Defying post-recession blues, the University of Wollongong in Dubai has recorded its largest ever spring intake with more than 400 students being enrolled for its undergraduate and postgraduate programs.
The spring enrolments represents an increase of 18 per cent over the corresponding semester last year, signalling a greater momentum toward economic recovery and an endorsement of the UAE as the regions favourite destination for pursuing quality higher education.
The spring intake figures show that there was a quantum jump in enrolments from outside the UAE, including a substantial number from different parts of Africa as well as the Indian Subcontinent.
For postgraduate programs, nearly 25 per cent of the enrolments were UAE nationals, reconfirming the trend among Emiratis preferring to complete their higher studies in prestigious institutions within the UAE, instead of going abroad.
"This year we have had the largest ever spring intake in the 18-year history of the university, with a total of 413 enrolments for our undergraduate and postgraduate programs, said Professor Rob Whelan, President of UOWD. "We believe this is a vote of confidence in our single-minded focus on quality tertiary education and research, with strong relevance to the local job market and business environment.
UOWD boasts nearly 3,600 students from over 100 nationalities. Last year, the university entered into a new phase of growth by launching doctorate and PhD programs, which attracted record enrolments, mainly from Emiratis keen to better their career prospects.
"We are not surprised by the rush of students at this juncture, because it is an established fact that in tough times smart people opt to invest in higher education, added Prof. Rob Whelan. "As far as the dramatic increase in enrolments from outside the UAE is concerned, we believe that the spirit of security and stability in the UAE is instrumental in attracting students from all over the world.