students experience broad cultural and educational related activities out of the classroom as part of their global learning experience. Through Action Learning and Regional Immersion Projects, students work as consulting groups for companies in each region where they conduct primary and secondary research to analyse and resolve real life problems. Through teaching material incorporated in our programme such as Emotional Intelligence, Innovation, Creativity and Agility, and Effective Communication, students are taught to be job-ready. They are also assisted to develop their resume writing, interview preparation and participate in mock interviews. Postgraduate and undergraduate students are also assisted with attaining internships and full-time employment. Consequently 97 per cent of our graduates find global employment.
S P Jain’s standing can be demonstrated through the multiple high rankings it has received. Some of the notable ones being Forbes’ top 20 Best International One Year MBAs continuously for five years, The Economist’s top 100 full-time MBAs worldwide, and Financial Times’ top 100 Global MBA programmes.
With growing strides, the institution has managed an indelible imprint as an Australian institution of higher learning, striving for rethinking and reimagining the business education of the future.
© Khaleej Times