Dh1 million – cost of educating one child in UAE: Zurich

What are the top five professions UAE students want

DUBAI 17 August 2017: New insight from Zurich – Middle East has found that the cost of putting one child through education from pre-school through to university costs Dh938,599 (USD 255,749).

This marks the second consecutive year that education from pre-school through to university could cost families in the UAE almost Dh1 million per child, the  global insurance firm said.

The figure is based on the total cost of education of two years at pre-school, six years at primary school, six years at secondary school and three years at a UK-level  university.

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In the UAE, pre, primary and secondary school costs add up to an average of Dh528,486 ($144,001) per child, a slight increase on last year’s figures. These costs exclude other fees such as the cost of books, trips and uniforms and could increase by up to 40 per cent for top-tier schools.

“When it comes to education – as this research shows – it is important to start planning early to ensure enough capital is available when your child is ready to start university. Adopting a long-term approach to savings could help fund the best education for your child without worrying about the cost,” says Walter Jopp, CEO at Zurich – Middle East.

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Building on the insight, Zurich – Middle East spoke with a number of UAE students to find out what professions they would like to pursue, and the costs of associated university courses in the UK and US. Top five professions included medicine, computer science, business and management, finance and accounting, and engineering.

By Angel Chan