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Manipal University Dubai lays foundation for New Campus
May 26,2010

Press Release


Manipal University Dubai lays foundation for New Campus
- reinforces commitment to driving excellence in education in the Middle East

  • Work begins on state of the art dedicated Dubai Campus; new campus opens for 2011 academic session
  • Honourable Minister for Human Resource Department, Government of India, Mr. Kapil Sibal lays foundation stone at the ceremony on 25th May 2010.
  • Manipal University is the leading privately-held university in India in academics and applied research

Proposed campus


Dubai, UAE, 25 May 2010: Manipal University, Dubai one of the leading universities offering career-focused bachelor’s, master’s, and other certificate programmes at Dubai International Academic City (DIAC), today laid the foundation stone for its exclusive new campus. In a special ceremony at the proposed site, the Honourable Minister for Human Resource Department, Government of India, Mr. Kapil Sibal laid the foundation stone of the dedicated campus. The minister was welcomed by Mr. Anand Sudarshan, CEO, Manipal Education and Dr. B. Ramjee, Director - Manipal University Dubai, faculty, staff and students.  The ceremony was also attended by Dr. Abdulla Karam, Director General of Dubai Education Council, Dr. Ayoub Kazim, Managing Director, Education Cluster - TECOM Investments, Dr. Warren Fox, Executive Director of Higher Education, Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), Mr. M. K. Lokesh, Indian Ambassador, Mr. Sanjay Verma, Consul General of India and other dignitaries and guests.

Manipal University, a pioneer in the field of education with campuses in India, Malaysia, Nepal and Antigua, established itself at Dubai Knowledge Village in September 2003. Since then, it has rapidly grown to become a leading institution imparting quality higher education in the UAE and the Middle East. It moved to its current location at DIAC in 2006.

Addressing the gathering of distinguished dignitaries, faculty and students at the ceremony, the honourable minister Mr. Kapil Sibal said, “Manipal University is an institution of excellence. From the Himalayas to the Caribbean, from Malaysia to Dubai, Manipal has established a global brand in education. Laying the foundation for this new campus in Dubai is not only a proud moment for Manipal University; it is a proud moment for India also.”

Emphasizing Manipal Education’s vision for Manipal University Dubai, Mr. Anand Sudarshan, CEO, Manipal Education said, “We are motivated by the words of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister and Vice President of UAE and the Ruler of Dubai, who stated education holds out hope for the future and is a key driver in sustaining the UAE’s all-round growth.”  Mr. Sudarshan added, “We have constantly endeavoured to bring in the highest standards of higher education in all our campuses across India, Dubai, Malaysia, Nepal and Antigua. We are happy with what Manipal University Dubai campus has achieved, and will work hard to enhance it into a higher education hub in the Middle-East, in line with Dubai’s vision.”

“We have been acknowledged as one of the leading educational institutions in the UAE. Our students are the best and the brightest, and have made us proud with their professional academic, all-round and professional achievements. We will continue to offer new programmes keeping in mind the multi-disciplinary nature of the University. The new campus will be a physical testament to Manipal University's commitment to research, student empowerment, and community outreach”, said Dr. B. Ramjee, Director - Manipal University, Dubai.

Dr. Ayoub Kazim, Managing Director, Education Cluster - TECOM Investments, said: “On behalf of Dubai International Academic City and Dubai Knowledge Village, we commend Manipal University’s management in embarking on this vital project. This is a profound demonstration of its long-term commitment to the knowledge clusters in Dubai.

“We at DIAC sincerely believe our partnership with Manipal University is an important  step that will help us to fulfill the  objectives of  enhancing the academic community and transforming Dubai into a regional destination for higher education.”



About ManipalUniversity, Dubai

Manipal University, Dubai started at Knowledge Village in the year 2003 and shifted in 2006 to it’s present campus at Dubai International Academic City. The Campus currently has 1600 students and offers undergraduate and graduate programmess in Biotechnology, Information Technology, Management studies, Media & Communications, Fashion Design, Interior Design and Bachelor of Engineering.

About Proposed New Campus

  • Over 250,000 sq. ft of infrastructure
  • Library facility & reading hall exceeding 6000 sq. ft
  • State of the art infrastructure with modern academic facilities
  • Sports complex with indoor & outdoor facilities
  • Common food court

About Manipal Education

Manipal Education is a pioneering and leading academic & education services provider in India. With over 50 years of steadfast focus in the field of Education, the group provides education services across all genres. The group’s presence includes 3 universities - Manipal University, Sikkim Manipal University, and American University of Antigua and over 30 institutions in India, besides colleges & campuses in Antigua, Dubai, Malaysia & Nepal.

In addition to formal university programmes delivered through 5 campuses in India & 4 overseas, Manipal Education also has a range of education offerings in distance education, vocational skills education, as well as leading industry partnerships such as the ICICI Manipal Academy for Banking (in association with ICICI Bank). Manipal Education has strategic investments in emerging companies, including U21Global - the world's premier online graduate school based out of Singapore, and MeritTrac - India’s Largest Skills Assessment & Testing Company.

For more details please contact:
Yashavanth J.
050 8531901
Manipal University, Dubai