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Published: Saturday, November 11, 2023, 6:00 am

Last update: Sunday, November 12, 2023, 00:28

The UAE is increasingly becoming a destination for Indian students pursuing higher education and offers a wide range of career opportunities.

Apart from the IIT Delhi-Abu Dhabi campus that is making nascent forays into the country, other Indian higher education institutions have already made their presence here. They include BITS Pilani-Dubai, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Amity University-Dubai and SP Jain School of Global Management – ​​Dubai.

These not only improve the academic landscape but also enhance the cultural ties between the two nations.

Frameworks and policies in general and higher education, including national qualifications frameworks to facilitate mutual recognition of qualifications, have been high on the agenda of both sides.

Here’s a look at what we know so far about the prestigious Indian higher education institutions coming to the UAE in the foreseeable future.

Where will the IIT Delhi-Abu-Dhabi campus begin operations?

The inaugural international campus of the esteemed Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in the United Arab Emirates, known as IIT Delhi-Abu Dhabi, will establish its interim campus at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi.

When will academic operations begin?

The IIT Delhi-Abu Dhabi campus is gearing up to begin academic operation in January 2024 and the first program will be the Master of Energy Transition and Sustainability.

What are the initial courses offered?

IIT Delhi-Abu Dhabi will dedicate its inaugural course to energy transition and sustainability to support sustainability goals for future generations envisioned by COP28, the United Nations Climate Change Conference scheduled for later this month in Dubai.

Will there be any student exchange program with the parent campus?

Active consideration is being given to facilitating academic collaboration between higher education institutions in both countries to offer twinning, joint degree and double degree programmes. This means that students from IIT Delhi-Abu Dhabi will go to Delhi IIT for research. On the contrary, researchers from IIT Delhi will come to the Abu Dhabi campus as the UAE has a large network of energy and petrochemical industries and is a global economic hotspot. India, on the other hand, is a global talent hotspot. Therefore, it is mutually beneficial.

When did the idea of ​​IIT Delhi-Abu Dhabi come about?

India and the UAE signed an agreement to establish an IIT-Delhi campus in Abu Dhabi during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Abu Dhabi in July 2023.

More recently, India’s Minister of Education, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Dharmendra Pradhan, met with Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates, Minister of External Affairs and Chairman of the Education and Human Resources Council ( EHRC). They exchanged views on the emerging landscape of the education sector and opportunities for closer cooperation. The ministers also reviewed the progress at the IIT Delhi-Abu Dhabi campus.

Will there be an IIM in the UAE?

The UAE could see the establishment of an Indian Institute of Management (IIM) campus, marking the first case of an IIM expanding internationally, similar to how the Indian Institutes of Technology Delhi (IITs) have already set up their campuses abroad. Speculations have been rife that it is IIM Ahmedabad that is the first to see its campus here.

Are there other Indian higher education institutions coming to the UAE?

More Indian universities may soon set up their campuses in the UAE. This includes the Symbiosis International Education Centre, whose management recently came to Dubai to open a Symbiosis campus here.

Students here can apply for courses including Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Bachelor of Computer Applications (BCA), Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com), Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master in Communications. .

Furthermore, the Minister of Education of India also met with Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of Education of the United Arab Emirates. They discussed opening other campuses of elite Indian colleges and universities in the UAE.

They also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for cooperation in the field of education. Furthermore, within the framework of this MoU, collaboration has been foreseen in the field of capacity development of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) teaching staff.

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