The British Council’s Education UK Exhibition will open Tuesday at the Radisson Blu, showcasing the best British higher education institutions and the growing educational ties between Qatar and the UK. A flagship initiative of the recently-launched British Festival 2014, the Education UK Exhibition offers anyone interested in pursuing a UK education the chance to meet 21 UK institutions.UK’s Higher Education Statistics Agency announced last week that in 2013, 1,490 students from Qatar were studying in the UK – an increase of 16% from the previous year. Of those students, about three-quarters are pursuing undergraduate degrees and roughly one quarter is pursuing postgraduate degrees.The exhibition is hosted in the Giwana Ballroom at the Radisson Blu. All visitors will get the chance to win a free trip to experience student life at the University of Central Lancashire or the University of St Andrews.British Festival 2014 aims to build a high-quality legacy programme for the immensely popular Qatar UK 2013 Year of Culture, which engaged over 175,000 people through an intense international programme of 80 events last year. The Education UK Exhibition is one of several ongoing British Council programmes engaging Qatari students and cementing a legacy of educational exchange between the two countries.