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Thu 8 Nov 2012 12:28 PM

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Canadian university to shut Dubai campus

University of Waterloo in Dubai's 140 students will be transferred to Ontario

Canadian university to shut Dubai campus
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Canada’s University of Waterloo is to transfer students at its Dubai campus to its home base in Ontario to complete their studies following the announcement that the facility is to shut as a result of low enrolment levels.

“The decision will see approximately 80 students currently completing their first year in Dubai come to Canada one year early to complete the balance of their undergraduate degree. The decision also impacts approximately 12 faculty members and 10 staff,” Dr Jean-Jacques Van Vlasselaer, Associate Vice-President International (Interim) at University of Waterloo said in a statement.

“The cohort of students now in their second year of studies in Dubai will come to Waterloo as scheduled in September 2013 to complete the final two years of their undergraduate programs, while those enrolled in their first year in Dubai will complete their final three years on the main Waterloo campus,” the statement added.

The Dubai campus opened three years ago but has been shut after enrolment numbers fell short of expectations.

The Dubai school has 140 students - 80 in first year and 60 students in second year - but it needed at least 180 students, and was hoping for as many as 500, to make the programme viable, Sallie Keller, vice-president academic and provost, told the Ontario-based The Record newspaper.

Keller added plans for a campus in China and other international locations had now been put on hold.

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Raj Aryan 7 years ago

Where were they operating out of in Dubai? Never heard of them here. Considering the students have paid for studying in Dubai shouldnt there be a teach-out before they close? Why should the students be forced to go to Canada and study?

John Harte 7 years ago

Why should the students be forced to go to Canada and study?

Errh, because it is a genuine Canadaian university and not one of those fake set-ups that add American, Canadian, British, whatever, to their name in order to try and pass it off as credible...and offers so-called degrees recognized by no-one.

Same goes for schools here

Zafar 7 years ago

Well said John, This is the only right response.

Brian 7 years ago

Raj- your comment reeks of ignorance- U of Waterloo is the birthplace of the Blackberry concept with its engineering community and one of the few campuses outside N.America where Microsoft, Google, facebook and Apple actively recruit for their head office.

Waterloo was an engineering gem for higher education in Dubai. Too bad they are leaving.

procan 7 years ago

Cannot tell you how pleased I am to read Brian ,Zafar, and John comments.

John Swansea 7 years ago

Perhaps if you had bothered reading Raj's comments properly before going on the offensive and insulting him you would notice that he says he has never heard of them HERE, as IN DUBAI.

ADJ 7 years ago

With all the millions of new residents coming in they couldn't attract 40 additional enrollments? Dubai property market is also booming again so everything must be back to normal now. This is so odd.

FERAS 7 years ago

Yet another commercial academic venture - well deserved treatment.

Ahmed 7 years ago

Wow, I know about Waterloo, but was completely unaware they had a Dubai campus until now!

Terrible terrible marketing...they should have invested money in marketing and advertising, even Wollongong has better visibility in Dubai across newspapers and radio.

I guess they were too "elite" to actually go out and sell themselves, typical Waterloo mentality.

This press release seems to be the only successful PR they did. FAIL.

Ex Montreal 7 years ago

Hold on, Waterloo is one of the most respectable names worldwide. They are not elitist. Bad marketing maybe due to bad local hiring practices which seems to be the case with some ventures in the UAE. The students knew they had to spend min 2 years at the Canada campus, now it'll be 3. I say best of luck to them I'm sure they will enjoy it. I personally believe in the half here half there approach. Best of both worlds and doesn't risk having a brand name bringing out subpar students (reference to NYIT Bahrain).