TBY talks to Prof. Ali Abou-ELNour, Director, Ajman University - Fujairah Campus, on the sector.

Prof. Ali Abou-ELNour

How do you split your services between your two campuses in Ajman and Fujairah?

We have regular visits from the Commission of Academic Accreditation (CAA), and these regular checks ensure harmony between the two campuses. We are not offering the same number of programs due to the differences in locations. Ajman serves five Emirates: Ajman, Umm al-Quwain, Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah, and Sharjah; Fujairah serves the eastern regions and is alone in being the first private higher education organization in the eastern region, offering programs that otherwise do not exist in the region such as dentistry, pharmacy, and engineering.

Where are you seeing a change in the demand in terms of course offerings?

We are seeing a stronger drive for sustainability-minded courses. We have therefore coordinated with the Ajman campus to design a program for power and renewable energy systems. We have also seen a spike in demand from students seeking post-graduate studies, and in response we have started to open a master's in business administration as one of our first programs. We have submitted the required documents to the CAA and expect to offer it in September 2017.