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INCREASED focus on technical subjects at university can benefit Bahrain's business and economy, according to a senior UK minister.

UK Minister of State for the Middle East Alistair Burt made the remark as he visited the newly opened British University of Bahrain (BUB) yesterday, accompanied by British Ambassador Simon Martin and other officials.

BUB was inaugurated last week by Education Minister Dr Majid Al Nuaimi in the presence of Mr Martin, University of Salford, Manchester vice-chancellor Helen Marshall and other officials.

BUB has formed an exclusive partnership with the University of Salford, Manchester, one of the UK's leading universities.

"This is a great collaboration not just between the UK and Bahrain, but also between the University of Salford and the British University of Bahrain," Mr Burt told the GDN on the sidelines of his visit.

"Salford's reputation in technical subjects such as the ones being offered here - business, engineering, information technology - is going to fit youngsters very much in the sort of careers that they are going into.

"The Gulf won't succeed by providing more people to do jobs in old industries, the Gulf will succeed by providing people ways to take part in new businesses and industries," he said.

BUB has three colleges - of Engineering, Information and Communications Technology and Business - which will offer nine separate undergraduate programmes, all selected because of their industry relevance in Bahrain and the region.

"One of the things lacking in Bahrain is the ability to obtain well respected international degrees while remaining here in Bahrain," said BUB acting vice-president Keith Sharp.

"Our students are able to transfer at any time in their programme to the University of Salford; the courses are exactly the same, they can pick up the modules that they took here and continue over there and come back."

Currently, BUB has 85 students and plans to expand its programmes and curriculum over the coming years to include more studies and a masters programme.

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Publication:Gulf Daily News (Manama, Bahrain)
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Date:Oct 29, 2018
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