Dubai looks to university 'free zones' to future-proof its economy

What, exactly, is higher education for? It's a question that few pause to consider in an age when education to university level is not only regarded as virtually mandatory, but has also become a significant source of income for many economies.

It is also a question that is raised, indirectly, by the publication of a charter by the government in Dubai earlier this month that sets out nine pledges designed to improve the quality of life for future generations.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 16, 2019, with the headline 'Dubai looks to university 'free zones' to future-proof its economy'. Print Edition | Subscribe