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New Executive Director to lead NYIT-Abu Dhabi

August 9, 2014 10:22 am

New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), Abu Dhabi’s first accredited American university, has announced that Ahmad Tabbara has accepted an appointment as executive director of NYIT-Abu Dhabi. Tabbara, originally from Lebanon, has more than 25 years of experience in higher education in the U.A.E, previously serving in academic and administrative leadership positions at Abu Dhabi Men’s College (ADMC) and the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT). As a faculty member, he taught math and physics.

“NYIT-Abu Dhabi occupies an important place in the U.A.E.’s higher education landscape,” said Mr. Tabbara. “I am looking forward to increasing NYIT’s capacity to help every student have an outstanding experience and leave here well prepared for the U.A.E.’s workforce.”

“We are delighted to welcome Mr. Ahmad Tabbara,” said NYIT provost and vice president for academic affairs Rahmat Shoureshi, Ph.D. “Ahmad’s breadth and depth of experience in higher education, particularly his emphasis on strategic planning, partnership and business development, and technology and process management, will be of great value to NYIT in Abu Dhabi as we expand our program offerings to students in this dynamic and growing market,” Shoureshi added.
NYIT’s prior campus dean, Garon Wheeler, Ph.D., will return to his faculty position, in addition to a new assignment as associate campus dean and assistant dean for NYIT’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Before joining NYIT, Tabbara was general manager for education and training at the HCT’s Centre of Excellence for Applied Research and Training (CERT). Tabbara’s previous positions at ADMC included associate director for administration and operations; dean for learning support services; supervisor for academic and student services; and acting supervisor for math and physics.

Tabbara received an M.S. in Pure Mathematics at the American University of Beirut and an M.Sc. in Management of Information Systems at Nova Southeastern University in Florida. He is completing his Ph.D. in Management of Information Systems at Northcentral University.

NYIT established its Abu Dhabi campus in 2005, offering U.S.-accredited bachelor’s and master’s degrees. More than 600 NYIT-Abu Dhabi graduates now work in private and public organizations throughout the U.A.E.’s growing economy.
About NYIT

New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) offers 90 degree programs, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees, in more than 50 fields of study, in architecture and design; arts and sciences; education; engineering and computing sciences; health professions; management; and osteopathic medicine. A non-profit, independent, private institution of higher education, NYIT educates over 12,000 students attending campuses in New York (Long Island and Manhattan); Nanjing, China; Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.; Vancouver, Canada; at other global partner universities; and online.

Led by President Edward Guiliano, NYIT is guided by its mission to provide career-oriented professional education, offer access to opportunity to all qualified students, and support applications-oriented research that benefits the larger world. To date, nearly 100,000 graduates have received degrees from NYIT. For more information, visit nyit.edu.

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NYIT Office of Communications
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NYIT-Abu Dhabi Director of Marketing
Abu Dhabi
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