Abu Dhabi University (ADU), an internationally recognized academic institution for quality education and applied research, has announced an investment of AED300 million towards its new campus in Al Ain as part of its contribution to the National Strategy for Higher Education 2030.
Spanning an area of 28,000 sq m, the new gender-segregated premises will replace the University’s current Al Ain campus. Scheduled for completion by September 1, 2019, the first phase will comprise 70 classrooms and laboratories as well as 137 faculty and administration offices, in addition to state-of-the-art facilities including a gym, a clinic, a food court, a library, and a prayer room on every floor.
The announcement came during a press conference in the presence of His Excellency Ali Saeed bin Harmal Al Dhaheri, Chairman of ADU’s Board of Directors, His Excellency Salem Mubarak Aldhaheri, Executive Director of Community Relations at ADU, Dr Waqar Ahmad, Chancellor of ADU, Dr Mohamed Fteiha, Acting Director of ADU’s Al Ain Campus, and other officials.
His Excellency Ali Saeed bin Harmal Al Dhaheri said: “Today’s milestone announcement reinforces ADU’s status as a world-class national academic institution. The new campus aims to provide a modern holistic educational environment and meet the growing student demand at a time when the University has earned several international accolades, most notably the third place in Quacquarelli Symonds’ QS World University Rankings 2019 for International Faculty Ratio, as well as entering QS Top 150 under 50 – a list of the world’s best universities under the age of 50.
He added: “In line with the directives of our wise leadership, represented by the UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and Their Highnesses Members of the Supreme Council and Rulers of the Emirates, ADU is keen to play an integral role in establishing a strong educational system to achieve the objectives of the UAE Centennial 2071. As a key contributor to the UAE’s labor market, the University equips new generations to execute the nation’s ambitious projects, such as the Emirates Mars Mission and the UAE Strategy for Artificial Intelligence, and make their mark in biotechnology and life sciences.”
In closing, he said: “The construction of the Al Ain campus comes in response to a directive by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative in Al Dhafra Region and Chairman of ADU’s Board of Regents, to expand the University’s offerings beyond the newly opened Dubai campus and the new academic center at the Baynona Educational Complex (BEC) in Al Dhafra. The first phase of the new premises will accommodate 2,500 students, while upon completion of phase two, the total capacity will increase to 5,000.”