Tuesday, December 14, 2010
DIAC Highlights Best Practices in
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.