In a global marketplace, businesses need access to talent that speaks their language in terms of skill and culture. Many Arubans are multilingual and well-versed in communicating with European, Latin American and North American audiences. From primary to higher education, the Aruba workforce is bolstered by highly specialized and individualized learning with a strong international focus.
- Majority multilingual population that speaks English, Spanish, Dutch, and Papiamento (native language)
- 80+ Primary and General Education Schools cater to 22,000+ students
- 97.81% Literacy Rate
- 5.5% Expenditure of GDP on education
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THE UNIVERSITY OF ARUBA
Bolstering higher education in Aruba for 35+ years
With a small class structure and individualized attention for every student, The University of Aruba (UA) is a model for cultural diversity. The university is globally focused, with visiting lecturers and programs emphasizing international business principles and management theories. UA is located on the southwestern end of Aruba in the capital city of Oranjestad and offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in Law, Arts & Science, Tourism Management, and Accounting, Finance and Marketing. The Sustainable Island Solutions through Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (SISSTEM) is the newest faculty at UA, commissioned by the Government of Aruba and financed by the European Development Fund, to build into a new generation of scientists for sustainable development.
Firsthand experience suitable for every industry
After secondary general education, students can also choose to enter specialized, practical training with hands-on experience applicable to key sectors and professions. Study programs like the Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts at EPI College and the International Minor program at IPA Aruba are interspersed with employment periods and opportunities to study abroad.
Student-centric approach to a strong foundation
An ample selection of private schools also populates the primary and secondary education system. These include accredited educations such as Montessori, De Schakel, International School of Aruba, and Ibero American High School. The Montessori, a self-motivating approach to learning, provides primary education, whereas the rest provides education across the spectrum. De Schakel is structured along similar lines as the system in the Netherlands, and the International School of Aruba and Ibero American High School adopt a US-based education system, all of which prime their students for further education. Additionally, private tertiary education institutions also exist for those aspiring to a career in medicine.
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