A broader horizon

Rouda Almaazmi, left, from Sharjah, and Fatma Al Addouli, from Dubai, at the University of Aberdeen, where they are pre-med students. Graham Dargie for The National
Rouda Almaazmi, left, from Sharjah, and Fatma Al Addouli, from Dubai, at the University of Aberdeen, where they are pre-med students. Graham Dargie for The National

The idea of going abroad to study can be unnerving, especially when one imagines days spent in isolation and slowly being forgotten by friends. But the benefits – such as improving career prospects, making new friends from different parts of the world and learning about other cultures – far outweigh the disadvantages. It’s an opportunity to learn to live in a world that is bigger than you may have initially imagined.

That’s what five Emirati students, who have moved to the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, will discover. As The National reported yesterday, these students will train to become doctors as part of an agreement between the university and the Government. Such a move will also benefit this country as these individuals bring their valuable knowledge and experience back home.

As we expand our own education sector, it makes sense to look at further areas of cooperation with foreign institutions.

Published: September 24, 2016 04:00 AM

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