university of wollongong in dubai celebrates 15th anniversary
One of UAE’s oldest universities has emerged as a leader in top-class higher education
The University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD), one of UAE’s oldest and most prestigious universities, marks its 15th anniversary by reiterating its commitment to top-class higher education through its existing programs and introducing new courses inspired by the region’s market needs.
UOWD’s dynamic approach to education has reflected in the launch of innovative programs like the Master of Science in Logistics program, introduced in September 2007, for professionals working within the logistics and operations management area, a well-timed move, as Dubai is set to become an integrated multi-modal logistics hub, as evidenced by the Jebel Ali Airport Project and the Dubai Logistics City (DLC) developments.
In 2007, the University also introduced three new postgraduate programs in Engineering, Finance & Banking and Information Technology, as well as Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in HR Management and the Master of Strategic Marketing launched earlier in the year.
“Dynamism and innovation have been the key drivers of the UOWD approach to higher education. As we enter our 15th year, we will be continuing with our efforts to maintain distinction as a teaching and research University with a regional reputation based on the quality of its student-centred undergraduate and post-graduate education,” said Professor Raed Awamleh, Dean of Academic Affairs, UOWD. “We are geared to launch a whole new set of programs during 2008.”
“UOWD has excelled in producing competent and well-rounded individuals who are now holding top positions in private and public sector companies and our post-graduate programs have helped thousands of professionals climb up the career ladder in quick time.”
“UOWD also attaches major importance to identifying and encouraging outstanding performers by offering scholarships in academic and sports. In addition, Nearly forty students are currently benefiting from such scholarships,” said Awamleh.
The UOWD, launched in 1993 by the University of Wollongong in Australia, began its academic mission on a small scale at Al Mulla Plaza, and later moved to premises on Jumeirah Beach Road. Today, it is located at the Knowledge Village, offering high quality education to over 2,500 students of more than 80 nationalities.
The University continues to place considerable importance on academic research by creating a supporting environment, one that allows faculty to pursue its academic interests. UOWD prides itself on its faculty staff, a mix of international and locally recruited academics with extensive teaching and industry experience.
UOWD provides a vibrant social life on campus with an active student representative council, a dedicated career development centre, personal and academic counseling, a medical centre and a well-resourced library. In addition, events like competitions and talks by experts round the year encourage interaction and enhance students’ knowledge on vital issues.
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