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Campus News : CONNECT:UOW July 2012
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 3650 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 6 CONNECT :UOW JULY 2012 CONNECT: UOWD PREMIER OPENS UOWD EXTENSIONS GRADUATION CELEBRATED NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell has officially opened a new Teaching Block at the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) that will almost double the University's current campus footprint at Dubai's Knowledge Village. Currently UOWD has around 3600 students engaged in undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Business, Finance, Computer Science, Engineering, International Studies and Media & Communications. UOWD is expanding, and the new Teaching Block will increase capacity to a target of around 5000 students. UOWD is NSW's longest and largest presence in Dubai and arguably Australia's most successful off-shore higher education facility. It has grown from humble beginnings as a small English language college established by the University of Wollongong's corporate arm ITC Limited in 1993, to a multi-faculty university. In 1999 it became the first foreign university to be licensed by Dubai's Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. "I congratulate the University of Wollongong on its continued growth in Dubai where the University is one of the UAE's oldest and most prestigious educational providers," Mr O'Farrell said after opening the new facilities on May 17. "The University of Wollongong is one of Australia's world-class universities and a leader in international education both at home and abroad. Since the University of Wollongong in Dubai was established nearly 20 years ago, it has provided a high-quality Australian education to more than 6000 graduates from about 100 nationalities. "The new teaching block will enable the University to increase its enrolment from more than 3500 students to about 5000 and introduce new undergraduate and postgraduate programs, while almost doubling the campus footprint." Premier O'Farrell said the demand for places at the University of Wollongong in Dubai was an endorsement of the high standard of education provided by the University and by the broader NSW education sector. UOWD President Professor Ghassan Aouad said: "This new block will enable UOWD to extend the quality education that our institution is known for, to a larger number of students in a truly multicultural environment." NH The University of Wollongong in Dubai honoured 326 graduates and postgraduates from 36 nationalities at its 21st graduation ceremony in March. His Highness Sheikh Majed Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Culture and Art Authority was the Guest of Honour. Other guests included Australian Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates Pablo Kang, UOWD President Professor Ghassan Aouad, faculty members of the University, and parents and family members of graduating students. NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell addresses guests at the opening of a new teaching block at UOWD. His Highness Sheikh Majed Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum with Natasha Rajkumar Amar, who was the top graduate in the Master of Applied Finance & Banking program. DOCTORAL CENTRE UOWD has announced the establishment of a doctoral training centre which will foster engagement between academia, industry and the government in Dubai. The centre was announced following an agreement between UOWD and the National Research Foundation, an initiative of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. The centre aims to steer students from UAE universities towards projects relevant to the Emirates as well as offer them training and support.