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Dubai International Academic City shines on expanded educational offerings, citing the development of the UAE’s future workforce as key economic driver

24 new academic degree programmes offered by universities at the world’s largest higher education hub in 2016/17 academic year, adding to DIAC’s 500 higher education programmes

Dubai, UAE: University students considering further education in the United Arab Emirates will have access to 24 new degree programmes this year as Dubai International Academic City, a member of TECOM Group, scales up efforts to align higher education with market trends and demand for industry specific skills.

The new degree programmes will be offered across the 23 academic institutions that make up the world’s largest higher education hub – now featuring a total of 427 higher education programmes, and more than 500 including all certificate and diploma courses.

Commenting on the new courses offered by university partners, Mohammad Abdullah, Managing Director of Dubai International Academic City (DIAC), said: “DIAC has invested in expanding Dubai’s educational offering in line with national economic diversification priorities and the UAE’s transition to a knowledge-based economy. At the same time, through the new Indian Law degree, we’re realising our ambition to position Dubai as a global centre of excellence in education.”

One new addition will see Amity University Dubai become the first institution to deliver law degrees approved by the Bar Council of India outside of India, a premier reflecting unfulfilled demand on the subcontinent for legal qualifications. The inaugural batch of law students commenced their studies in September at the new university campus where a mock courtroom has been set up to help students hone their craft.

Highlighting that this is a world first for any institution, Mariam Shaikh, Vice President – Student Recruitment & Admissions, Amity University, Dubai Campus, said: “Amity University Dubai becomes the first university outside of India to be approved by the Bar Council of India to teach Law. The inaugural batch for the law students will commence in our brand new campus where a special court has been set up for the students. We are dedicated to developing a new generation of law professionals, capable of facing future demands confidently and we take pride in maintaining an exceptional learning and research environment.”

Other new programmes offered by DIAC’s university partners are aligned with the UAE’s national strategy for innovation and include courses in hospitality and tourism, food and nutrition science, human resource management and public relations, among other strategic sectors.

Manipal University will offer postgraduate degrees in molecular biology and human genetics, as well as a Master of Commerce in Logistics and Supply Chain. Another new degree in hospital management offered by the MENA College of Management will aim to attract medical tourists to Dubai and help develop the medical skills offered by hospitals in the region.

Meanwhile, the American University in the Emirates has launched a master’s in sports law, at a time when Dubai’s reputation for hosting high-profile international sporting events including the Dubai Desert Classic Golf Tournament, the Dubai World Cup and the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, continues to grow in stature.

Professor Muthanna, President and CEO, American University in the Emirates, said: “The American University in the Emirates believes in creating programmes that are in keeping with the development of society, which we feel guarantee employment beyond graduation, and which create a platform for students to excel. Our new postgraduate degree in sports law is unique in the UAE, GCC and MENA, and will contribute to the Dubai Expo2020 strategy. This is also true of our new Arabic public relations degree, which will create demand for graduates and create more new jobs over the next four years.”

The new degree programmes take the number of degree course available through Dubai International Academic City’s university partners to 427, compared to 403 in the previous academic year. Together with existing diploma and certificate programmes, the 25,000 students enrolled at the world’s largest higher education hub have access to over 500 academic courses which, in turn, contribute significantly to the growth of the education sector locally, regionally, and in international spheres.

In a recent report published by PricewaterhouseCoopers on Understanding the GCC Education Sector published in September 2016, the UAE has been evaluated as one of the more mature markets in the region, where the quality of education remains high predominantly due to the unique demographic make-up of the country and its outbound student mobility rate, which is one of the highest in the world. According to the World Economic Forum, the UAE’s quality of higher education was ranked 12th compared to the overall country rating that comes in at 17th position in the 2015-16 Global Competitiveness Index.

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About Dubai International Academic City
Dubai International Academic City (DIAC), a member of TECOM Group, is the world’s largest free zone dedicated to Higher Education. Established in 2007, DIAC hosts 23 universities from nine countries offering more than 500 undergraduate, post graduate, and PHD programmes to over 25,000 students representing 149 nationalities. Located on a modern campus with state-of-the-art facilities spread across 18 million square feet, DIAC acts as a catalyst for academia in the region and supports the fulfilment of Dubai’s ambition of building a knowledge-based economy through the provision of a wide range of internationally accredited study programmes. Institutions at DIAC currently include Amity University, Heriot-Watt University, Michigan State University, University of Wollongong, BITS Pilani, Hult International Business School, Murdoch University, and Manchester Business School.

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