Everything you need to know about forthcoming IITs and IIMs in the UAE for higher education

These establishments not only improve the academic environment but also strengthen the cultural bonds between the two countries.

With a wide variety of job options, the UAE is drawing more and more Indian students who are seeking higher education.

In addition to the IIT Delhi-Abu Dhabi campus, which is just beginning to establish itself in the nation, other Indian universities have also established themselves here. These include the SP Jain School of Global Management in Dubai, Amity University in Dubai, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, and BITS Pilani in Dubai.

These strengthen the cultural links between the two countries as well as the academic environment.

National qualification frameworks, among other frameworks and policies in general and higher education, have been high on both sides of the agendas in order to facilitate mutual recognition of qualifications.

This is an overview of the current knowledge we have regarding the esteemed Indian universities that will soon be opening branches in the United Arab Emirates.

Where will the activities of the IIT Delhi-Abu-Dhabi campus begin?

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi-Abu Dhabi, the IIT's first international campus in the United Arab Emirates, will open an interim location at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi.

What time will the academic year start?

The Master of Energy Transition and Sustainability degree is the first academic programme to be offered at the IIT Delhi-Abu Dhabi campus when it opens for business in January 2024.

Which are the first courses that are available?

Delhi's IITIn order to promote the sustainability goals for future generations as envisioned by COP28, the UN Climate Change Conference that is set to take place in Dubai later this month, Abu Dhabi will dedicate its inaugural course to energy transition and sustainability.

Will there be any exchange programs between the mother campus and students?

Encouraging academic cooperation between higher education institutions in the two nations in order to provide joint, dual, and twinning degrees is a current project under consideration. This implies that students from IIT Delhi-Abu Dhabi will visit Delhi IIT for research. On the other hand, as the UAE is a major hub for the global economy and has a robust energy and petrochemical industry, researchers from IIT Delhi will visit the Abu Dhabi campus. Conversely, India is a global hub for talent. Consequently, demonstrating mutual benefit.

When was the IIT Delhi-Abu Dhabi concept created?

During Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's July 2023 visit to Abu Dhabi, an agreement was made between India and the United Arab Emirates to establish an IIT-Delhi campus.

More recently, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the Education and Human Resources Council (EHRC), met with Dharmendra Pradhan, India's Minister of Education, Skill Development, and Entrepreneurship. They discussed prospects for deeper collaboration as well as the changing face of the education industry. The ministers also discussed the developments at the campus of IIT Delhi-Abu Dhabi.

In the UAE, will there be an IIM?

The Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) may open a campus in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This would be the first time an IIM has opened a campus abroad; the Indian Institutes of Technology, Delhi (IITs) have already opened campuses abroad. There have been several rumors that IIM Ahmedabad may have been the first to visit this campus.

Are there any more Indian universities planning to visit the United Arab Emirates?

There may soon be more Indian institutions opening campuses in the United Arab Emirates. This includes the management of the Symbiosis International Educational Center, who visited Dubai lately in order to launch a Symbiosis campus.

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 of Communications are among the courses for which students can apply here.

The UAE Minister of Education, Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, and the Indian Minister of Education met separately. They talked about prestigious Indian institutions and universities opening more campuses in the United Arab Emirates.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) for collaboration in the sphere of education was also signed by them. Furthermore, this Memorandum of Understanding envisions cooperation in the area of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) teaching staff capacity development.

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