Nick Hartgerink

Premier opens new block at UOW in Dubai

NSW Premier the Hon Barry O’Farrell has officially opened a new Teaching Block at the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) that will almost double the University’s current campus footprint at Dubai’s Knowledge Village.

Currently UOWD has around 3600 students engaged in undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Business, Finance, Computer Science, Engineering, International Studies and Media & Communications.

UOWD is expanding, and the new Teaching Block will increase capacity to a target of around 5000 students.

UOWD is NSW’s longest and largest presence in Dubai and arguably Australia’s most successful off-shore higher education facility.

It has grown from humble beginnings as a small English language college established by the University of Wollongong’s corporate arm ITC Limited in 1993, to a multi-faculty university. In 1999 it became the first foreign university to be licensed by Dubai’s Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.

“I congratulate the University of Wollongong on its continued growth in Dubai where the University is one of the UAE’s oldest and most prestigious educational providers,” Mr O’Farrell said after opening the new facilities on May 17.

“The University of Wollongong is one of Australia’s world-class universities and a leader in international education both at home and abroad. Since the University of Wollongong in Dubai was established nearly 20 years ago, it has provided a high-quality Australian education to more than 6000 graduates from about 100 nationalities.

“The new teaching block will enable the University to increase its enrolment from more than 3500 students to about 5000 and introduce new undergraduate and postgraduate programs, while almost doubling the campus footprint.”

Premier O’Farrell said the demand for places at the University of Wollongong in Dubai was an endorsement of the high standard of education provided by the University and by the broader NSW education sector.

ITC Limited continues to operate UOWD and Chief Executive Officer Vince Lendrum travelled to Dubai for the opening.

Report: Nick Hartgerink


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  • NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell (left) officially opens the extensions to the University of Wollongong in Dubai, assisted by ITC Limited CEO Vince Lendrum and UOWD President Professor Ghassan Aouad.