Studying at UoB Dubai allows me the benefits of attending a leading institution, alongside living in an exciting city like Dubai.
As an economics major, there are several ways the economy of the UAE- and specifically Dubai- is an interesting one. I can therefore put the theoretical knowledge I gain in lectures into a new and exciting form by looking at the economy of Dubai.
What has your experience been like on your degree programme?
The BSc Economics program at the Dubai campus is taught by professors with the same level of experience and passion as those in the Edgbaston campus. Being a British institution, much of our learning and case studies lean towards the UK economy, but professors are always ready to include case studies and examples on the UAE in order to improve our understanding by using direct examples. This goes to show how dedicated they are in ensuring we understand each module!
Additionally, there has been a lot to gain from having a small campus size: a lower student teacher ratio means that I have more time outside of contact hours to meet with professors individually, ask for feedback and have further discussions on modules taught, which has allowed me have a much better relationship with them.
What has your student experience been like at UoB Dubai?
The phrase that best describes the UoB Dubai campus is ‘close-knit’! A small campus size means that after the first semester, most faces are familiar and it’s easy to find your way around. Most students-when they aren’t at lectures- are in the same social spaces, which makes it much easier to socialise and meet new people!
There are several opportunities to socialise with my classmates outside of class, as our Economics department lead organises group socials to movies and dinners to allow us get to know each other as well as our fly-in lecturers before they return to the UK.
The staff and student leaders organise a variety of activities, from cultural events to mini pizza parties! On One World day, the student leaders organised an event that allowed students from various countries showcase their cultures with international dishes, activities and music to the entire Academic City community. I was able to be a part of this event by representing Nigeria; this opportunity to portray my country as well as learn about others’ goes to show how much UoB Dubai cares about each student’s individual identities and combining these to create a strong global community.
Have you recently moved to UAE? How have you settled in?
I arrived in the UAE at the start of the academic year in October from Nigeria. The first few weeks here were the most difficult, as that’s when I found out how much household items really cost!
Other than that, UoB Dubai was the best place for me to leave the nest and fly into; the professors and other staff are not just there to do their jobs, but also to make you feel comfortable enough to express your thoughts and any worries you may have.
The accommodation suggested by the university was genuinely the best option as it is a community of university students from different universities and provides extra amenities that private apartments would not have, which made it easier to adapt to a new environment.
What advice would you give to a prospective applicant?
Find out as much information as you can about the university! If you’re like me and unable to visit because you live overseas or for any other reason, go online to the university’s website, join the virtual open days, stalk their social media pages, and find out more about living in Dubai also. The more you know, the more confident and ready you’ll feel to start in September.
What are your career aspirations?
The careers service is amazing! Coming to Dubai, I wasn’t sure how many opportunities I’d have to try out internships in various fields, but in just my first year I’ve taken part in two internships. Both were virtual internships with a British company called Evolve, and another called Gulf for Good, based in the UAE. Working virtually allowed me to work from anywhere and maintain contact with the rest of the team and the company through social media and virtual meeting apps.
Studying Economics leaves me with a lot of career options, and the careers service at UoB Dubai has allowed me explore that by offering opportunities in different professional fields. This past year I’ve really enjoyed working with both charitable organisations and hope to continue to discover more about my interests.
Tell us about your favourite aspect of UoB Dubai?
My favourite aspect of UoB Dubai is not just being able to make friends with my peers but also being able to socialise with professors and staff! I love that everyone is always in the mood for a laugh or conversation.