GHEDEX – Global Higher Education Exhibition 2016

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The 17th edition of Global Higher Education Exhibition will take place from 19 – 21 April 2016 at newly built Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre, Muscat, Oman.

It’s an annual event which is held under the patronage of Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE). Last edition of GHEDEX breaks 16 years record by attracting over 25000 visitors, over 200 top-notch universities and colleges from over 23 countries participated with 170 educational bodies and institutions accounting for international participation and 30 for local participation. Omani and expatriate students seeking quality education and opportunities for evolvement through internships and related career planning programmes will find GHEDEX to be a lucrative opportunity to pursue their higher education goals.


In 2015 budget government has allocated significant budget for education sector. According to latest report “Allocation of OMR 3 billion for the education sector will be a shot in the arm for the education field. It will improve education in different ways, especially in terms of quality. With the funds allocated, focus should be more on improving the quality and bringing the education system on par with global standards.”

Apart from that the budget has set aside funds to start 41 new schools in different wilayats and to provide training within the country and outside at a cost of OMR 95 million. The Government is focused on improving the quality of higher education in Oman by increasing affiliations with international universities.

More Omani students are being encouraged to take up higher studies locally & abroad, participation of age group 18-24 to increase to 50% by 2020.Engineering is the most popular private degree programme by Omani students followed by ICT, Business Administration and Health Sciences.

E-Learning – The next BIG THING

Middle East e-learning market to grow 8.2% yearly until 2016. Global and regional education suppliers are raising their stakes in the Middle East as the region’s e-learning market sees revenues rising to $560.7 million by 2016 amid a very competitive growing size of the self-paced e-learning market, a research conducted by Docebo entitled “e-learning Market Trends & Forecast 2014 – 2016 Report” revealed.

Oman is the top performer in e -learning terms for the rankings that cover the Middle East. Oman has the highest growth rate in the region at 19.6, followed by Lebanon (16.0 percent), Turkey (12.9 percent), Kuwait (12.6 percent) and Qatar (11.3 percent). This is mainly because the government of Oman is interested in issues relating to education and computer literacy and, consequently, is investing heavily in the sector.

For example, Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) regularly provides professional development workshops for its staff. This acquaints them with E-learning technology from an educator’s perspective. To date, over 200 staff have attended such workshops. In addition, almost as many regular courses have some E-learning content included.



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