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is the year when the Al Maktoum College of Higher Education was established in Dundee, Scotland.

students have graduated from the Summer School programmes to date. They came from over 30 different countires.

Summer Schools have been successful held since the first in 2003.

volumes split across two collections, Arabic and English, are available in the in-house library.

Personal touch

Shaikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance, established Al Maktoum College of Higher Education in Dundee, Scotland, at a personal level, to provide a centre for teaching and research of the highest standard and quality in the area of Islam and Muslims in conjunction with other religions and ethno-religious communities.

Multiculturalism and religious pluralism are at the centre of the research-led college’s activities. Since its inception in 2001, students from over 30 countries have successfully graduated from the college’s postgraduate degree programmes, mainly PhDs.

The establishment of Al Maktoum College demonstrated Shaikh Hamdan’s vision to build and develop relationships between the UAE and Scotland and to bridge cultures and understanding between the Muslim and western world.

This has been achieved by focusing on education, research, debate and scientific understanding of Islam and the role of Muslims in the 21st century.

A vibrant community

- Subject areas are developed to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

- Students taught to value diversity, multiculturalism, cultural engagement, mutual understanding and respect.

- Studies are designed as post-orientalist, post-traditionalist, and multicultural.

- Being relatively small, the college allows for intense academic training and a friendly atmosphere.

- Students form a lively and friendly community inside and outside the classroom.

- Students can access the vibrant ties with many local, national and international communities.

Dundee fact file

- The first ever wireless radio broadcast was sent from Dundee by Lindsay Bowman in 1832.

- The city’s Ninewells Hospital is the largest teaching hospital in Europe. The hospital is renowned internationally for introducing ‘laparoscopic surgery’ in the UK.

- The inventor of the adhesive postage stamp, James Chalmers, was born in Dundee.In 1837 he submitted a letter outlining his proposal for an adhesive postage stamp.

- The Tay Railway Bridge is just over two miles long.

- Mary Shelley lived in Dundee and started to write Frankenstein while she was living here.

- Source: Al Maktoum College