Back to Class: A Strong Start to ADU’s New Academic Year With Engaging Orientation Sessions

Press release
Published September 8th, 2019 - 10:26 GMT
During the event
During the event
Abu Dhabi University (ADU) officially kicked off the 2019-2020 academic year, welcoming over 7,350 new and returning students across its campuses in Abu Dhabi, Dubai

Abu Dhabi University (ADU) officially kicked off the 2019-2020 academic year, welcoming over 7,350 new and returning students across its campuses in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Al Ain following a range of enhancements and improvements to the facilities.

Running from 8 -14 September, the University’s annual week-long orientation for freshmen is already underway to provide new students with a comprehensive understanding of the institution’s facilities and extracurricular activities.

Professor Philip Hamill, ADU’s Associate Provost of Student Success, commented: “The university has invested in its academic and recreational facilities to make student’s academic and social experience as enjoyable as possible. This academic year we have a diverse and packed calendar of academic, cultural, social and extracurricular activities in store. Get involved in as many activities as possible. This is a unique period in your life. Make the most of all that ADU has to offer. You will make new friends for life. Have fun and develop important transferable skills which are valued by employers, we are committed to being a vibrant university making a significant contribution to developing the UAE’s knowledge economy”.

Professor Hamill continued, “The introductory sessions are an opportunity for incoming students to meet with classmates and faculty from their respective colleges, allowing them to start their journey with the ADU community. This will complement the holistic learning experience students while at ADU.”

The University’s comprehensive Week of Welcome orientation program includes a First Year Experience Program that enables new students to learn about the different departments at ADU and how they can benefit from them. This is followed by a welcome session dedicated to international students, several student affairs receptions, a sports and wellness facilities tour, introductory session to student housing, a cultural tour of the city, and a series of athletic tournaments Students will also be invited to attend many events including the annual Global Day and Alumni Homecoming, which represent the University’s student-first approach.

The expanding University has consistently ranked amongst the top universities in the region for student body diversity, with a student community comprised of more than 82 nationalities. With 50 undergraduate and postgraduate programs across six colleges, the majority of students are enrolled in the College of Engineering, the UAE’s biggest engineering college. The University has recently launched the new College of Health Sciences which offers five bachelor’s degree programs including Public Health and Environmental Health and Safety and opened applications for three new Bachelor degree programs including as well as Human Nutrition and Dietetics, Molecular and Medical Genetics and Biomedical Sciences: Laboratory Medicine, which are pending CAA approval.

Background Information

Abu Dhabi University

The dream began with the Charter of Abu Dhabi University in the year 2000, After three years of planning, the university opened its doors in September 2003, to an entering class of 1,000 students on its two campuses in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. Unlike other colleges and universities in the UAE, ADU undertook the measures necessary to ensure that all of the degree programs it would offer had secured accreditation from the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in advance of any students enrolling in them.

ADU offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees based upon the American model of higher education.

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