Monday, October 3, 2011

It is evident by now that Manipal University, Dubai has shifted to a new campus that is bigger, better and expedient especially from a student's point of view. This guide interviews a few departments that have made changes for our betterment asking them how it’s different. Moreover, the short guide aims to avoid any hassle as to where be what, as it hopes to aid students familiarize with their new surroundings and facilities. 

Entrances to Block A and Block B. Photos by Zainab Akbarali Jivaji

There are two blocks, each block consisting of three floors. Block A, begins with Ground floor and the Biotechnology department. On the first floor we have the Administrative department and the Library, as we ascend upstairs, the second floor holds the Business Administration and the Information Systems Management (ISM) department and the third floor is home to the department of Media and Communications.

Block B begins with Ground floor, followed by the the next two floors of our massive Engineering department while the third floor hosts the Interior designing and Fashion designing departments. 


With Manipal’s new campus, students get more space in the world of books. They have made it twice the size of what it was in DIAC, and has more than 14,000 books for students to refer and study from. The library provides online facilities, resources for all the program departments, access to over 17,580 electronic journals through the subscribed electronic database. Additionally there are 32 computers placed for internet browsing and to access to online databases. There are also three spacious group discussion rooms to compliment our student lives. Furthermore, this year students can use the exclusive facility of audio-visual screening equipped with LCD screen, DVD player and comfortable seating. 

Cafeteria (Snack spot)

Students snack away at the canteen. Photo by Zainab Akbarali Jivaji
New campus and meeting up with friends. Yes, I am talking about fuel all students need, ‘FOOD’. Students do miss DIAC but never the less the university has been able to provide quick snacks to the students.  After a small interview with Mr.Serin who caters to students in the food court, promises and showcases a variety of snacks that include samosas, sausage roll, spring rolls, small pizzas, and beverages etc. During the interview he mentioned that their catering company is awaiting for students reviews as they hope to build the menu according to their tastes. 


And what would any university do without its ever-efficient security and safety it provides for students. Manipal University has hired a private company Power Security who has been serving since past 12 years all around U.A.E, in private universities, residence building security and more.  

Mr. Mashooq, Head of Security, who manages the security of all blocks, ensures that a security guard is appointed to patrol each floor at all times. Security systems have also been installed and our guards visit each floor from time to time taking a report from his team. Other than that they are constantly in touch through mobile phones. Lastly, the parking area is also covered by Power Security. 

Don't forget to catch the continuation to the series on Where's what? next week. 

Report by Fatema Kokha