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PRESS RELEASE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF DUNDEE AND AL-MAKTOUM COLLEGE OF HIGHER EDUCATION

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31 August, 2016

AL-MAKTOUM COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY OF DUNDEE ANNOUNCE COLLABORATION ON MASTERS PROGRAMMES

 

Al-Maktoum College of Higher Education and the University of Dundee have announced a new collaboration which will see them provide a new range of Masters degree programmes in the area of Islamic finance.

 

Three new Masters degrees will be available – MSc Islamic Finance, MSc Islamic Banking and Finance and MSc Islamic Banking, Finance and International Business.

 

The College and the University have signed an agreement to work together to deliver the Masters degrees and to explore further potential for collaboration.

 

Dr Hossein Godazgar, Principal and Vice Chancellor of Al-Maktoum College, described the agreement with the University as an “historic turning point” for the College, based in Blackness Road in Dundee.

 

The agreement will see the University of Dundee offer the Masters degrees and provide conventional finance modules with the ‘Islamic’ modules designed by the College and delivered by College staff. The Masters degrees will be subject to the University of Dundee’s quality assurance procedures.

 

Dr Godazgar said, “I am very confident that this agreement with the University of Dundee will help the College become a major centre in the UK in the area of Islamic studies, in general, and Islamic finance, in particular.

 

“I am delighted we have established this collaborative relationship, given that we are neighbours and with the excellent reputation of the University of Dundee both in the UK and internationally”.

 

“It is significant for the city of Dundee as well with two established centres of learning excellence joining forces to offer contemporary, top-class programmes for students in this particular field of study. This agreement will help the College grow in the academic world.

 

“This is an historic turning point in the College’s fifteen-year history and all of us here acknowledge the significance of the agreement. We will work hard to make sure the University and our new colleagues are happy with the collaborative arrangements.

 

“We will increase our academic staff numbers in our drive to bring more students to Dundee for these three new programmes. The current agreement will initially run for three years but it is my ambition that we will be able to extend the agreement beyond this period.”

 

Dr William Russell, Programme Director for the Masters in International Business at the University, said, “We are excited about the potential of these new programmes to benefit a wide range of students from across the world.

 

“These new programmes are special in terms of their flexibility and that they allow the student to choose the right balance between the conventional finance content and the Islamic finance contact so as to suit exactly their career needs.”

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