In March 2020, Curtin Dubai was prepared to move online two weeks before Universities were mandated to do so and has had an overall student satisfaction rate of over 80% for online teaching. This is attributable to the technology-based learning that already existed in our curriculum.
The University is currently offering financial aid and support to those who have directly been impacted by COVID-19. You may read more about Curtin’s efforts here.
From a standpoint of health and safety, Curtin Dubai knows that remaining in a fully interactive online learning mode for the September teaching period, with the exception of a few face-to-face labs for engineering where equipment is required, is the absolute safest way to conduct classes.
The leadership of Curtin Dubai does not want to needlessly risk the lives and health of its students, staff, or their families. We also considered what on-campus classes would be like following both the spirit and letter of the government guidelines, and it would be near impossible to function.
During this term, every faculty member will post an office hours schedule where they will be available online for one hour per week per unit they are teaching. During this one hour each week, students can simply join their virtual meeting room and have any conversation with them that is required. In addition, students can still request feedback and clarify doubts through emails, which will be responded to in not more than 24 hours or request a one on one virtual meeting. Also, all of the classes will be recorded so that students can refresh their memory of what occurred in the class at any time that is convenient.
No students are permitted on campus until further notice with the exception of engineering lab sessions which require the use of specialist equipment and prescheduled appointments for matters that cannot be handled in a video conference. You are requested to take note of the Stay at Home Policy which would apply to attending the engineering sessions or any prescheduled appointments.
Any request for scheduling appointments must be sent to [email protected]
As the Governments of the UAE and Dubai have announced the resumption of face-to-face classes this September, Curtin Dubai is fully prepared to resume on-campus lectures in compliance with Government regulations and with proper health precautions.
With nearly 50,000 square feet of space, Curtin Dubai is uniquely equipped to provide all classes with appropriate social distancing whilst simultaneously conducting fully interactive online sessions for those who prefer to study from home during the September trimester and the remainder of the pandemic.
Curtin Dubai will be welcoming students in September 2020 into our highly ranked programs offered in Business, Humanities, IT, and Engineering.
If you have any questions or concerns about how Curtin Dubai is addressing teaching and COVID19 safety, please contact us at [email protected]
26 May 2020
While the UAE government has lifted movement restrictions during the hours of 6am to 11pm and is allowing businesses to reopen with up to 30% of the staff on site, all schools and universities are still closed for face-to-face teaching until the end of the academic year (August 2020). While Curtin Dubai could open the campus for staff, in the best interests of minimizing any risk of infections, the campus will remain closed with the staff working remotely. All support services remain available for students and can be accessed by contacting the staff member directly or contacting [email protected]
With regard to the recent directive from the Ministry of Education, we will be extending online classes until the end of August 2020.
With effect from Sunday, 3rd May 2020, classes will be conducted through Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. Please ensure you have completed your enrolment for Trimester 2, 2020 to be able to access classes effectively.
Please refer to the attached manual in your emails for more information. For additional support, kindly reach out to [email protected] or any of the student support services.
We are monitoring the situation and will keep you updated as further information becomes available.
Curtin University is currently processing applications for a Financial Support Bursary to support students in hardship due to COVID-19. For more information on this Bursary, please check your emails or click here.
A further announcement was made by the UAE Government yesterday, advising the public to stay at home except in the case of getting supplies such as groceries or medication, or carrying out essential jobs. You may read more about this here.
Campus will be closed as of today, 24th March, 2020, as Academic and Administrative staff will work from home until further notice. You will continue to have access to all Student Service Departments via the University number, on email, and through zoom calls. Any in-person appointments must be made 24 hours in advance.
A deep cleaning and sanitization of the campus has been conducted over the weekend, and regular end of day cleaning is taking place on a daily basis.
Curtin is here to help you every step of the way in achieving your goals and to make sure that you don’t lose any time in getting the education you desire. We look forward to welcoming you back to campus soon.
In accordance with the recent directive from the Ministry of Higher Education and KHDA, Curtin University Dubai will not be conducting face to face classes from March 8 to April 4, 2020. Classes will be held via online interactive sessions to avoid any disruptions during this teaching period. Students will also have access to the Academic Services, Student Services, Library, Student Success Centre, Finance and IT Services.
For additional support, kindly reach out to [email protected] or any of the student support services.