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Campus News : October 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 8 Campus News October 2010 University of Wollongong www.uow.edu.au Flying high over Africa The UOWD banner flew over Africa in July when Bachelor of Commerce students, sisters Sara and Afshaan Mukhter, climbed Mt Kilimanjaro, the continent's highest peak. Sara is pictured with the UOWD banner at the Uhuru summit. Located in the north-east of Tanzania, Kilimanjaro is 5895 metres above sea level, making it the world's fourth highest peak. Sara and Afshaan, who come from Tanzania, trained for six months to prepare for the expedition. Their training regime included climbing 250 floors once a week. The sisters are also highly active at UOWD. Afshaan has worked as an intern at the UOWD Student Services Department as well as a student tutor. She served as Student Representative Council treasurer, was Connexionz Club president for a year and has been a leading member of the Public Speaking Club. Sara, also a former student tutor, is currently an Events Intern at the Student Services Department and Connexionz Club president. She is also an accomplished public speaker and won a category of UOWD's Mathalone competition in 2008. UOWD starts first Doctorates The University of Wollongong in Dubai's first Doctor of Philosophy program will start this month, after the course was approved by the Commission for Academic Accreditation, United Arab Emirates Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. With the recent accreditation of the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), UOWD is now positioned as a leading research and teaching university in the UAE and the first nationally accredited private university to offer PhD and DBA programs. UOWD President Professor Rob Whelan said the University's first PhD program was an important milestone. "This is an acknowledgement of the quality of our academic staff, whose qualifications, skills and research output were critical to the success of the PhD proposal. It also reflects very well on our administrative staff and processes," Professor Whelan said. The goal of the PhD is to provide a combination of research skills training, exposure to the latest business research and conducting an original research project, which will contribute to the development of theory in the field. This program will see students grow as "professional researchers", leading to careers in research organisations and universities. The Doctor of Business Administration degree focuses on research which will lead to improved business practice, and is aimed at professionals who are already working in business -- helping them to become "researching professionals". Professor Whelan said UOWD had responded to demand for high-level researchers from both private and public sector organisations in the UAE. "The UAE's rapidly expanding higher education sector is also creating demand for research-active academics with doctoral qualifications for teaching in advanced subjects and to conduct research. UOWD aims to cater to this important need for research degrees by offering the PhD." The National website in the UAE interviewed Ali al Muwaiji, an Emirati, who was one of the first students to sign up for a PhD. He studied for his Masters in Applied Finance and Banking in Wollongong and wanted to go to a university he knew had the quality he was looking for back home in Dubai. "It's the best university in Dubai and is a well-known university around the world," he said. Business School honoured UOWD's Faculty of Business and Management was honoured with Asia's best B-School Leadership award at a ceremony in July in Singapore. Asia's Best B-School Awards are presented by CMO Asia with the CMO Council as its Strategic Partner and Stars of the Industry Group as a research partner. The awards are presented to individuals and institutions which have surpassed several levels of excellence and have set an example of being a role model providing exemplary leadership, building institutions through leadership, innovation and academic and industry interface. The Faculty's Acting Dean Dr Arijit Sikdar accepted the award on behalf of the University.