Canadian University in Dubai

UW signs agreement to open major campus abroad in Dubai, UAE

Exchange Morning Post, January 16, 2009

WATERLOO – Canada’s most innovative university and the Middle East’s largest provider of education have taken a key step toward opening a major international campus in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The University of Waterloo (UW), the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) and the Centre of Excellence for Applied Research and Training (CERT), have signed a memorandum of understanding to open the campus. The Dubai campus will begin accepting students in the fall of 2009.

Waterloo would initially offer programs in chemical engineering and civil engineering, followed by financial analysis and risk management, and information technology management. Some programs would be offered under the co-operative education system whereby students experience work terms in the business world and academic terms on campus.

Students would spend the first two years studying in Dubai and complete their degrees in Waterloo.

“On behalf of the University of Waterloo I would like to thank the Higher Colleges of Technology, the Centre of Excellence for Applied Research and Training, and His Highness Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan for establishing this exciting partnership,” said David Johnston, president of the University of Waterloo.

“We are committed to establishing a Waterloo presence overseas and we are thrilled with the opportunity to work with HCT in the United Arab Emirates. Given the growing significance of the Gulf region on the global stage, we believe that it is vitally important to have a high quality presence with a high-quality partner in this region.”

UW’s strategic plan for its sixth decade (http://www.sixthdecade.uwaterloo.ca) calls for significant internationalization to ensure graduates are global citizens. Achieving that goal involves sending more students abroad, bringing more international students to campus and expanding UW’s presence around the world. The plan specifically calls for the opening of two international campuses, in Dubai and Nanjing, China.

The Centre of Excellence for Applied Research and Training is a consortium of technology companies that serve as the commercial arm of the UAE Higher Colleges of Technology. Established by Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, chancellor of the colleges, it seeks to build international alliances among leading institutions of learning and research, and to develop practical business relationships with leading multinational corporations.

Source: Exchange Morning Post

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