According to its website, Dubai Knowledge Village was founded in 2003, “as part of a long-term economic strategy to develop the region’s talent pool and accelerate its move into a knowledge-based economy.” To that end, there are several universities in Dubai Knowledge Village that help students further their education. While many universities are now located in the Dubai International Academic City, there are still a few universities left in the Knowledge Village.
University of Wollongong in Dubai
The University of Wollongong in Dubai boasts as being one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the United Arab Emirates. It was founded in 1993 as part of the University of Wollongong in Australia. The school provides a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees that are directly related to the human resource needs of Dubai and the UAE as a whole. While many of the students at Wollongong are from Australia or the UAE, the student body includes students over a hundred different nationalities.
University of Wollongong in Dubai Block 15, Dubai Knowledge Village P.O. Box 20183 Dubai, UAE 011-971-4367-2400 uowdubai.ac.ae/
The British University in Dubai
The British University in Dubai is currently located in the Knowledge Village, but will be moving to Dubai International Academic City in January of 2011. BUiD was established in 2004 as the first research-based postgraduate university in the Middle East. The school has partnerships with many United Kingdom universities, including the University of Edinburgh, the University of Manchester and the University of Birmingham. BUiD was established as a not-for-profit university and was founded by the Al Maktoum Foundation, along with the Dubai Development and Investment Authority, the National Bank of Dubai, the British Business Group and Rolls Royce.
The British University in Dubai Block 11, 1st and 2nd floor Dubai International Academic City PO Box 345015 Dubai United Arab Emirates 011-971-4391-3626 buid.ac.ae
Eton’s first priority is languages. The institute teaches over 100 languages at its Knowledge Village campus. Eton also offers training for teachers who wish to work internationally. They offer a host of certifications for teachers on site and guarantee job placement for their top graduates at the institute. Eton also teaches interactive workshops to enhance student computer skills. Workshops are on topics such as website design, Microsoft Office and image enhancement.
Eton Institute Dubai Knowledge Village Block 3 Dubai, UAE 011-971-4433-2423 eton.ac
Patrick Bryant has worked as a writer for 10 years. His work has appeared on Fox, CBS, MTV, Comedy Central, AOL, National Public Radio, Global TV and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Emerson College.