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Campus News : March 2011
www.uow.edu.au University of Wollongong Campus News March 2011 9 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 3500 students undertaking undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Business, Finance and Computer Science at its location in Dubai's Knowledge Village. Postcard from Dubai Australia's UAE ties strengthened University of Wollongong in Dubai President Professor Rob Whelan has told the newly-formed Australia Gulf Council (AGC) that the University is playing a key role in cementing bilateral relations. Delivering a keynote speech at the Dubai Summit of the newly established Australia Gulf Council (AGC) in December, Professor Whelan lauded the booming ties between the United Arab Emirates and Australia and pledged the University's full support to the initiative. Former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke and former Treasurer Peter Costello attended the summit as part of the AGC Business Mission 2010. UAE Foreign Trade Minister Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna Bint Khalid Al Qasimi also addressed the summit. Professor Whelan said higher education had a role in fostering business connections, and reinforced the words of Mr Hawke, who remarked that "education is at the very heart of building cross-cultural understanding and paving the way for enduring relationships and networks". Professor Whelan recalled that, as the first foreign university to establish a campus in the UAE in 1993, UOWD has been instrumental in encouraging closer interaction between the two countries through its academic programs. Today, UOWD graduates hold many senior and influential positions in federal and local government organisations as well as the private sector. He explained that UOWD was constantly finding avenues to promote UAE-Australia ties. "Students from the University of Wollongong in Australia can do part, or even all, of their degree here at UOWD -- it is an equivalent program -- and Australian citizens can study here under the Australian university fee arrangements. "Students at UOWD here in the UAE can start their degree program at UOWD and then study for a semester, a year, or the whole rest of their degree in Australia -- and receive a UOW degree. "In addition, we have recently designed some specific 'paired' courses for selected clients. For example, we ran a Master of Forensic Accounting for the Dubai Government's Department of Financial Audit. Employees of this Department were joined by staff of the Dubai Police and Dubai Courts in the Masters program which started here in Dubai and was completed in Wollongong." Senior staff appointments Dr David Goodwin has been appointed Dean of UOWD's Faculty of Finance and Accounting. Before joining UOWD Dr Goodwin served as an associate and full professor in universities in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates. Dr Goodwin was most recently Professor of Accounting and also Chair of Accounting at Abu Dhabi University. Prior to that he was at Zayed University, Bond University (Australia), Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), Lincoln University (New Zealand), and what is now the University of South Australia. Dr Goodwin's qualifications include a PhD from the University of Adelaide. He has a Bachelor of Business Studies majoring in accounting and finance from Massey University, New Zealand, where he won the university prize for his overall performance in corporate and management accounting. Later, he completed his Master of Business Administration at the University of Otago. Dr Goodwin's primary teaching areas are management accounting and management control. His interest in these teaching areas arose during 20 years of corporate experience before joining academia. He is also an active researcher and has published many papers in both refereed and professional journals. He has also presented frequently at international conferences. Professor Brian Lehaney has joined UOWD as the Director of Postgraduate Research. The British academic was the Head of the Department of Knowledge and Information Management (KIM) in Coventry University's Faculty of Engineering and Computing and Professor of Systems Management from 2001 to 2009. Since then, he has worked as an independent lecturer and management consultant. In recent years his assignments were largely at overseas institutions, including Dubai, Hong Kong, Muscat and Tanzania teaching management subjects such as strategy and business operations at final level undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Professor Lehaney has a substantial track record of personal research and research leadership and has examined DBA and PhD candidates at various universities. Professor Lehaney holds a PhD from Brunel University, an MSc in Operational Research from the London School of Economics and a BA (Hons) in Social Science (Economics) from Middlesex Polytechnic. CN His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed al Maktoum presenting UOWD President Professor Rob Whelan with an award to recognise the University's efforts in encouraging use of public transport. Transport plan awarded UOWD has been recognised for its efforts in encouraging use of public transport in Dubai. His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed al Maktoum presented UOWD President Professor Rob Whelan, with an award to recognise the University's efforts at the third annual Roads and Transport Authority "Dubai Awards for Sustainable Transport" (DAST) in February. The awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of many organisations in alleviating traffic congestion and conserving the environment in Dubai. UOWD was honoured for its entry entitled: Why should you drive if you can ride the Dubai Metro? In 2010 the University's Property and Services Department started a shuttle bus service between the nearest Metro station and the campus to encourage public transport usage among staff and students, thus minimising the number of private vehicles, alleviating parking congestion and reducing carbon emissions. Department manager Eduardo Hamzi reported the initiative has been spectacularly successful with numbers growing steadily to 6366 users per month by the end of the year. To reinforce the convenience of the Dubai Metro and the importance of using public transport, Professor Whelan and senior UOWD staff led by example and travelled on the Metro to and from the awards ceremony, and took the UOWD free shuttle bus from the University to the Internet City station.