Environmental engineering education in the UAE

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Environmental awareness has received higher priority in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) agenda in recent years. In addition to the recently developed governmental structures, many nongovernmental environmental groups have been established over the past decade. A clear assurance exists now among federal bodies, individual agencies, and nongovernmental organizations, together with their domestic and international alliances, of the need for environmental protection and sustainability. Environmental legislations have been recently passed or are currently underway either at a federal level or at an individual emirate level. This fast growing environmental awareness coupled with the necessary legal support is not accompanied with a similar pace of improving the environmental engineering education (E3) in the country. Higher education institutes in the UAE do not yet have academic programs with the sole purpose of offering E3. This is obviously essential to provide the local market with the appropriate UAE graduates needed for pursuing a career in this field. In this chapter, the current status of E3 in the UAE’s higher education institutes was reviewed through an administrative survey. This was then compared with other similar programs in developed countries. In light of the survey results and the comparative study, a strategy for capacity building of E3 that meets the future needs of the UAE is proposed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Engineering Education in the Middle East and North Africa
Subtitle of host publicationCurrent Status, and Future Insights
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9783319153230
ISBN (Print)9783319153223
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2015


  • Curriculum development
  • Environmental engineering education
  • Higher education
  • UAE

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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