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Campus News : March 2010
8 Campus News April 2010 University of Wollongong 1300 367 869 www.uow.edu.au The University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) has been operating since 1993 and is now one of the most prestigious educational institutions in the United Arab Emirates. UOWD currently has an enrolment of approximately 3300 students undertaking Bachelors and Masters degrees in Business, FInance and Computer Science at its location in Dubai's Knowledge Village. Postcard from Dubai The University of Wollongong in Dubai is undergoing final accreditation for its new doctoral programs, and hopes to have its first doctoral and PhD students enrol in the (northern) autumn session beginning in August. Officials from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Commission for Academic Accreditation visited UOWD's campus in Dubai's Knowledge Village in early March as one of the final stages in the Ministry for Higher Education and Research's evaluation process for the new degrees. UOWD President Professor Rob Whelan anticipates UOWD will be given the green light to start the doctoral programs in August. "Our proposal includes a Master of Business Research, a Doctor of Business Administration and a PhD in the broad business area," Professor Whelan said. "Introducing doctoral programs reflects the growing maturity of UOWD as an educational institution in the UAE, and also our increasing focus on research." The doctoral programs will both have a one-year (equivalent full-time) coursework component and then a qualifying exam, before candidates can progress to the research component. Professor Whelan said he expected strong demand for the courses, based on positive feedback from two surveys. "We commissioned a commercial survey in the United Arab Emirates and also with our own Masters graduates, and also gained valuable feedback from a round-table workshop we ran with industry and government participants late last year," Professor Whelan said. The independent survey indicated over 90% of Masters degree holders in the UAE were keen to UOWD introducing doctoral programs Emirati nationals made up 22% of the 396 graduates who received their degrees at UOWD's Winter graduation at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel in December. The strong representation is an indication of the growing interest among locals to pursue higher education in UAE-based foreign universities that are nationally accredited. Mohammed Hussain Bahatem, a graduate from the Master of Engineering Management took the limelight at the ceremony by winning the Dubai Top UAE National Graduate Award and the Top Graduate Award in the Faculty of Engineering & Computer Science. Top Graduates Faculty of Business and Management Bachelor of Business Administration: Bushra Shehzad Bachelor of Commerce (Management): Arineh Armenak Pour Master of Business Administration: Christin Solomon Santhosam Master of International Business: Hamna Anwar Master of Quality Management: Aminu Hussen Said Master of Strategic Human Resource Management: Sameera Mohammad Shabbir Master of Strategic Marketing: Mina Nagy Takla Master of Science (Logistics): Amit Chander Bhatia Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering Bachelor of Internet Science and Technology: Muhammad Usman Hafiz Master of Information Technology Management: Rumana Rahim Master of Engineering Management: Mohammed Hussain Bahatem Faculty of Finance and Accounting Bachelor Commerce (Accounting): Ambreen Javed Master of Applied Finance and Banking: Mariam Jaballah Top UAE National Graduate: Mohammed Hussain Bahatem Top UAE graduate Mohammed Hussain Bahatem flanked by UOW Vice-Chancellor Professor Gerard Sutton (left) and UOWD President Professor Rob Whelan at UOWD's Winter Graduations in December. pursue doctoral programs, and 72% of them think a doctorate would boost career advancement. The survey results were endorsed by business and industry experts at the round-table organised by UOWD as part of a pioneering initiative to involve corporates and government entities in the process of designing and delivering the new doctoral programs. "UOWD will capitalise on its existing research strengths by offering the doctoral degree programs. The introduction of these programs locally would mean UAE residents will no longer have to travel abroad to take these advanced degrees. Also, they can continue working with their organisations, and do these programs part-time," Professor Whelan said. NH Emerati graduate takes limelight