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RIT to build new campus in Dubai

RIT Dubai’s new campus at the Dubai Silicon Oasis will accommodate up to 4,000 students and will open in two phases, with the first set to open and 2019 and the second to open in 2023. (Photo: RIT)

Rochester, N.Y./UAE (WHAM) - Rochester Institute of Technology will have a new campus in the United Arab Emirates in the next five years.

Officials with RIT and UAE confirmed the news about a state-of-the-art new campus in the Dubai Silicon Oasis Tuesday. Four schools will be housed on the campus, including the Schools of Electrical Engineering and Computing, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, School of Science and Liberal Arts, and the School of Business and Management.

The new $136 million, 30-acre campus will be developed and constructed in two phases - one to open in 2019 and the second in 2023. The new space will be able to accommodate up to 4,000 students.

An innovation and entrepreneurship center and sustainable building processes are being promised. The grounds will feature spaces for academics, student housing, and an interactive learning courtyard. Administration, facilities and operations, a library commons and an auditorium are also in the plans.

“Due to its leading global position in technology education, RIT Dubai has been attracting large numbers of students wishing to pursue higher studies in the sector,” said Yousef Al-Assaf, president of RIT Dubai.

“I am confident that educational opportunities with esteemed international academic institutions that boast world-class facilities, such as RIT Dubai, will shape a scientific mindset in our students,” said Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority.

RIT Dubai launched in 2008 and has seen its enrollment grow steadily. A total of 588 students enrolled in fall 2017, a new record for the campus.

The UAE government is funding the construction.

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