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Campus News : December 2011
12 Campus News December 2011 University of Wollongong 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 3500 students undertaking undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Business, Finance, Computer Science, Engineering, International Studies and Media & Communications at its campus in Dubai's Knowledge Village. Postcard from Dubai The University of W recruited a highly academic leader and Professor Ghassan Ao been Pro Vice-Chanc and Dean of the Colle Salford University in t uphisnewroleon1J Announcing the appo of Trustees Chairman the University of Wollo Professor Gerard Sutt coup for the Universit Dubai to attract an ind Aouad's academic an calibre. Professor Aou spent over 20 years in leading UK institutions, and has outstanding research credentials balanced with consid international leadersh experience." Professor Aouad said exciting challenge for looking forward to it im Professor Aouad has the last 20 years teaching and ng subjects related to the nformation modelling alisation, simulation rocess mapping within onstruction. He joined Salford University in 1992 as a Research Fellow and progressed through to the role of PVC Research and Innovation and Dean of the College of Science & Technology, responsible for some 400 taff and 6000 students. ior to joining Salford versity he spent five at Loughborough n the Department of Civil g Engineering , where his Master of Science ion (1987) and his PhD Integrated Planning ms for the Construction stry (1991). e becoming Pro-Vice- cellor in July 2008, Professor Aouad was Dean of the Faculty of Business, Law & the Built Environment at Salford University (2006--2008). Prior to that he was Director of Salford's Research Institute of the Built & Human Environment and Head of School of Construction & Property Management (since renamed the School of the Built Environment). During his time in Salford Professor Aouad successfully supervised 22 PhD students, externally examined 52 PhD students, authored three major research books and co-authored one book, generated more than £10 million in research funding as Principal Investigator and £8 million as Co-Investigator, published 92 papers in top-rated refereed journals, delivered more than 50 keynote speeches and lectures and presented his work in more than 40 countries. Acknowledging Professor Aouad's contribution to Salford University's success, its Vice-Chancellor Professor Martin Hall said: "It will be sad to see Ghassan go, but this is an extremely prestigious appointment which reflects very well on the University and Ghassan personally. He has made a major contribution in preparing us for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and will be leaving us in a much better place than we have ever been for this crucial exercise." Long-serving UOW administrator David Rome has been UOWD's Interim President since August. CN Enrolments reach an 18-year high The University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) has recorded the highest number of enrolments in its 18-year history in 2011. The spring and autumn semesters together saw record enrolments of 1371 students, a year-on-year growth of 42 per cent. The autumn semester which began in September attracted 747 new enrolments, an increase of 70 per cent over the corresponding semester in 2010, with 28 percent growth in international students. The figures are encouraging, as they are coming on the heels of a recession that saw a 25 per cent drop in undergraduate and a 20 per cent fall in postgraduate enrolments over the past two years. "The message is clear. The recession is behind us, and academic pursuits are getting priority all over again," UOWD's Interim President David Rome said. "From the University's standpoint, we believe this is a vote of confidence in our single-minded focus on quality tertiary education and research, with strong relevance to the local job market and business environment." "The new post-recession buoyancy is particularly evident in the dramatic recovery in postgraduate enrolments," UOWD's Executive Director of Administration and Strategic Development, Raymi van der Spek said. "We attribute this to an improved sentiment in job security. Postgraduate enrolments are on the rise because people are interested in enhancing their careers." Emirati men and women make up a large proportion of postgraduate students at UOWD. Recently, the University celebrated the milestone of 1000 Emirati alumni in 18 years. Among the most popular postgraduate programs are Master in Quality Management, Master in Engineering Management and Master in Strategic Human Resources Management. UOWD boasts nearly 3500 students from over 100 nationalities. In 2010 the University entered into a new phase of growth by launching doctorate and PhD programs, which attracted record enrolments, mainly from Emiratis keen to better their career prospects. In addition, UOWD has launched a series of new programs, including Bachelor in Engineering, Master in International Studies and Master in Media and Communication. CN David Rome New President has strong research credentials Wollongong in Dubai has y experienced researcher, author as its next President. ouad (pictured right), who has ellor Research and Innovation ege of Science & Technology at he United Kingdom, will take January. ointment, UOWD Board and Vice-Chancellor of ongong in Australia, ton said: "It is a major ty of Wollongong in dividual of Professor nd management uad has erable hip : "This is an meandIam mmensely. " spent hing and researchin areas of i and visu and p co r st Pr Uni years a University i and Building he obtained in Construct entitled I System Indus Befor Chan Professor Ao