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British University in Dubai Unveils Ambitious
Plans for Development
expansion of courses, greater numbers of UAE national students
and the potential of major new research projects are just some
of the exciting developments due to take place at the British
University in Dubai (BUiD) this year.
As the university moves into its third calendar year, staff and
students are looking forward to strengthening BUiD’s position as
one of the leading academic institutions in the Middle East.
Key to its vision for 2007 is a continued drive to increase
student numbers, while retaining its reputation for achieving
internationally accredited standards in its higher education
BUiD aims to have almost 300 students passing through its doors
by the end of the year and more than 1,000 students by 2010 – a
five fold increase on the 200 plus students currently enrolled
at the University.
Building a future generation of managers to further the growth
and development of the UAE remains a central part of BUiD’s
philosophy, with Emiratis comprising 48 percent of students and
the remaining 52 percent from 25 different nationalities.
The university is committed to increasing further the number of
Emiratis as the student body expands over future years, and has
just announced an additional 90 new scholarships from the
Emirates Foundation to add to the existing 130 currently in
“This year will be the most important year for BUiD as we seek
to capitalise on our achievements from 2006 and introduce new
initiatives across the board,” said David Lock, registrar and
acting CEO of BUiD.
“Our staff are passionate about higher education by creating a
high quality research-led University of which its students can
be proud. The next few months are going to be exciting and
challenging as we aim to expand in almost every area.”
Fresh from the success of introducing two new MSc courses in
Finance and Banking, and IT Management in 2006, BUiD is planning
the introduction of five new postgraduate programmes this year.
include an MSc in Human Resources Management which BUiD has
introduced in response to initiatives by Dubai Government for
Emiratis to fill the most senior human resources positions in
the public and private sector.
Postgraduates will also benefit from MSc courses in the vitally
important areas of Strategic Operations and Services Management,
Construction Law and Dispute Resolution, Sustainable Development
and Systems Engineering. A Masters’ degree (MEd) in Information
and Communication Technology will also be a new addition to the
In keeping with its objective of providing the highest
internationally recognised levels of research-based education,
BUiD is negotiating to obtain a number of highly important new
research projects throughout the region in 2007.
Current research projects include those enabling the
“Arabisation” of the World Wide Web to assist millions of Arabic
speakers across the globe use the internet to maximise their
Academics from BUiD have produced 98 research papers during
2005-6, and have also organised the university’s first
international research conference in Dubai.
BUiD has signed Memoranda of Understanding with Dubai’s
Department of Economic Development which will lead to the
creation of a research agenda for Dubai and with the Abu Dhabi
Chamber of Commerce and Industry which will lead to the
identification of training and research needs for organisations
in Abu Dhabi.
Quality of research remains a top priority as BUiD continues to
maintain strong relationships with highly prestigious UK
universities such as Edinburgh, Birmingham, Manchester, Cardiff
and City University in London. All are rated 5 and 5* for their
excellence in research and teaching.
To enable prospective students to meet BUiD’s demanding entry
requirements, the Language and Study Skills Unit will be
expanding its help to students both in Dubai and Abu Dhabi with
evening classes designed to improve language skills. The
expansion also plans to increase the number of students
sponsored by companies across the region.
“The University has built a strong reputation for the high
quality of its programmes and research, and we look forward to
taking another significant step ahead during 2007,” added Lock.
“We want to empower our students so they can help make Dubai the
knowledge capital of the Gulf, providing a vital contribution to
the social and economic development of the entire region and
About British University in Dubai
The British University in Dubai (BUiD) is the Middle East’s
first research-based, postgraduate university. The University
was established to facilitate access to world-class education,
training and research in the Middle East. BUiD aspires to the
highest, internationally recognized British standards as
reflected in its partnership with the University of Edinburgh,
the University of Birmingham, the University of Manchester,
Cardiff University and the Cass Business School at City
University, London. Each has a five or five-star rating in the
UK national Research Assessment Exercise that signifies research
of international standard.
The not-for-profit university offers full and part-time Masters
Degree programmes and Continuing Professional Development
courses in Information Technology, Project Management, the Built
Environment, Finance and Banking, Education and IT Management.
All BUiD’s current Masters Programmes have received
Accreditation Eligibility Status from the UAE Ministry of Higher
Education and Scientific Research’s Commission for Academic
The founders of the University are the Al Maktoum Foundation,
the Dubai Development and Investment Authority, Rolls-Royce, the
British Business Group and the National Bank of Dubai. The
University is governed by a Council under the chairmanship of
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum.
The Emirates Group, DUCAB, Atkins, Dubai Duty Free, Hyder
Consulting, the Emirates Foundation and DUGAS are supporters of
the university through financial contributions or the provision
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