Wollongong aims to tackle skill shortage

A study by the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) has revealed that developers are finding it difficult to find high-calibre professionals, despite offering attractive salaries and perks.

A study by the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) has revealed that developers are finding it difficult to find high-calibre professionals, despite offering attractive salaries and perks.

The study preceded the launch of the UAE's first full-fledged, full-time undergraduate program in Property Development & Management by UOWD at its Knowledge Village campus, starting September 2008.

"There has been a tremendous increase in the number of property developers, creating a strong demand for professionals in all aspects of property development and management," said Marwan bin Ghalita, CEO of Real Estate Regulatory Authority.
 
"The real challenge is not the execution of the project, but to find people with the right skills to maintain and service the real estate sector," he added. He suggested specialised degree programs to fill this void.

David Rome, president of UOWD, added: "The region's relatively young real estate industry has seen some the world's most stupendous projects being built right in front of our eyes, from the amazing Palm Islands trilogy to the magnificent Burj Dubai. At the same time, a sound legal framework has been introduced to support and further promote development in this sector. In line with this, we can expect to see the need for trained professionals with a strong understanding of the local needs and practices."

UOWD's degree is designed to equip students with knowledge, tools and expertise that are relevant to the market, supported by internships with developers.

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