Top 10 universities in the UAE

University of DubaiBy Bhagyashree Mehrotra

Quality Education is a major concern for both students and parents all over the world. Fortunately the United Arab Emirates offers a range of educational opportunities for both international and local students.

Below is the list of the top ten universities of UAE, rated by the website The site ranks universities based on nine different categories including: academic reputation, employer reputation, international students, international faculty and number of citations per paper.

1: United Arab Emirates University

UAE University is the ranked the best institution in the country and sixth best in the Gulf region, enrolling up to fourteen thousand Emirati and international students. It offers a range of both undergraduate and graduate courses ranging from humanities to IT and medical sciences. The university is also a highly ranked research institution, at 20 in the world, according to the site. Top Universities states that 67.7 per cent of students at the school are international.

2: American University of Sharjah

American University of Sharjah is ranked seventh in the whole of the Gulf. It claims to provide the dynamic feel of American universities, while reflecting the culture of the Emirates. The institution is rated highly for both its academic reputation and its number of international students and has more than thirty thousand members.

3: University of Sharjah

With an academic reputation of 91 per cent, University of Sharjah stands in the UAE. It also has a high ranking for both international students and the quality of its faculty. The institution’s website claims that it has a global vision and aims to possess the qualities of renowned universities all around the world. It also strives to be one of the top research-based universities and provides extensive opportunities to its students by offering eight different programmes.

4: Zayed University

Zayed University has a good academic reputation with a rating of 82 per cent. Its mission is to prepare students to contribute to the better of the nation by offering optimum education opportunities. The institution aims to make sure that its education is of international.

5: American University in Dubai

American University In Dubai stands 19th in the Gulf with an academic reputation of 79.9 per cent, according to Top Universities. It offers interactive undergraduate, graduate and professional courses and other related facilities such as work placement programmes.

6: Khalifa University

Khalifa University aims to be a major research based institution, with various courses based on science, technology and research.. It offers up to nine undergraduate engineering programmes and 7 graduate degree programmes, according to KD’s wesbite. The graduate degree programmes consist of extensive courses such as mechanical engineering, nuclear engineering and electrical and computer engineering.

7: Abu Dhabi University

website, the institution states that 90 per cent of students gain employment within a year of graduation. It is also very international with students from over fifty nationalities. ADU’s vision is to gain international recognition for its good quality education and research.

8: Ajman University of Science and Technology

Ajman University of Science and Technology is in the top 45 Gulf institutions, and has a goal of producing international leaders, according to its website. It also aims to continually enhance and improve its teaching techniques and technological assets, for better quality education.

9: Higher Colleges of Technology

Higher Colleges of Technology is one of the few institutions in UAE to be rated with three QS stars for excellence by Top Universities. The university was created in 1988 with the ultimate aim of educating nationals for professional and technical careers deemed important to support the rapid development of the country.

10: University of Dubai

University of Dubai aims to be a world-class university for education and provides a range of both undergraduate and graduate courses. These include a variety of business and IT programmes that are locally and internationally accredited.

Ryerson's FCAD Forging New Creative Frontiers in Dubai

dubai resizedRyerson University's Faculty of Communication and Design (FCAD) and the Canadian University Dubai (CUD) announced a new international partnership that will see the development of a creative education hub in Dubai.

"This is an exciting partnership for us in a global city known for its innovation and creativity," says FCAD's Dean Charles Falzon. "This collaboration represents an opportunity for us to mobilize talent, ideas and global connections in order to advance cultural industries in both countries."

Building on Canadian University Dubai's existing offerings in media and design, the new faculty will include a Creative Industries program, modelled after the successful program offered at Ryerson; the new program will launch in September 2017. The agreement also outlines an intention to add additional programs in specific areas in the future. FCAD will work with the Canadian University Dubai in providing ongoing technical and curricular expertise and will assist in the recruitment of scholars from around the world.

The "Creative Industries" refers to a distinctive group of creative fields pertaining to media, design, entertainment and the visual and performing arts. While these fields have long been recognized for their cultural value, they are also an important economic driver and key to urban development and renewal.

As a rapidly expanding economy and cultural hub in the Middle East, Dubai offers opportunities for new ideas, creative people and a rich historical tradition. The Creative Industries program will capitalize on this by offering students classes in the art and business of film, the business and practice of news, printing and publishing, the music industry and the fashion industry. In addition, the two institutions will also work with the city of Dubai to develop a Creative Incubator in the Dubai Design District.

"This strategic partnership offers our students and faculty an opportunity to not only participate in a world class program, but also to take advantage of the Creative Incubator space and creative talents for the region and the world" said Dr. Karim Chelli, Canadian University Dubai's President. "Canadian University Dubai prides itself in promoting its students as global citizens, providing them with this unique and exciting opportunity for development, growth and education through our new collaboration is a testament to that focus."

The new faculty will offer Canadian University Dubai degrees and is expected to attract students from over 100 countries in the Middle East and Africa, Southeast Asia and Eastern Europe.



Most university students coming to study in Dubai are Indian, says KHDA

DUBAI // Most university students coming from aboard to study in the emirate are Indian, according to a new report from the Knowledge and Human Development Authority.

The Story Unfolds... Private Education in Dubai 2015/16 report released on Sunday says there are a total of 26,125 university students in Dubai.

Of these 67 per cent are UAE residents with 33 per cent travelling from abroad for study.

Indians make up 30 per cent of those who travel to the emirate for study.

They are followed by Egyptians at eight per cent, six per cent are Pakistanis, six per cent for Nigerians and Jordanians at five per cent.

The study shows there has been a 7.5 per cent growth in student enrolment and the emirate is now home to 26 international branch campuses from 11 countries – the most in the world.

British Higher Education institutes have the most campuses with eight, followed by India and Australia with four.

There were 5,619 graduates in 2014/15 and of these 44 per cent received a bachelors degree and 52 per cent gained a masters degree, said the report.

Two-thirds of those graduating did so in business related fields, with 13 per cent in engineering, seven per cent in media and design, six percent in information technology and four per cent in architecture and construction.

This is also reflected in the popularity of degrees and fields new students enrol in.

Bachelors degrees were top with 58 per cent enrolment, followed by masters degrees on 34 per cent, foundation on four per cent and doctorates on 1 per cent.

Again new students opted for business with 53 per cent followed by engineering on 16 per cent, information technology and media and design both on seven per cent, with architecture and construction on six per cent.

The KHDA now also licenses technical and vocational education and training providers through the Qualifications and Awards in Dubai or QAD.

As a result there are now 1,029 of these training institutes offering 32,000 courses.

Source : The National

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40 Universities from the MENA Region Participate in DUPHAT 2016

DUPHAT Opening 2016Dubai - United Arab Emirates - The 21st Edition of DUPHAT Conference and Exhibition resumes on its second day at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre with a remarkable participation from pharmacists, drug manufacturers, and suppliers who were keen to know about the latest updates in the pharmaceutical industry. DUPHAT conference has witnessed this year a notable participation of 1000 students from 40 universities, pharmaceutical colleges, and 20 schools in the scientific activities held parallel to the conference.

In this scope, Dr. Ali Al Sayed, Director of Pharmaceutical Services Department at the Dubai Health Authority and the Conference Chairman said: "DUPHAT continues to be the most sought after platform for professional interaction among pharmacy professionals. It is also an event most aspired by students as well as academicians. Year after year, DUPHAT continues to cement its position as the most important event in the pharmaceuticals industry calendar, thanks to keynote speakers and prominent presenters from all over the world whose experiences and knowledge have been critically important to enriching attendees' experiences."

"DUPHAT has always been supporting professional competition and creativity when it comes to students. We are striving to develop the creative skills and innovations in research through the scientific competitions and poster presentations hosted by DUPHAT every year. This year, we were very pleased to receive the biggest participation from schools and universities in DUPHAT scientific activities, since its inception," Dr. Ali Al Sayed added.

The scientific program for DUPHAT this year was quite rich, featuring a number of specialized scientific sessions that covered pressing issues in the pharmaceutical filed; in addition to workshops and poster presentations. All of which were delivered by speakers and specialists including deans, university professors, consultants, and seniors from prestigious international pharmaceutical associations.

In addition to that, the running parallel exhibition featured the latest and most up to date technologies in the pharmaceutical industry. Novaltia Solutions, a Spanish company specialized in providing pharmaceutical solutions and products, showcased during DUPHAT the OSR Shuttle robot. Dubbed the heart of the modern warehouse, the OSR Robot is on display, operating on Novaltia's stand to better-demonstrate its capabilities and possibilities. Such solution is currently operating in 16 thousands location around the world, none of them in the Middle East. This advanced solution offers efficient, fast, and error-free picking and buffering.

DUPHAT conference and exhibition is held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance and President of the Dubai Health Authority, and it is organized yearly by INDEX Conferences and Exhibitions Organization Est. - member of INDEX Holding with the support of a number of local and international organizations. DUPHAT is considered one of the largest events dedicated to the pharmaceutical field and related technologies, as it is approved and accredited by the Ministry of Health in the UAE, in addition to a number of international scientific organizations specialized in this field

Source : ZAWYA

English skills, long working hours in focus at career fair

EnglishSkillsAndLongHoursAbu Dhabi: Strong English language skills, willingness to work beyond official hours and a high GPA are among some of the prerequisites for job opportunities, companies attending a career fair said on Wednesday.

In its ninth edition this year, Najah higher education and career exhibition featured over 140 participating exhibitors, several of which were companies across the UAE looking to hire fresh graduates and job seekers.

Khalifa Al Rumaithi, an officer at Abu Dhabi National Oil Company’s (Adnoc) recruitment department, told Gulf News that the company is planning to hire around 4,000 people this year and 70 per cent of vacancies have been filled.

“We are now looking to recruit potential employees for the remaining 30 per cent of the positions we have available. We want fresh graduates who can start with us and learn everything from scratch. Whoever we hire has to be a UAE national, which I believe tops our priorities for this year in terms of recruitment,” Al Rumaithi explained.

“Being able to speak and write fluently in English, graduating with a high GPA from any university, whether in the UAE or abroad, and making sure that potential employees have completed their national service, are among some of the other factors we take into account,” he added.

Available positions are for chemical, mechanical, petroleum and marine engineers between the ages of 21-24, Al Rumaithi added.

Meanwhile, Mohammad Al Beloushi, Adviser to the Chairman and CEO of STRATA, said that they have two types of jobs available.

“We are currently looking for technicians, who could be from grade seven and onwards, as long as they’re above 20 years old. We offer those who apply for this position a 10-month intensive progamme in collaboration with UAE University and Lockheed Martin. Professors from the university are in charge of teaching the theoretical courses, while experts from Lockheed Martin guide students through the practical side of things.”

“The second type of job we have available is for those who pursued their bachelor’s degree or higher degrees in mechanical engineering. For these kinds of jobs, one of the most important requirements is to be able to speak English fluently as we deal with a lot of international clients.”

There are approximately 15 jobs currently available for fresh graduates at STRATA, Al Beloushi added.

“Potential employees should also be open to the idea of working outside the company’s official working hours.”

Al Beloushi said many people tend to quit their jobs merely for a slight increase in their salaries.

“A lot of people switch jobs just for a Dh500 or Dh1,000 increase. They should look at the bigger picture, as in what kind of experience they are receiving in return, particularly if they are still at the start of their careers.”

As for the Abu Dhabi Farmers’ Services Centre (ADFSC), a minimum of 15 fresh graduates will be hired before the end of this year to work in the agriculture sector, Rashid Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Human Recourses and Administration Director for Abu Dhabi Farmers’ Services Centre, said.

ADFSC also announced that the organisation will look to increase its recruiting efforts over the next 12 months in line with national Emiratisation plans.

“We presently have open positions in both technical and commercial services, all of which are essential positions that help farmers grow and market their produce. Other office-based support roles are available in human resources, customer service and more,” he added.

Candidates applying for open positions can submit applications at ADFSC’s booth at the Najah 2015 exhibition and suitable candidates may be hired immediately.

A survey conducted in collaboration between and the market research company YouGOV, targeted employers registered with across the Middle East and revealed that about 31 per cent of employers in the UAE are looking to hire UAE nationals and expats.

Article Source : Gulf News

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