History, Affiliations and Rankings
Established in 1997, the University of Dubai (UD) is owned by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI). The idea was to address skills and qualifications gaps in the workforce. The university also aimed to support the human resources development programs of the government in the private and public sectors. Initially, the university was recognised as Dubai Polytechnic College. The year 2001, Dubai Polytechnic College received recognition as Dubai University College. It happened when the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research approved licences for courses like Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Computing and Information Systems degree. In June 2006, the name changed from Dubai University College to University of Dubai. The university ranks #551 positions in the QS WUR Ranking by subject and #61 in the Arab region rankings.
Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses
In June 2006, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and the Ruler of Dubai, granted the University of Dubai a three (3) million square feet plot of land in the Academic City to build its new campus. Which was also in support of educational development in Dubai compatible with the Dubai Vision 2020.
The Ruler designed the new campus to match the international competition and after the completion of construction, the university shifted to the new campus in Academic City in Dec 2015. The University of Dubai offers programs in Business Administration, Information system Security, Electrical Engineering, Law, PhD and many more.
Accomplishments and Alumni
In 2008, the University of Dubai joined the United Nations Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME). This made the university the first signatory in the field from the Middle East region. In 2013, the University was nominated as a member of the Champions Group of PRME. The same year in November, the University hosted the 3rd PRME MENA regional conference at Dubai Chamber.
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
Dubai itself is a multicultural city hence, the University automatically has a diverse campus with students from all over the world. There are more than 80 countries represented on the campus of the university. The university has connections with many companies locally and internationally that update their vacancy status with the administration of the university. These education partners are responsible for the placements of the students studying at the University of Dubai.