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Postby shawarma » 04 Dec 2007, 11:41

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Press release 29 Sep 2007 announcing intention to establish MSU in Dubai International Academic City (DIAC) in Dubai Academic City (DAC). Not much concrete information included, no dates given or exactly what programs will be offered. So if anyone knows any more ...

Michigan State University to establish branch campus in Dubai International Academic City

In an unprecedented effort to drive higher education to world class standards, Dubai International Academic City (DIAC), a member of TECOM Investments, and Michigan State University (MSU), top ranked US public Tier I research university, announced today a collaboration to establish a not-for-profit regional branch campus in Dubai.

MSU in Dubai will offer a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs spread across various subjects. Several degree options are being considered for offer in areas as diverse as media, communications, public relations, computer engineering, construction management, family studies, business cognates, and others.

The joint initiative is in line with the Dubai Strategic Plan 2015 and the emerging higher education needs of the region. Graduates of MSU in Dubai will receive exactly the same degree as students graduating from the East Lansing Michigan campus.

MSU in Dubai is a DIAC initiative. With a mission to support Dubai's knowledge economy and its exceptional growth, DIAC's partnership with Michigan State University will establish MSU in Dubai as a centre for new knowledge generation, providing world class higher education and research facilities for outreach to the Middle East, Europe, Asia and Africa.

Abdullatif Al Mulla, CEO of TECOM Investments, said: 'Our goal is to help develop Dubai into a world class higher education and research hub.'

Dr. Ayoub Kazim, Executive Director of Dubai International Academic City and Dubai Knowledge Village, said: 'Establishing a campus in DIAC presents MSU with an extraordinary opportunity to expand its international presence and provide top quality education. For DIAC, it will fulfill our intention to offer students the opportunity to learn from leading MSU faculty. It will also allow them the same scope for achievement on par with students that graduate from East Lansing, Michigan.'

MSU in Dubai will be the first not-for-profit international higher education initiative in the UAE, offering equal higher education opportunities to students. The campus will bridge regional higher education needs while working with existing premier institutions of higher learning in the Emirate.

Christopher D.Wentzel, Senior Consultant for TECOM Investments, who led the negotiations with MSU said: 'MSU in Dubai plans to offer a broad academic spectrum of degrees, providing a unique opportunity for students to receive a top degree from a major U.S. research university, while staying closer to home in one of the most vibrant and growing economic hubs in the Middle East.

'This is a landmark initiative that will enhance the international higher education landscape - the not-for-profit MSU campus in Dubai International Academic City strongly reflects MSU's commitment to provide nothing less than world-class education and research in the region.'

MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon said: 'Michigan State University is excited about expanding its international presence to this important region. This development can significantly advance our strategic priority of internationalizing the University and expand our teaching and research capabilities, while simultaneously advancing our vision of defining a world-grant university.'

MSU will have full academic authority and quality control over courses and programs. MSU's regular course, program, degree, admissions, and accreditation requirements will be maintained to the highest standard. Multiple MSU colleges and schools will be involved in the initiative. MSU in Dubai is also exploring options for scholarships and endowment grants for qualified students with unique scholarship opportunities for UAE nationals.

Michigan State University is amongst the top public research universities worldwide and has over 150 years of success in attracting and shaping talented individuals. MSU has long been ranked with Harvard, Yale, MIT, UMASS and others as a Carnegie Foundation Research I University, offering a full range of academic programs from Undergraduate to Doctorate degrees.

MSU degrees and professional schools have a great tradition of praise amongst university rankers such as the U.S. News and World Report and The Wall Street Journal.
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