The University of Birmingham has officially opened its campus in Dubai - becoming the first global top 100 and UK Russell Group university to establish a campus in the city.
Professor Sir David Eastwood, the university's Principal and Vice-Chancellor, cut the ribbon marking phase 1 of the campus in Dubai International Academic City.
He was among a group of VIP guests who took a tour of the new facilities as preparations continue to welcome the first students in September.
The University of Birmingham Dubai will offer degrees that will be taught, examined and accredited to the same standards as those delivered on its UK campus.
Eastwood said: “I am delighted to open our campus in Dubai and look forward to opening our doors to the first cohort of students to the University of Birmingham Dubai in September.
“I would like to thank our partners here in the UAE for their support in helping us achieve this milestone. We are a global university and, for more than 20 years, have provided opportunities for students to study on our degree programmes at partner institutions around the world.
“With strategic partnerships in the USA, Australia, China, and Brazil and active research collaborations across the world, opening a campus in Dubai is the next step in our global mission and demonstrates our ambition as an outward looking, world-class institution.
“As a global university with a civic outlook, we are committed to contributing to UAE society and playing our part in supporting the UAE as it drives economic progress through knowledge and innovation, whilst contributing to the development of a growing international education hub in Dubai.”
The University of Birmingham Dubai will provide opportunities for students to study on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Initially, these will include Business, Economics, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, and teacher training degrees, with further programmes to be offered in the future.
Dr Abdulla Al Karam, chairman and director general of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), added: “The opening of University of Birmingham is an important milestone in our goal to build a world-class education hub in Dubai. It represents new opportunities for students who can now look at a wider offering of education and research led programmes that are driven by Dubai's ambition to be a global leader in innovation."
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