Syracuse University

SU in Dubai

One-of-a-Kind Opportunities

Dubai internshipNearly 30 years after graduating from Syracuse University's L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science (LCS), Abdallah Yabroudi, chairman of the internationally known Dubai Contracting Company in the United Arab Emirates, became involved again in the life of his alma mater -- in a very big way.

As the leader of one of the major companies at the forefront of a period of explosive growth in Dubai, Yabroudi has collaborated with SU to create one-of-a-kind opportunities for SU civil engineering students. His generous gift has created a unique internship program for civil engineering students from SU, who will travel to Dubai each year for a six-week internship experience.

The James Mandel and Samuel Clemence Civil Engineering Internship is designed to provide students with the kind of real-world experience that classroom teaching can’t provide. SU students in their junior or senior year are selected to participate in this program through a competitive application process.

“The success I have found in my profession is in no small way due to the fine civil engineering education that I received at Syracuse, particularly from Dr. Clemence and Dr. Mandel,” says Yabroudi. Through the professorship, Yabroudi says he wants to ensure that future students can benefit from the kind of teaching that he did. “I want tomorrow’s Syracuse engineering students to receive the same kind of quality education and care that I received as a student,” he says.

Vice Chancellor and Provost Eric Spina traveled to Dubai with LCS Interim Dean Shiu-Kai Chin, Clemence and Global Development Senior Director Jim O’Connor to develop the program.

“The professorship that Abdallah is funding will help Syracuse University develop a critical presence in the Middle East, and will be key to enhancing and sustaining both the internship program and international experiences in both the civil engineering department and LCS,” says Spina. “The opportunity that Abdallah is providing our students, through the internship program, epitomizes Scholarship in Action—giving students work and life experience in perhaps the most dynamic real estate growth economy in history.”