IIT campus opening in Abu Dhabi brings joy to UAE expats
The opening of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) campus in the UAE has been warmly welcomed by education experts and expat families. With plans to offer bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D.
New Opportunities for Indian Students
programs starting in 2024, the IIT-Delhi Abu Dhabi campus presents great opportunities for Indian students pursuing higher education. Families like Ketki Thakar's are thrilled about the prospect, as it allows their children to study engineering while staying together in the Middle East.
Establishing the First International Campus
The Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (Adek), in collaboration with India's Ministry of Education and IIT-Delhi, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish the first international campus of IIT-Delhi in Abu Dhabi. The campus, set to launch its academic programs in January 2024, will offer a range of undergraduate, postgraduate, and research programs, including sustainable energy, climate studies, and computing and data sciences.
Promising Development for Parents and Students
The opening of IIT-Delhi in the UAE is seen as a fantastic development by Sachin Gupta, the founder of Knowledge Planet, an educational institute in the UAE. He highlights the joy it brings to parents and students, who can now pursue higher studies locally, allowing families to stay together for a few extra years. Gupta also expresses optimism about the quality of the institute, citing the exceptional faculty members and research facilities that have contributed to the success of IITs in India.
Fueling Student Aspirations
Educator Alka Malik believes that the presence of an IIT campus in the UAE will fuel the desires of students aspiring to enroll in the institution. The local IIT is likely to be preferred by students and parents, assuming the price points remain reasonable. Malik emphasizes the importance of maintaining the high quality associated with IITs while offering local options, providing a choice for high-ability students without compromising on standards.
Globally Recognized Engineering Excellence
With 23 IITs located throughout India, the institute is renowned for its excellence in engineering education. It is considered one of the best engineering colleges globally, boasting notable alumni such as Alphabet Inc. CEO Sunder Pichai and Indian industrialist N. R. Narayana Murthy. The introduction of the IIT-Delhi campus in the UAE expands the reach and reputation of this prestigious institution, ensuring that students have access to world-class education closer to home.