The first German from the United Arab Emirates. university will encourage students to escape the comforts of the classroom to “get their hands dirty” in preparation for the world of work.

The European University for Applied Sciences, which has four campuses in Germany, will welcome its first class of students at his home in Dubai in January for an MBA program.

The campus, located in the heart of the One Central business hub at Dubai World Trade Centre, is bright, open and welcoming, with a small library complete with electric fireplace, capturing the boutique atmosphere to which the institution aspires.

Its location in a lively business environment is also in line with an industry-oriented ethos, said Professor Maurits van Rooijen, president of the university.

“Many of the branch campuses here are largely Anglo-Saxon and we want to provide high-quality European education,” Professor van Rooijen said.

“It’s about getting students to understand that studying isn’t just about reading a book or sitting in a classroom listening to a teacher, but it’s actually about getting your hands dirty and going out and learning by interacting with the real world.” .

Develop the future workforce

“It’s very much about being prepared for the changing world, not just having the skills and knowledge, but also being mentally prepared for it…knowing how to deal with complicated situations or what to do when things don’t go as planned. . .

“The key defining characteristic of our type of German education is the fact that it is largely about engaging with business.

“We also encourage students to do internships or projects in companies and that is part of our philosophy.”

He said the launch of the university was supported by Dubai’s business communities, especially German companies, which offer opportunities for students to gain real-world experience.

Affordable education plan

In an effort to make higher education accessible and affordable, fees at the Dubai branch and Germany campuses will be the same.

Students will pay €12,100 (Dh46,972) per year for bachelor’s programs and between €10,938 (Dh42,442) and €13,000 (Dh50,443) per year for a master’s programme. MBA students pay between €12,332 (Dh47,851) and €13,500 (Dh52,398) per year.

“The rates are exactly the same in Germany as in Dubai. “A student in Germany might want to do a semester in Dubai or students in Dubai might want to do a semester in Germany, all of that is possible because the curriculum is the same,” said Boris Remes, senior operations manager at Europe University. for Applied Sciences Science Dubai.

Expanding horizons

Students on the Dubai campus will have the possibility of transfer to the Berlin, Hamburg, Iserlohn and Potsdam campuses, as long as the course is offered on the chosen campus. Students in Dubai would have to complete one year of study in the city to be eligible for transfer. Students from the German university will also be able to move to the Dubai campus.

“Students have to complete at least one year in Dubai before they can transfer. Apart from visa fees, there are no hidden fees,” Remes said.

Founded more than two decades ago, UE is an accredited private German university known for its academic excellence in business, technology and design.

Students will split their time between studying with tenured professors and practicum professors “bringing the real world into the classroom.”

Some teachers will travel from Germany to Dubai, while others will stay on the Dubai campus.

“One of the reasons the MBA is arriving earlier than expected is based on the demand we have seen specifically for the MBA programs we offer,” Remes said.

If students graduate in Dubai, they will be able to apply for a six-month German job-seeking visa.

“However, if they moved to Germany and completed their last semester in Germany, they would qualify for an 18-month job search visa,” Remes said.

The MBA program will be the first to launch, in January, while master’s courses such as data science, software engineering, visual and experience design will begin in March.

The master’s degree in innovation design management and undergraduate programs in business management and digital business and data science will be launched in September 2024.

Updated: October 20, 2023 at 3:00 am