The British University in Dubai (BUiD) moves to full online teaching

Our postgraduate students resumed their studies online this week for the third term of the academic year, while our undergraduate students will resume their studies online next week.

The British University in Dubai (BUiD) moves to full online teaching

Dubai, UAE: Since BUiD started more than 15 years ago, we have supported and cared about our students, our staff, and all those who connect with us. To deal with the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, BUiD is operating entirely online using up-to-date distance and online learning platforms to support and safeguard its students, faculty and administrative staff.

Our postgraduate students resumed their studies online this week for the third term of the academic year, while our undergraduate students will resume their studies online next week.

Professor Abdullah Alshamsi, BUiD’s Vice Chancellor, expressed his pride in the University’s readiness and agility to offer its teaching remotely, and said: “The University has spared no effort in order to facilitate the learning process and has provided all necessary technical support for its academics and students. Furthermore, our Library has made the necessary investments in e-resources to guarantee the smooth running of the teaching process as well as ongoing research. We are very proud of the accomplishments we have achieved since we started in 2003 and with the standards reached by our students during these difficult and exceptional times.” BUiD is using Blackboard Ultra for its online teaching. Since the beginning of the week, all students have started attending their classes online with many expressing their satisfaction with the process using this platform.

BUiD’s world class research-led teaching and learning continues unabated and to ensure the continuity of the PhD research by our doctoral students and to enable them to complete their PhD requirements, the University has scheduled viva voce exams to be conducted online.

Joe Hazzam, studying for a PhD in Business Management, successfully passed his thesis defence in the first viva voce exam to be held entirely online last week. He defended his thesis via video conference with internal and external examiners in the UAE and the United Kingdom. On 7 April, Ikrame Sbai, studying for a PhD in Education, successfully passed her thesis defence in her online viva voce exam.

Furthermore, all supervision for postgraduate students is being done remotely to ensure the continuity of the teaching process and the full support of the University for its research students. Next week, BUiD will be supporting and guiding all its undergraduate students through their first experience of BUiD’s distance learning provision to ensure they benefit fully from it.


The British University in Dubai

The British University in Dubai (BUiD) is a not-for-profit institution, which was established in 2003 to be the region’s leading research-based university, facilitating world-class education, training and research. It provides an important and growing community and resource for young professionals, leading academics, corporate managers and aspiring leaders of all description.

The UAE Ministry of Education – Higher Education Affairs licenses BUiD to award its own degrees. BUiD’s qualifications are also recognised internationally by NARIC. 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 (the University of Glasgow, the University of Edinburgh, and the University of Manchester). The UK Universities Alliance collaborates with BUiD within a Concordat agreement that provides a comprehensive framework for the strategic directions and governance of the Alliance.

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, architecture, finance, and business.

The founders of the University are the Al Maktoum Foundation, the Dubai Development and Investment Authority (now Dubai Holding), Rolls-Royce, the British Business Group, and the National Bank of Dubai (now Emirates NBD) . The University is governed by a Council under the chancellorship of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum.

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.

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