UAE universities expect more local applicants amid COVID-19 uncertainty

(Dr Cedwyn Fernandes of Middlesex University says staying close to family has become priority for students
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Universities in the UAE expect more applicants from within the country amid a growing reluctance to study aboard because of the pandemic.

Campuses closed in March to curb the spread of the coronavirus outbreak and lectures were forced to move online till summer break.

It is currently unknown if campuses will re-open in a regular manner in September when the new term begins. UAE education authorities are monitoring the situation and will announce guidelines related to how and when universities can resume campus learning.

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