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About UOWD

The University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) is one of the UAE’s oldest and most prestigious universities. Established in 1993 by the University of Wollongong in Australia, currently ranked in the leading universities in the world, it is now an independent university, licensed by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education – Higher Education Affairs.

UOWD attracts students from the UAE and all over the world. Nearly 4,500 students representing almost 120 nationalities are studying at UOWD, in a variety of Undergraduate and Postgraduate programs offered by the Faculty of Business and Faculty of Engineering & Information Sciences – and in university preparation courses. Through these programs, and a variety of professional training courses, UOWD is a major contributor to the development of human capital in the UAE and the broader region.

The high quality of UOWD's degree programs is maintained through close connections with the University of Wollongong. Staff at the University of Wollongong carry out rigorous and frequent quality assurance testing of UOWD degree programs and individual subjects. These QA processes are examined every five years by the Australian Universities Quality Agency, in addition to the regular reviews required by the UAE Commission for Academic Accreditation.
The University's academic staff have extensive teaching, business and industry experience. They bring years of knowledge gained from research in their respective fields into the classroom, thus providing students with a stimulating academic environment.

The academic staff are also active in research, publishing in professional journals and presenting their research at international conferences. A feature of UOWD's research activity is close collaborations with government agencies and industry partners, and the university has established the 'UOWD Case Centre' for researching and publishing business cases relevant to the region.

Since its inception, the University of Wollongong in Dubai has built a reputation for quality, credibility and integrity, and is held in high esteem by its students, alumni, business, industry and government. It maintains a long and proud tradition of excellence in education combined with liberal values of enquiry. It continuously strives to provide a fertile environment for bright young minds to flourish, where critical thinking is both encouraged and nurtured. These are the qualities that characterise great institutes of learning.

Research at UOWD

Research, Teaching and Community Engagement are the three pillars on which Universities contribute to society and earn their reputation. All staff at UOWD are passionately committed to these academic activities. The University's Vision and Mission signal our aspirations of excellence as a teaching and research institution in the UAE and broader region.

The UOWD Research Committee (URC), established in February 2004, is responsible for research-related activities and for promoting a dynamic culture of research at the University. It seeks to further the research components of UOWD's strategic plan.

The URC undertakes a number of activities towards fulfilling the research aims of the University, including the provision of research support and training for UOWD staff, formulating and implementing research plans, developing policies, procedures and guidelines, fostering existing and emerging research strengths, and creating a suitable infrastructure to support high quality research projects and initiatives. The URC is also responsible for promoting research partnerships with the government and the private sector in the Gulf region.

Research activities at UOWD span a range of disciplines, predominantly in fields of business and information technology. Other research disciplines include education, environmental science and the social sciences.

UOWD is committed to fostering an intellectual environment with an international orientation and providing rigorous and relevant research so as to contribute to the social and economic development of the region.

Doctoral Studies at UOWD

Private and public sector organisations in the UAE are increasingly seeking professionals differentiated by their capacity to apply a research approach to addressing challenges in their organisations. The rapidly expanding UAE higher education sector is also seeking research-active academics who have doctoral qualifications.

UOWD is responding to these growing needs for research-trained professionals by offering two nationally accredited doctoral programs: the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Language Studies Center

UOWD’s Centre for Language & Culture offers language courses in English and Arabic. They range from English language study for University preparation to part time Arabic classes and English language teacher training. The Arabic program focuses on the linguistic as well as the cultural experience, enabling participants to explore and enjoy Dubai's diversity.