Curtin University’s first Middle East campus launched at DIAC during GETEX 2017
One of the Middle East’s leading education, training and professional development exhibition was inaugurated last week by Dr Ahmad bin Abdullah Humaid Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education at the Sheikh Saeed Halls of the Dubai International Convention Center.
The three-day event, that is currently on its 29th edition was held under the patronage of the UAE Ministry of Education and organized by International Conferences and Exhibitions (IC&E).
The key focus of the exhibition was on general, undergraduate, post graduate, occupational and industry, professional development and continuing education and training.
Dr Al Falasi commended Getex for being one of the most important exhibitions for the education sector, which is currently witnessing rapid development and continuous growth.
He also stressed on the significant role it plays in the continuing efforts to provide the labour sector with highly qualified and trained human resources, conforming to set international standards.
One of the key highlights of GETEX this year is the unveiling of Curtin University, which is setting up its first overseas campus in the Middle East at the Dubai International Academic City.
The campus will strengthen Curtin’s standing as a global university and a recognised international leader in research and education. The United Arab Emirates’ government priorities for economic development and potential skills gaps, has informed Curtin’s proposed course offerings.
The availability of Curtin University’s renowned degree programs will be an advantage to students who want to live, work and study in a modern city like Dubai and will further enhance Dubai as the premier destination for education in the region.
Curtin University Dubai will be the third overseas campus for the University, following the establishment of Curtin Sarawak in 1999 and Curtin Singapore in 2008. The institutes degree programs set to commence in January 2018.
Curtin University Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry said the campus will expand upon Curtin’s current global footprint in a major and new geographical region. “The campus will offer Curtin programs to students from the Middle East, the Indian Sub-Continent, Africa and Central Asia,” Professor Terry said.
“Establishing a campus in the region will also provide an opportunity for Curtin to develop collaborative research centres with key industry and international university partners in areas of strategic interest.”
“The initial courses will include a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs in Business, Science, as well as the Humanities,” Professor Terry said. “It is expected that additional courses will be rolled out progressively in subsequent years.”
Curtin will appoint a resident Pro Vice-Chancellor to head the campus, who will provide oversight of all academic matters, including academic staff selection, course materials, enrolment and entry standards, assessments and examinations, teaching standards, and academic governance structures.
Global Institute Middle East Chief Executive Officer Dan Adkins said the availability of Curtin University’s renowned degree programs will be an advantage to students who prefer to live, work and study in a modern city like Dubai and will further enhance Dubai as the premier destination for education.
Mohammad Abdullah, Managing Director of Dubai International Academic City and Dubai Knowledge Park said: “Dubai International Academic City is delighted to support Curtin University’s expansion to Dubai.
As a highly ranked Australian university, we are excited by the addition of another outstanding academic partner to complement our diverse higher education community. Recognized for its strong connections with industry, high-impact research and wide range of innovative courses, we believe Curtain University will be a great fit for our growing, diverse student body.
As we look further into the future, our partnership with globally connected universities such as Curtin is particularly important in advancing the UAE’s vision of innovation and developing a diversified, innovation-focused economy.”
The seminars at Getex will provide students with enriching information that can help them in making informed decisions on their higher education Delivered by leading industry speakers and experts, the seminars are highly relevant in today’s job market as well as for future opportunities.
The three-day show is expected to be attended by 35,000 visitors seeking to learn more about the available programmes.