Dubai, UAE: The British University in Dubai (BUiD) in collaboration with Heriot-Watt University Dubai and University of Birmingham Dubai, participated in STEM activities at the UK Pavilion, Expo 2020 where the three universities show-cased the best of British higher education. Staff demonstrated their expertise in the areas of Artificial Intelligence, robotics, and engineering.

A team from BUiD, led by Hugh Martin, the Registrar and Chief Administrative Officer, created activities that included drone systems’ processing, autonomous vehicles, and electromechanical components used in electric cars. Visitors were introduced to autonomous car systems and how they can be programmed, children had fun colouring in 3D printed Red Arrows planes and making mini gas-powered F1 cars out of paper, and young students were given hands-on experience with the mobile application that is used in learning basic programming functions.

Two of BUiD’s founders, the British Business Group in Dubai and the Northern Emirates and Rolls-Royce, supported the team, with a team of engineers from Rolls-Royce participating in the event.

The day was framed by the world’s leading air display team, the Royal Air Force Red Arrows, who visited the universities’ activities and interacted with visitors. Following the activities, the Red Arrows put on an astonishing display over Expo 2020, featuring some of their famous manoeuvres and death-defying feats.

After the activities concluded, a reception was held in the UK Pavilion hosted by HE Patrick Moody, HM Ambassador to the UAE, and HE Simon Penney, HM Consul General to Dubai, and attended by dignitaries including Air Marshal Sammy Sampson CBE DSO, UK Defence Senior Advisor to the Middle East and North Africa.

BUiD’s Registrar, Hugh Martin, presented Wing Commander David Montenegro, Officer Commanding the Red Arrows, with a commemorative plaque on behalf of BUiD and received a picture signed by all the pilots. Hugh added, “I was delighted to represent BUiD at this event, celebrating what makes British higher education the envy of the world. I’m proud of our students and staff who attended, and glad to have worked with colleagues from our founders Rolls-Royce and two other leading British universities, showing collaboration at its best. To end the day watching the world-famous Red Arrows really marked an amazing occasion in the opening week of Expo 2020.”


About The British University in Dubai

The British University in Dubai (BUiD) was established by law number 5 in 2003, by His Highness the late Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai, as a not-for-profit entity. The University grew out of collaborations between British and Dubai academic, government and commercial organisations to make a unique contribution to the UAE and the Gulf region. The founders of the University are the Al Maktoum Foundation, Dubai Holding, Rolls-Royce, the British Business Group of Dubai and the Northern Emirates, and Emirates NBD.

The University is governed by a Council formed every three years by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, under the chancellorship of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum.

BUiD is licensed by the UAE Ministry of Education and our qualifications are also recognised internationally by NARIC. The academic support that BUiD enjoys from its alliance with Russell Group universities in the UK has contributed to its success. These universities include the University of Edinburgh, the University of Glasgow, and the University of Manchester - all in the world’s top 100.

BUiD’s internal quality assurance include processes that ensure our programmes and students’ achievements are of standards on a par with those of our UK Universities Alliance partners.

BUiD offers full and part-time research based Doctorate and PhD programmes, Masters and MBA programmes, and Postgraduate Diplomas, in the fields of education, business, law, engineering, finance, construction, and IT.

BUiD also offers undergraduate programmes in the fields of computer science, AI, engineering, finance, and business.

BUiD works in collaboration with leading organisations and institutions including its major contributing partner the Knowledge Fund Establishment, Atkins, the UAE Ministry of Education, and government and associated bodies across the UAE’s public and private sectors.

We provide an important and growing community and resource for young professionals, leading academics, corporate managers and aspiring leaders of all description.

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