Active preparations are taking place in Blocks 16, 17, and 19 of Dubai Knowledge Village, the home of Middlesex University Dubai, for September 23, the first day of classes in the 2012/2013 academic year. Student induction programmes, which started in July, are ongoing throughout August and September.
Middlesex University Dubai which has the distinction of being London’s first and only university campus in the United Arab Emirates is celebrating its eighth year in Dubai.
The campus which opened in 2005, will have by this September more than 2600 students from over 90 nationalities and is offering 35 undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in a wide variety of subject areas.
This September, approximately 1,200 new students will join 1,400 returning students. This represents an increase of 20% over 2011. This year, Middlesex Dubai will also have graduated more than 2,000 students over the last 7 years (600 of them this year alone).
Throughout August and September, the process of student registration, enrolment, scholarship awards is ongoing in preparation for a smooth start on the 23rd of September. Middlesex University Dubai is experiencing a rise in new applications this year by approximately 25%.
Commenting on the increase of new applications, Mr. Wassim Hamadah, University Marketing Manager, said: “It is very rewarding to see the very positive growth that Middlesex University Dubai experienced over the last eight years. We are grateful for the very strong vote of confidence that our community gave us from day one where we moved from 28 students and 5 programmes to over 2600 students and 35 programmes. It is very exciting. We now are looking forward to welcoming our new and returning students on campus this September”.
Middlesex Dubai is one of only few universities in the region that offer much sought-after honours programmes in psychology, counseling, media, international development, TESOL, and education.
Furthermore, programmes are offered in business-related disciplines such as marketing, management, accounting (ACCA accredited), project management, finance and human resource management, as well as in computing and informatics disciplines such as information technology and business information systems.
All undergraduate programmes at Middlesex University are three-year honours bachelor degrees. New programmes introduced this year include a Master of Arts in Media Management and Master of Science in Project Management.
The origins of Middlesex University London date back to 1878 and it is one of only a handful British Universities to have been awarded three Queen’s anniversary prizes.
In 2007, Middlesex was ranked third in London for Teaching and Learning (HEFCE) and the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) rated research at Middlesex as ‘Top 10 among new UK universities’. The Dubai campus is an integral part of Middlesex University and is subject to the same rigorous quality assurance procedures.
The UK’s Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education’s (QAA) has given its top-most rating to Middlesex University in 2009.
QAA identified as ‘good practice’ the meticulous attention given to the establishment, development and integration of the University’s Dubai campus. The University was praised for assuring that learning opportunities in Dubai are comparable to those available to students in London.
The campus is also licensed by the Dubai government’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA). Furthermore, the University Quality Assurance International Board (UQAIB) at KHDA reviews all programmes on offer in Dubai to ensure that the quality of programmes taught in Dubai are equivalent to those at the home campus in London.