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Campus News : March 2013
P MARCH 2013 CONNECT: UOW 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 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 SPEDDING TAKES OVER AS PRESIDENT rofessor Trevor Spedding took over as President of the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) on 10 March. Professor Spedding joined UOWD from the University of Wollongong in Australia (UOW), where he was Dean of the Faculty of Commerce, the largest academic division of the University. Having been with UOW since 2005, Professor Spedding has worked alongside UOWD colleagues for many years, and brings considerable international experience in education, through his work in universities across the United Kingdom, Singapore and Australia. UOWD welcomed its new President at the beginning of a momentous year for the University, as 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of the institution's establishment in Dubai. During the past 20 years, UOWD has enjoyed significant growth, now offering 25 accredited degree programs, hosting 3500 students and supporting a network of 6000 alumni across the Middle East and beyond. "I am delighted to be joining UOWD at such an exciting time for the institution. I have been working with the University for a number of years and have always been impressed by the dynamic outlook and professional approach of everyone involved with UOWD," Professor Spedding said. "It is an exciting opportunity for me to work in a truly diverse, multicultural environment, with an organisation that offers huge potential for growth. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead the University into its next phase and look forward to working with all UOWD staff and stakeholders to further extend our contribution to the region's growing knowledge economy." Professor Spedding is a highly respected academic with strong business credentials, a track record in leadership and a commitment to the university student experience. Prior to joining UOW, he spent a decade at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore, during which time the University developed from a fledgling institute of the National University of Singapore to an independent world class institution, ranked in the top 50 universities in the world. In 2000 he was appointed the inaugural Medway Chair of Manufacturing Systems at the University of Greenwich in the UK. During his time at Greenwich he developed initiatives that resulted in the growth of masters and PhD students, short courses and workshops, and generated significant funding from the UK Government and the European Union. MARKING 20TH ANNIVERSARY niversity of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) is heralding the start of its 20th anniversary celebrations through a new website and expansion of its library. The revamped website has been launched after a six-month review and planning exercise. "The new website is much more user-friendly and is better aligned to that of the University of Wollongong In Australia," said UOWD Marketing and Student Recruitment Director Peter Hawke. "It ties in well with our 20th anniversary celebrations and we've already had overwhelmingly positive feedback from users." UOWD's library, already one of the largest among private universities in the United Arab Emirates, has been expanded by 33 percent. A key addition is extra space and special rooms for postgraduate students in the Doctor of Business Administration and Doctor of Philosophy programs. KOREAN DELEGATION high-level delegation from the Korean Prime Minister's Office recently visited UOWD to study the University's academic and financial model in connection with the implementation of Korea's Global Education City which is being built on the island of Jeju. The four-member delegation met senior UOWD executives, including the then President Professor Ghassan Aouad, who outlined how the University had succeeded in becoming one of the most prestigious institutions of higher learning in the Gulf region. "The University of Wollongong in Dubai was the first foreign university to be established in the UAE, as part of the government's vision to turn the country into an education and knowledge hub," Professor Ghassan told the Korean delegation. "The University has succeeded in establishing a fine balance between maintaining the quality standards set by the parent university and tailoring the programs to the local needs and environment." The visit was facilitated by the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Dubai. In 2005 Professor Spedding was appointed Head of the School of Management and Marketing and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Commerce at UOW. He was subsequently appointed Dean of the Faculty in 2010. During this period the Faculty saw significant growth in student numbers and achieved a ranking in the top band for teaching and research activities. As a management specialist, particularly in the engineering and manufacturing sectors, Professor Spedding has also worked as a consultant, conducting short courses for leading companies in the United Kingdom, Europe, the United States and South East Asia. His research interests include systems simulation, operations management, quality management and corporate social responsibility. Professor Trevor Spedding. U A