|06 February, 2019

Abu Dhabi University appoints outstanding leaders as Vice Chancellor and Associate Provost

Ian Mathews served as Chief Financial Officer at Trinity College Dublin (TCD), Ireland's premier University, for more than 24 years.

Abu Dhabi University appoints outstanding leaders as Vice Chancellor and Associate Provost

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - Abu Dhabi University (ADU), an internationally recognized academic institution for quality education and applied research, has announced the appointments of Ian Mathews as Vice Chancellor for Administrative and Financial Affairs and Professor Phil Hamill as Associate Provost of Student Success.

Mr. Mathews served as Chief Financial Officer at Trinity College Dublin (TCD), Ireland’s premier University, for more than 24 years. As statutory officer and key member of the leadership team, he was accountable to the Board for the overall management of the University’s financial affairs. Under his leadership, the finance team won numerous accolades for their innovations and achievements across Ireland and in the United Kingdom.

Professor Hamill was previously Director of the Learning Division at the Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies in the United Arab Emirates and has held senior academic roles at leading Irish universities including Queen’s University Belfast, Ulster University and the Institute of Banking – University College Dublin (IOB-UCD).

Professor Waqar Ahmad, Chancellor at ADU, commented, “It gives me great pleasure to welcome our newest members on board. With their extensive experience and proven track records, we are confident that they will add great value and assist us in achieving our ambitious goals for growth, enhanced reputation and outstanding student success.”

Professor Ahmad added, “Appointing outstanding leaders at the top of their fields is of the utmost importance to ADU to help us achieve our strategic objectives. They join a strong leadership team, which has recently been strengthened by the appointment of Professor Christos Pitelis (Dean of the College of Business), among other academic and administrative leaders. Students are at the heart of everything we do at ADU, and these appointments will ensure that our resources and people enable outstanding success and an unparalleled student experience’.

Mr. Mathews commented, “While it was a pleasure and privilege to work at Ireland’s premier University, I am honored to be joining one of the region’s top universities. I am excited to be working alongside students, administrative, and academic teams at ADU and relish the challenges ahead. I am joining a highly ambitious institution that continues to invest in its future, as evidenced by its AED 300 million purpose-built campus in Al Ain and its new campus in Dubai.”

Mr. Mathews is a chartered accountant, having trained with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in Dublin. He holds a bachelor’s in commerce and a diploma in professional accounting. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.

Professor Hamill commented, “I’m delighted to join Abu Dhabi University and look forward to working with my colleagues to deliver an exceptional educational experience. With the support of ADU’s management and our student-first approach, my job will be to ensure that our students achieve their full potential and on graduation are ready to transform the world.”

After earning his bachelor, master and doctoral degrees and a Postgraduate Certificate in University Teaching from Ulster University, Professor Hamill has held roles as Lecturer, Professor and Dean in leading Irish universities (Queens Belfast, Ulster, University College Dublin). He is a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment. His work has been published in leading finance and accounting journals including the Journal of Empirical Finance, Quantitative Finance, British Accounting Review, the Journal of Corporate Finance and the Financial Review.

To read more about the leadership and management team at ADU, please click here:

https://www.adu.ac.ae/about-adu/our-leadership1/leadership-team/

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About Abu Dhabi University (ADU)

Abu Dhabi University is a private, multi-campus University committed to meeting the education, skills and knowledge needs in the United Arab Emirates and neighboring countries through qualifications and standards that are respected across the world.

Although young, the University is recognized as a world-class institution committed to excellence in teaching, student experience, research and corporate education. We are regularly featured in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) rankings as among the best higher education institutions in the region. We hold prestigious international accreditations for the institution as a whole, for particular fields of provision and for specific programs. We were the first private higher education institution in the UAE and the GCC region to earn international accreditation from the Californian Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). ADU’s College of Business holds international accreditations from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the prestigious EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS). Only 1% of business schools worldwide have this double accreditation. In addition, its College of Engineering has earned accreditation from the world-renowned Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) and the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). It houses the only architecture program to hold accreditation by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

According to the QS World Universities Rankings, ADU ranks in the top 701-750 universities worldwide, the top 150 leading institutions under 50 years, the top 27 universities in the Arab World, and the top 6 in the UAE. Being rated 3rd globally for international faculty and 10th for international students, we consider diversity to be among our key strengths.

Established in 2003, Abu Dhabi University has over 7,500 students from over 80 nationalities across its four campuses and sponsored programs. Structured into Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, Law and the University College, we offer undergraduate and graduate programs across arts, law, education, business and management, engineering and sciences, including to Etihad pilots, trainees and personnel of the UAE military. Alongside the well-established campuses in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, we have launched a new campus in Dubai Knowledge Park and recently opened a teaching facility in the Al Dhafra Region of the Abu Dhabi Emirate. In addition, a brand-new state-of-the-art campus is planned to open in Al Ain in September 2019.

Media Contacts

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