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World's first AI university opens admissions cycle for Fall 2021

ABU DHABI, August 12, 2020

The Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI), the first graduate-level, research-based artificial intelligence (AI) university in the world, has opened its admissions cycle, which will see accepted students begin their AI education journey at the state-of-the-art Masdar City campus in Fall 2021. 
 
MBZUAI has also recently extended admission offers to 100 students for the first academic year commencing in January 2021, with nearly 90 per cent of the admitted students having already accepted their offers. 
 
Students accepted into the first cohort were selected from a high caliber group of 2,223 applicants of 97 different nationalities. Admitted students come from 31 countries, with a majority hailing from outside the MENA region.
 
Since its launch last October, MBZUAI has achieved several important milestones, including the completion of its state-of-the-art Masdar City campus and the successful completion of its first admissions cycle. 
 
In addition to appointing senior faculty members and leadership team made up of renowned experts, MBZUAI has received licensing and accreditation from the Commission for Academic Accreditation, and has launched a series of expert-led webinars to build awareness and understanding of AI amongst the global community. 
 
Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Chairman of the MBZUAI Board of Trustees and Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, said: “In line with the country’s wise leadership vision, the university seeks to develop the necessary skills to achieve growth, progress and advancement. Technology, and artificial intelligence in particular, is the driving force of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and a core component of a sustainable and prosperous future."
 
"Building a workforce with expert technical skills will contribute towards strengthening the industrial sector in the UAE, while building our capacity for research and development, both of which will help elevate not only industries, but the country’s economy as a whole. A degree from MBZUAI will provide graduates with the skills and competencies to deploy the full potential of artificial intelligence for the betterment of communities, society, and economies, in the UAE and beyond," he added.
 
According to him, the university has formed strategic partnerships for AI research and excellence with internationally renowned organizations, such as Virgin Hyperloop, and has hosted numerous delegations of international political and academic leaders. 
 
Applications are being accepted for a Fall 2021 start in MBZUAI’s MSc and PhD programs in Computer Vision and Machine Learning. 
 
These programs will be taught by a world-class faculty, overseen by the University’s Board of Trustees, which comprises internationally renowned experts in the field of AI. 
 
Dr Al Jaber is joined on the Board of Trustees by MBZUAI Interim President, Professor Sir Michael Brady, professor of Oncological Imaging at the University of Oxford, UK; Professor Anil K. Jain, a University Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University, USA; Dr. Kai-Fu Lee, a technology executive and venture capitalist based in Beijing, China; Professor Daniela Rus, Director of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), USA, and Peng Xiao, CEO of Group 42.



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