University of Wollongong in Dubai

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University of Wollongong in Dubai
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Type Private university
Established 1993
President Professor Mohamed Salem
Administrative staff
Undergraduates 1,770[1]
Postgraduates 2,109[1]
Location Dubai Knowledge Village, Dubai, UAE
25°06′13″N 55°09′53″E / 25.10361°N 55.16472°E / 25.10361; 55.16472
Campus Dubai Knowledge Village
Affiliations University 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 approximately 4000 students from almost a hundred countries.


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.[2] 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.[3] 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,[4] 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.[5][6]


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 Dubai Knowledge Park, an educational free trade zones campus in the city of Dubai that provides facilities for training and learning institutions.[7] 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).[8]

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 Park).[9]


All UOWD undergraduate and postgraduate degrees are accredited by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (Commission for Academic Accreditation).[10] They are also audited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) of Australia.[11]

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  2. ^ 'Institutions look to Gulf market' p.30 Australian Financial Review 6 July 1993
  3. ^ 'Wollongong's Arabian outpost' Campus Review 6 October 1999
  4. ^ 'Wollongong gets go-ahead for Dubai Campus' p.37 The Australian 2 February 2000
  5. ^ "Case Study - Location of UOWD". Retrieved 2007-11-14. 
  6. ^ 'Uni's Dubai Campus Open For Business' The Illawarra Mercury 10 October 2000
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  10. ^ "Accredited Programs". Commission for Academic Accreditation, UAE. Retrieved 2007-11-05. 
  11. ^ "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