Dubai: UAE’s oldest university, the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) has joined the leading university consortium Northern Consortium UK (NCUK), becoming the first university in the Emirates to do so.
As part of this cooperation, students will be able to study an internationally recognized foundation course in Dubai. Further, they will earn a guaranteed placement before traveling abroad to pursue a bachelor’s degree at a university in their chosen country.
The International Foundation Year (IFY) provides students access to more than 4,000 degrees across more than 40 leading universities internationally.
Founded in 1987, NCUK is a leading education organization dedicated to ensuring students’ access to universities around the world. To date, it has helped over 35,000 international students attend universities around the world.
According to the statement, one of the many advantages of the program is that students who do not qualify for direct entry into bachelor’s degrees in other countries can study for a year in Dubai before transferring to any NCUK partner institution including Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States, New Zealand, or Canada.
The students will be able to pursue degrees in business, engineering, architecture, computer science, and medicine, among other fields. Furthermore, students who choose to continue their education in the UAE will be able to finish their bachelor’s degrees at UOWD.
Prof. Mohamed Salem, President of UOWD, remarked that, “The launch of the International Foundation Year is a critical part of our plans to cement UOWD as an education hub for the UAE, and continue our efforts to provide a truly borderless education experience built on a strong foundation of quality and accessibility.”
“Partnering with UOWD is an exciting extension to the significant growth and demand NCUK has undergone across the MENA region over recent years. In UOWD, a highly experienced and long-established tertiary institution within UAE, we are extremely confident that students from across the region will have an unrivaled opportunity to study a world-class qualification within a world-class teaching environment, with outstanding faculty,” commented Mr. Andy Straughan, Associate Director, Africa, Middle East, Europe and Americas for NCUK.
The eligibility for IFY includes students to be at least 17 years old, have completed 12 years of high school education, and have a recognized English language qualification such as IELTS 5.0.