University of Europe for Applied Sciences in Dubai announces faculty ahead of its 2024 launch

In the centre (from left to right): Professor Dr Eman AbuKhousa, Professor of Data Science at UE Dubai, Professor. Dr. Maurits Van Rooijen, President of the University of Europe for Applied Sciences in Germany and UE Dubai, and Professor Dahlia, Professor of Visual and Experience Design at UE Dubai
Professor Dr. Maurits Van Rooijen will be the President of the University of Europe for Applied Sciences in Dubai 

Dubai, Feb 21, 2024: The University of Europe for Applied Sciences in Dubai (UE Dubai) is gearing up for its launch in 2024. In preparation, the university has announced its faculty members. 

Bringing a wealth of global academic leadership to the institution, Professor. Dr. Maurits Van Rooijen serves as the President of the University of Europe for Applied Sciences in Germany and is the founding President of its Dubai branch. With an academic career spanning more than 40 years, Professor Rooijen also serves as the Board Chair for IBAT College in Dublin, and served leadership roles at IC University in Amsterdam, London College for Contemporary Music and London School for Business and Finance. His journey spans visiting professorships at Cambridge University and the University of Pennsylvania. His leadership experience spans both state-funded and private non-profit institutions. He has received awards such as the Constance Meldrum prize for Vision and Leadership from the European Association for International Education (EAIE). Rooijen’s work emphasises socio-economic impact, globalisation, industry engagement, widening participation, experiential learning, digitalisation, and entrepreneurial education. As the Dean of Art & Design at the University of Europe for Applied Sciences’ Innovation Hub in Potsdam, Professor Johannes Kiessler brings a wealth of experience in orchestrating design management and strategic marketing. Serving as the Program Director for the M.A. Innovation Design Management, his professional journey encompasses consultancy in design management, implementation and strategic marketing for various companies. He serves as Academic Director for Campus Development and Corporate Partnerships. Professor Kiessler covers areas such as innovation and ideation methodologies, project management, entrepreneurship, branding and design management. His work has garnered recognition through awards, including the Reddot Award, Good Design Award and ID Annual Design Review. 

Professor Dr. Eman AbuKhousa serves as a professor of Data Science at University of Europe for Applied Sciences in Dubai with a passion for shaping the future of digitalisation and big data analytics. In addition to her academic role, Dr. AbuKhousa has more than 20 years of experience as a consultant and business owner. Prior to her tenure at UE Dubai, Dr. AbuKhousa held the position of Assistant Professor at the Higher Colleges of Technology in Al Ain, playing a pivotal role in shaping the intersection of education and technology.Reflecting her dedication to education and technology, her Ph.D thesis showcases ground-breaking research on data-driven strategies for education. 

Professor Dahlia Mahmoud joins the University of Europe for Applied Sciences in Dubai as Professor of Visual and Experience Design. A cultural and creative industry expert, higher education strategist and transformative leader, she brings a wealth of knowledge to the academic community. Formerly the Associate Professor and Dean at The American University in the Emirates, she orchestrated enhancements in creative programmes. In her role as Associate Professor and Acting Dean at European International College, she worked extensively in reframing cultural tourism’s role in the creative sector.  

Professor Mahmoud’s career spans academia, creative consulting and pivotal roles in advertising firms. She led ground-breaking initiatives with governmental entities, including the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Culture and Youth in UAE. An active participant in international conferences and exhibits, her research covers design education, cultural preservation and entrepreneurship. Professor Mahmoud’s work has earned numerous accolades, including federal recognition for exceptional innovation management. Both Professor Dr. Eman AbuKhousa and Professor Dahlia Mahmoud have been recognised by the German Ministry of Education and are the inaugural recipients of the German professorial titles in the UAE. 

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