UAE universities will re-instate physical education and sports studies

The goal is to encourage physical fitness and good health in the country.

ABU DHABI // State universities will offer students sport studies as a new major in the coming years, the FNC was told.

In a letter to the council, the Minister of Higher Education, Hamdan bin Mubarak, said the ministry used to offer physical education and sport majors at UAE University in previous years.

In 2000, the ministry shut down the major due to low enrolment, but will offer it again in September.

“We are now about to reopen this major for a second time, with some changes,” the minister wrote. “The goal of the new programme is to promote health.”

He wrote that the ministry was working to raise awareness of this programme through academic guidance pointing to the importance of such a major.

He said this would eventually be available at other state and private universities in the country.

Published: December 23, 2014 04:00 AM