Dubai: Demand for Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), such as the IGCSE and A Level, rose 12 per cent in the UAE this year, the UK organisation announced on Sunday.

Over 100 schools in the UAE made around 54,000 entries for Cambridge qualifications this year. The results of the June 2017 exam series are expected to be released by the end of the week.

The most popular Cambridge subjects taken this year were mathematics, chemistry, and physics.

This year Cambridge International AS & A Level entries increased by 11 per cent in the UAE, with more than 3,500 students taking them in the June 2017 exam series. Cambridge IGCSE entries in UAE also rose, by 13 per cent this year. More than 8,000 UAE students took Cambridge IGCSEs in the June 2017 series.

Globally, more schools than ever are choosing Cambridge to educate and assess students at every stage of the curriculum, with entries growing across programmes. Cambridge International AS & A Level entries rose by 10 per cent this year and Cambridge IGCSE continues to be “the world’s most popular international curriculum” for 14 to 16 year olds, with entries increasing by seven per cent internationally.

Every year, nearly a million Cambridge learners from 10,000 schools in 160 countries prepare for their future with an international education from Cambridge.

Waseem Al Hanbali, Regional Director for Middle East and North Africa, CIE, said: “I would like to congratulate our students in the UAE for the hard work that went into their exams this year. We are extremely fortunate to have worked with schools here for over 37 years and I am pleased to say that the popularity for our international qualifications continue to grow with the overall growth of the education sector in this country.”

He added: “Today’s great results are based on the hard work and dedication of learners and teachers, together with the essential support and encouragement from their families. There is so much collective effort that goes into the results of an individual. Well done everyone and I wish you every success as you move on to the next stage of your studies.”