Hong Kong Students Learn Insights from Dubai’s Development

Published May 30th, 2007 - 09:33 GMT

As a result of its growing reputation in international education and development circles, The British University in Dubai (BUiD) is to hold a special seminar for built environment students from Hong Kong this week. 

The delegation of students from Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, visited BUiD to discuss the postgraduate University’s ongoing research into the principles of sustainable development and its impact on construction in hot climates like Dubai.

In addition, they were provided with an overview of some of the major projects currently under development within the region. Following the seminar, the students will be taken on a tour of the Palm Jebel Ali by Nakheel, a leader in construction and sustainability which has worked closely with BUiD in its research.

Hong Kong is recognised as an international centre for modern design and architecture and is currently building the International Commerce Centre which, when completed in 2010, will become the world’s fourth tallest tower. The decision by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University to bring the delegation to BUiD reflects the institution’s increasingly international profile.

“The British University in Dubai is developing a global reputation for the strength of our research, particularly in fields that have a direct relevance and importance for the local economy. We are pleased to welcome this special delegation from Hong Kong and look forward to sharing insights with them,” said Vice-Chancellor Dr. Abdullah M. Alshamsi, British University in Dubai.

With the ongoing participation of senior lecturers and students at knowledge exchange events like this, the British University is not just witnessing an expansion in enrolment; it is also reinforcing its reputation for standards of excellence in the cultivation of tomorrow’s leaders.

Dr. Mohammed Dulaimi, Institute of Engineering, British University in Dubai, said “The British University is excited to have students and staff from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University here. Their interest in our activities and research are appreciated and serve as a strong indicator of the growing international appreciation of the British University as a leader in education in the Middle East.” 

Photo Caption: 1st Image: Hong Kong Polytechnic Students with British University Staff; Centre: Dr. Mohammed Dulaimi, Senior lecturer of Institute of Engineering; Vice-Chancellor Dr. Abdullah Alshamsi; and Dr. Bassam Abu Hijleh, Head of Built Environment, British University in Dubai.

Photo Caption for 2nd Image: Vice-Chancellor Dr. Abdullah Alshamsi addressing students on a visit at the British University in Dubai from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

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, the Built Environment, Finance and Banking, Education and IT Management.

All BUiD’s current Masters Programmes have received 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.


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