Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA), has laid the foundation stone of the new campus of Rochester Institute of Technology – Dubai (RIT Dubai), a satellite campus of RIT New York, at Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO).
The symbolic act marked the commencement of the construction works on the AED500 million ($136 million) project.
Phase one of the project, set to span 30,000 square metres, is scheduled for completion by the first quarter of 2020 at an estimated cost of AED200 million.
Phase two is slated for handover in 2023 at a projected cost of AED300 million, adding a further 116,000 square metres to the campus.
Sheikh Ahmed said: “Dubai has become a global role model for investing in innovation-based education that is capable of preparing young people for future careers, motivating them to think creatively, and enabling them to leverage current trends to accurately anticipate future opportunities and challenges to identify the most effective solutions.”
He added: “The collaboration between DSOA and RIT, provides students with a technology-based curriculum that is key to their development and meets the needs of the future job market.”
Dr Mohammed Al Zarooni, vice chairman and CEO of DSOA, said: “Supporting the education sector in teaching the future workforce how to create and innovate is an important goal for DSOA, an entity that works to sustainably attract the right talent and enhance Dubai's status as one of the leading innovation incubators worldwide.
“Our partnership with RIT seeks to help achieve Dubai government’s vision of connecting education to innovation and investing in youth to build a better future.”
Dr David Munson, president of RIT New York, added: “Dubai is a very dynamic and rich city with massive experience, and we look forward to jointly enrich our experiences thorough research & development, students & faculty exchange programs and many more.
"Having the new campus will give us a mechanism where it will be a place where researchers from all over the place within Dubai can meet together and focus on innovation projects that support making Dubai a smarter city, and also enrich our relations in the future and make it more sustainable.”
With the capacity to accommodate 4,000 students, the new campus will house five colleges – Electrical Engineering and Computing, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Business Administration, Sciences, and Humanities.
The campus will also feature a central courtyard, a landscaped residential area, an innovation and entrepreneurship centre, an interactive education centre, a theatre, and a library, in addition to food courts and dedicated spaces for extracurricular activities.
It will also feature sports facilities, including football fields, basketball courts, tennis courts, and cricket fields.
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