Education is a fundamental element for the development of a nation and the best investment in its youth

For that reason, the UAE Vision 2021 National Agenda emphasizes the development of a first-rate education system, which will require a complete transformation of the current education system and teaching methods. The National Agenda aims for all schools, universities and students to be equipped with Smart systems and devices as a basis for all teaching methods, projects and research. There will also be significant investments to promote and reinforce enrollment in preschools as this plays an important role in shaping children’s personalities and their future.

Furthermore, the National Agenda has set as a target that our students rank among the best in the world in reading, mathematics and science exams, and to have a strong knowledge of the Arabic language. Moreover, the Agenda will aim to elevate the rate of graduation from secondary schools to international standards and for all schools to have exceptional leadership and internationally accredited teaching staff.


National Key Performance Indicators

First-Rate Education System
Key Sponsor
Average PISA Score
An indicator that measures the country's ranking and scores in the PISA exam, which evaluates the reading, mathematics and science skills of 15 year old students.
Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development
PISA 2015:
- Mathematics: Rank 38
- Science: Rank 36
- Reading: Rank 36
Ministry of Education
Average TIMSS Score
An indicator that reflects the nation's ranking and score in the TIMSS test, which evaluates the math and science skills of students in grades 4 and 8
International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement
TIMSS 2015:
- Mathematics Grade 4: Rank 35
- Science Grade 4: Rank 35
- Mathematics Grade 8: Rank 19
- Science Grade 8: Rank 22
Ministry of Education
Upper Secondary Graduation Rate
An indicator that measures the percentage of national students graduating from secondary education out of the population in the age group of 18 years (measured as the number of graduates, regardless of age, divided by the population aged 18 years)
Ministry of Education and The Federal Cometitiveness and Statistics Authority
Ministry of Education
Enrollment Rate in Preschools
(public and private)
An indicator that measures the percentage of children between the age of 4 and 5 who are enrolled in preschools (This indicator emphasizes the importance of providing children with a good foundation at an early age)
Ministry of Education and The Federal Cometitiveness and Statistics Authority
Ministry of Education
Percentage of Students with High Skills in Arabic, According to National Tests
An indicator that measures the share of ninth grade students with high skills in the Arabic language (reading, writing) according to national tests. The indicator covers students in public and private schools at the national level (NKPI specific to UAE)
Ministry of Education
Ministry of Education
Percentage of Schools with High Quality Teachers
An indicator that measures the percentage of schools that meet certain quality standards of teachers based on a clear system of measurement and evaluation.
Ministry of Education
Work in progress
Ministry of Education
Percentage of Schools with Highly Effective School Leadership
An indicator that measures the percentage of public and private schools that achieve high scores on effective school leadership based on the school monitoring and evalution scheme.
Ministry of Education
Work in progress
Ministry of Education
Enrollment Rate in Foundation Year
An indicator that measures the share of local students who have to undergo foundation year (a program usually focusing on strengthening Arabic, English, Math and IT) out of the total local students enrolled in the universities in the same year.
Ministry of Education
Ministry of Education