Dubai International Academic City universities offer 54 new programmes to meet changing needs of industry

20 August 2015

Increase in new programmes across engineering, design, management, amongst other disciplines, is a direct response to the needs of industry, while also promoting a more diverse workplace

Dubai International Academic City (DIAC) today announced that 54 new programmes will be offered by its academic partners during the 2015/16 academic year, underlining its ability to adapt to the changing needs of industry, government and academia.

29 new Undergraduate, 23 new Post Graduate, and 2 new PhD and Doctorate Degrees will be made available to students in the academic year that begins in September. Taking into consideration Certificate and Diploma courses, the total number of programmes on offer will exceed 450.

The new programmes are spread across several disciplines, assuring greater diversity and supporting the government’s aim of establishing Dubai as an international destination for higher education. All programmes offered by DIAC universities are linked to the demands of industry, the government, and community, ensuring that students develop the necessary skills that contribute to economic prosperity.

Recognising the need to move in sync with the changing hiring needs of the public and private sectors, some of the new and diverse programmes on offer in 2015/16 include: Bachelor of Chemical Engineering at Heriot Watt University; Bachelor of Design – Interior Design at Manipal University; Bachelor of Games Development at SAE Institute; and an MSc in Media Management at Middlesex University Dubai.

A significant inclusion in this year’s list of programmes is The British University in Dubai’s (BUiD) Masters in Islamic Finance, the first of its kind offered by BUiD. Such a degree is a direct response to the growing influence of Islamic Finance in society. According to Thomson Reuters, the Global Islamic Economy is expected to almost double in value to US$3.73 trillion by 2019, from US$2 trillion in 2013.

Professor Abdullah Alshamsi, Vice-Chancellor, The British University in Dubai (BUiD) said: “The British University in Dubai’s strategic goals are aligned with those of the UAE Government’s vision and aspirations. To support HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s initiative of establishing Dubai as a hub for Islamic Finance, BUiD has restructured its MSc Finance programme with a specialization in Islamic Finance. The programme has been designed to help professionals gain the knowledge and skills needed to make a career move from conventional finance to Islamic finance. I believe Dubai’s strong leadership, strategic location, deep cultural roots and the right human capital will definitely enable Dubai to become a Global Capital for Islamic Finance.”

Commenting on the new variety of programmes being offered, Dr. Ayoub Kazim, Managing Director of Dubai International Academic City, said: “By responding to the needs of industry, we can ensure that the range of new programmes available at DIAC will provide students with the right skills when entering the workforce. The multitude of programmes on offer, covering different industries and specializations, provides a solid platform from which students can launch their careers from. This will in turn support the UAE’s development and underpin economic growth.

In this rapidly evolving world, it is critical we remain steadfast in our commitment to providing opportunities to bring together industry experts, government, and academia to discuss ways to support the UAE through education, training and knowledge development.

All of these new programs and initiatives support the UAE leadership’s vision to build a knowledge-based economy that supports and promotes diversity. I thank all of our academic partners for remaining committed to meeting the employment demands of the work place.”

Professor Ammar Kaka, Head of Campus & Executive Dean, Heriot-Watt University Dubai, said: “STEM related subjects at Heriot-Watt University Dubai Campus are designed to help with the long-term development of the UAE and the region’s increasing focus on engineering as a means to developing a stronger and more sustainable economy.

The Chemical Engineering programme at Heriot-Watt Dubai Campus aims to graduate professionally recognized Chartered Engineers that can secure jobs in a variety of critical sectors to the region and the emirate such as the petroleum, utilities, and process industries.”

All of the new programmes, along with all previously existing degrees, will be offered for the upcoming September 2015/16 academic year.