Skip to main content

Second Pakistani University opens in UAE

Abasyn University
RAS AL KHAIMAH, (UAE): One more Pakistani University has started its operations in Ras Al Khaimah with a mission to provide good quality affordable education for Pakistani families living in UAE. Name as “Abasyn University”, the new educational platform will offer degree courses to the 800 to 1,000 pupils who comes out of Pakistani high schools in the UAE every year.

Previously Szabist University in Dubai was the only Pakistani university in the emirates. Abasyn’s Ras Al Khaimah centre is its overseas branch campus. As a famed brand in Pakistan, the Abasyn University has campuses in Peshawar and Islamabad. Abasyn University is considered to be more affordable as it charges only Dh1,200 a month. This makes it more affordable than Szabist which charges Dh1,900, and Abasyn is significantly cheaper than other institutions.

On average, university fees in the UAE start at about Dh25,000 a year. However, for anything science or engineering based, costs can rise to more than Dh45,000.The RAK campus, which accepts students of all nationalities, was given the go ahead by the higher education commission in Pakistan. It will open for the new academic year in September in the RAK Free Trade Zone Authority, which is working to implement a set of quality control standards based on those used in Dubai’s free zones under the Knowledge and Human Development Authority as it tries to expand its educational offerings.

Sajjad Hussein, the campus head, said there was a huge demand in the Pakistani community for affordable education. A 2005 census found the Pakistani community was the second largest in the UAE after Indians, with about 1.25 million people living here.

Dr Mohammed Nawaz Brohi, campus director at Szabist, that now has enrolled 500 students, said he welcomed the new university.

“The Pakistani population in the UAE is growing, so we need to be sure to offer them affordable, good quality choices,” he said.

In order to help people afford the fees, Abasyn, like Szabist, offers a monthly instalment scheme rather than asking for payment in advance for a term or academic year.

The campus, which can accommodate 200 to 300 students per morning, afternoon or evening session, will offer full and part- time courses and is housed within a compound that includes two schools and the Birla Institute of Technology from India. There is also a mosque and canteen. A handful of students have already enrolled at Abasyn.

Initially only business, computing and commerce courses will be available. Officials will tour schools around the country to spread awareness before introducing more courses such as engineering and tourism.

Peter Fort, RAK free trade zone authority’s chief executive, welcomed the university’s opening in the emirate. “Abasyn is adding to the portfolio of diverse academic institutions that are setting up in RAK, including École Polytechnique de Lausanne, Birla Institute of Technology, and the University of Bolton,” he said. “These universities are helping us establish a reputation as a regional and global centre for high-quality and accessible education.


Earlier Dr Shaikh Majid Bin Saeed Al Nuaimi, Chairman of Abasyn University RAK-UAE, inaugurated its offshore campus in Ras Al Khaimah. The opening was followed by a youth-centred event in which Pakistani singer Abrarul Haq performed. The campus is endorsed by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan as a campus of Abasyn University in Pakistan and by Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone.


Popular posts from this blog

Arab girl with NASA lessons

Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi-hailed Emirati student Ghena Al Hanae is now a more wiser women on space and science. She had experienced all drama behind the NASA lab's new space craft Curiosity Rover, which was build for exploring Mars to find out if life could have existed in this red planet. During the making of Curiosity Rover, a 2.5 billion US dollar project, she was undergoing her internship in NASA. This is one of the specially chosen moments experienced by an Arab student.

Ghena Al Hanae from Abu Dhabi, has recently completed a 16-week placement at the Nasa Lunar Science Institute, hosted by the Ames Research Centre.Nasa Lunar Science institute contributed to the software design, sensor integration and wind-tunnel testing that went into building the Mars exploration satellite rover. Ames Research Centre plays a critical role in virtually all NASA missions in support of America's space and aeronautics programs.

Her next step will be for a eHmaster's in energy-resources eng…

Why You Should Not Opt For IIT Bombay

This article is written by IITians in theblog

If asked to compare IIT Bombay to IIT Delhi, most students say that the difference is negligible. Both are in metropolitan cities with good options for hostels, PG accommodations, food and entertainment. Cultural activities are equally good as is the faculty and study methodology. Even placements at the two IITS are amongst the best in the country. Yet figures indicate that the top JEE rank holders prefer Computer Science Engineering at IIT Mumbai rather than IIT Delhi. But, we are here to tell you when and why you can avoid IIT Mumbai.

Mumbai IIT was earlier placed in the suburbs, away from the crowds, giving IITians the space and peace to pursue their career goals. Today the area in Powai is surrounded by high rise building, malls and traffic snarls, bringing with it all the clatter and patter of a metropolitan hub. Just like the population and popularity of Powai and its neighbouring areas has grown, so has the quality of education at thi…

AUS wins Dh30m research fund in Sharjah

Sharjah: Plans for three new research centres have been approved by the American University of Sharjah(AUS), paving the way for work in fields as diverse as Islamic finance and archaeology.

The centres - for research into Gulf coastal ecosystems, Islamic finance and banking, and humanities and science - were approved last week by the university's board of trustees, which gave the projects a Dhs30m endowment over five years.

Despite being young in age, American University of Sharjah (AUS) has earned a fortunate reputation throughout the region for its academic excellence and multicultural campus life. Founded in 1997 by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qassimi, Member of the Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Sharjah, the university was envisaged by His Highness as a leading educational institution in the Gulf region. Consciously based upon American institutions of higher education, AUS is thoroughly grounded in Arab culture and is part of a larg…