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History of RIT

History of RIT

About RIT

Founded in 1829, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) is a diverse and collaborative community of engaged, socially conscious, and intellectually curious minds. Through creativity and innovation, and an intentional blending of technology, the arts, and design, RIT provides exceptional individuals with a wide range of academic opportunities, including a leading research program and an internationally recognized education for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Beyond the main campus in Rochester, New York, RIT has international campuses in China, Croatia, Dubai, and Kosovo. And with more than 19,000 students and more than 125,000 graduates from all 50 states and over 100 nations, RIT is driving progress in industries and communities around the world. 

About RIT Dubai

RIT Dubai was established in 2008 to provide world-class university programs in the United Arab Emirates for students and professionals from the Middle East, North America, Africa, and Southeast Asia. The campus is strategically located in the heart of Dubai Silicon Oasis, one of the world’s leading centers of advanced electronic innovation and design. RIT Dubai offers 10 undergraduate and 08 graduate programs.

How RIT Dubai came about

In 2005, Dr. Mustafa Abushagur, then the director of the Microsystems Engineering Ph.D. program at RIT, was sought out by government leaders in Dubai to discuss the prospects of opening a branch campus of RIT in the rapidly growing Middle Eastern City. RIT Dubai was established in 2008 to provide world-class university programs in the United Arab Emirates for students and professionals from the Middle East, North America, Africa, and Southeast Asia.

Degree programs in such disciplines as engineering, computing, business, city science, and service leadership have been selected to support the need for personal and professional development, economic growth, and human capital development in Dubai and the entire Gulf region. RIT Dubai provides a unique study abroad and networking opportunity for students from around the world.

The RIT Dubai Campus

The RIT Dubai campus is strategically located in the heart of Dubai Silicon Oasis, one of the world’s leading centers of advanced electronic innovation and design. The Dubai Silicon Oasis master plan is designed as a hi-tech ecosystem that offers businesses a plethora of advantages including a state-of-the-art infrastructure featuring advanced telecommunications, electricity, and road networks. It also features technology investment incentives for large enterprises, entrepreneurial support, an incubation center, and venture capital funding.

RIT Dubai is a cornerstone of the Dubai Silicon Oasis ecosystem offering students, staff, and faculty access to a local and regional pool of technical and engineering talent, business plan sponsorship, project/R&D assistance, and mentorship programs.

RIT Dubai students also have access to the many training and development opportunities provided by DSO and the international companies that it hosts such as Yokogawa, SAP, Porsche, and many others.

As part of their bachelor's degree requirements, students must complete an immersion—a concentration of three courses in a particular area. These upper-level courses are used to meet RIT's general education requirements. In many cases, an immersion can lead to a minor with the addition of two courses. However, not all minors have a corresponding immersion and vice versa. 

These are the immersions available at RIT Dubai:

Students pursuing a bachelor’s degree have the option of completing a minor, which can complement a student’s major, help them develop another area of professional expertise, or enable them to pursue an area of personal interest. Completion of a minor is not listed on the diploma but is formally designated on the baccalaureate transcript, which serves to highlight this accomplishment to employers and graduate schools.

A minor at RIT is a related set of academic courses consisting of no fewer than 15 semester credit hours. In most cases, minors shall consist of a minimum of two upper-division courses to provide reasonable breadth and depth within the minor.

The following parameters must be met in order to earn a minor:

  • At least nine credit hours of the minor must consist of courses not required by the student’s home major.

  • Students may pursue multiple minors. A minimum of nine credit hours must be designated for each minor; these courses may not be counted towards other minors.

  • The residency requirement for a minor is a minimum of nine credit hours consisting of RIT courses (excluding “X” graded courses).

  • Posting of the minor on the student's academic transcript requires a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the minor.

  • Minors may not be added to the student's academic record after the granting of the bachelor's degree.

These are the approved minors available at RIT Dubai:

Business and Management Department

Electrical Engineering and Computing Department (Chair: Dr. Muhieddin Amer)

Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department (Chair: Dr. Ghalib Kahwaji)

Science and Liberal Arts Department (Chair: Dr. Jillian M. Pandor)

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