UCLan signs agreement with Jubail Industrial College, a leading institute for technical education in Saudi Arabia, to welcome students to pursue a fire engineering degree in the UK
The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) will extend its global educational reach after signing its first partnership with a Saudi Arabian educational institution.
It has signed an agreement with Jubail Industrial College (JIC) to allow JIC graduates pursue their study in BEng (Hons) Fire Engineering degree.
Starting from September 2021, UCLan will welcome Saudi students onto its BEng (Hons) Fire Engineering degree. The students, who will have already completed an Associate of Science Degree in Fire Safety Engineering Technology at JIC, will come onto the second year of the UCLan degree and spend two years studying in Preston. Between 30 to 50 students are expected to join the course each academic year.
The fire courses at UCLan have been successfully designed and developed in collaboration with the fire industry and professional bodies such as the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) and Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service.
Jubail Industrial College has established its fire and safety training centre equipped with the state of the art training facilities. The centre provides competent manpower in the field of fire safety by offering high quality professional programs in collaboration with the Saudi Civil Defence and Saudi Association of Safety and Fire and accredited by national and international accreditation bodies.
During the MoU signing ceremony, the General Manager of the Education sector at Jubail Industrial City, Dr Ali Assiri, said: “UCLan has an outstanding reputation in fire engineering education and we are looking forward to benefitting from the expertise and experience it offers. This is hopefully the beginning of a strong relationship that we can build on in the future.”
UCLan Joint Institutional Lead Liz Bromley said: “We are delighted to sign this MoU, which is another significant international partnership for the University. One of our key selling points is our ability to establish and maintain solid relationships with international partners, which provide our staff and students with unique opportunities and cultural experiences whilst at the same time growing our global reputation and reach.”
We are delighted to sign this MoU, which is another significant international partnership for the University. One of our key selling points is our ability to establish and maintain solid relationships with international partners.
UCLan has earned an enviable reputation for the quality of its teaching and research activities in the field of fire safety engineering, benefiting from an extensive research funding. The fire safety courses are underpinned by the Research Centre in Fire and Hazards and use fire laboratories equipped with the state-of-the-art training equipment.
JIC has become a leading institute for technical education. The college has made, and will continue to make, significant contribution to the economic wellbeing of the kingdom. It is reaping the rewards of significant investments in its wide infrastructure and human resources. The college has taken advantage of its special location to forge links with industry and businesses and actively participate in efforts to promote economic and social development in the region. Its quality programs, qualified staff, and state-of-the art training facilities have enabled it to build on its reputation and to diversify and strengthen its contribution to the community.