World’s first AI university announced in Abu Dhabi

The Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI) is the first graduate-level research-based AI university in the world

The first graduate-level AI university in the world has been announced in Abu Dhabi.

Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI), named after His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi will offer MSc and PhD-level programmes in key areas of AI, including:

  • Machine learning
  • Computer vision
  • Natural language processing

The university will also engage policymakers and businesses around the world so that AI can be harnessed responsibly for positive transformation. Supervision of PhD students will happen in partnership with the Abu Dhabi-based Institute of Artificial Intelligence, and all admitted students will also be offered a full scholarship as well as monthly benefits including allowance, health insurance and accommodation.

Internships will be provided in collaboration with local and global companies, and students will also be assisted in finding employment opportunities.

MBZUAI Board of Trustees launching the world’s first graduate level AI university

His Excellency Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE minister of state and chair of the MBZUAI board of trustees, said: “MBZUAI aligns with the vision of the UAE leadership that is based on sustainable development, progress and the overall wellbeing of humanity, and underpinned by capacity-building and active participation in finding practical solutions based on innovation and state-of-the-art technology.

The MBZUAI is an open invitation from Abu Dhabi to the world to unleash AI’s full potential.”

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Graduate students can now apply to MBZUAI via the university’s website, and registration is set to open in August 2020. The first class will commence coursework at the Masdar City Campus in September 2020.

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