BUiD Expands Courses After Major MoU Signing with King’s College London

Published July 27th, 2008 - 08:56 GMT

The British University in Dubai (BUiD), the region’s first research-based postgraduate university, announced today it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the King’s College London to offer a new MSc Degree in Construction Law and Dispute Resolution.

Construction in the Middle East is one of the most dynamic sectors within the wider economy, recording a real growth rate of 19.7 percent year-on-year in 2006, and expected to expand at a slower pace of 10.4 percent from 2008 until 2012, according to UAE Investment Bank Al Mal Capital.

Such explosive growth has been accompanied by significant challenges, including rising material prices, workforce management issues and delayed completion periods. Addressing these challenges requires the support of qualified specialists to address legal issues and understand and explain the changing regulatory environment.

In launching the new course, BUiD executives believe they will be able to provide the right mix of locally-trained specialists to support the construction industry.  The course hopes to attract students from all sides of the construction industry and its professions, including lawyers (barristers and solicitors), engineers of various disciplines, architects, surveyors and other professionals.

“The agreement to offer this new MSc in partnership with King’s College London provides us with an excellent basis to increase the number of research-based studies of the sector and enhance the range of expert resources to support regional construction markets,” said Dr. Abdullah Alshamsi, Vice Chancellor, The British University in Dubai.

Senior executives from both institutions concluded a successful meeting this month to finalise a working partnership. The first intake of applicants for the new degree will commence in 2009 and is expected to receive a strong response from the region.

At the signing ceremony Professor Rick Trainor, Principal of King’s College London, welcomed Dr. Alshamsi to the ceremony and expressed the honour of working with BUiD for this new course which fitted the aims of the College.

Louise Barrington, Director, Centre of Construction Law & Dispute Resolution,  King’s College London, commented, “We are delighted that BUiD has chosen the Centre of Construction Law & Dispute Resolution at King’s as its partner in this exciting project. It’s certainly a reflection of the high esteem enjoyed worldwide by the Centre’s MSc programme.”

The Centre of Construction Law & Dispute Resolution, one of the nine schools of study at King College London, has already developed a strong presence in the UAE through several seminars that were conducted through the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC).

“The course offers study and research into law and management relating to the construction industry and will help nurture a new generation of talent who will encourage the growth of a knowledge-based economy within the construction sector,” finished Dr.Alshamsi.

Research interests cover forms of contract, dispute resolution, regulation of construction, international and comparative aspects of construction law, structural safety.

Recently, BUiD announced the launch of new a pioneering programme to boost the level of key skills in the region, through the creation of the Middle East’s first MSc in Systems Engineering. Systems engineering is an industry-focused discipline with significant relevance for a wide range of sectors that include construction and will offer a large pool of qualified local resources for companies to hire from.

About the British University in Dubai

The British University in Dubai (BUiD) is the Middle East's first research-based, postgraduate university. The University was established to facilitate access to world-class education, training and research in the Middle East. BUiD aspires to the highest, internationally recognized British standards as reflected in its partnership with the University of Edinburgh, the University of Birmingham, the University of Manchester, Cardiff University and the Cass Business School at City University, London. Each has a five or five-star rating in the UK national Research Assessment Exercise that signifies research of international standard.

The not-for-profit university offers full and part-time Masters Degree programmes and Continuing Professional Development courses in Information Technology, Project Management, Human Resources Management, Sustainable Design of the Built Environment, Finance and Banking, Education, and IT Management.

All BUiD's current Masters Programmes have received Initial Accreditation Eligibility Status from the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research's Commission for Academic Accreditation.

The founders of the University are the Al Maktoum Foundation, the Dubai Development and Investment Authority, Rolls-Royce, the British Business Group and the National Bank of Dubai. The University is governed by a Council under the chairmanship of Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum.

The Emirates Group, DUCAB, Atkins, Dubai Duty Free, Hyder Consulting, the Emirates Foundation and DUGAS are supporters of the university through financial contributions or the provision of scholarships.

For further enquiries call BUiD on +971 4 391 3633.

The Centre for Construction Law & Dispute Resolution
The Centre for Construction Law & Dispute Resolution offers study and research into law and management relating to the construction industry towards an MPhil/PhD. Staff research interests cover forms of contract, dispute resolution, regulation of construction, international and comparative aspects of construction law, structural safety.  The MSc is designed to enable practising lawyers, engineers, architects, surveyors and other professionals to gain expertise in construction law and dispute resolution. It includes a foundation course in law for non-lawyers and in construction technology for lawyers. (http://www.kcl.ac.uk/schools/law/research/cclm.html)

King’s College London
King’s College London is one of the top 25 universities in the world (Times Higher 2007) and the fourth oldest in England. A research-led university based in the heart of London, King’s has 19,700 students from more than 140 countries, and 5,400 employees. King’s has an outstanding reputation for providing world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. The College is in the top group of UK universities for research earnings and has an annual income of approximately £400 million. An investment of £500 million has been made in the redevelopment of its estate.

King’s has a particularly distinguished reputation in the humanities, law, social sciences, the health sciences, natural sciences and engineering, and has played a major role in many of the advances that have shaped modern life, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA. It is the largest centre for the education of healthcare professionals in Europe and is home to five Medical Research Council Centres - more than any other university.

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