Abu Dhabi University (ADU) has spent $5.4m (AED20m) to upgrade and refurbish its three campuses in preparation for the upcoming academic year. 

With students away on summer holiday, ADU launched a project to improve infrastructure and renovate facilities at its campuses in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, and Dubai.

The mosque, community centre, football field, and basketball court at the Abu Dhabi campus were given a facelift. The centres for student guidance at all three campuses have been refurbished to provide "enhanced facilities", ADU said.

Electric work and improved internet connectivity at all university campuses have also been delivered, as well as improvements to classrooms and laboratories. It is part of ADU's investment to upgrade university infrastructure ahead of the new academic year for its 7,000 students.

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HE Ali Saeed bin Harmal Al Dhaheri, chairman of ADU’s executive board, said: "In line with our strategic agenda to meet the needs of our students and faculty, ADU is keen to provide a conducive environment for students that fosters creativity and innovation, and encourages them to excel on an academic as well as personal level."

Investments to upgrade infrastructure across the three university campuses came after ADU announced plans to build an $82m (AED300m) Al Ain campus. This 28,000m² premises will eventually replace ADU’s current campus in Al Ain upon completion in Q3 2019.The multi-phase project will see the construction of 70 classrooms and labs, 137 faculty and admin offices, a gym, a clinic, a food court, a library, and prayer rooms.

Up to 2,500 students will be accommodated initially, but the second phase is expected to double the total capacity.