Dubai: Professor Mohammad Salem has been appointed president of the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD).

Salem joined the institution in 2004. He has served as dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences and a 10-month period as acting president of the university.

The new president has a doctorate in computer science from the University of Montreal (Canada) where he also earned a doctoral scholarship from the IBM Centre of Advanced Studies (Toronto).

Salem said: “I am passionate about and committed to education in the UAE and the region — both of which offer huge potential for growth. I believe the University of Wollongong in Dubai has an important role to play. I am very excited to continue working with a body of committed staff, students and stakeholders to develop strategies for continuous improvement in teaching, learning and research, further extending our commitment to putting Dubai and the UAE on the map as a global hub for knowledge exchange.”