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With around 24,000 students from 80 countries, Birmingham City University is a large and diverse place to study. We put students at the heart of everything we do, giving them the best opportunities for future success.

Birmingham City University in the UK traces its roots back more than 175 years. It grew out of five individual colleges which came together to form one institution and today, it has more than 26,000 students from 100 countries studying on its courses.

Birmingham City University (BCU) unveiled the newest chapter in its history in 2020 when it opened the doors of its UAE branch campus in Ras Al Khaimah. The campus has been established under licence by the RAKEZ authority. In the first year, students at BCU UAE will study on a range of eight different top-up courses. From September 2021, a full suite of courses will become available.

The mission of the University is rooted in its desire to support individual personal transformation for its students –and this will be reflected in the quality of education for students who enroll at BCU UAE, just as it is for those students who enrol in the UK.

The University has an enviable reputation for providing quality, practice-based education in a professional and friendly environment, and this will translate to the UAE campus.

Our staff and student communities are defined by our core values, which outline who we are as a University and how we will work with each other. Our core values are excellence, people focused, partnership working, fairness, and integrity.

Thinking of studying with BCU in the UAE?

Taking a Higher Education course is a big investment in your future, and you will want to be sure that you are making the right choice when it comes to the degree you will study and the university you study with. So, here are our top reasons to choose Birmingham City University UAE campus.

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The qualifications awarded by BCU, whether in the UK or the UAE, have equal merit and standing, which means BCU UAE students can be assured of the University’s commitment to their success during and after their studies.

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BCU has degree awarding powers recognised by the Office for Students in the UK and all BCU degrees, including those delivered in the UAE, comply with Quality Assurance Agency guidelines and align with the UK Qualifications Framework. Students who graduate from BCU UAE can be assured that their certificates will be issued in the UK and internationally recognised.

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Having a degree makes graduates more attractive to employers, allowing access to higher salaries and greater choice of opportunities. BCU works hard to ensure its graduates are acquiring the skills employers want.

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Students who want to start their own businesses will be given help and support to do this –with entrepreneurial skills taught and nurtured, and support for visa applications too.

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BCU in the UK has a diverse student population, and BCU UAE will also attractstudents from across the world. This allows our students the opportunity to make new friends and form connections with a wide range of people from different backgrounds

Staff Profile

Adel Ahmed

Academic President

David Mark Holliman

Director of Partnerships

Youssef El Shaikh

Business Development Director

Suman Nawaz

Marketing Executive

Amr Sabry

Administrator

Karthik Veera

Registrar

Message from the Academic President of BCU-UAE Campus

It is a special pleasure for me to welcome you as a prospective student to BCU in UAE. We are proud that BCU has chosen Ras Al Khaimah in 2021 to be its first ever branch campus outside the UK. Our commitment to you is to provide an educational experience different from, but equal to, that in England in terms of student satisfaction. Our community-centred approach is designed to help ensure your success by providing you with exceptional experiences and connections.

BCU-UAE has assembled a catalogue of courses and degree programmes, both at undergraduate and postgraduate level, chosen to realise your full potential in career paths relevant to the region and to the global world we live in. This includes cutting edge courses in Business, STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), Education, Public Health, Media and Communications and Computing and Artificial Intelligence.

Great care has been taken to provide the best available academic resources, teaching and learning support to ensure that quality standards are equal to those in the UK. You will graduate with an internationally recognised degree, leading to superior employment opportunities globally.

You, the students, are at the heart of everything we do at BCU-UAE. As we work to build a diverse community of different academic interests and social and cultural backgrounds, we are committed to using our extensive local and international connections to provide work placements, internships and other modes of experiential learning in business, public service and civil society. This will further enhance your studies and create career opportunities. Our mantra is “Act local, think global”!

Again, I welcome you to BCU-UAE, your first step on the path of life-long learning and wish you every success in the years ahead.

Professor Adel Ahmed

Academic President BCU-UAE Campus

Message from Director of Partnerships – Professor David Holliman

One thing we can celebrate in the UAE is the diversity that we enjoy in our population. The region has developed a passion and global reputation for quality and diversity.

We at BCU were welcomed to the UAE as one of the UK’s top universities in ensuring that their graduates are successful in the workplace, Birmingham City University. The BCU campus in the UK has around 24,000 students from 80 countries and now has a branch campus here in the UAE with the degrees being issued from the U.K. Birmingham City University will contribute to the realisation of the national vision to transform the region by accelerating business growth and employability within the UAE economy.

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