SAE Institute is set to open the doors of is newly established Oxford, UK campus and receive its first intake of students this month.
The development also realises the relocation of the company’s international headquarters from Sydney, Australia to the UK.
According to Giorgio Ungania, corporate training and marketing manager for SAE International Institute in Dubai, the Oxford campus is the biggest SAE campus worldwide, covering 22,257sqm.
Ungania said the opening of the campus and the relocation of the headquarters to Oxford was a “huge evolution for SAE” because it positioned the company alongside some of the world’s top educators.
“Logistically it made sense for SAE to relocate to the UK because it’s a more central location that will open up new possibilities in terms of attracting more students and business opportunities,” he claimed.
The campus offers UK government-accredited certificate, diploma, degree and Masters qualifications. It also enables students that have completed their first year at any SAE campus worldwide, to transfer their studies to the Oxford campus.
The sound studios of the degree centre are fitted with industry-standard mixing consoles and controllers from leading manufacturers, including Neve, SSL and Digidesign.
SAE Oxford also boasts state-of-the-art computer facilities and an extensive specialised library and classical recording studio, complete with a Steinway grand piano.
Plans are also underway for SAE Institute Dubai to expand its facilities.
“We are in the process of obtaining government-accreditation for our Dubai campus and are hoping to receive it this month,” Ungania stated.
He said SAE approached the Dubai Government earlier this year regarding the accreditation as the company was also seeking to provide training to UAE nationals, who are entitled to receive subsidised training through recognised institutions.
Under the accreditation guidelines mandatory changes would have to be implemented to SAE’s facilities, including the introduction of prayer rooms and individual classrooms for male and female students.
He said these facilities would cater exclusively for Emirati students and may be implemented at the Knowledge Village campus, but more likely, at the proposed new Dubai campus, which will be housed in Studio City.
“To meet the growing demand here we have established an agreement with Studio City that will give us 4000sqm to build on,” Ungania stated. The new campus will boast enhanced facilities and studios, and the expected completion date is likely to be 2010.