Abu Dhabi: The Bachelor of Architecture course at Abu Dhabi University (ADU) has become the first programme at a UAE university to earn the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) accreditation, the highest accolade for architecture programmes.
In line with its commitment to contributing to the UAE’s transition to a knowledge-based economy, ADU launched the Bachelor of Architecture programme in 2010 to shape the next generation of world-class architects who can design state-of-the-art buildings. The Bachelor of Architecture programme at ADU is offered across its three campuses in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Dubai.
Speaking on the achievement, Dr Waqar Ahmad, chancellor of ADU, said: “Since its inception, ADU has achieved several prestigious accolades that have positioned the university as a pioneering knowledge hub. ADU works relentlessly to develop its facilities, academic programmes, and extracurricular activities to help achieve the government’s economic diversification objectives. Graduates of the university proceed to make their mark in the fields of technology, business administration, literature, science and social sciences.
“Amid the UAE’s rapid urban development, equipping students with theoretical and practical architectural knowledge acquires special importance. The RIBA accreditation aligns with ADU’s dedication to providing locally and internationally recognised programmes, and reinforces its status as a leading academic institution locally and internationally,” he added.
All ADU degree programmes have received accreditation from the Commission for Academic Accreditation of the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), and other relevant international bodies. The university is also accredited by the UAE Ministry of Education and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). ADU’s College of Business Administration holds international accreditations from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the prestigious EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS). In addition, its College of Engineering has earned international accreditation from the world-renowned Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) for most of its programmes.