FUJAIRAH // Students are elated at being afforded greater educational opportunities after Fujairah College became a university.
The college has become Fujairah University after three years of preparation and about three months of paperwork and it will now offer MBA and master’s degree courses.
“That was the best news that I received this year,” said Emirati Ahlam Qader, a 21-year-old business student at the new university.
“I feel proud to have a university in the emirate of Fujairah and I don’t have to move to another emirate to continue my studies, as they will start offering MBA courses soon.”
Another Emirati, 18-year-old high school pupil Ahmad Al Samahi, added: “I was extremely happy when my friends told me that the college has become a university.
“I didn’t want to move to another emirate to continue my studies after finishing high school and now I can study here and get a certificate under the name of Fujairah University.”
Despite the positivity of the announcement, some students were concerned that the fees for courses may be increased.
“We don’t know yet if this announcement would increase the fees and we hope not but I’m glad that it has become a university, it is better to hold a certificate under the name Fujairah University, as opposed to Fujairah College; it will definitely help in the recruitment process,” said Dana Al Herbawi, a 20-year-old student of public relations from Jordan.
The president of the university, which is on Hamad Bin Abdullah Road, near Al Taamenat (Insurance) roundabout, in Fujairah city, said that the change was in line with the country’s national innovation and leadership strategies.
“The college was firstly open in 2006 and, on the directives of Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, the Fujairah Ruler, we worked on transferring it into a university,” said Mohammed Gharselden.
“We want to concentrate more on graduating entrepreneurs by providing many courses like MBA and higher education courses.
“We also aim to provide educational opportunity for all students in Fujairah, so we are planning to add scientific faculties, such as engineering and dentistry, so they don’t have to move to another emirate seeking such majors.”
Fujairah University is now offering 15 major courses and will add 10 more next year. It currently provides academic programmes in Business Administration, Information Technology, Mass Communication and Public Relations and Arabic language literature.
Mr Gharselden moved to allay fee hike fears, insisting that there will be no changes to tuition fees for the institutions current course offerings.
Source: uae news