Minister inaugurates Abu Dhabi University’s Dubai campus
DUBAI: Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development and Vice-President of Abu Dhabi University (ADU), inaugurated the university’s new campus in Dubai on Wednesday.
The new campus, located at Dubai Knowledge Park, commenced its semester in early September with students starting classes across five internationally accredited postgraduate programmes. These include the Master of Education in Educational Leadership, Master of Engineering Management, Master of Project Management, Master of Business Administration, and the Doctorate of Business Administration.
Speaking on the occasion, Sheikh Nahyan said that the university’s Dubai campus further complements Abu Dhabi University’s success story. Since its inception in 2003, the university has worked relentlessly to achieve local and international recognition and accomplishments that contribute to enhancing the stature of the higher education system in the UAE and contribute to the nation’s efforts in becoming the region’s preferred destination for world-class higher education.
He added, “The dynamic developments that the UAE’s educational sector is witnessing today articulate our leadership’s vision in ensuring that the nation’s higher education institutions implement best international practices to rival their prestigious counterparts from around the world. This approach elevates the standards of our educational processes and improves outcomes of teaching, scientific research, and community service, thereby allowing our colleges and universities to contribute to the UAE’s sustainable economic growth for future generations.”
During its 15-year-long academic journey, the Abu Dhabi University has earned a wealth of international accolades, such as its ranking among the top 3 per cent of universities worldwide and among the world’s Top 150 under 50 in Quacquarelli Symonds’ QS World University Rankings 2018.
The university’s College of Business holds international accreditation for all its programmes from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the prestigious EQUIS accreditation from the European Foundation for Management and Development (EFMD).
In addition, its College of Engineering has earned the accreditation from the world-renowned Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) and Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) at the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).
Ali Saeed Bin Harmal Al Dhaheri, Chairman of ADU’s Executive Board, said that the university’s expansion aligns with its strategic commitment to academic excellence and continuous growth.
He pointed out that the university’s Dubai campus supports sustainable economic development in Dubai. In this context, ADU’s decision to offer master’s and doctorate programmes at the Dubai campus was based on intensive studies that identified current and future market needs, as well as the growing demand for high-quality postgraduate programmes that cater to students and working professionals pursuing locally and internationally accredited degrees in business, engineering, and education.
The new campus is equipped with cutting-edge technologies and features an electronic library that enables students to access online resources from the university and its global academic partners.
Since its inception, more than 12,000 students have graduated from the university. Many of them currently occupy leading positions within the public and private sectors. The university has witnessed a steady increase in student enrollment. Out of its current roster of around 7,650 students, 47.6 percent are Emiratis, while the rest constitutes students from over 70 nationalities