US university launches $136m Dubai campus project
The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT Dubai) has announced the launch of a $136m (AED500m) expansion plan for a new campus in Dubai’s Silicon Oasis
The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT Dubai) has announced the launch of a $136m (AED500m) expansion plan for a new campus in Dubai’s Silicon Oasis.
The new premises will span a total area of 129,000 square metres with the capacity to accommodate up to 4,000 students, a statement said.
The mega-development will be completed in two phases, with the first phase slated for handover in 2019 at an estimated cost of $54m (AED200m). The second phase will be implemented by 2023 at a cost of around $82m (AED300m).
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA), the regulatory body for Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO), announced the launch of the new Dubai campus of Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT Dubai).
He said: “In line with the directives of its visionary government, the UAE leads the way in adopting cutting-edge innovation. We strongly believe education is at the core of innovation, and are proud to support RIT Dubai’s plans to build a brand new campus at DSO.
“Rochester Institute of Technology is a globally acclaimed academic institution that significantly enriches science-based knowledge, boosts academic standards, and promotes the spirit of innovation,” he added.
The campus will feature a centrally located interactive learning courtyard that includes an innovation and entrepreneurship centre, and a student housing area separated from the facilities buildings by a landscaped green belt. The campus grounds will comprise a shared academic space.
The project will include the construction of a School of Electrical Engineering and Computing, a School of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, a School of Science and Liberal Arts, and a School of Business and Management.
Administration, facilities and operations buildings, as well as a library commons, and auditorium will also be built.