Abu Dhabi university praised in global infrastructure report

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A report by advisory firm KPMG named Abu Dhabi’s Paris Sorbonne University as one of 100 worldwide examples of innovative infrastructure projects.

The university, completed by Mubadala Real Estate and Infrastructure in August 2010, made the  second edition of KPMG’s Infrastructure 100 report.

Covering 93,000m2, the project was completed in two distinct phases and provided educational, recreational and residential facilities for 2,000 students.

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It is the first French institution of higher education in the Gulf region, providing courses in arts, languages and political sciences.

Mubadala entered into a public private partnership agreement with the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) to execute the project.

Ali Eid AlMheiri, executive director of Mubadala Real Estate and Infrastructure, said: “This recognition, on a global scale, provides an opportunity to celebrate our success in building assets that support the expansion and diversification of the UAE economy. The project combines both academic excellence with cutting-edge infrastructure and architectural design.

“It is also a leading example of partnership between the private and public sectors in the procurement, design and delivery of infrastructure in the UAE that will help accelerate economic growth.”

Five regional judging panels assessed hundreds of submissions on feasibility, social impact, technical and/or financial complexity, innovation and impact on society.

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