|08 September, 2019

Back to class: a strong start to ADU's new academic year with engaging orientation sessions

Running from 8 -14 September, the University's annual week-long orientation for freshmen is already underway to provide new students with a comprehensive understanding of the institution's facilities and extracurricular activities

Back to class: a strong start to ADU's new academic year with engaging orientation sessions

Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi University (ADU) officially kicked off the 2019-2020 academic year, welcoming over 7350 new and returning students across its campuses in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Al Ain following a range of enhancements and improvements to the facilities.

Running from 8 -14 September, the University’s annual week-long orientation for freshmen is already underway to provide new students with a comprehensive understanding of the institution’s facilities and extracurricular activities.

Professor Philip Hamill, ADU’s Associate Provost of Student Success, commented: “The university has invested in its academic and recreational facilities to make student’s academic and social experience as enjoyable as possible. This academic year we have a diverse and packed calendar of academic, cultural, social and extracurricular activities in store. Get involved in as many activities as possible. This is a unique period in your life. Make the most of all that ADU has to offer. You will make new friends for life. Have fun and develop important transferable skills which are valued by employers, we are committed to being a vibrant university making a significant contribution to developing the UAE’s knowledge economy”.

Professor Hamill continued, “The introductory sessions are an opportunity for incoming students to meet with classmates and faculty from their respective colleges, allowing them to start their journey with the ADU community. This will complement the holistic learning experience students while at ADU.”

The University’s comprehensive Week of Welcome orientation program includes a First Year Experience Program that enables new students to learn about the different departments at ADU and how they can benefit from them. This is followed by a welcome session dedicated to international students, several student affairs receptions, a sports and wellness facilities tour, introductory session to student housing, a cultural tour of the city, and a series of athletic tournaments Students will also be invited to attend many events including the annual Global Day and Alumni Homecoming, which represent the University’s student-first approach.

The expanding University has consistently ranked amongst the top universities in the region for student body diversity, with a student community comprised of more than 82 nationalities. With 50 undergraduate and postgraduate programs across six colleges, the majority of students are enrolled in the College of Engineering, the UAE’s biggest engineering college. The University has recently launched the new College of Health Sciences which offers five bachelor’s degree programs including Public Health and Environmental Health and Safety and opened applications for three new Bachelor degree programs including as well as Human Nutrition and Dietetics, Molecular and Medical Genetics and Biomedical Sciences: Laboratory Medicine, which are pending CAA approval.

To register for the sessions, students are encouraged to visit: www.adugroups.adu.ac.ae

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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 2nd 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.

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Noor AlMasri, Senior Marketing Operations Manager / noor.almasri@adu.ac.ae  / +971 506195700

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