New disciplines and training programmes enable students to keep pace with labour market requirements
The University of Dubai has achieved during the academic year 2014-15 a series of academic goals which have enabled the university to raise the quality of higher education in the country and provide international level training programmes to the students in all disciplines.
Dr. Eesa M. Bastaki, President of the University of Dubai, said: "The university is making consistent efforts to improve the level of higher education in the country and the world. Through its programmes and initiatives, the university has contributed to transforming the higher education environment in the UAE by providing more disciplines that meet the requirements of the labour market and enable the graduates to benefit from the job opportunities in several new areas."
Here are the top 10 achievements of University of Dubai in 2014/15:
- During the academic year, University of Dubai signed a memorandum of understanding with Dubai Customs to offer a specialist four year BBA Supply Chain Logistics Management PLUS Customs Program e to the staff at Dubai Customs, and enhance their human resource capabilities.
- The year also witnessed the graduation of 114 students of the faculties of Management and Information Technology and Law at the 13th graduation ceremony organised in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chief Executive of Emirates Group.
- The university organised the 6th Annual Alumni Homecoming event under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth, and Social Development. The Alumni Association has been successful in helping more than 100 students to identify appropriate undergraduate majors and has raised more than AED 1 million to support financially challenged students.
- In a major initiative during the year, University of Dubai organized the annual 'Job Fair 2015' at the Dubai Chamber with the participation of more than 27 local and international companies from the public and private sectors. A panel discussion organised on the sidelines of the exhibition, with the participation of speakers from Emaar, LinkedIn, and Bayt.com, highlighted the major employment trends in the UAE.
- During the year, the university in partnership with British Council hosted a symposium for school counsellors from MENA region. More than 75 school counsellors, advisors and education officials from eight countries across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region attended the professional development symposium. Led by experts from UK careers and higher education institutions, the symposium included sessions on educational and careers' opportunities.
- The university also joined hands with CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountant) to enable MBA students enrolling in the MBA programme at University of Dubai to automatically get certified by CIMA as a passed finalist upon their graduation, if they take the opportunity to sit for a maximum of 3 CIMA exams along with their MBA studies.
- During the year, the University of Dubai's continuing education arm, Center of Executive Development (CED), signed a memorandum of understanding with IDcentre, The Netherlands, to offer a comprehensive training that will enable participants to gain expertise in secured documents and enable them to tackle identity theft, identity abuse and money fraud.
- In another initiative, the CED started a training programme for more than 15 women in Ajman as part of the Sougha Initiative. The community service initiative, launched by Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development and sponsored by Citi Group, is aimed at preserving the Emirati heritage by creating economic opportunities for Emirati artisans in the UAE.
- The University of Dubai signed a memorandum of understanding with three private schools in the UAE as part of its initiative to provide up to 50 per cent discounts on educational fees for outstanding students. Through the initiative, the university aims to attract the best students in the UAE and enhance the academic level of students at the University of Dubai.
- It also launched a unique portal capable of providing the public easy access to Dubai Smart Government services. The Dubai Smart View portal, as it is called, was developed by a team of undergraduate students majoring in Information Technology at the university as part of a Capstone project.
During the year, the CED also unveiled a Luxury Brand and Retail Management Programme in partnership with Institut Supérieur de Marketing du Luxe – Paris. It also partnered with the ROI Institute to host a professional workshop on ROI (Returns on Investment).