With over 2.6 million people, the Indian Diaspora form more than 42 percent of UAE population. However, the question that prevails in the minds of many Non-Residential-Indian students in the UAE is on the choice of their destination for higher education ï¿½ the East, the West or stick to the Middle. Choosing a destination for children\'s higher education had been a real concern for Indian expats who live with their families in the UAE, but the scenario has taken a turn for the better. Students who choose to remain in the UAE to be with their family rather than travel abroad in pursuit of their higher education dreams have numerous options to choose from. A hub of excellence in education has been established in the UAE with the help of prominent Indian Universities who have setup campuses in the country - a home away from home for Indian expats.
Manipal University, one of the largest private universities in India, which has presence in countries such as Malaysia, Antigua and Nepal, is a leading Indian higher education player tapping the potential of Indian Diaspora in the UAE since 2000. At present, Manipal University, Dubai enrolls over 2,000 students from over 40 nations across the globe and has developed into one of the most respected educational destinations for students, academicians and industry communities in the region. \"We have observed that many children of expats after having completed their K12 education in the UAE consider going back to India for higher education. However, majority of them are unable to adapt to the change and prefer to return. Hence, it was logical to invest in a campus in Dubai to make high quality Indian education available to the children of expats so that there would be continuity in education with minimal disruption,\" explains Dr. S. V. Kota Reddy, Academic President, Manipal University Dubai.
Formerly known as Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal University is a Deemed University and its offshore branch campus at Dubai is approved by the Government of India, Ministry of Human Resource Development and UGC. Being the branch campus of Manipal University India, Manipal University Dubai inherits the traits of its parent campus while offering its students quality education in the fields of Engineering & IT, Management Studies, Interior design & Architecture, Media & Communication and Life Sciences through highly qualified and experienced faculty members. \"Our curriculum is aligned with Manipal University India. In the last three years, we have had a successful faculty/student rotation policy with our parent campus. Thus, Indian expat students can get the same Indian experience in the UAE,\" claims Dr. Reddy. All the degree programs offered at Manipal University Dubai are awarded by Manipal University India and the degrees are attested by KHDA (Knowledge and Human Development Authority), the regulator of schools and colleges in Dubai. Hence, the qualifications acquired are recognized across the globe.
Unlike the majority of foreign branch campuses of Indian universities, which mainly provide undergraduate courses, Manipal University Dubai aspires to include quality research at its campus located in Dubaiï¿½s International Academic City, a hub for overseas universities. Manipal University Dubai has instituted a University Research fund to which faculty members can apply for grants and can partake in their research interests. Manipal University Dubai also has a rare distinction among the Indian University branches in the UAE for being the pioneers in providing the PhD program in Biotechnology. \"One of the areas that we have been focusing in order to enhance the quality of education is research, which is a crucial aspect for the improvement and advancement of knowledge. All our departments organize National and International conferences every year and provide a platform for researchers to share their findings, which are very helpful in the teaching and learning processes,\" says Dr. Reddy.
The universityï¿½s commitment to improve research capability is evident through the establishment of unique labs and funded projects from professional bodies such as ASHRAE and today they are progressing towards establishing joint research with various Government and private organizations for research partnerships. Currently, Manipal University Dubai houses an Automobile lab sponsored by Arabian Automobiles (Nissan) and a research lab sponsored by Dubai Equine Hospital, while a state-of-the-art lab sponsored by Canon is in the works. The University also leverages over 80 university collaborations that Manipal University India has with universities across the globe, which include University of Missouri, U.S., Edinburgh Napier University, U.K. and Australian National University, Australia.
All these steps along with the various internship structure and Industry exposure that the university has built into their teaching methodology have translated to successful job offers obtained by the students and successful admission for higher education into some of the renowned universities in the world. The institute has achieved 97 percent placement by hosting more than 150 companies in the campus over the last three years. Hellman Logistics, Weatherford International and Al Batha Group are some of the major recruiters who have picked up Manipal University Dubai students with the highest salary of AED 13,500 per month and an average salary of AED 6, 000 per month. \"Manipal University has always been the epitome of quality and we continue to explore various paradigms to enhance quality of the education we offer. In the coming years, we will continue to pursue stronger international university collaborations to promote student/faculty exchange and research activities and we will remain committed to excellence in what we are best known for ï¿½ Education,\" concludes Dr. Reddy.
Dr. S. V. Kota Reddy, Academic President
Dr. Reddy holds a Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Bombay India. He firmly believes in commitment, teamwork and efficient completion of any task undertaken. Dr. Reddy leads several disciplines on to the path of excellence to ensure consistent delivery of quality education. He has over 26 years of teaching, research and administrative experience and has published 25 research papers in International and National Journals, Conferences. He has also filed seven patents; one US, two international and four Indian, in association with IIT Bombay.