The opening of this USJ branch in Dubai is part of the major academic and cultural development project that the Emirate set in an effort to accompany the urban development and economic growth as witnessed in Dubai specifically and in the UAE in general.
The Center for University Studies in Dubai was inaugurated in September 2008 by the Rector of USJ Beirut, the R.F. René Chamussy, along with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The following dignitaries were also present: Dr. Abdullah al-Karam, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director General of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), Professor Antoine Hokayem, USJ Vice-Rector of International Relations, Professor Fayez Hajj Chahine, Dean of the Faculty of Law and Political Science, Donna Barakat al-Turk, Lebanese Consul General in Dubai, and Minister Nasser Saidi.
In July 2001, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, launched the EDAAD Scholarship Programme, which is in line with his vision to enable the leaders of tomorrow to achieve excellence.
It is within this context that the Government of Dubai chose for the USJ Faculty of Law to open, for it is known for its mission to prepare students and give them the needed intellectual capital and critical thinking. The Faculty was opened so that it may meet the great need to prepare qualified professionals in the legal field.
On the 24th of June 2008, USJ signed a cooperation and partnership agreement with the Government of Dubai, which was represented by the KHDA. This agreement entails that the Faculty provide law courses for six promotions, each consisting of 40 Emirati students per year. Students who have completed their secondary education are selected to enroll in the undergraduate Law program, so that they may ensuingly occupy senior positions in the UAE.
The Faculty takes into account UAE legislation and offers degrees that are certified by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the UAE. It also continuously updates its programs, adapting them as the law evolves and new givens are dealt with in the application of the law. As a high-level institution of higher education, the USJ Faculty of Law in Dubai aspires to play an important role on the legislative university level and in preparing national graduates qualified to hold specific senior government positions, as well as positions in both the public and private sectors in the UAE.
USJ also signed an agreement with Dubai courts in order to strengthen their academic cooperation, ensure continuous training of court staff, and give USJ Dubai students priority to work and train in various courts.
The USJ Dubai vision
- Attract Emirati and Arab students and provide them with competencies that enable them to fluidly enter the labor market
- Make the Dubai branch a center of excellence and innovation so it may actively participate in the development of the UAE
- Strive to make the Dubai branch a reference for education and research in the UAE and the Gulf
For more information, visit www.usj.edu.lb/dubai.