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UAE universities to welcome nearly 15,000 Emiratis

The UAE higher education ministry has said federal universities and institutes in the country have granted admission to 14,570 Emirati high-school graduates for the 2012-2013 academic year, Gulf News has reported. This marks the largest number of nationals who have found seats at federal universities during one academic year, with female students accounting for 60% of this figure. "Each year, we do have a greater proportion of female students who are accepted into higher education institutes. This is simply because of a greater number of female students who apply, and the fact that most girls achiever higher grades," said Youmna Badowah, director of higher education planning and coordination at the ministry.