University of Wollongong in Dubai

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University of Wollongong in Dubai
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TypePrivate university
PresidentProfessor Mohamed Salem
Administrative staff
410 (2017)[1]
25°10′12″N 55°16′26″E / 25.17000°N 55.27389°E / 25.17000; 55.27389[2]
CampusUOWD Building, Dubai Knowledge Village[3]
AffiliationsUniversity of Wollongong

The University of Wollongong in Dubai (in Arabic: جامعة ولونغونغ في دبي), abbreviated as UOWD, is a private university located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The University is one of the UAE's oldest universities, having been founded in 1993. The Campus has over 3,500 students from more than 108 countries.

Unlike other foreign universities having a presence in the UAE, the University of Wollongong in Dubai is an autonomous and separate entity. While affiliated to the University of Wollongong in Australia, it remains a distinct university that is independent from the mother institution. Whilst retaining the name, the Dubai campus has obvious differences from the main university regarding student ability, academic rigor, and quality of teaching.


In 1993, the University of Wollongong in Australia opened what was to become the University of Wollongong in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Initially called the Institute of Australian Studies (IAS), this centre made UOW the first foreign university to open a campus in the UAE, and the first Australian tertiary institution represented in the GCC.[4] IAS initially offered English language programs, before becoming a 'feeder college' by 1995, where students completed part of a degree in Business or IT in Dubai before coming to Australia to complete their studies.[5] In 1999, it was the first foreign-owned institution in the world to be issued a licence from the Federal Government of the United Arab Emirates,[6] and was formally opened as University of Wollongong, Dubai Campus in October 2000. It was officially incorporated as University of Wollongong in Dubai in 2004.[7][8]


The UOW Dubai Campus is located in Dubai, one of the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Largest city in United Arab Emirates. The Campus is situated at the UOWD building in Dubai Knowledge Village[9], an educational free-trade zones campus in the city of Dubai that provides facilities for training and learning institutions.[10] In addition to the administrative building, the library, the university campus includes the faculties, student lounge, Multipurpose Room and the Food Court that houses many different restaurants(The Food court is a common eating area for the entire Dubai Knowledge Village).[11]

The Campus offers Residential Services to students, allowing them to live together in a unique multi-cultural environment conducive to academic success, personal growth, and social development. The Residences are located in Jebel Ali Gardens (approximately 15 minutes by bus from Dubai Knowledge Village).[12]


All UOWD undergraduate and postgraduate degrees are accredited by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (UAE) (Commission for Academic Accreditation).[13] They are also audited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) of Australia.[14]. Certain programs are also quality accredited by international bodies like ACCA, CIM, CIMA, CILT, CIPS etc.

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  1. ^ a b c d "Facts and Figures - UNIVERSITY OF WOLLONGONG IN DUBAI". Retrieved 16 September 2017.
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  4. ^ 'Institutions look to Gulf market' p.30 Australian Financial Review 6 July 1993
  5. ^ 'Wollongong's Arabian outpost' Campus Review 6 October 1999
  6. ^ 'Wollongong gets go-ahead for Dubai Campus' p.37 The Australian 2 February 2000
  7. ^ "Case Study - Location of UOWD". Retrieved 2007-11-14.
  8. ^ 'Uni's Dubai Campus Open For Business' The Illawarra Mercury 10 October 2000
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  10. ^ "Our Profile - UNIVERSITY OF WOLLONGONG IN DUBAI". Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  11. ^ "Student life - UNIVERSITY OF WOLLONGONG IN DUBAI". Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  12. ^ "UOWD Residences - UNIVERSITY OF WOLLONGONG IN DUBAI". Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  13. ^ "Accredited Programs". Commission for Academic Accreditation, UAE. Retrieved 2007-11-05.
  14. ^ "UOWD Accreditation". University of Wollongong in Dubai. Retrieved 2007-11-05.

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Coordinates: 25°06′13″N 55°09′53″E / 25.10361°N 55.16472°E / 25.10361; 55.16472