The University of Birmingham will open a campus in Dubai in November, becoming the first global top 100 and Russell Group University to establish a campus in the city.
The announcement marks the latest phase in the University of Birmingham’s global expansion and builds on its teaching activities in Singapore and China.
Following approval by the Dubai Government’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), 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 Primary and Secondary Teacher Education, with further programmes to be offered subsequently.
The University of Birmingham Dubai will be located in Dubai International Academic City (DIAC). The first phase of the campus will open in autumn 2017 and the first undergraduate and post-graduate students will start their studies in September 2018.
University of Birmingham Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir David Eastwood said: “Opening a campus in Dubai is the next step in our global mission and demonstrates our ambition as an outward looking, world-class institution.”
Dr Abdulla Al Karam, director general of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority added: “We welcome the University of Birmingham to the happy and collaborative learning culture in Dubai. Known for its focus on positive education and wellbeing, the University of Birmingham will join 27 other private universities from 12 countries in a sector with 10 per cent annual student growth.”
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