University of Wollongong in Dubai unveils model of new campus as it celebrates silver jubilee
The University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD), the UAE’s oldest Western university, has announced that a new campus will be commissioned in early 2020.
The university’s 200,000 sq ft campus is currently taking shape on a new plot at Dubai Knowledge Park, just a short distance from its current campus.
The expansion represents a substantial investment, said UOWD, and will consolidate its position in the UAE.
Currently hosting over 3,000 students, UOWD is celebrating its silver jubilee and unveiled a miniature 3-D model of the new campus as part of a special ceremony.
Professor Mohamed Salem, president of UOWD, said: “As the UAE strives to position itself among the world’s leading innovative nations, we will continue to play an important role in bringing forward innovative ways to empower people and communities."
The university began life in 1993 as the Institute for Australian Studies (lAS) in a commercial building, opposite Al Mulla Plaza, with a batch of eight students who enrolled to learn English.
In 2000, the University became the first foreign tertiary institution in Dubai to receive its licence from the UAE Ministry of Education - Higher Education Affairs and officially changed its name to the University of Wollongong in Dubai in 2003.
Two years later, the University moved to Dubai Knowledge Park, the hub for educational activity in Dubai and in 2010 it became the first private university in Dubai to introduce doctoral programs – the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
Professor Paul Wellings, CBE, vice-chancellor, UOW, said: “Central to UOWD’s outstanding growth is that it is continually developing new programs intrinsically linked to the development of the UAE. The university is in fact, growing with Dubai and is broadening its operations to fulfil in the expanding needs of Dubai."