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Middlesex University Dubai recently held a special seminar titled, ‘Decade of academic discourse at the Middlesex University Dubai Wednesday Research Seminar Series – A Retrospective’ in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Middlesex University Dubai Research Seminar Series.

Launched on 26 November 2008, the Middlesex University Dubai Research Seminar Series provides a regularly scheduled platform for researchers to share their work, exchange ideas and extend academic discourse.  Over the past decade, nearly 250 researchers from Middlesex University Dubai, universities in the United Arab Emirates, as well as researchers from other global institutions have shared their work at the weekly seminar.

Dr Cedwyn Fernandes, Director and Pro Vice-Chancellor of Middlesex University Dubai said, “It has always been our objective to provide the best opportunities for our students, and we believe that supporting research-oriented discussions will help create a platform of sharing and collaboration, which will greatly benefit our students and mould them for future success.”

The seminars have featured researchers presenting a wide variety of topics across social science, education, psychology, business, computer science and information technology, tourism, law, and many others.  The seminars have also featured researchers at all different stages of their careers from researchers recognised as global leaders in their fields to students and early career researchers presenting their work for the first time. 

Speaking about the success of the series, Dr Cody Morris Paris, Deputy Director for Academic Planning and Research at Middlesex University Dubai said, “The MDX Research Seminar series is one of a series of long-established platforms for developing and disseminating the cutting-edge research at Middlesex University Dubai. This research has provided a space for networking, collaboration, and co-creation among academic researchers, industry, students, and other external research stakeholders from around the UAE and the world.”                                                                                                            

 “We would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the growth and success of these over the last decade, and we look forward to the next ten years,” he added.

The other well-established platforms for research at Middlesex University Dubai include Middlesex University Dubai’s International Conference on Emerging Research Paradigms in Business and Social Science (8 years/4 conferences), The Annual MDX Student Research Symposium (7 years), the Annual Conference on Applied Psychological Research in the UAE and Middle East (7 years), the Annual MDX Research Boot Camp (4 years), Publication of the MDX Research Matters Newsletter (7 issues over 4 years).

 

The Research Seminars take place at Middlesex University Dubai’s Oasis Theatre in Block 16, Knowledge Park each Wednesday at 4 pm during the academic year.

For further details, please visit https://www.mdx.ac.ae/research/research-seminar-series.

 

Middlesex University Dubai commemorated the 47th UAE National Day by celebrating the cultural diversity and inclusivity of the UAE through its 10th Annual International Day that took place on Thursday 6 December 2018 at its campus in Dubai Knowledge Park.  

Honouring the University’s multicultural cohort and the 100+ nationalities currently studying at the University, the International Day celebrations showcased the cultures and traditions of over 40 countries including China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Latin America, Spain, Africa, India and many more.  Students and staff presented food and beverages from their home countries, along with live music and dance performances taking place throughout the day.

“At Middlesex University Dubai, we are immensely proud of the variety of cultures and nations represented by the 3,200 students who choose to study with us. Such diversity is an invaluable asset to any student as they are exposed to viewpoints and customs from all over the world,” said Dr Cedwyn Fernandes, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Director of Middlesex University Dubai. “This National Day, in addition to celebrating this great nation that we all call our home, we wanted to celebrate its tolerance and how the UAE welcomes nationalities from across the globe, allowing individuals to learn and grow from one another.”

For more information, please visit https://www.mdx.ac.ae/internationalday. 

Middlesex University Dubai enables students to pioneer their future by studying the enhanced International Foundation Programme (IFP) beginning on Sunday 6 January 2019. The International Foundation Programme prepares students for University life and for their future Undergraduate studies.

Students who enrol in January 2019 can progress onto year one of their chosen Bachelor’s Degree in September 2019. Featuring a 180 Credit programme spread over 30 weeks, the Foundation Programme equips students with academic, maths, statistics and critical thinking skills. The programme also prepares students for the Undergraduate discipline of their choice, whether it be Business, Law and Politics, Psychology, Arts and Media or Engineering and Computer Informatics.

The International Foundation Programme provides students with an understanding of the educational landscape, helping them transition from High School to University by teaching the use of academic conventions, fostering a learner-centred environment and encouraging independent learning, whereby students become actively involved in their education.

Throughout the programme students are introduced to a wide range of subjects that are taught in the University’s Undergraduate Programmes, and are offered support from academic and administration staff in choosing and applying for the Undergraduate Degree they wish to study. Students are exposed to existing and emerging technologies to facilitate the development of skills sought after by future employers.

Students studying the Foundation Programme will benefit from an easy Student Visa process (if required), the opportunity to stay in the University Student Accommodation, options to become a member of Team Middlesex, participating in a wide range of sports and activities and be part of a student experience with a difference!

Upon successful completion of the International Foundation Programme in January 2019, students will progress directly onto any one of the Undergraduate Programmes offered at the University in September 2019.

"We are a truly multicultural campus where more than 3,200 students from 100 plus nationalities collaborate and study. We ensure each student is provided with the best opportunity to excel, not only in their studies, but for their future careers. The enhanced International Foundation Programme helps students be better prepared for their University life and helps them make the most out of their learning experience. The deeper understanding and grasp of academia helps graduates of the International Foundation Programme be successful students." said Dr Cedwyn Fernandes, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Director of Middlesex University Dubai.

Students from British Curriculum IGCSE/GCSE, who are still awaiting their results should apply now for January 2019 with their predicted grades and have the opportunity to receive an IGCSE/GCSE Grant of AED 5,000 towards their tuition fees when applying and enrolling before 5 January 2019.

For more information on the International Foundation Programmes, please visit www.mdx.ac.ae/ifp 

Middlesex University Dubai will be exhibiting at the Gulf Education and Training Exhibition (GETEX) 2018 Autumn edition at stand B100. Taking place between Wednesday 14 and Friday 16 November 2018 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DWTC), the biannual event is the oldest education led event in the region.

With admissions now open for this January and September 2019, students and staff will be on hand throughout the event to provide guidance on the wide range of study options available at the University, as well as giving an insight into the unique student experience on offer at Middlesex University Dubai.

During the three-day event students can receive instant offers and those opting to enrolling at GETEX Autumn 2018 for this January or September will receive a GETEX Autumn Grant of AED 5,000. Eligible students will also be able to find out more about the University’s excellent scholarships including the Academic Excellence Scholarship where students could receive up to AED 90,000 towards their tuition fees.

Each year, GETEX attracts more than 35,000 local and expatriate students actively seeking higher education, professional development and training options.

“At Middlesex University Dubai we provide a quality UK education which allows students to pioneer their future,” says Dr Cedwyn Fernandes, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Director of Middlesex University Dubai. “GETEX Autumn is the second edition of the biannual event which presents an exceptional platform for us to meet with prospective students and their families. We encourage everybody to come and visit our stand and get a real inside view into the many courses we offer and our fantastic facilities, while also taking advantage of our exclusive GETEX enrolment grants and scholarships.”

As the first overseas campus of the prestigious Middlesex University in London, Middlesex University Dubai is one of the region’s top institutions for higher education. With a truly multicultural outlook, more than 3,200 students from over 100 different nationalities are currently enrolled on the University’s Foundation, Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes across a wide range of disciplines including Law, HR, Psychology, Marketing, Accounting and Finance, Computer Engineering, IT, Graphic Design, Journalism, Film, Robotics and more. It is also the first and only university to offer a face to face LLB (British Qualifying Law) Degree. With qualifications audited by the UK’s Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for Higher Education and KHDA in Dubai, students study the same degree programmes as their counterparts in the UK, and Undergraduate Students have the option to transfer their studies to the London campus in their second year of study.

To find out more about the event visit www.mdx.ac.ae/getexautumn

 

Middlesex University Dubai awarded new and current progressing students with over AED 25 million in Scholarships and Grants for academic year 2018-2019. The new students who joined in September achieving outstanding academic success, who received an Academic Excellence Scholarship of AED 75,000 and above and were invited to attend the Pro Vice-Chancellor’s Merit List Awards Ceremony. The University’s current students were also recognised and awarded for their academic achievements progressing from year 1 -2 and year 2-3.

Acknowledging the diverse educational landscape of the region, these academic scholarships and grants are awarded to those students who have achieved outstanding results across a range of international curriculums, including A-Levels and CBSE, and those who demonstrate academic excellence when progressing from year to year.

The University held the Annual Pro Vice-Chancellor’s Merit List Awards Ceremony on Thursday 1 November 2018 at the University’s Oasis Theatre. At the event, students were officially recognised and awarded for their academic excellence in the presence of University faculty, staff, family and friends. Following the merit awards, Middlesex University Dubai’s 13th Annual Graduation Ceremony will be held at Jumeirah Beach Hotel on Saturday 17 November 2018, where over 800 graduates will walk the stage receiving their award.

Speaking at the Annual Pro Vice-Chancellor’s Merit List Awards, Dr Cedwyn Fernandes, Director and Pro Vice-Chancellor of Middlesex University Dubai, said; “Ours is a truly diverse university with over 3,200 students representing more than 100 nationalities. As our institution grows and achievements increase, it is only fair to reward students with scholarships to support them to achieve their academic goals. We, as an institution place great importance on student excellence and development, helping them take the right steps towards a successful career and future.”

“We believe in fostering the region’s academic talent, and our Academic Excellence Scholarships is just one way that the University acknowledges and attracts outstanding students to our campus in Knowledge Park” he further added.

New Undergraduate Students joining the University have the opportunity to be awarded with an Academic Excellence Scholarship of up to AED 90,000

If you are considering your higher education options and are interested in studying a Quality UK Degree in Dubai, Middlesex University Dubai offers a wide range of programmes at Foundation, Undergraduate and Postgraduate level, not forgetting a student experience with a difference, outside the classroom activities and development opportunities.

For more information about the Scholarships and Grants Programme at the University, visit www.mdx.ac.ae.

The master of horror and renowned author, Stephen King awarded budding filmmakers at Middlesex University Dubai the rights to adapt the short story, ‘Stationary Bike’ from his book, Just After Sunset for just 1 USD.

In a quest to provide exceptional study experiences to its students, the University’s Film and Media Department requested the rights to create a short film based upon the short story by Stephen King under the author’s ‘Dollar Baby’ programme. The author’s objective is to enable and empower film students and aspiring filmmakers who are trying to make a name for themselves in the industry.

Dr Cedwyn Fernandes, Director and Pro Vice-Chancellor of Middlesex University Dubai, said; “We believe in fostering the region’s talent, and this project under Stephen King’s Dollar Baby programme will provide tremendous exposure to our students.” He further added, “We look forward to developing and enhancing our student’s skills through this project under the guidance of our respected and highly experienced faculty and industry partners.”

Middlesex University signed the dollar contract to adapt Mr King’s Stationary Bike, a story featured in the writer’s collection, Just After Sunset. Stationary Bike is a streamlined fever dream of a tale, in which an ordinary household object assumes otherworldly powers and a familiar journey takes a terrifying twist. When commercial artist Richard Sifkitz finally gets around to having that physical he'd been putting off for years, and his cholesterol comes back dangerously high, he buys a stationary bike, and vows to ride it regularly. A riveting riff on artistic frustration, midlife mortality, and hard-won redemption, Stationary Bike is a thrill ride that could come only from the mind of Stephen King.

Speaking about the achievement, Dr David Tully, Head of the Film and Media Department at Middlesex University Dubai said, “It is an honour and an amazing opportunity for our students to adapt the work of the world-famous author. This is not only exciting from the University’s perspective, but it’s also exciting news for the region. Especially with the growing attention towards regional filmmakers.”

As per the ‘Dollar Baby’ contract, students may use the rights to adapt the short story but cannot use it for commercial purposes. They can, however, submit their work for awards and recognitions across film festivals that do not hold any monetary value.

Mr Afroz Nawaf, Film Lecturer at Middlesex University Dubai, said, “At Middlesex University Dubai, we take classic classroom experience and turn them into a practice unlike any, with real-world project integration, strategic and corporate partners. We strive to provide an all-round education that goes beyond theory to practicality, helping students develop their knowledge and skills for future success.”

Students across year 1, year 2 and year 3 will be participating in this project, which will be conducted between December to April 2019 with the final DVD of the short film being shared with Stephen King. This project will be completed under the guidance of the lecturers from the Film and Media Department, and Middlesex University Dubai’s alumni members will also offer their expertise as consultants to render this project into a huge success.

King previously granted the rights for “The Woman in the Room” to writer and director Frank Darabont for a 1983 short film. Darabont went on to write and direct the critically acclaimed 1994 drama “The Shawshank Redemption,” also a King adaptation, and co-create the wildly successful AMC horror show “The Walking Dead.”

The adaptation of Stationary Bike will be completed in-house at the University’s state of the art facility, MDX Studios which features industry standard editing suites that includes Colour Grading suites, Editing and VFX suites, ADR Booth, 4K Editing facilities and a newly designed integrated learning space that also includes a screening room. MDX Studios is currently the only film university in the Middle East Region to be certified by Blackmagic Design.

As part of an ongoing collaboration with Roxy Cinemas, the final thesis projects of year 3 students along with the final presentation of the short film based on the short story by Stephen King, Stationary Bike will be showcased in cinema during a private screening.

Previously, Middlesex University Dubai Film students have won awards across the world at Film Festivals and various competitions including 5+ awards at 48HFP (DIFF) 2017 with student Lakshmi Sateesh currently in the running for Global recognition for her film ‘Hers Truly’ with an Official Nomination at the Global University Film Awards 2018, Hong Kong.

For students who wish to explore their future potential and carve a successful career in films and media, Jan 2019 intake are now open. For more information, please visit https://www.mdx.ac.ae/courses/media.

 

Middlesex University Dubai encourages all students who missed the September 2018 intake to fast-track their education and start their academic journey this January 2019, as admissions are now open for the University’s Foundation, Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programmes.

Students who start their International Foundation Programme in January 2019 can progress to their chosen Bachelor’s Programme in September 2019, while those who start their Bachelor’s Degree in January 2019 can progress to Year 2 in September 2019. Students can also begin their Postgraduate Programme and choose to study full time or part time.

Students can enrol for Undergraduate Programmes across Business Management in a range of specialisations including Innovation, Marketing, Human Resource, Project Management,Finance and International Business. Postgraduate courses include the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, Global Governance and Sustainable Development, International Relations, Network Management and Cloud Computing, International Business Management, Corporate and Marketing Communications, People Management and Development and MBA programmes  with specialisations including Operations & Supply Chain Management, Marketing, Islamic Economy, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Business Excellence, Finance, Business Analytics, Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility, or the MBA General pathway.

Dr Cedwyn Fernandes, Director and Pro Vice-Chancellor of Middlesex University Dubai, said "It’s never too late to embark on your academic journey. For all the students who could not enrol for the September 2018 intake, the January 2019 admissions will allow them to start their studies without having to wait another academic year." He further added, “we will continue to deliver on our commitment to transforming potential into success, equipping graduates with the  knowledge, confidence and practical experience to succeed in an increasingly competitive world.”

Middlesex University Dubai promises a unique student experience, both inside and outside the classroom, providing some of the best student activities and sports clubs across Dubai. It offers students a chance to showcase varied skills, such as writing, acting, dancing or singing and connects these talents to opportunities through industry participation all while providing a Quality UK Degree in the heart of Dubai.

Practical skills development relevant to current job markets is also provided through internships, seminars and industry event participation. Annual Career Days across departments and the innovative Media Speed Dating event, help students interact with key industry players, build connections and seek future employment opportunities.

With over 3,200 students from more than 100 nationalities studying at the University, it provides a truly global experience, exposing students to different cultures and perspectives, enabling all-round development. Students can also opt to transfer to one of the overseas campuses in their second year, including the home campus in London.

Encouraging a strong research culture at the University, many of the academic faculty have been recognised internationally as leaders in their fields, and have been appointed to editorial boards, executive boards of international organisations, and received prestigious research awards.

Apply and enrol before 10 November 2018 to receive an Early Enrolment Grant of AED 4,000 towards your tuition fees.

For more information, please visit https://www.mdx.ac.ae/january2019

Middlesex University Dubai, a leading university of choice in the region and DIFC Academy of Law (AOL), the premier entity providing quality ancillary services to the UAE legal community, announces a partnership offering a first of its kind certificate course in Common Law and DIFC Courts Practice.

Through the collaboration, both institutions aim to prepare Emirati advocates and other civil law trained lawyers to practice before the DIFC Courts. Beginning in September 2018, the 28 weeks course will be held both at DIFC’s Academy of Law campus and Middlesex University Dubai training facilities. Entry requirements for the course include personal interviews and IELTS level of 5.5 or the equivalent. The course will be taught by expert legal faculty from the University as well as subject matter specialists from the Academy of Law and renowned barristers from Outer Temple Chambers.

Speaking about the collaboration, David Gallo, Director, DIFC Academy of Law, said: “We are delighted to offer this unique legal education experience, designed to equip legal professionals with the tools required to structure commercial transactions and resolve disputes in a common law environment."

“Trans-systemic professional competencies are not only essential for working effectively in an increasingly complex legal ethos, but they also provide lawyers with the differentiated knowledge and skills that international law firms and multinational clients are seeking. Providing this opportunity for Emirati Advocates, other lawyers with civil law backgrounds and legal professionals interested in DIFC laws and practice is another important step in the evolution of a legal ecosystem comprised of multiple separate but interdependent jurisdictions, where legal professionals can operate in the spirit of cooperation to drive cross-system legal service efficiencies.  We can imagine an emerging model of legal education - with global marquee value - that enables practitioners to serve the needs of clients in a fast-moving commercial environment that increasingly requires less restrictive jurisdictional and regulatory boundaries."

The certificate course will cover all aspects of commercial law, DIFC Laws & Procedures and Advanced Advocacy. On completion, students will understand the operation of the legal system of England and Wales; demonstrate knowledge in key common law areas like contract, tort, land, arbitration and employment law; and, recognise the specific nuances of various DIFC statutes including insolvency, land, trust, foundations and other laws. Students also will gain a working understanding of DIFC Courts rules and procedures, along with the practical skills required for practitioners to effectively litigate cases and advocate the interests of their clients.

On the partnership with DIFC Academy of Law, Dr Cedwyn Fernandes, Director and Pro Vice-Chancellor of Middlesex University Dubai, said: “We are delighted to partner with the DIFC Academy of Law in delivering an excellent learning experience to Emirati lawyers and other civil law practitioners. This announcement is in line with our continuous commitment to providing bespoke training and learning opportunities to students with real-world applications. We currently offer five undergraduate and four postgraduate programmes, and with the addition of the certificate course in Common Law and DIFC Courts Practice, we hope to strengthen further our legal offerings.”

For further details, please visit www.mdx.ac.ae

Middlesex University Dubai is pleased to announce that they are now a Graduate Gateway University with the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).  Starting from September 2018, students who plan on a future career in Marketing and who are pursuing graduate courses at Middlesex University Dubai can now immediately apply for an Associate Membership with CIM and gain permission to use ACIM after their name.

The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) is the world’s leading professional marketing body with over 28,000 members worldwide, including more than 3,000 Chartered Marketers. The institute has been supporting, representing and developing marketers, teams, leaders and the profession for over 100 years.

Middlesex University Dubai has been approved as a Graduate Gateway University against the following degrees:

  • BA Honours Business Management (Marketing)
  • BA Honours Marketing
  • MSc Corporate and Marketing Communications
  • MSc Digital Marketing
  • MSc Strategic Marketing

To claim appropriate qualification in Professional Marketing, students are required to pass the specified CIM modules, in addition:

  • Students on an Undergraduate Programme must pass with a 2:2 classification or highe
  • Students on a Postgraduate Programme must achieve a pass mark or higher
  • Students are required to send evidence of graduation to the CIM Qualifications Team
  • Students need to sign up to study with CIM within three years of graduation and need to pass the additional modules within five years of graduation for exemptions to be valid.

On receiving the CIM accreditation, Dr Cedwyn Fernandes, Director and Pro Vice-Chancellor of Middlesex University Dubai said, “The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) is the leading professional body for marketers worldwide and exists to develop the marketing profession, maintain professional standards and improve the skills of marketing practitioners. Middlesex University has joined forces with CIM to give students the opportunity to gain professional qualifications through the CIM Graduate Gateway. CIM qualifications are highly sought after by employers, and their content is reflected in our own degrees which ensures we are equipping students with the best opportunities for a successful marketing career.”

For further details, please visit https://www.cim.co.uk/more/graduate-gateway/.  

Middlesex University Dubai prides itself on its staff and students who contribute to make it a renowned University in the UAE. End of May 2018, the University said goodbye to their first and longest-serving employee, Abdulla Kanhirakandiyil as he heads back to his hometown Kerala, India to retire and spend time with his family.

Middlesex University Dubai opened in 2005 as the first overseas campus of the internationally renowned Middlesex University in London. At this stage, the campus consisted of three floors within Block 16 of Knowledge Park with a total of 39 students enroling within the first year. During his role at the University, Abdulla was responsible for finding accommodation for students, maintenance of the Campus as well as assisting with transportation for staff and students.

Speaking of his journey at the University, Abdulla Kanhirakandiyil said, “During my time at the University I worked with over 500 members of staff from all over the world, enabling me to meet and learn from people from many different cultures. There was never any tension or stress, I was always happy to come to work every day.”

He further added, “I would especially like to thank the University for its continued support in employing my son as I retire. I hope he works hard and becomes a part of the team, pushing the University to great success.”

Since Abdulla joined Middlesex University Dubai, the University has gone from strength to strength with over 3,000 students from more than 100 different nationalities.

“Abdulla was one of the first members of staff when I joined the University back in 2007. Over the years, our wonderful colleague never changed – always polite, patient and supportive. Although I will miss his friendly face and gentle smile around the campus, I have no doubt that he will enjoy his well-deserved retirement in India, surrounded by his family” said Dragana Lekpek Symons, Student Activities Manager of Middlesex University Dubai.

Dr Cedwyn Fernandes, Director and Pro Vice-Chancellor of Middlesex University Dubai said “Abdulla is one of our most dedicated employee and staff and students will miss him. Following Abdulla's retirement, we are pleased to welcome his son on board as he joins the Middlesex Family. We wish Abdulla good health and a very happy retired life.”

Delivering on its commitment to providing a student experience unlike any other, Middlesex University Dubai announces its Summer Workshops, open to students who have enroled and confirmed their place for September 2018.

Taking place between 9 – 20 September 2018, students can take part in these complimentary pre-sessional workshops to help them prepare for their course ahead. These include an English Language Booster Course, Academic Skills Workshops and Digital Literacy Workshops.

Spread over 5 sessions, the English Language Booster Course will cover frequent errors made in subject-verb agreement and its correct application, punctuation in academic writing, sentence structures and oral skills.

The Academic Skills Workshops will focus on key topics such as planning and time management, evaluating sources and reading strategies, referencing and conventions of academic writing. The Digital Literacy Workshops will introduce students to fundamentals of Word, Grammarly.com, PowerPoint, Excel, digital resources for time management and digital citizenship.

These workshops will be conducted on campus and will provide an opportunity for new students to enrich and enhance their knowledge and skills ahead of starting University in September 2018.

Commenting on the Summer Workshops, Dr Cedwyn Fernandes, Director and Pro Vice-Chancellor of Middlesex University Dubai said, "It has always been our endeavour to provide the best opportunities for our students to grow and learn.  With the new academic year fast approaching we wanted to make sure our students are best prepared to start their new journey."

He further added, “These workshops were designed after careful curation of the valuable skills that will be of help for students through their studies and beyond.”

To find out more about the Summer Workshops, please visit: https://www.mdx.ac.ae/prospective-students/pre-sessional-workshops-september 

Middlesex University Dubai is pleased to announce the partnership with GEMS Education which provides Scholarships and Grants for students graduating from their high schools within the GEMS Global Network, applicable from the academic year commencing on 23 September 2018.

This partnership with one of the leading education providers in the UAE will see a minimum of 150 Scholarships being awarded to students and employees of GEMS Schools, each academic year. These include Academic Excellence Scholarships, GEMS School Grants and GEMS Education Employee Grant. All GEMS students are also eligible for the Middlesex University Dubai Academic Excellence Scholarship which is awarded based on academic merit and eligible students could receive up to AED 90,000 towards their tuition fees.

Within the GEMS School Grants, students from GEMS Global Network who are not eligible for the Academic Excellence Scholarship will be awarded an AED 20,000 School Partnership Grant by the University to enrol for the International Foundation Programme and the Undergraduate Programmes. Students eligible for the Academic Excellence Scholarship will be given an additional AED 5,000 School Partnership Grant over and above the scholarship awarded.

Also, under GEMS Education Employee Grant, children of GEMS Education employees who are not eligible for any scholarship or grant outlined will be awarded a Corporate Engagement Programme (CEP) Grant of AED 20,000 on IFP and undergraduate programmes.

GEMS Employees can also receive 20% Grant on tuition fees for all post graduate programmes, and teachers from GEMS School are eligible for a 25% Teacher Grant for MA Education and BA Early Childhood Studies Programmes.

Commenting on the strategic partnership, Dr Cedwyn Fernandes, Director and Pro Vice-Chancellor of Middlesex University Dubai said: "At Middlesex University Dubai, we are committed to partner with entities that share the same values with us, and place students’ goodwill and interest at the highest priorities. We are pleased to be partnering with GEMS Education, a highly-regarded quality private education provider in the region."

He further added, “Through this collaboration we hope to place quality UK education within the reach of every student graduating from the GEMS Global Network, opening up windows to endless potentials and possibilities.”

Christophe Savard, Vice President – Career and Future Employment Architect at GEMS Education, commented: “The primary goal of GEMS Education’s UniConnect programme is to increase collaboration between our organisation and post-secondary institutions, and to prepare young adults in their transition from secondary to tertiary education and beyond. Our partnership with Middlesex University Dubai helps us achieve this goal, and we are pleased to be able to offer our students these exclusive scholarships and opportunities.”

Meet Middlesex University Dubai at the GEMS CONNECT EdEx 2018 – UniConnect UAE Community Info Session, Networking & Workshops on Saturday 2 June from 9am to 2pm at GEMS Wellington, Al Khail, Dubai UAE.

For more information, please visit: https://www.mdx.ac.ae/prospective-students/scholarships-and-grants/gems-schools

Middlesex University Dubai’s Director, Dr Cedwyn Fernandes, has been awarded the title of Pro Vice-Chancellor. With over a decade of experience in higher education in the UAE, he has showcased great leadership skills and has led the University to outstanding success, catapulting its reputation as the University of choice in the region.

Cedwyn took over as Director of Middlesex University Dubai in March 2015, and since then student enrolment has increased by 40% and the University now offers 30 Undergraduate and 37 Postgraduate Programmes. Under Cedwyn’s leadership, student numbers are expected to cross 3,400 in September 2018 with 38% of these being international students who specifically come to the UAE to study at the University.

At Middlesex University Dubai, he has been responsible for setting up innovative programmes, and under his leadership the university’s MBA programme ranked #1 in Dubai by Forbes Middle East in 2012.

Cedwyn also has hands-on experience in the corporate world as an economist with Saudi Arabian Airlines and was in-charge of international project investments.  Cedwyn has a Ph.D in Economics and his research interests are focused in the areas of macroeconomics, international business management and supply chain management. He has been a judge at the SCATA Supply Chain Awards, the LOG ME and Airline Business Awards and is a regular speaker at industry events.

Recognising his excellent contribution, he has been celebrated through a number of awards such as Best Paper Award at First International Business Conference (IBC2008), Detroit Metropolitan, Michigan, USA; Finalist Dubai Economic Research Award (2007), Research Excellence Award – University of Wollongong (2006) and the Best Paper Award. The European Applied Business Research Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland, June 14-18.(2004) to name a few.

Professor Tim Blackman Vice-Chancellor Middlesex University upon conferring the Pro Vice-Chancellor said: “Since I arrived at Middlesex I’ve been deeply impressed by Cedwyn’s leadership of our Dubai campus and his contribution to Middlesex University. The campus goes from strength to strength. The title of Pro Vice-Chancellor is in recognition of Cedwyn’s distinguished career and University recognises his key leadership role at Middlesex and the eminence that he rightly has in the region.”

Professor Andrea D’Laska Deputy Vice-Chancellor said: “In my role as the person in-charge of overseas campuses I work with Cedwyn and his colleagues. Cedwyn has led Middlesex University Dubai to outstanding success and to become the University of choice in the region”.

Thanking the Vice Chancellor for this recognition, Dr. Cedwyn Fernandes said: “I am honoured to receive this recognition, and this is ultimately the acknowledgement of all my colleagues without whom this would not have been possible.” He further added: “The key to the success is that the University provides an outstanding student experience which is made possible by the dedication of our staff. I am grateful to all our students and alumni who are our best ambassadors and have made Middlesex University Dubai proud”.

To know more, please visit https://goo.gl/1Rg5nt 

'Premier De MDX Studios', an initiative by Middlesex University Dubai in association with MDX Studios debuted recently at Roxy Cinemas, City Walk.

For 'Premier De MDX Studios' the red carpet was rolled out for Middlesex University Dubai Film, Media and Communications Department's first-ever Student Cinema Showcase! Five third-year film students stood before the packed house to proudly unveil the fruits of their work: the films that represented the culmination of their three-year journey from apprentice to filmmaker.

With an impressive range of genres and stories that reflect the diverse sensibilities and personalities of the students who make up Middlesex Dubai's burgeoning Film, Media and Communications Department, the case was made that the art of cinema was alive and well, thriving in the state-of-the-art film studios housed in the heart of Knowledge Park!

Speaking about the event, Dr Cedwyn Fernandes, Director of Middlesex University Dubai said: “I would firstly like to thank Roxy cinemas for providing the perfect platform to showcase the talents our students possess in filmmaking. It was an absolute pleasure to watch our students who have evolved into filmmakers of tomorrow. Watching their films on the big screen was a proud moment for me and the entire faculty at Middlesex University Dubai."

He further added, "We would like to wish our third-year students from the Film, Media and Communications Department the very best for their future endeavours, as they enter the challenging and interactive world of filmmaking and storytelling."

The Film, Media and Communications Department at Middlesex University Dubai offers an exciting array of undergraduate courses including Film, Television, Advertising, Public Relations, Media, Journalism, Creative Writing and English Language. The recently launched MDX Studios with its state-of-the-art facilities is a post-production working space that enables students to become better storytellers, bringing their imagination to life.

For more information, please visit: https://www.mdx.ac.ae/courses/course-list/ course-detail/ba-honours-film.

List of movies featured at the premiere:

  • Her’s Truly Directed by Sreelakshmi Sathish (Winner of ‘Best Film’ this year)
  • Unconscious Trigger Directed by Fady Sadek Barssoum
  • Meatheads and the Vegan Dictatorship - Directed By Walid Kifah
  • Inconclusive Directed by Hiedy Riyan Cambion - Screenplay by Manar Zubaidi 

Middlesex University Dubai is proud to announce that Jay Ashvin Zaghada and Shaista Mohammed Baseer, 3rd year BA Accounting and Finance students at the University have won gold at CIMA University Business Champs Challenge 2018.

The Business Champs Challenge by the world’s foremost professional body of Management Accountants, The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) is in line with its vision to change the scope of business worldwide.  CIMA Middle East recently hosted the 2018 edition of the challenge, a stimulating experience designed to enhance young minds with business competencies, financial acumen and leadership skills.

The challenge provides students from Universities around the UAE the opportunity to experience an authentic business atmosphere and gain invaluable exposure amongst top-ranking employers that would broaden their horizons and bolster their future career prospects.

This year, the event was sponsored by Unilever, PepsiCo, Coty and Dubai Duty Free and the distinguished panel of judges were industry experts from Coty Middle East, Sony Middle East and Africa FZE, and CIMA.

Contestants were first made to undergo Financial Accounting training to prepare them for the challenge which was made up of three rounds.

The first two rounds consisted of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) held on 31 March and 21 April 2018 respectively. Right after the second round, the finale was also held on the same day at the Dubai Knowledge and Human Development Authority (DKHDA) auditorium, where students were required to devise and present both short and long-term strategies for a clothing brand. 

A total of six teams participated in the second round out of which Middlesex University Dubai’s team made it to the finals and competed to win against Birla Institute of Technology, RAK.

The crowning of Middlesex University Dubai champions entailed additional opportunities to help students carve the path to a successful future through an Internship at Coty and Unilever, a chance to shadow the CFO of Unilever for a day, work on a research project at PepsiCo and a gift hamper from Dubai Duty-Free.

Congratulating the winners, Dr Cedwyn Fernandes, Director and Pro Vice-Chancellor of Middlesex University Dubai said, "Our students have made us proud yet again. I want to commend them for all the hard work they have put in for the competition and wish them all the best for their future. Apart from the title, the incentives that have come with it will surely strengthen their business grasp and propel them towards a successful future, learning from the best."

Speaking of the competition, he further added; "CIMA University Business Champs Challenge is a great platform that boosts the competencies of young talents who also get a chance to showcase their ability and get a head start on their career journey. It certainly does help build confidence and the knowledge required by the business leaders of tomorrow."

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Middlesex University Dubai calls for all students who plan to embark on their next academic journey from September 2018.

Middlesex University Dubai offers a different student experience, both inside and outside the classroom, providing some of the best student activities and sports clubs across Dubai. In addition to providing a Quality UK Degree, the University also equips students with practical skills that are relevant in the current job market.

With the recent announcement of nine new programme additions for September 2018, students can opt for specialised courses such as MSc Strategic Marketing, MSc International Hospitality & Events Management, MSc Investment Management, LLB Commercial Law, LLM Law, LLM Employment Law, MSc Business Information Systems and first in the UAE, MSc Robotics. Students now have a wide range of disciplines to choose from including HR, Graphic Design, Psychology, Law, Accounting and Finance, Film, Journalism and more.

In addition to studies, the University provides a plethora of extra-curricular activities such as the Annual Youth Festival, a platform for students to showcase their talents. The University offers students a chance to showcase varied skills, be it writing, acting, dancing or singing and connects these talents to opportunities through industry participation.

Annual Career Days across departments and the innovative Media Speed Dating event, helps students interact with industry players, build connections and seek future employment opportunities. Open Days and Induction Days throughout the year help introduce students to University life, helping ease the anxiousness about starting the new academic year.

With students from 100 plus nationalities, the University population is a blend of cultures which stimulates the learning experience at Middlesex University Dubai. And special guest lectures from subject experts highlight the overall experience.

Dr Cedwyn Fernandes, Director of Middlesex University Dubai, said: "At Middlesex University Dubai, we value our commitment to students enrolling for their further studies. We strive to provide a learning experience that offers an all-round development and equip them to face the real world beyond the University with confidence and the right knowledge."

Apply and enrol before 18 May 2018 to receive an Early Enrolment Grant of AED 4,000 towards your tuition fees. Classes start from 23 September 2018.

For more information, please visit https://mdx.ac.ae/september2018. 

Middlesex University Dubai strives to transform student’s potential into success by offering a student experience with a difference. With the new academic year commencing on 23 September 2018, Students applying and enroling to start their studies with the University are able to choose from nine new programmes, in addition to the existing International Foundation, Undergraduate and Postgraduate Prorammes already on offer.

Amongst the new programmes launching in September are MSc Strategic Marketing, MSc International Hospitality & Events Management, MSc Investment Management, LLB Commercial Law, LLM Law, LLM Employment Law, MSc Robotics and MSc Business Information Systems. Students are also able to choose from a wide range of disciplines including HR, Graphic Design, Psychology, Law, Accounting and Finance, Film, Journalism and more.

“At Middlesex University Dubai, we are committed to providing the best opportunities for our students to be ready for future career success. With the addition of the new courses, we aim to provide more options for our students to choose from in subjects areas that we know graduates are in demand from industry leaders,” said Dr Cedwyn Fernandes, Director of Middlesex University Dubai. 

Middlesex University Dubai will be exhibiting at the Gulf Education and Training Exhibition (GETEX) 2018 at stand F300 from Thursday 12 to Saturday 14 April at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DWTC). It is an excellent opportunity for prospective candidates to meet with Faculty, Students, Alumni and the University’s Admissions Team who will be on hand to provide guidance on the wide range of study options available at the University, including the newest additions.

Students can also explore the various grants and scholarships provided by the University, including the GETEX specific Early Enrolment Grant worth AED 4,000 plus the first 50 students to apply and enrol will receive a Special GETEX Offer.  Eligible students will also be able to find out more about the excellent range of Scholarships and Grants on offer, including Academic Excellence Scholarships and 10% Postgraduate Study Grant.

“Choosing to pursue  higher education can be a daunting decision, but with the help of our staff and faculty, potential students can discuss their education options to help clear any doubts and to ultimately make the right choice for their future,” said Dr Fernandes. “We encourage anyone looking to further their studies to come down and talk to us at GETEX.” 

For more information on the various programmes available, please visit http://www.mdx.ac.ae/courses. 

Middlesex University Dubai will be exhibiting at the Gulf Education and Training Exhibition (GETEX) 2018 at stand F300. Taking place from Thursday 12 to Saturday 14 April at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DWTC), the biannual event is the region’s oldest education led event, supported by the UAE Ministry of Education, Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) and the Knowledge Fund.

Each year, GETEX attracts over 35,000 local and expatriate students actively seeking higher education, professional development and training options. It provides prospective students and families the opportunity to explore the impressive courses on offer, allowing them to make informed decisions about their ongoing education.

Throughout the exhibition, Middlesex University Dubai’s Faculty, Students, Alumni and Admissions Team will be on hand to provide guidance on the wide range of study options available at the University, as well as giving insight into campus life and the entire student experience.

Students can receive instant university offers and those opting to enrol during GETEX will receive an Early Enrolment Grant worth AED 4,000 plus the first 50 students enrolling will receive a Special GETEX Offer.  Eligible students will also be able to find out more about our excellent scholarship programmes (where students can receive up to AED 90,000 towards their tuition fees) and 10% Postgraduate Study Grant.

As the first overseas campus of the prestigious Middlesex University in London, England, Middlesex University Dubai is one of the region’s top institutions for higher education. With a truly multicultural outlook, more than 3,000 students from over 100 different nationalities are currently enrolled on the university's International Foundation, Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes across a wide range of disciplines including Law, HR, Psychology, Marketing, Accounting and Finance, Computer Engineering, IT, Graphic Design, Journalism and Media, Film and more. It is also the first and only university to offer a face to face LLB (British Qualifying Law) Degree.  With qualifications audited by the UK’s Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for Higher Education and KHDA in Dubai, students study the same degree programmes as their counterparts in the UK.

“At Middlesex University Dubai, we believe in the incredible potential each student possesses, and help them transform it into success through guidance and quality UK education,” says Dr Cedwyn Fernandes, Director of Middlesex University Dubai. “GETEX is an important date in our calendar, as it provides us with an opportunity to meet prospective students and their families at the event. We welcome everybody to find out more about Middlesex University Dubai from our full team at the event. It is a fantastic opportunity to get a real insiders’ view of the many courses we offer and our fantastic facilities, also taking advantage of our exclusive GETEX enrolment offers and scholarships.”

To find out more about the event visit, please visit http://www.mdx.ac.ae/getex 

Middlesex University Dubai’s Annual Youth Festival is a platform that celebrates and recognises talents among our students. It brings together talent from across the University.

The Grand Finale was held on Thursday 22 March 2018 at the DUCTAC Theatre, Mall of the Emirates. The event witnessed talents across categories, showcasing phenomenal performances from Middlesex singers, actors, dancers and many more…

To mark this occasion, famous Bollywood Singer Hemaa Sardesai was the special judge for the singing competition. She had the chance to evaluate the best singers and musicians in the finals, selected from over 50 students, who enrolled in the singing competition.

Hemaa was also presented with an award of appreciation by Middlesex University Dubai’s Director, Dr. Cedwyn Fernandes.

The festival that began on 10 March 2018 saw participation from more than 1000 students who competed over semi-finals and quarter-finals across categories such as singing, rap, dance, short skits, acting, fashion shows and so much more to enter the finals.

Winners were announced at the end of the evening after careful and thorough evaluation by the judging panel comprising of Middlesex University Dubai academic staff in addition to the famous Bollywood Singer, Hemaa Sardesai.

Dr. Cedwyn Fernandes, Director of Middlesex University Dubai, said, “The Youth Festival is more than just a competition, it is a chance for students to explore interests and passion outside the classroom.” He further added, “We were thrilled to witness the varied talents our students hold, with more than 100 nations represented at the university, the performances were so diverse. I would like to congratulate the winners and all participants who made the event one to remember.”

On Hemaa Sardesai’s presence at the event, he further added, “Having her as a judge, just took the event to a whole new level. It was a great source of inspiration for our students who were excited to meet her. We are honoured to be able to witness her new international hit, ’Power of Love’ with a choreographed performance from our students, played at the festival.”

Hemaa Sardesai, Indian playback singer and international star said, “I was delighted to receive the invite from Middlesex University Dubai. I have always admired students who go beyond the classroom and pursue their dream. It was an absolute pleasure to see that talent and passion for performance arts still exist across all generations. I would like to wish them success in all their future endeavours. ”

For more information, please visit http://www.mdx.ac.ae/youthfestival 

Bringing together student support and counselling professionals, Middlesex University Dubai will be hosting a conference on Inclusivity in Higher Education (HE) in the UAE on Tuesday, 13 March 2018. The event will take place from 11 am to 12.30 pm in Block 17, Room 009, at the University's Knowledge Park Campus.

The networking event will see discussions around the new Inclusive Policy announced in 2017 by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), which will allow people of determination to receive admission in mainstream schools without hassles. The Colloquium will also address topics in relations to specific learning difficulties in HE, mental health issues amongst students in HE and supporting foreign language learning in HE.

Dr. Sean Pavitt, Senior Inspector for Inclusive Education at KHDA will deliver the key-note address. Dr. Pavitt has been instrumental in developing Dubai's Inclusive Education strategy under the leadership of the Inclusive Education Task force and the Executive Council.

The Foreign Language Learning session will be headed by Dr. Christina Gitsaki, Research Coordinator at the Center for Educational Innovation, Zayed University and Executive Secretary General of the International Association of Applied Linguistics. Dr. Christina's areas of expertise are second language acquisition and teaching pedagogy.  She is the author, editor, and co-editor of 12 books on language education research.

The Mental Health discussion will be led by Toleen Badawi, Executive Master Coach and NLP Practitioner working at The Human Relations Institute and Clinics Dubai, and adjunct lecturer in Psychology at Middlesex University Dubai. Toleen's coaching and mentoring revolve around clients with depression, anxiety, bipolarity, life transitioning, self-development and identifying their true purpose in life. 

Siobhan McNiff will speak at the discussion on Specific Learning Difficulties. Siobhan is the Learning Support Counselor at Middlesex University Dubai.  She is a dyslexia practitioner and an expert study skills tutor with a clear understanding of university-level writing skills and disability support. 

"We look forward to hosting professionals of such calibre who will come together to discuss an important issue, such as Inclusivity in Higher Education. As an institution that practices equality in access to learning, we support the initiative and are eager to welcome an open, intellectual dialogue," said Dr. Cedwyn Fernandes, Director of Middlesex University Dubai.

To know more, please visit http://www.mdx.ac.ae/contact-us/events-list/event-detail/2018/03/13/default-calendar/colloquium-on-inclusivity-in-higher-education-in-the-united-arab-emirates. 

Middlesex University Dubai continues to provide ongoing career opportunities for students at the 12th Annual Career Fair, organised by the University’s Office of Careers & Employability.

 

The fair, which takes place on 15 March 2018, provides an incredible opportunity for students to connect with the UAE’s leading companies and explore their career prospects. The fair also helps companies to engage with and reach out to the University’s talented pool of young graduates, postgraduates and Alumni.  It’s an ideal platform for recruiters to showcase openings, internships and developmental opportunities within their companies.

According to Dr Cedwyn Fernandes, Director of Middlesex University Dubai,”The event provides an invaluable platform for our students to network with companies across industries, receive guidance on work expectations as well as discuss their imminent future with them.”

He further added, “Middlesex University Dubai will be hosting leading organisations across a range of sectors to give students from all levels the chance to find out more about the opportunities awaiting them upon graduatingand also decide upon their career path after careful discussions.”

Middlesex University Dubai students have an excellent range of technical and non-technical skills, including analysis, logical thinking, communication and acumen for research, - skills which are fundamental to any job role.

With confirmed participation from 60 plus companies - such as Bosch, Canon, Deloitte, Audi, Volkswagen, Emaar Hospitality, UNHCR, UAE Exchange, FedEx, Al Tayer and Abercrombie& Fitch, among many others -  and more than 500 student registrations, the 12th Annual Career Fair is expected to be a huge success.

“The 12th Annual Career Fair is a perfect opportunity for corporate entities to reach out and interact with ambitious individuals who would fit in perfectly with their respective company values and goals, helping them strengthen their human resource with talented, young individuals,” said Irena Velimirovic, Careers & Employability Manager at Middlesex University Dubai.

The Middlesex University Dubai AnnualCareer Fair will be held on Thursday 15 March 2018 from 10am  to 3pm, at their Dubai Knowledge Park campus.

To find out more about the event visit, please visit  http://www.mdx.ac.ae/life-at-university/ces/annual-career-day-2018

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