• Active participation of over 5000 users in ADU LMS
  • ADU has recorded over 13000 open sessions
  • AED 55 million spent on upgrading IT Infrastructure

Abu Dhabi: As distance learning continues across the UAE, Abu Dhabi University (ADU) is deploying its Information Management and Technology (IMT) infrastructure to develop a sustainable remote learning system for students.

Abu Dhabi University has invested AED 55 million in upgrading its IT hardware and software infrastructure. The University’s IMT infrastructure includes hybrid virtual digital services that are physical and in the Cloud, and a combination of other solutions including a large bandwidth, collaboration tools like Microsoft Teams and Workspace, the readiness of Learning Management System (LMS), the deployment of Virtualization using Virtual Desktop Interface (VDI), the utilization of Cloud storage, and security on Single Sign On (SSO) and reinforcing IT security with Two-Factor Authentication (2FA).

Since the launch of distance learning last week, ADU’s faculty have successfully run all classes and meetings online, with the active participation of 3500+ students during peak time. In addition to that, the IMT team has implemented the use of MS Teams, increased Blackboard capacity and VDI, which serves as the backbone platform to enable learning and maintain overall academic excellence.

Prof. Waqar Ahmad, Chancellor of Abu Dhabi University, commented, “E-learning has always been an essential strategy of ADU’s educational plan, equipping students with the skills and resources they need to thrive in a society where information technology tools are pervasive. That our students have adapted to online learning so rapidly rests on the University’s commitment to equipping them with IT and other work-related skills. We remain committed to the continuous development of our students, faculty and staff by providing platforms for success within a positive work environment.”

He continued, “Under the current situation of COVID-19, such transformation may be challenging at first, but it also presents an opportunity for ADU to use its e-learning expertise to ensure a smooth transition from classroom delivery to distance learning. The University’s IT team and faculty have gone above and beyond our expectations, to ensure a sustainable and integrated remote learning experience for all our students, which goes beyond the simple delivery of course content.”

The past week has seen over 13000 sessions on Blackboard and 37000 messages on Microsoft Teams across Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Al Ain campuses.

At ADU, students and faculty have access to both physical and digital resources for learning and research. Our Library has witnessed 20 percent increase in the overall usage of databases and e-books. The ADU Librarians were able to resolve and answer various queries in a timely manner, delivering documents electronically. Apart from offering services virtually, ADU Libraries have set up a Knowledge Bank (accessible at: http://adu-ac-ae.libanswers.com/), for answering queries in detail, providing hands-on guidance on using services and resources.

In line with its vision to provide quality education and a rounded education experience, Abu Dhabi University is preparing for the opening of its new smart campus in Al Ain. The campus will use artificial intelligence (AI), as well as data and information management to improve energy efficiency and personalize the services provided.

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About Abu Dhabi University (ADU)

Established in 2003, Abu Dhabi University (ADU) is the largest private university in the United Arab Emirates. With campuses across Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Al Ain, and Al Dhafra, the University has a total enrolment of 7,200 students from over 80 nationalities. Structured into Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, Law and Health Sciences, ADU offers undergraduate and graduate programs across a wide range of disciplines. 

Abu Dhabi University is recognized as a world-class institution committed to excellence in teaching, research and student experience, as evidenced by its prestigious regional and international accreditations. The University was the first private higher education institution in the GCC to earn international accreditation from the Californian Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). ADU’s College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the prestigious EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS). At a program level, the College of Engineering has received international accreditation from the world-renowned Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), and the Bachelor of Architecture has received Part 1 validation from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). The College of Health Sciences is currently seeking accreditation from the Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation (APHEA).

According to the 2019 QS World University rankings, Abu Dhabi University ranked among the 27th best university in the Arab world, the top 701-750 universities in the world, the top 150 of the best universities in the world under 50 years of age. ADU also earned the second spot globally for international faculty and maintained its long-held position as part of the top 10 universities worldwide recognized for student body diversity.

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