ADU announces tuition fee freeze for 2013-14
Abu Dhabi, June 15, 2013
Abu Dhabi University (ADU) said its tuition fees will remain unchanged throughout the 2013-14 academic year in line with strategy to establishing a state of equilibrium between highly competitive academic standards and competitive value for money.
The move is in stark contrast to the escalating tuition costs experienced at popular destinations like the US, where tuition fees have increased by as much as 32 per cent. In the UK, tuition increases have led to a 7.7 per cent decline in applications over the past year, said a statement from the university.
In addition to the tution fee freeze, ADU’s Merit-Based Masters Level Tuition Policy stipulates that students who graduated from any institution with a minimum CGPA of 3.5 or equivalent are eligible for a significant discount of 25 per cent discount in tuition fees, it stated.
Furthermore, ADU alumni who wish to pursue Masters degrees will also receive a 20 per cent tuition discount, it added.
This comes as part of its long-standing commitment to post-graduate education and to make world-class education more accessible to the most academically and financially deserving students.
With global tuition fees continuing their upward trend, the UAE is well positioned to capitalize on the falling enrolment at many Western institutions, said a top official.
"Our support for our alumni does not end when they graduate, because even after they attain their Bachelors degrees we help empower them to further their studies through our 20 per cent discount for all ADU alumni," explained the ADU chancellor Dr Nabil Ibrahim.
"In today’s ultra-competitive job market, postgraduate degrees distinguish candidates above the overwhelming majority of other job seekers. This builds on our highly unique Bachelors programs which have been crafted according to the highest global standards and enables more than 90 per cent of our graduates to find employment within a year from graduation.”
“ADU passionately believes in maintaining a balance between world-class education facilities and applied research on one hand, and on the other hand ensuring that academic ability and ambition are the main determinants to enrolment," he noted.
"The tuition freeze and discounts cement our ever-growing reputation as the national university of choice, and inspire our vibrant multicultural student community to make a difference in every part of the globe,” he added.-TradeArabia News Service