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Campus News : July 2010
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 has announced plans to introduce Bachelor of Engineering degrees in Computing, Telecommunications and Electrical Engineering. The new programs were announced at UOWD's Spring Graduation Ceremony in April, conducted in the presence of the Dubai Department of Information Director General His Highness Sheikh Hasher bin Maktoum Al Maktoum and Australian Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates Doug Trappett. Degrees were conferred on 237 undergraduate and postgraduate students from 31 different countries at the ceremony. Nearly 20 per cent of the graduates were Emiratis, a number that has been rising steadily over the years. In his welcoming address, UOWD President Professor Rob Whelan said the University's proposal to offer engineering degrees has now been reviewed by the UAE Commission for Academic Accreditation. "We expect to welcome our first students into the Computer, Telecommunications and Electrical Engineering programs later this year, thus capitalising on the research strengths of our staff," Professor Whelan said. The Engineering degree will be largely based on the strong, internationally recognised programs offered by UOW in Australia, which are accredited by the Institution of Engineers Australia and the Washington Accord. UOWD engineers 3 new degrees Adrian Hogg revealed the company was looking for recruits for its auditing section. "Auditing is one activity that does well both during recession and in good times," he said. "Here at the fair, we found the quality of candidates excellent." "The huge response is an endorsement of the strong bonds between the job market and UOWD, making our students employees of choice," UOWD Student Services Manager Bridget Clifford said. CN Logistics course a winner UOWD was named Education & Training Provider of the Year for the Middle East at the Supply Chain and Transport Awards (SCATA) 2010 presented in Dubai in June. The Education & Training Provider of the Year category recognises the achievements of an education institute through a flagship course or a series of courses on supply chain management. A number of factors are taken into account, including course structure, subject range, quality of the teaching faculty, and response from the industry. UOWD President Professor Rob Whelan, who accepted the award, said: "This is a great achievement for UOWD, especially as our Master of Science (Logistics) degree program is just getting under way. "My congratulations go particularly to Dr Balan Sundarakani, who put the nomination together, supported by Dr Arijit Sikdar, Dr David Van Over, and other staff in the Faculty of Business and Management." CN Pictured at UOWD's Spring Graduation (from left): UOWD Vice-President (Administration) Raymi van der Spek, Australian Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates Doug Trappett, UOWD President Professor Rob Whelan, His Highness Sheikh Hasher bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, Dr Jim Langridge and UOWD Vice-President Academic Professor Mohamed Khalifa. Careers Fair hits right note UOWD's fifth annual Careers Fair in April attracted 28 multinational and local companies, with 330 students including an unusually large number of postgraduate students and alumni visiting the event. Participating companies included ADCB, AIESEC, Bayt.com, Careertunity, DFSA, Dubai Professional Trading Group, ershaad.ae, Hamptons International, IBM, Johnson Controls, Leviton, LG, Mashreq, Mindware, Nasco Karaoglan, Nokia Siemens Networks, Proctor & Gamble, Promexico, PriceWaterhouse Coopers, Schneider Electric, Tahadi.com, Tecom Investments, ThyssenKrupp Elevator, Xerox, Zarca and UOWD. Pricewaterhouse Coopers Recruitment Manager UOWD honoured former Board of Trustees chairman Dr Jim Langridge by making him a Fellow of the University at the graduation ceremony. Dr Langridge is widely considered the chief architect of UOWD, having played a pivotal role in its establishment in 1993 and its on-going development in his former role as UOW's Vice-Principal (Overseas Operations). Dr Langridge was the Graduation Speaker at the ceremony. CN