Located in the business hub of Western Asia, Manipal University, Dubai, boasts of a multi-cultural campus which brings together students from over 40 nationalities. A unique advantage of studying in the university is that it has a very effective faculty mentoring programme where each faculty of the university acts as a mentor to a group of around 10 students. In an interview with Careers360, Dr. S. V. Kota Reddy, Academic President of Manipal University Dubai Campus, talks about how the university takes a pro-active approach in making learning an enjoyable experience for the students.
Read the full interview below:
Q. What is the strength of the international student community in the university?
A. One is always enthused by the cultural diversity that flourishes in this region. Manipal University Dubai campus is a centre of such cultural confluence. The university houses students from more than 40 nationalities speaking in 18 different languages and the ambience at our university helps them adapt quickly to live and learn amid multi-cultural and multi-lingual people.
Q. What is unique about your university and the Dubai campus in terms of academic culture and overall student experience?
A. Academics is of prime focus at Manipal University Dubai Campus. Our faculty team takes a pro-active approach in making learning an enjoyable experience for the students. We employ various teaching and evaluation methods that ensure that the education imparted is retained by the student in a useful format. Learning is imparted using a judicial mix of conventional learning methods such as lectures and labs and also case studies, problem based learning, exposure to real world projects etc.
We have a faculty mentoring programme wherein each faculty acts as a mentor to a group of around 10 students. These faculty mentors guide the holistic development of the students and take care of the intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual growth of the students. Besides, we have a student services officer who not only provides counselling to students but also ensures that all students have a congenial and safe learning environment. Emotional counselling and career counselling is provided to students on a periodic basis.
Q. How does the university help in enhancing the quality of campus life for international students?
A. Manipal University, Dubai, ensures that its students get the best holistic experience possible during their time as university students. Extra-curricular activities and all round development are given special emphasis at the university. There are several vibrant student managed clubs and associations on campus.
Ethnic day is held twice a year to develop mutual respect and universal peace and brotherhood.
Cultural fests, Inter university Cultural competitions, Sports Fest, Women’s Day, and celebration of all festivals in the campus develop global citizenship
International tours are arranged for students to develop harmony, peace and tolerance.
Student exchange programs also develop a sense of universal brotherhood.
Cuisine catering to different nationalities is provided in the cafeteria and hostels.
Q. Why should a student consider Dubai as his/her study destination?
A. The UAE and the GCC region have already emerged as powerful new economic centres by virtue of their focus on human capital, education, services, trading & tourism - just to name a few areas. We prepare our students to be very crucial additions to the knowledge pool that can contribute immensely in building on the advances already made; and become productive members of these emerging power centres. Students can take internship projects as a part of their course with multinational corporations as well as industry leaders which will help them get accustomed to the practical challenges at the workplace. Another advantage is the opportunity to seek job placement in this geography in challenging roles as well as at attractive remuneration levels.
Q. Are you engaged in any academic collaboration with Indian universities through twinning or any other platform?
A.Manipal University, Dubai leverages the 80+ university collaborations that Manipal University, India has with universities across the globe. Similar to its parent campus, across several schools and programs especially Engineering and Business Administration, students have the option of going on a student exchange to international partner universities or transferring credits to partner universities in the US, UK or other regions. Some of the MOU partnerships that Manipal University, Dubai has with universities across the world are:
Lancaster University, UK
Edinburgh Napier University, UK
University of Fraser Valley, British Columbia.
Queen Mary University, London
University of Missouri, USA
Australian National University, Australia
Birmingham University, UK
Q. What kind of specialisations are international students opting for in engineering and management?
A. We have a wide range of specialisations on offer for students. Mentioned below are some of them:
Engineering Programs (4years)
B. Tech. in Mechatronics Engineering
B. Tech. in Civil Engineering
B. Tech. in Mechanical Engineering
B. Tech. in Electronics & Communication Engineering
B. Tech. in Computer Science & Engineering
B. Tech. in Chemical Engineering
B. Tech. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering
MBA (Global Business) – (2 Years)
Human Resources Management
Logistics & Supply Chain Management
M. Com. Logistics & Supply Chain
PG Diploma in Logistics & Supply Chain Management
Q. Do you allow students to explore research opportunities at the university?
A. We believe that research is crucial to the improvement and advancement of knowledge, and to implement this we have instituted a University Research Fund to which faculty members can apply for grants and can partake of to follow their research interests. There is a research committee that constantly monitors the progress of the research projects and guides the faculty on the various improvements that can be done to enhance the research outcome. We have a number of unique labs and projects that are sponsored by the industry. The university also has funded projects from professional bodies such as ASHRAE and we are working towards joint research with various government and private organizations for joint research partnerships.
Also, in Dubai very few universities/branch campuses offer Ph. D. programs. MU Dubai is the pioneer in starting Ph.D. program in Biotechnology. After PhD, students can join institutions as faculty members or join research labs as scientists. For example, after Ph.D., MU Dubai students can join as scientists at DU-Biotech, a biotechnology park created by the Government of Dubai.
Q: Do you consider the social media presence of a student while considering him/her for admission?
A. We understand the significance of the increasing influence of social media in a student. Social media is used by us to effectively engage with the students in a more meaningful way. However, we have not included social media presence to be a determining factor in the overall admission process though we use social media to assess student candidates wherever a personal interaction is involved.
Q. How important is work experience in your selection process?
A.The courses that we offer at the PG level have significant participation from learners with considerable work experience. Learners find this to be beneficial since a diverse bouquet of experiences from the workplace are brought into the various case study presentations, group study and class discussions. We encourage participants with relevant work experience to be a part of the course, however this is not mandatory.
Q. When do applications open?
A. Applications are currently open for September 2016 admission season. Classes start on August 28th, 2016 this year. Applications for the September season open quite early, typically by the 1st week of March
A second intake is in February every year, with classes starting tentatively by March 1st week. Applications for the February season open by October 1st week. The next February intake is for February 2017 and admissions will open by October 2016
Q. Do you guide students in exploring part time job opportunities during studies? What is the procedure for students for the same? Do you guide your students in finding internships and jobs after the programme?
A. Manipal University, Dubai, takes a proactive approach in getting industry oriented education and corporate exposure to students. These are hard coded in the curriculum and pedagogy being followed in all the courses offered by us. Industry projects and internships are integral part of our curriculum in most of our programs. Through our Career Development Center we provide career guidance and assistance to our students with placements & internships
We constantly work towards providing increased opportunities for students to enroll into foreign/ local internship programs. All these steps and the various internship structure and industry exposure that we have built into our teaching methodology have translated to successful job offers obtained by our students. We have close to 150 companies that have visited our campus over the last three years. Some of our major recruiters have been Hellman Logistics, Weatherford International, Al Batha Group, Oman Insurance, Scientechnic, Sobha, Heinz and Ikea amongst others.
The placement committee is governed by the Placement Officer and senior faculty members. The committee also consists of student representatives from each school. Together, they liaison with various industrial partners and facilitate a seamless recruitment process. All these activities culminate in various career fairs that we hold at our campus wherein industry leaders are invited to assess the students for their hiring needs and hand out job/internship offers.
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