HigherEducation.AE is the first online portal which is dedicated to promote UAE as the emerging destination for Higher Education.
HigherEducation.AE is the first online portal which is dedicated to promote UAE as the emerging destination for Higher Education. With currently over 30 universities, higher education institutes and service providers on its site, HigherEducation.AE is aggressively capturing the market to create a bridge between students seeking their dream university and the universities.
In January of 2016, HigherEducation.AE in partnership with Gulf News launched its first edition of its premium magazine “Study in the UAE”. The magazine was circulated 100,000 copies in the UAE and another 5,000 copies across MENASA to a selected number of Higher Schools and business leaders. The publication received fantastic response from the market and the team is currently planning the 2nd edition which will be published in April 2016.
Currently the management of the company is working on launching another product specifically for the student community of the UAE - the UAE’s first student card and also revamping the portal to improve user engagement. The team has also successfully partnered with Education Shows in MENASA to promote the portal and attract students and higher education institutes to its site. HigherEducation.AE recently participated in the Sharjah International Education Fair and will be travelling to Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.
Over the last 10 months, HigherEducation.AE has validated its business model and ended its financial year with an operating profit and a positive cashflow. The company is seeking growth capital to improve on its portal and customer acquisition.
Founder & CEO
Prior to his entrepreneurial life, Arsalan worked in the education industry for over 5 years. He worked in the capacity of Head of Operations for The City School International, a network of international K-12 schools with 165 branches across 8 countries. After moving to Dubai in 2012, Arsalan joined International Horizons College (IHC), a liberal arts college in the capacity of the Director of Marketing & Advancement, where he was an integral part of the founding team.
It is at IHC when Arsalan was travelling across the MENASA region to recruit students, he realized the gap in the market for a consolidated effort to promote UAE as the emerging destination for higher education. Over the last 12 months, Arsalan has successfully developed the website, added revenue generating customers on the site and started placing students at partner universities. Arsalan holds an MBA from University of Nottingham, UK.
Head of Key Accounts
Prashanth is on a resolute journey in building sustainable and profitable business enterprises. Over the last 9 years, Prashanth has donned many different hats in the world of business, from ideating and building one of India’s first gaming entertainment companies’ pioneering the video gaming culture in the country to building SHRM’s (USA) training products division coaching over 150,000 students in 200 universities in India. As the Head of Key Accounts at HigherEducation.ae, Prashanth is responsible for building strategic partnerships with schools and universities in the region, to realize HigherEducation.ae’s vision of establishing UAE as a premier education destination. Prashanth’s other interests include value investing, social entrepreneurship, long distance motor-biking and cricket. Prashanth holds an MBA from Warwick Business School and a BE from Anna University.
Director of Corporate Relations
With over 15 years of HR consulting experience across various business disciplines in Australia, UK and UAE, Kelli has developed strategies to attract talent and assist in succession planning for global brands including: Fujitsu, Ernst & Young, Du Telecommunications, Dubai Ports World and various national Australian Government agencies. Based in Dubai for 7 years, her experience has been naturally steered to the Education sector, most recently contracting with Cass Business School working with Executive MBA Students. Her 3 year tenure as Director, Corporate Relations at Hult International Business School was the most rewarding, she was a part of the Social Media leadership team during the Hult Global Case Challenge, aiding the competition to trend through the power of social media reach. As an ILM certified Career Coach and Mentor, she has consulted students taking part in the CSCLeaders Program ttp://www.cscleaders.org/ an initiative originally founded in 1956 by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh for Commonwealth Study Conferences. Kelli joins HigherEducation.AE as the Director of Corporate Relations and will be working with the management team to develop long term relationship with the corporates within the UAE and the region to achieve HigherEducation.AE’s vision.
Chief Marketing Technologist
Moe is a forward thinking business technologist and an entrepreneur at heart. Having worked at various technology and product development executive leadership roles in Canada and UAE, Moe has been involved in various industries such as hospitality, consumer loyalty, banking, supply chain and and high volume media outlets spanning various countries. Prior to joining HigherEducation.AE, he was running his own consultancy firm helping startups with the technology and UI/UX assessment. He has held senior leaderships position at The Weather Network CA, ADP, InMoment and many more. Moe harnesses his strategic business sense, his quest to always understand and keep current with market trends, along with his strength in technology to drive and maintain both business growth and customer satisfaction wherever he is involved. Moe joins HigherEducation.AE's founding team at a critical stage and is very excited eager to work with such a talented and synergistic team on building and promoting a solid pioneering product that will keep HigherEducation.AE in a permanent lead in the market.
Dubai International Academic City (DIAC) and HigherEducation. AEsign anagreement to build an academic partnership. Dubai International Academic City (DIAC) and HigherEducation.AE signed an agreement to support the mutual vision of both rganizations, which is to attract more international students to the UAE. DIAC will work with HigherEducation.AE as a strategic Academic Partner in bringing all of its registered partner universities and higher education institutes to the HigherEducation.AE platform. This will help the portal complete its portfolio of universities and will make it a One Stop Solution for students seeking their dream universities. DIAC will also support HigherEducation.AE with promoting its future products by the 2nd Quarter of 2016. This is the first step for the online startup to get government level support in establishing a single platform which provides students various services which will help them in their academic journey. HigherEducation.AE will also represent and promote DIAC and the concept of Study in Dubai in all international education expos they will be attending in 2016. Both entities plan to work together in creating events which will attract more students to the UAE.
Dubai International Academic City (DIAC) is the world’s largest Free Zone dedicated to Higher Education. Established in 2007 as part of TECOM Group, DIAC aims to develop the region’s talent pool and establish the UAE as a knowledge-based economy. DIAC is the premier destination for Higher Education in the region, located on a fully-appointed 18 million sq ft. campus with state-of- the-art modern facilities. DIAC currently has a large selection of multi-tiered International Branch Campuses(IBC's), from 10 different nationalities and is host to a community of over 24,000 students from 145 nationalities who have access to over 400 Higher Education programmes.
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