Heriot-Watt University's Dubai Campus will offer students the option to take up doctoral studies in Accountancy and Finance, Energy and Renewable Energy, Power Electronics and Control, Construction Management and Civil Engineering.
The new move comes in the wake of a recently published report €˜Higher Education Landscape in Dubai'. The review concludes that there are more than 48,000 students at higher education institutions in Dubai although just one per cent of those are undertaking PhD studies full-time.
Professor Ammar Kaka, Vice-Principal and Head of Dubai Campus, said, "There is a shortage of PhD programmes offered in the UAE by local universities. Only very few branch campuses have started to introduce them. We have gathered our own evidence that there is high demand for PhD courses in the form of enquiries and also from our graduates, who are keen to further their education with us.
"Heriot-Watt's Dubai Campus offers a range of top quality, practical degrees tailored to the needs of local students and the local economy, providing highly employable graduates with the transferable skills in demand by business. The higher education sector in the UAE is progressing rapidly and Heriot-Watt University is committed to being a partner in this positive development."