ADU Sees Highest Number of Remote Applications for Summer Semester
17 June 2020
Accepting admissions for new programs within the College of Health Sciences and the College of Engineering
ADU announced receiving an unprecedented number of applications for its summer semester, set to run from 28 June to 20 August of the current academic year. Doors are still open for admissions and students have the opportunity to join an expanded portfolio of more than 50 undergraduate and post graduate programs within ADU’s five Colleges including Engineering, Business, Health Sciences, Arts & Sciences, and Law, offered across the University’s campuses in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Dubai.
Among the comprehensive list of courses available are those from the newly established College of Health Sciences, with programs in public health, environmental health and safety, laboratory medicine, and human nutrition and dietetics; and new programs in the College of Engineering, including biomedical engineering, cybersecurity, software engineering and industrial engineering. The University’s College of Business, unique in the UAE for holding both the AACSB and EQUIS accreditations, is seeing a surge in applications for its undergraduate and postgraduate programs.
Professor Waqar Ahmad, ADU’s Chancellor, commented: “this is an unprecedentedly successful Summer intake for us. Our programs are internationally competitive and carry the most prestigious accreditations, making them ideal both for employment and as preparation for further study. Public safety is our prime concern in moving to online admissions. We have invested much thought and effort in making online recruitment intuitive and easy to follow, with our chatbot ‘Saif’ as well as admissions service and faculty colleagues available to support students with their choices.”
“We also look forward to receiving applications for the new programs offered by the College of Health Sciences, our most recent addition to our internationally recognized undergraduate programs, created to help prepare our graduates to contribute to the healthcare sector’s workforce”, Professor Ahmad continued.
ADU is home to a variety of scholarship and financial aid programs; the University recently launched a pioneering initiative at a national level to provide full scholarships for Emirati citizens who are not able to pay their tuition fees. In a unique partnership, the University has entered into a partnership with FAB, to provide fee-loans to fund education.
The online admissions service sits alongside the University’s move to distance education. The transition to distance learning was carefully planned, with extensive training of faculty, and additions to the University’s impressive learning technology platforms. Student Council members assisted faculty in ensuring that the transition to distance learning was smooth and successful. Alongside this the University invested in ensuring the continuity of academic support to enhance student performance, and to maintain student engagement through support with clubs and societies, and health and wellbeing. Student feedback was used to improve services, leading to very high levels of student satisfaction with distance education.