UK’s Top Architecture School Opens Doors to UAE-based Graduates to Research Sustainability

Published February 17th, 2010 - 07:43 GMT

The British University in Dubai (BUiD), the Middle East’s leading research-based postgraduate university, has announced its partnership with UK’s Cardiff University to provide Middle East postgraduate students with research opportunities in architectural sustainability.

The agreement, formalised in December last  year, is now accepting students who wish to register for a PhD at the Welsh School of Architecture (WSA), which has a reputation as one of the best research and architecture schools in the UK, in the area of environmentally-aware design.

Professor Phil Jones, Head of School and Director of Architectural Science, WSA, Cardiff University UK, was in Dubai this week to introduce the course to potential candidates.

“We have had a great response so far following the launch of the arrangement with BUiD to support PhD architecture students in the area of sustainability – a very important and timely area of study for the Middle East region,” he said.

“The programme is unique as it allows students to stay in their jobs and close to their families in the region, while fulfilling the goal of attaining a PhD degree from a world-class institution in one of the most relevant scientific fields,” added Professor Jones.

For the past four years running, WSA has been voted the UK’s top School of Architecture in the Times Higher Educational Supplement league table, and in 2008 a Research Assessment Exercise concluded that 90 percent of the school’s research activity was globally recognised.

The PhD will be a Cardiff-only degree, however all UAE-based students will be assigned a BUiD co-supervisor as well as a dedicated supervisor from WSA. Students will need to spend a proportion of their total study time at the Cardiff-based school, but will receive local supervision and support from BUiD for the greater part of the programme.

“The agreement between BUiD and Cardiff University is in line with our vision to expand our world-class educational offerings, and provide potential students with PhD opportunities in key areas, such as sustainability,” said Martin Prince, Registrar, BUiD.

BUiD, a truly local university, is accredited by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and internationally recognised for its top quality education, which is on par with British standards thanks to its association with UK-based universities including the Universities of Edinburgh, Birmingham, Manchester, Cardiff , King’s College London, and Cass Business School, City University, London.

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