University of Birmingham Dubai welcomes its first students
Provost Professor Glyn Watson formally welcomed students to the University to begin a packed first day of activity marking the start of Welcome Week.
Students and staff were joined by renowned Dubai artist Jennifer Simon to create a colourful, large-scale artwork based on a ‘skyline’ of Dubai and Birmingham landmarks, which will remain on the Dubai campus as a memento of the occasion.
New students had their first opportunities to meet others on their study programmes with ‘ice-breaker’ workshops for those studying Foundation courses, Computer Science, Business Studies, Mechanical Engineering, Economic and teacher training.
Lilly Schwarzenbach – MSc Computer Science “I feel an amazing sense of adventure and community it’s has been great meeting my fellow peers today. The University of Birmingham Dubai offers a quality education combined with an innovative MSc Computer Science programme. I am looking forward to the next few months”.
Malika Chandoo – PGCE Secondary Mathematics Education (Teaching Studies) “It feels great to be part of this historic moment for the University of Birmingham Dubai and to be amongst the first students to study here. I am excited to embark upon this new stage of my career with the University of Birmingham Dubai and look forward to the journey that lies ahead”
Students also had the opportunity to take a campus tour as well as meeting a range of University representatives ready to help them get to grips with all aspects of student life – from help with their accommodation to getting their IT accounts up and running.
Professor Watson commented: “This is a landmark day for both the University of Birmingham and Higher Education in the UAE. We are proud to be the first elite UK Russell Group university to welcome students to a campus in Dubai.
“The students beginning their education journey with us in Dubai will enjoy the highest quality academic experience to stretch and challenge them, whilst gaining the skills that will help them to stand out in a competitive, global employment market.
“They will be taught by outstanding academics; experts in their fields who are shaping policy, influencing society, and changing lives around the globe. We are excited to welcome them to a global top 100 university, which counts 11 Nobel Prize winners among its former staff and students.”
The University of Birmingham Dubai offers degrees that will be taught, examined and accredited to the same high standards as those delivered on its UK campus and are approved by The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA).