Saturday, June 15, 2013

Abu Dhabi University will not increase tuition fee for academic year 2013-14.

ABU DHABI: The Abu Dhabi University ( ADU ) has announced that its tuition fees will remain unchanged throughout the 2013-14 academic year.

In addition, ADU is offering substantial incentives of up to 25% discounts on tuition, as part of its long-standing commitment to post-graduate education and to make world-class education more accessible to the most academically and financially deserving students.

ADU said its tuition freeze could help to retain the UAE's best students for world-class education locally instead of studying abroad; and with global tuition fees continuing their upward trend, the UAE is well positioned to capitalize on the falling enrolment at many Western institutions.

The tuition freeze is part of ADU 's strategy of establishing a state of equilibrium between highly competitive academic standards and competitive value for money. It is partly designed to help the UAE to retain its most gifted academic talents at local centers of academic excellence, as a more attractive alternative to traveling abroad for tertiary education. The move is in stark contrast to the escalating tuition costs experienced at popular destinations like the US, where tuition fees have increased by as much as 32%. In the UK, tuition increases have led to a 7.7% decline in applications over the past year.

In addition to the unchanged tuition, ADU 's Merit-Based Masters Level Tuition Policy stipulates that students who graduated from any institution with a minimum CGPA of 3.5 or equivalent are eligible for a significant discount of 25% discount in tuition fees. Furthermore, ADU alumni who wish to pursue Masters degrees will receive a 20% tuition discount.

Elaborating on the tuition discounts, Dr Nabil Ibrahim, Chancellor of Abu Dhabi University said: "Our support for our alumni does not end when they graduate, because even after they attain their Bachelors degrees we help empower them to further their studies through our 20% discount for all ADU alumni. In today's ultra-competitive job market, postgraduate degrees distinguish candidates above the overwhelming majority of other job seekers.

This builds on our highly unique Bachelors programs which have been crafted according to the highest global standards and enables more than 90% of our graduates to find employment within a year from graduation." Dr Ibrahim added: " ADU passionately believes in maintaining a balance between world-class education facilities and applied research on one hand, and on the other hand ensuring that academic ability and ambition are the main determinants to enrolment. The tuition freeze and discounts cement our ever-growing reputation as the national university of choice, and inspire our vibrant multicultural student community to make a difference in every part of the globe." The announcement, coupled with ADU 's status as a lively cosmopolitan hub of over 60 nationalities, could entice exceptionally gifted students seeking a vibrant student community that nurtures their social, cultural and intellectual growth in the dynamic heart of the UAE's thriving capital.

AD DoT Commences First Phase of Al Maqta Area and Abu Dhabi Gate City Enhancements of Traffic Safety and Flow

 Abu Dhabi, June 15th, 2013 - As part of its commitment to promoting world-class, integrated and sustainable transport infrastructure, the Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi (DoT) today announced that it has commenced work on "Al Maqta Area and Abu Dhabi Gate City" project, which will see the creation of two exits on the Khaleej Al Arabi Street as well as two roundabouts in both areas, aiming to increase traffic safety and flow on Khaleej Al Arabi Street.

The project will be done in two steps, the first encompass the construction of an exit from the Khaleej Al Arabi Street as well as a roundabout to facilitate traffic to and from Al Maqta Area, whilst the second step will see the creation of another roundabout and an exit to the Khaleej Al Arabi Street in Abu Dhabi Gate City to smooth traffic towards Abu Dhabi City. At the same time, the current exits linking the Khaleej Al Arabi Street with both areas. Ensuring safer and better traffic in the area entrances and exits and less congestion, especially at peak hours.

Previously known as "Between the Two Bridges Area", Al Maqta is currently one of Abu Dhabi Metropolitan's key areas, home at some leading tourism, culture and urban landmarks such as the historical Al Maqta Castle, Al Maqta Bridge as well as Sheikh Zayed Bridge.

Stressing the role this development project plays in optimising Abu Dhabi transport infrastructure whilst helping provide an integrated and safer road network, Eng.

Faisal Ahmed Al Suwaidi, General Director of Main Roads at the Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi, said: "Al Maqta Area and Abu Dhabi Gate City project, once completed, will allow vehicle owners a wide spectrum of benefits such as smoother and better traffic, less congestion and higher safety standards." "The DoT has undertaken several studies to guarantee that the best possible approaches are adopted in order to preserve the area's aesthetic and cultural landmarks whilst traffic is maintained unaffected during the whole duration of work. The implementation of project in different phases ensures that neither traffic congestion nor road detouring is needed", he added.

Al Maqta Area and Abu Dhabi Gate City project is being implemented by the DoT in close cooperation with a number of partners including Abu Dhabi Police, Abu Dhabi City Municipality, Urban Planning Council, Abu Dhabi Distribution Company, Abu Dhabi Sewage Service Company, and Traffic Control Centre. The first phase of the project, Al Maqta Area enhancements, is planned to be accomplished by the first quarter of 2014.

ADNEC to promote Abu Dhabi as leading business tourism destination in Korea, Japan

ABU DHABI: Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) is gearing up to promote Abu Dhabi as a leading global business tourism destination to top industry decision makers in Korea and Japan during a promotional tour of the two countries.

Organised by the Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau, a body tasked with bolstering the UAE capital's global status as a business tourism hub, the road show will kick-off on 17 June at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Tokyo before moving on to the Plaza Hotel in Seoul, Korea on 19 June. 

During the tour, officials from ADNEC and the Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau will conduct workshops and offer presentations to invited guests, highlighting the emirate's unique selling proposition and competitive advantages as a business destination. 

Robin Miller, Sales Director for Conferences and Events, ADNEC, said: "Korea and Japan present huge opportunities for Abu Dhabi and ADNEC in achieving our objective to attract leading meetings, conferences and exhibitions. Both countries continue to demonstrate strong growth in outbound tourism. Our geographical proximity to western markets, while remaining within easy reach of key eastern markets, will serve as a key strategic advantage in raising our profile to these audiences.

Earlier this year, ADNEC participated in the Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau's first promotional tour to the US. During the visit, the Abu Dhabi delegation highlighted the advanced infrastructure and integrated facilities that the emirate offers to the American business community. It also contributed to an industry-specific global workshop organised by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) in Cape Town.