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ICEF Event Connects Scholarship Providers in Gulf with Educators from Around the World

For two days this week, the inaugural ICEF World Student Scholarship Education Programme will provide a platform for international education providers to connect with leaders and key decision-makers of global scholarship programmes from across the Gulf region. 

The event is organised by ICEF, which develops professional networking events across the international education sector worldwide, in collaboration with Gulf Conferences, a London-based networking company with a specific focus on the Middle East. The event will take place on February 16 and 17 at Jumeirah Emirates Towers, right after the 16th edition of ICEF Dubai, which brings together representatives of educational institutions and student recruitment agents. 

The event’s latest edition attracting overwhelming interest, reflecting the rare opportunity presented by having these important networking opportunities under one roof.

It also reflects the growing global recognition of the huge potential of the Middle East scholarships market, which is driven by the commitment of the Gulf nations to sending students to study abroad, as well as the funds they are investing into achieving their goals. 

Markus Badde, chief executive of ICEF, said: “We couldn’t be prouder of the role ICEF is playing to bring together international education and scholarship professionals, all with the shared goal of supporting the best possible outcomes for students from the Middle East.”

The event will be attended by over 65 scholarship organisations from all six Gulf Cooperation Council countries, with senior representation from public, private and government sectors. Participants include the Institute of Public Administration in Bahrain; the Ministry of Education in Kuwait; the Ministry of Higher Education in Oman; the Ministries of Culture, Defence, Education, Health and Tourism in Saudi Arabia; the Dubai and Sharjah Police and Etihad Airways in the United Arab Emirates; and the Ministry of the Interior and Qatar Airways in Qatar.

Also attending will be more than 100 educators from over 20 countries, including Penn State University and Miami University, in the United States; the University of Windsor in Canada; Lancaster University in the United Kingdom; CBS International Business School in Germany; Torrens Global Education in Australia; and the University of Auckland in New Zealand.



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