A new, modern campus of Rochester Institute of Technology – Dubai (RIT Dubai) will be built at Dubai Silicon Oasis.
The $136m, 30-acre campus will include an innovation and entrepreneurship centre and sustainable building processes.
The UAE government is funding the new campus, which will be developed in two phases – the first portion set to open in 2019 and the second in 2023.
The campus will feature academic spaces, a student housing area and an interactive learning courtyard that includes an innovation and entrepreneurship centre.
School of Electrical Engineering and Computing, School of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, School of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Business and Management, as well as administration, facilities and operations, a library commons and an auditorium are also planned.
Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA) chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said: “Rochester Institute of Technology is a globally acclaimed academic institution that significantly enriches science-based knowledge, boosts academic standards and promotes the spirit of innovation.
“Science and technology play a vital role in achieving the UAE Vision 2021, and I am confident that educational opportunities with esteemed international academic institutions that boast world-class facilities, such as RIT Dubai, will shape a scientific mindset in our students.”
RIT Dubai president Yousef Al-Assaf said: “Due to its leading global position in technology education, RIT Dubai has been attracting large numbers of students wishing to pursue higher studies in the sector.
“In response to the demand, we have decided to open a new campus at Dubai Silicon Oasis, and I thank His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum for endorsing the project.
RIT provost and senior vice-president for academic affairs Jeremy Haefner said: “This innovative new campus will allow us to provide even more students highly sought-after degrees in science, technology, entrepreneurship and the humanities.
“I am pleased that the design integrates a cultural and historic feel to the campus, reflecting the warm hospitality of the Emirati people. We are further excited about the new global education opportunities this campus can open for students from the Rochester campus through our study abroad programme.”