Tuesday, December 14, 2010

DIAC Highlights Best Practices in

Dubai-UAE: 14 December, 2010 – Dubai International Academic City (DIAC),

a member of TECOM Investments’ Education Cluster and the region’s leading

destination for international higher education, participated in a roundtable

discussion on best practices in scholarship management at the second edition of

the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) in Doha, Qatar.

Organised by The Institute of International Education’s (IIE) Center for Higher

Education Capacity Development (HECD), which offers short term consulting,

training and programme development to initiate and manage international

scholarship and exchange initiatives, the summit was held from 7-9 December

The event saw Dr. Ayoub Kazim, Managing Director, TECOM Investments’

Education Cluster, sharing his insights on ‘Excellence in the Scholarship

Management’, which focused on best practices and challenges faced by academic

institutions in the region and beyond including China and South Africa.

Dr. Ayoub Kazim said: “DIAC prioritises the capacity building of UAE nationals

and we assess the seriousness and intent of academic institutions aiming to set

up base at our cluster in contributing to this overarching objective. We ensure

our academic partners offer scholarships and training programme that focus on

the creation and development of the national workforce and eventually contribute

to the national economy.”

Dr. Kazim also emphasised on the need for programmes to be more problem-

based, addressing issues such as food security, water resources and energy

supply rather than discipline-based to engage students to focus on major

challenges of a national interest.


of Dubai Knowledge Village and Dubai International Academic City was to

provide opportunities to those who could not travel abroad due to social reasons,

particularly female students. Through enhancing the education landscape,

we have been providing a convenient and sound platform for our students to

pursue their graduate studies in their home country.”






objectives, evaluation and assessment. The discussion identified challenges faced

in monitoring student academic progress and retaining graduating students.




WISE is a global collaborative initiative established by the Qatar Foundation

under the patronage of the first lady, Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser.

WISE was launched with a mission to address the urgent challenges and

powerful economic, demographic and technological pressures facing 21st-century


The annual WISE Summit brings together eminent decision-makers and thought-

leaders from multiple sectors to generate dialogue, seek innovative solutions,

raise awareness of the importance of learning and inspire actions which will make

a real difference to the lives of people across the globe. WISE is a year-round

platform and forum for the sharing of experience and best practices.

Dubai International Academic City, part of the Education Cluster – TECOM

Investments, hosts over 30 institutions from 11 different countries including the

US, the UK, Canada, Australia, India, France, Singapore, Russia, Pakistan, Iran,

Lebanon and the UAE. Approximately 16,000 students are currently enrolled into

the various programmes offered at the campuses within DIAC.

Complementing Dubai’s strategic mission to build a holistic knowledge-based

economy, Dubai International Academic City endeavours to offer programmes

that foster the creation of a rich talent pool, matching the country’s range of

booming sectors. The Education Cluster provides enabling opportunities for

leading global universities to create their distinctive identity by establishing their

campuses in Dubai.

About Dubai International Academic City:

Dubai International Academic City (DIAC), a member of TECOM Investments, located in the Dubai

Academic City is the world’s only Free Zone dedicated to higher education. A regional base for

premier international higher education institutions, DIAC is the world’s first dedicated tertiary

cluster development. Spread across an area of approximately 18 million square foot, the DIAC

campus provides an environment of vitality and inspiration for students and faculty. DIAC partners

also enjoy special privileges like 100% foreign ownership, 100% freedom from taxes, 100%

repatriation of profits and effortless visa issuance procedures for students, faculty and staff. There

are currently international universities of higher learning in Dubai Knowledge Village and Dubai

International Academic City from diverse regions including the U.S, Australia, India, Pakistan,

Iran, France, Russia, Belgium, U.K and Canada operating out of DIAC, catering to over 16,000

students. These institutions offer programmes that range in duration from one year to four years.

Major academic programmes on offer include; engineering, computer science, finance, media,

education, fashion and design, biotechnology, environmental studies, quality management and

business management programmes.

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