RIT Dubai: Experience a holistic approach to learning

Study in programmes that offer students the expertise to create their own opportunities.

Published: Wed 27 Jan 2021, 4:31 PM

Last updated: Wed 27 Jan 2021, 6:44 PM

RIT Dubai is a branch campus of RIT New York, a university with a history of academics spanning almost 200 years. In collaboration with Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority, RIT Dubai began in the UAE in 2008 and has grown organically through a reputation of exceptional academics and providing students with a first-rate education and a rounded approach to their learning and well-being.


Programmes offered

RIT Dubai offers programmes across the fields of business, computing and engineering, with a growing stable of options across the sciences and liberal arts. Our suite of programmes is always evolving to make sure the curricula is meeting and exceeding the needs of the market. Working closely with our main campus, corporate and government entities in the UAE, we strive to develop programmes that elicit the expertise of our outstanding faculty. Our developments allow students to study in areas that are within the UAE's National Agenda and will be the growing sectors of the early 21st century. Artificial intelligence and robotics; renewable and sustainable energy; data analytics; fintech and computing security, are all focus areas for the UAE and the wider global landscape, and all of which RIT has sought to offer to the students of the UAE and our international cohorts.


Current UAE education landscape

For most of us, we have never experienced a more challenging time. The impact of Covid-19 has made us all stop and reflect on life itself, and how what we do today, can impact tomorrow.

Over the past 12 months, the educational landscape has shifted globally, not just for those of us in the UAE, and this has resulted in challenges that we have faced head-on as the RIT family.

We have the opportunity to lead and design the pathways for our younger generations and deliver academics that will put them in a position to succeed personally and professionally. Conversely, aiding them with other aspects of life where we provide a wealth of extra-curricular clubs and activities and ensure that our student support network is also readily available for their positive mental health and wellbeing.

RIT's bachelor's and master's programmes are in the prime place to meet the needs demanded by future markets across the digital space, and those core soft skills that the growth in technology and AI cannot replace. Our impetus in creating an entrepreneurial spirit has never been so keenly felt in times where markets are so unsure; RIT students are being equipped with the skills that will give them an array of options to thrive.

 The labour market is more global now than it ever has been in history, our programmes instil graduates with the ability to use their transferable skills and apply them universally across continents and sectors. We provide students with the latest in research and technology to underpin the prerequisites of emerging markets, alongside continuing to teach soft skills and life skills via our leading RIT 365 classes - holistically educating every student.


Student opportunities

We provide a varied range of opportunities for our students, but most importantly we provide them with the expertise to create their own opportunities. One of the key components of the studies at RIT is the Cooperative Programme - a mandatory internship as part of their core curricula. This is a fantastic way for our students to gain industry and professional experience whilst still learning the theoretical elements. For example, our engineering students are required to do a year in industry. Upon graduation they attain their UAE Ministry of Education accredited degree, with a year already completed in the market they will be working in. This additionally provides them with key contacts and tremendous networking openings.


Accreditations and accolades

RIT Dubai has acquired accreditations that support the learning of students and ensure that the academics offered, are of the highest standards. The UAE Ministry of Education and KHDA accreditation, alongside those gained in the US, certifies that an RIT student's degree has global recognition. Attaining recognition in engineering for ABET and AACSB in business highlights that the programmes on offer additionally achieve external industry criteria.

RIT has secured its place amongst the top 100 universities in the US and continues to do this for every programme individually. Consistent funding of professorial research and programme development allows us to keep striving forward.

RIT Dubai has been named by Global Brands Magazine as the Best University for Engineering in the UAE-2019 and is also being mentioned in several national publications as one of the top universities in the UAE.

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