"As a global university with a civic outlook, we are committed to playing our part in supporting the UAE as it drives economic progress through knowledge and innovation, whilst contributing to the development of a growing international education hub in Dubai." - Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir David Eastwood
In February 2019, the University of Birmingham Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir David Eastwood, was joined by the CEO of TECOM Group, Malek Al Malek, to sign an agreement to build the second phase of its campus in Dubai. The agreement was signed in the presence of His Excellency Dr Ahmad bin Abdullah Humaid Belhoul Al Falasi, the UAE Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Skills.
Located within DIAC, the facilities will open in September 2021 and provide an academic home for up to 4,500 students;
- Designed by Hopkins Architects, the iconic buildings will be located opposite the city’s first purpose-built student housing community - looking across parkland reflecting the green heart of the University’s UK campus.
- The purpose-built, 50,000m2 campus is designed to encourage collaboration across all academic disciplines, with flexible learning spaces and formal teaching spaces ensuring teaching and research can work in tandem to benefit students.
- A student ‘hub’ will locate student services in one space. Sheltered courtyards and social spaces will provide a relaxing environment in keeping with the local climate that is designed to enhance the campus’ sustainability.
- There will be a 300-seat lecture theatre, a similarly-sized auditorium and three laboratories accommodating 200 students, along with seminar and tutorial rooms.
Professor Sir David Eastwood
Principal and Vice-Chancellor
“This innovative and iconic facility has been designed to echo our beautiful and historic Edgbaston campus, whilst providing a flexible, modern setting for our students in Dubai to obtain maximum benefit from our teaching and research expertise.”
Birmingham is the first global top 100 and UK Russell Group university to establish a campus in this rapidly developing international education hub. It offers degrees taught, examined and accredited to the same high standards as those delivered on its UK campus.
Professor Sir David Eastwood added: “We welcomed our first students to the University of Birmingham Dubai in September and, just five months later, we have begun the next exciting stage of our contribution to UAE society."
The University of Birmingham Dubai currently offers foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes including Accounting and Finance, Business Management, undergraduate and postgraduate Computer Science, Economics, International Business, Mechanical Engineering, and teacher training degrees. New study programmes are launching for 2019/20 in areas such as Money, Banking and Finance, LLM International Commercial Law, Psychology and teacher training in Arabic and Special Educational Needs.
Malek Al Malek, CEO of TECOM Group, said: "Education is a particularly important pillar of the UAE National Agenda and Vision 2021. These national roadmaps will contribute to paving the way for the nation to leading provider of world-class education."