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Campus News : October 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 10 CONNECT :UOW OCTOBER 2012 CONNECT: UOWD PARTNERS HAIL TECOM CONNECTION The University of Wollongong in Dubai and TECOM Investments, a subsidiary of Dubai Holding LLC, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to boost mutual cooperation through joint activities. UOWD President Professor Ghassan Aouad signed the MoU with Dr Ayoub Kazim, who is Managing Director of TECOM Investments' Education Cluster, comprising Dubai International Academic City and Dubai Knowledge Village (where UOWD's campus is located). Under the MoU, TECOM will promote the University among its employees and business partners, seek involvement of UOWD in its activities or projects and organise joint initiatives to promote the shared values of the two entities. UOWD, in turn, will seek TECOM's involvement for activities such as joint seminars and promotional materials. "The University of Wollongong in Dubai is proud to enter into a partnership with TECOM, one of the most dynamic entities operating in Dubai," Professor Aouad said. "We are sure this MoU will boost the prestige of UOWD with TECOM employees and business partners and it offers them access to high quality, flexible programs. More importantly, UOWD will ensure that TECOM forms an integral part of the various activities we conduct year round." Dr Kazim said: "Over a span of nearly 20 years, the University of Wollongong in Dubai has successfully established itself as a leading institution for higher education in the United Arab Emirates. The Memorandum of Understanding will help drive our shared vision of developing a knowledge-based economy. Undoubtedly, such collaborations are essential for shaping well- rounded leaders of tomorrow and providing our academic community with the right tools and opportunities that nurture its growth." UOWD's MoU with TECOM is part of its ongoing drive to foster links with government bodies and private sector institutions as the University enters its 20th anniversary next year. Recently, it signed an MoU with the National Research Foundation, an initiative of the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, to set up a UAE Doctoral Training Centre. CN Agroup of students from the University of Wollongong's Sydney Business School visited the United Arab Emirates in July to gain insights into doing business and culture in the Middle East. The Master of Business Administration and Master of Management students were based at UOWD for the Dubai Study tour which was designed to help them develop skills in doing business in the Middle East and understand the region's ties with the rest of the world. The students also accelerated their business degree by completing two units in two weeks - Contemporary Issues in International Business and a Management Project. While at UOWD the students attended various lectures on the global business environment, the development of Islamic banking in Dubai, development of Dubai as a logistics hub and opportunities for Australian companies in the Middle East. The group also visited the Dubai Financial Centre, Dubai Ports, UAE University in Al Ain and Etihad in Abu Dhabi. They also had group presentations with UOWD faculty members Dr Arijit Sikdar and Dr Gwendolyn Rodrigues. UOWD President Professor Ghassan Aouad held a welcome lunch for the group and the Chair of the Australian Business Council, Raymi Van der Spek, hosted a dinner for the group. The students also enjoyed a weekend tour of Dubai taking in the sights and cultural experiences. Student Mark Carberry said the study tour immersed the group in the local culture, traditions and business practices of the Middle East, in particular the UAE. "UOWD lecturers and local guest speakers provided invaluable insights into business theory and application, accentuated by visiting local businesses," he said. CN UOW STUDENTS VISIT DUBAI Members of the Sydney Business School Dubai Study Tour pictured during their visit to Dubai Ports.
CONNECT:UOW July 2012