Brummies in Dubai: The University of Birmingham is Branching Out.
Residents of Birmingham are very diverse in both culture and religion, attracting people from all over the world with countless jobs, an exciting city and a preferable lifestyle. But these are not the only elements attracting the foreign portion of our population; our universities are powerful and renowned for their quality of teaching, their prestigious reputation striking a chord with many international employers. The University of Birmingham alone teaches students from 150 countries, having accepted international students into their higher education programmes for over a century already. It is now ranked within the top 100 universities around the world which gets it into the top 1%.
So, it is hardly surprising that the university want to branch out, taking advantage of their celebrated name and exploring a new venture. A new University of Birmingham campus will be opening over 3000 miles away in Dubai in November 2017, offering a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. It was the next logical step for the university, building on their international teaching activities with partnered establishments that have been working for 20 years now, located in places such as Singapore, China, the USA and Australia.
Approval from the Dubai Government’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) marked the beginning of this new campus for the university, allowing them a plot of land in Dubai International Academic City (DIAC). The DIAC is a leading education hub with 27 private universities teaching students from 12 countries, and it has an annual student growth of 10%.
Even though the first phase of the new campus is due to start this November, the first studies shall not commence until the start of the following academic year, in September 2018. The initial undergraduate and postgraduate courses on offer include:
- Computer Science
- Mechanical Engineering
- Primary and Secondary Teacher Education.
More courses will be added later, once the campus has established its feet.
Students will be introduced to the city by curtesy of the university who will plan social and cultural activities. These activities will include the obvious tour of the city, but also trips out to the local attractions such as Jumeriah Beach, the aquarium and the famous Burj Khalifa.
A Strong Base.
The Dubai campus will doubtlessly be a great success considering the start Birmingham has provided; it could not have had a stronger start or more stable introduction. Don’t believe us? Here are just some facts showing the University of Birmingham’s substance and what it has achieved.
- When it was established in 1900 (by Queen Victoria herself), it was named as Britain’s first civic university.
- Today’s students, when they graduate, are joining an international community of more than 300,000 alumni from across the world. This family have produced Nobel prize winners, Olympic medallists and award winning authors.
- Graduates from the University of Birmingham are sought out by international employers, including HSBC and Rolls-Royce.
- Researchers from inside the university have won 11 Nobel Prizes between them.
- For over a century, the university has made ground-breaking discoveries which have had an impact on the entire world. For example, organ transplants, the discovery of gravitational waves and the structure of DNA.
We wish the University of Birmingham the best of luck with their new campus and congratulate them on such a success.