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Nanotechnology, nuclear 
science courses on offer

Muaz Shabandri / 31 May 2011

With the announcement of CBSE’s grade 12 results, students across the UAE have started completing last-minute formalities for undergraduate studies.

While India represents a platter of educational opportunities for these students, the opening of reputed universities in Dubai has brought unique courses to the region.

Key developments in nuclear energy, tourism, hospitality and health have prompted education providers to look away from conventional course offerings.

Amity University, India’s largest private university has announced its new campus in Dubai International Academic City, offering students the opportunity to study nuclear science, nanotechnology, solar energy and aerospace engineering among several other new courses.

Announcing the official launch of the Amity University in Dubai, Dr Ayoub Kazim, Managing Director, TECOM education cluster said, “Bringing one of India’s top ranked private universities to Dubai is a distinct honour for us. The academic programmes are quite unique and they will add value and respond to the industry needs. Amity University is going to offer programmes that will meet the industry needs during the coming years.

He highlighted the role of education providers like Amity which will help support the development of UAE’s nuclear energy programme and present interested students with new learning opportunities as the university.

Dr Ayoub also pointed towards the rapid growth of tourism and hospitality, not just in the UAE but also regionally. “Almost a quarter of Dubai’s GDP is driven by tourism, but unfortunately   there aren’t enough education providers catering to this industry,” said Dr Ayoub.

Speaking with Khaleej Times, Atul Chauhan, Chancellor, Amity University said, “We are looking at building our own campus in Dubai during the coming years as the city has seen phenomenal growth over the last decade. There have been significant developments in Dubai and currently we plan to have two admission offices where students can seek information about the various courses.”

Speaking about the university’s plan to launch an undergraduate degree in nuclear science, Atul said, “The government has a strategy to establish a very significant nuclear science initiative and as educational institutions we will provide the skilled people needed to lift the economy by creating a pool of human talent.”

While universities in Dubai have created a large number of business graduates, few students have explored careers in natural sciences, alternative energy, insurance and public health.

“We are going to start with 20 degrees and very few universities in Dubai offer such high-end courses. Education in nuclear science and nanotechnology require a significant amount of investment and we will offer students with programmes customised to suit the needs of the regional economy,” said Atul.

He added, “The strength of Amity is its integration with the industry when developing its curriculum. We will use the industry inputs to customise our educational offerings to meet the regional manpower needs.

Amity has over 5,000 faculty members and scientists working worldwide. Students based in Dubai will benefit from the faculty exchange programmes. “The biggest problem facing education is the development of graduates who are employable. We ensure that our students are employable and from over 7,000 students were recruited from our campuses this year. We will try to include campus placements in Dubai also.” With its opening in September this year, the university has announced a total of 125 scholarships. muaz@khaleejtimes.com

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