• The College of Business (CoB) at ADU introduced a joint program allowing students to go to Ireland in the last two years of their education journey and earn a degree from UCD
  • Students are able to enroll and complete an internship program anywhere in Europe
  • The partnership was reflected through the signing of an MoA in presence of His Excellency Aidan Cronin, Ambassador of Ireland to the UAE

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Abu Dhabi University (ADU) offers students the opportunity to pursue their academic degree in one of Ireland’s most prestigious educational institutes, University College Dublin (UCD). In its continuous bid to elevate the student experience, ADU announced a new partnership with UCD, one of Europe’s leading research-intensive universities and ranked within the top 1% of higher education institutions worldwide. The joint program will allow students to study at ADU for the first two years and relocate to Ireland for the last two years of their educational journey to earn a degree from UCD. ADU continues to build on its successful track record of international collaborations with leading education institutions, which reflects its excellence in providing a world-class academic journey to students and faculty.

The partnership was announced through a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) which signed by Professor Thomas J. Hochstettler, Provost of Abu Dhabi University and Professor Don Bredin, Associate Dean of the College of Business at UCD. Additionally, the signing witnessed the attendance of His Excellency Aidan Cronin, Ambassador of Ireland to the UAE. Post-signing, ADU and UCD facilitated an educational fair for ADU students and prospective students from a group of schools in the Emirate where they presented their partnership and answered questions related to studying in Dublin.

The joint program will provide students with a personalized study plan in addition to the opportunity of enrolling in an internship program anywhere in Europe. Dublin is home to nine out of the ten tech giants including Google, Facebook and Apple, which is an incentive for students who are looking to train and gain a greater understanding of their field post-graduation. Furthermore, Ireland offers post-study work visas to international graduates allowing them to attain valuable international work experience that will broaden their skillset.

Professor Barry O’Mahony, Dean of College of Business at Abu Dhabi University, said: “At Abu Dhabi University, we are proud to build on our ongoing partnerships with academic institutions in Ireland, and specifically with University College Dublin. We are delighted to offer our students this unique academic experience which will allow them to begin their educational journey at ADU for two years and move on to earn a degree from UCD, a prestigious university that is amongst the top 200 universities worldwide. This partnership is a testament to ADU’s College of Business quality and position that is recognized globally by our partners. We are both EQUIS and AACSB accredited - only 1% of business schools worldwide have this double accreditation.”

Professor Barry added, “We continuously seek to collaborate with institutions that share our vision in providing students with world-class education. This partnership, in addition to others, will encourage students to tackle new experiences, obtain valuable knowledge and gain a greater understanding of their field.”

Professor Don Bredin, Associate Dean of College of Business at UCD, said: “The new partnership reflects ADU and UCD considerable emphasis on global engagement, as part of their innovative business programs. The new collaborative program emphasizes UCD’s reputation as Ireland’s Global University and I very much look forward to welcoming students from Abu Dhabi University Business School to the UCD Quinn School in September.”

In addition, Professor Bredin added: “Both Colleges of Business at ADU and UCD are among a small group of international business schools holding accreditations from both AACSB and EQUIS. This new partnership, with a leading university in the MENA region, is a welcome addition to our growing portfolio of international collaborations particularly focusing on our undergraduate business programs.”

The College of Business (COB) at ADU is an internationally recognized business school accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the European Foundation for Management Development (EQUIS). The College offers a wide range of internationally accredited undergraduate and postgraduate programs geared towards building and enhancing its students' business, management, and leadership careers.

The College also provides students with exchange program opportunities with the Queensland University of Technology and Monash University in Australia. Additionally, the College offers short-term study abroad programs in France, the UK, South Korea, Brazil and Ireland. The College of Business at ADU recently received a global ranking of 501-550 in Business and Management studies and a UAE ranking of four from the prestigious Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings by Subject.

UCD is globally recognized for its excellence in twelve subjects and is ranked 177 globally by QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021. UCD’s Quinn School of Business is a triple-accredited academic institution and is well connected with international companies in Ireland. UCD has been ranked first in Ireland for graduate employability, every year since 2018.

For more information about ADU's programs, visit: https://www.adu.ac.ae/study/programs/program-finder.


About Abu Dhabi University:

Established in 2003, Abu Dhabi University (ADU) is the largest private university in the United Arab Emirates. With campuses across Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Al Ain, and Al Dhafra, the University has a total enrolment of 7,800 students from over 80 nationalities. Structured into Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, Law and Health Sciences, ADU offers undergraduate and graduate programs across a wide range of disciplines.

Abu Dhabi University is recognized as a world-class institution committed to excellence in teaching, research and student experience, as evidenced by its prestigious regional and international accreditations. The University was the first private higher education institution in the GCC to earn international accreditation from the Californian Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). ADU’s College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the prestigious EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS). At a program level, the College of Engineering has received international accreditation from the world-renowned Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), and the Bachelor of Architecture has received Part 1 validation from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). The College of Health Sciences has earned accreditation from the Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation (APHEA).

According to the 2021 QS World University rankings, Abu Dhabi University ranked among the top 750 universities in the world and placed among the world’s top 150 universities under 50 years of age. ADU also earned a top 3 spot globally for international faculty and maintained its long-held position as part of the top 11 universities worldwide recognized for student body diversity.

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