The University of Dubai recently advanced its educational resources by launching the first and only PhD programme offered by a private university in Dubai, which will benefit 15 local students.
The university has also aligned its business programmes to management qualifications from the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) to become the first university outside the U.K. and the first university in the Middle East to offer ILM Level 5 and Level 7 certifications to its graduates in BBA Human Resources Management and MBA in Leadership and Human Resources Management.
For the first time, the university has integrated Islamic economic courses into its curriculum to help achieve the economic requirements of Dubai and all the emirates, and to transform Dubai into the global capital of Islamic economy.
The University of Dubai has also renewed its AACSB international accreditation until 2019. With this, the university has become one of 85 business schools which have extended their accreditation in business education. AACSB Accreditation, a hallmark of excellence in business education, has been earned by less than five percent of the world's business schools.
As part of the LLM (Masters in Law) programme, the university has started teaching Arbitration and Dispute Resolution (ADR) courses and Financial Crimes and Money Laundering (FCML), which again is a first for a university in the U.A.E..
"The University of Dubai PhD prepares candidates both for research and teaching careers," said Dr. Issa Bastaki, President of the University of Dubai.
Dr. Bastaki added, "The University of Dubai is the first university in the U.A.E. to integrate Islamic economy courses into its curriculum in view of the increasing role of Islamic economy in the development of the country. The new programme supports Dubai's economic goals. The education sector must be involved in the efforts to transform Dubai into the global capital of the Islamic economy." In other major initiatives, the University of Dubai has signed more than 10 partnership agreements with various business and governmental organisations in one year, including Dubai Courts and Dubai Land Department.
The university has also automated its entire customer service and enterprise resources as part of preparations to move to its new campus in 2015. The new premises are capable of accommodating 1,500 students.
The building, which has been designed adhering to green building standards, also offers a range of modern facilities, including a hall of studies, a conference hall, a modern library, language labs and seminar rooms.
The university has also announced plans to establish a Smart Cities Centre in partnership with IBM. The centre will be a venue for businesses, universities and city-administrators to develop and test solutions for future urban demands and Smart City challenges.