On July 1, 2022, The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) released its Higher Education Classification for 2022, developed in partnership with Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a renowned UK authority specializing in the analysis of higher education institutions worldwide. The report provided a rating of 17 campuses of international universities in Dubai, covering 2020-21 academic period.
Curtin University Dubai established its Dubai campus in 2017. The KHDA reviewed the campus for the first time since its 5-year inception and assessed on criteria such as Teaching, Research, Employability, Sustainability, and Overall Student Satisfaction.
“We’re so proud of Curtin’s journey in Dubai and to see how far we have come. The highly regarded KHDA rating validates and benchmarks our Dubai campus to an international level and at par with our sister campuses in Mauritius, Malaysia, Singapore, and Perth, Western Australia,” said Professor John Evans, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Academic President of Curtin University Dubai.
Accredited by TEQSA (Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency, Australia), the institution offers a world-class standard of education and has demonstrated strengths across all Core Criteria categories ranging from Learning Environment, Programme Strength, and Advanced Criteria categories. The institution’s global reputation sets itself apart with its highly regarded international research, teaching standards, and graduates sought after by employers.
The classification’s core categories comprise of Teaching, Employability, Internationalization, and Research. Curtin demonstrated teaching excellence through 87.9% student satisfaction with teaching and learning and a 100 per cent rate of qualified academic faculty with a terminal degree or relevant professional experience. The campus employer engagement programme received 50 out of 50 points for external companies engaged in career services and 40 out of 50 points for its dedicated support in career services offered to students. The internationalisation of student experiences and research and development outcomes received five stars, respectively.
Under the Learning Environment Category, Curtin’s physical and technological infrastructure provides a high-quality learning environment to boost student productivity and growth. The campus facilities secured 94 out of 100 points. Followed by Specialist Categories in programme strength, the Bachelor of Commerce – Accounting and Finance was among the highly-rated program of choice, along with an 89.3% rate of student satisfaction with the program of study.
Lastly, Advanced Categories, including Campus Inclusiveness and Environmental Impact, also received 5-stars. Inclusiveness for people of determination, gender balance, and scholarships and bursaries fall under an essential pillar of Curtin’s operations and engagement between the university and its community. Curtin Dubai’s staff and students have exercised active efforts in sustainability and environment initiatives since its inception.