One of the major design themes for the new campus in Dubai was a clear and distinct Australian identity that should be conveyed throughout the premises in materials, imaging and signage to visually reinforce the sense of a unique educational offering and a connection between the campus and UOW’s global network.
The architect has developed the project’s look and feel which is the Australian Outdoor theme, referred to as the “Canopy”.
The University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) was the first offshore campus established by the University of Wollongong in Australia. The Dubai campus has been operating for over 25 years and has 3,400 currently enrolled students and 11,250 alumni.
In order to cater for the forecasted growth and need for improved facilities, UOWD will be moving to a new campus location in Dubai in 2020.
The new UOWD campus has been designed using a variety of design principles, including:
Identity: The provision of spaces and services, which ensure local cultural norms as well as being supportive of co‐educational learning
Cultural Respect: A clear and distinct Australian identity conveyed throughout the premises in materials, imaging and signage to reinforce the connection between the campus and UOW’s global network.
Engagement: Choice and diversity through a variety of spaces incorporating the principles of a “sticky” campus that includes, a contemporary best practice library, a centrally located café, passive and active student spaces and select student lounges.
Our aim with the new UOWD campus is to integrate the look and feel of Wollongong / Australia into the building and the new campus environment by developing a range of art installations (i.e. photography) that showcases this sentiment.