Dubai Campus Negotiating Team Visits Mason This Week

Posted: November 17, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

Three representatives of the government of the Ras al Khaymah emirate and ETA-NET, a multinational corporation based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), are visiting George Mason this week to further discuss whether the university will establish a campus in the UAE city of Dubai. The chief negotiator, the finance officer, and an engineer arrived yesterday and will stay through Thursday.

The UAE team will tour the Fairfax Campus and meet with Provost Peter Stearns, Associate Provost for Global Education Yehuda Lukacs, and representatives of several university departments.

“We’re really trying to determine if the sources of revenue are adequate to assure the quality of the programs both they and we wish to see provided,” says Stearns.

If a campus is set up in Dubai, it will be located in Knowledge Village, part of the Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone, with a scheduled opening of fall 2004. The first major areas likely to be established will be nursing, information technology, management, biology, communication, and visual technology.

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