ISG has helped the University of Birmingham launch its first ever global campus, with the completion of the phase one fit out of a state-of-the-art teaching facility in Dubai. The University of Birmingham is the first global top 100 and member of the UK’s elite Russell Group of universities to establish a campus in Dubai, creating a world-class learning environment for students from across the UAE and beyond.
ISG was appointed to deliver the first phase of the campus over an accelerated 12-week programme to accommodate the University’s first intake of students in autumn 2018. Encompassing 28,000 sq ft of space, ISG successfully delivered a range of advanced facilities, including a 180-seat lecture theatre, a fully equipped science teaching laboratory and a state-of-the-art computer laboratory. The scheme also included the provision of digitally connected teaching spaces, tutorial rooms and seminar facilities, with ISG installing the very latest digital infrastructure to support the future growth of the campus.
The University of Birmingham already has a global presence, with students in Singapore and China able to undertake undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses with the highly regarded institution. The University’s first global campus in Dubai now further extends the opportunity for aspirational students to study in a purpose-built learning environment.
“At the heart of the design was to create a collaborative environment which fostered interaction and sharing of ideas. The design language is contemporary and aligned with the aspirations of the University of Birmingham.” said Akshay Khera, Architect Director, BDP.
Scott McCulloch, general manager of ISG’s Middle East business, said: “Transforming the University of Birmingham’s vision for its first ever campus outside the UK into reality is a major vote of confidence and trust in ISG’s ability to deliver on programme to exacting standards. This is an area where the ISG business excels due to our international education sector experience and consistency of approach and delivery standards.
“Phase one of the campus provides a great showcase of the fantastic facilities and ambition that the University of Birmingham has to create a global centre of education excellence in Dubai. The project has been an excellent example of the very best collaborative practices in action and we are delighted to have played a role bringing this great University to a new home in Dubai.”
The new University of Birmingham Dubai campus will accommodate several hundred students. The University is planning a second phase of expansion to increase the capacity of the Dubai premises.
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