University of Wollongong Dubai Set to Expand

The UAE's drive to keep students in the emirate looks set to get a boost with the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD)'s new purpose-built campus, set to open next year.
University of Wollongong Dubai Set to Expand
By David Westley
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The latest sign competition for students is heating up in the UAE's tertiary education sector comes with the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) announcement of a new purpose-built campus at Dubai Knowledge Park for 2020. The UOWD was the first international university to set up in the UAE, and has been in the emirate for over a quarter of a century.

According to a statement from the university, the new site will offer cutting-edge technology, modern architecture, and a mix of traditional and innovative learning spaces. 

“Investments in education are investments in the future direction and success of a society. With more than 200 nationalities residing in the UAE, the need for an education space that caters to a highly diverse group of students is imperative. UOWD’s new multifaceted campus seeks to fill this gap.” Marisa Mastroianni, Group CEO and Managing Director of University of Wollongong Global Enterprises

The University of Wollongong has a 26-year track record in Dubai, however as the UAE has begun to try to create a hub for tertiary education by attracting known brand universities into the UAE, so competition amongst all universities in the emirate has begun to increase.

The UK's Birmingham University has been the latest to enter the emirate, and is itself building a dedicated, 50,000m2 campus set to open in 2021. It will have a capacity for 4,500 students.

The  Wollongong campus, which opens a year earlier, will include informal learning and meeting rooms, small classrooms that can accommodate up to 40 students, large classrooms for up to 80 students, an exhibition space, a recruitment lounge, a student lounge, a state-of-the-art auditorium and a café.

The premises will also house major laboratories, dedicated to power circuits, chemistry, thermodynamic, fluid and heat transfer, manufacturing, physics and robotics, Geotechnics, concrete, media, cybersecurity, and networking and gaming. The heart of the campus will belong to the UOWD library with collaborative learning spaces, traditional quiet reading and study zones, meeting rooms of varied sizes, as well as a student lounge designed as an informal learning space.

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