Monday, February 28, 2011

UAE Embassy in Washington DC Hosts Masdar Institute

Masdar Institute encourages applications from the best and brightest UAE nationals studying abroad

Abu Dhabi: February 28, 2011 – Masdar Institute began a student recruitment visit to the United States, by making a presentation to the UAE Embassy in Washington DC. The delegation from Masdar Institute was greeted by Dr. Husam Al Ulama, the UAE Cultural Attaché to the United States, who acknowledged the Institute’s commitment to developing the best and brightest talents in Abu Dhabi and the UAE.

The delegation from Masdar Institute including faculty and students will visit universities including Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Yale University, and Harvard University between Monday February 28th and Thursday March 3rd. Masdar Institute hopes to attract some of the UAE nationals currently studying in the US to apply to study at the graduate-level institution located in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi.

Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba, UAE Ambassador to the US, applauded the strides made by the Masdar Institute since its inception less than two years ago.  “In a short time, the Masdar Institute has established itself as one of the world’s leading research-driven universities for advanced energy and sustainable technologies,” said Ambassador Al Otaiba. “UAE nationals and other students who attend the Masdar Institute will be working to help address one of the toughest challenges facing society today – ensuring a future, sustainable clean energy supply for the UAE and the rest of the world.”
Dr. Husam Al Ulama, UAE Cultural Attaché to the United States, said: “We are delighted to welcome Masdar Institute to the UAE Embassy in Washington DC. The research and development conducted at the Institute is helping to tackle some of the most pressing problems in the climate change space facing the world today. With Abu Dhabi emerging as an international hub for the renewable energy and sustainability sectors, Masdar Institute is an ideal environment for UAE national students interested in these sectors to further their studies.”
During the visit to the UAE Embassy an overview of Masdar Institute was provided by Dr. Lamya Fawwaz, Executive Director of Public Affairs. Dr Fawwaz said: “Masdar Institute provides UAE national students with the opportunity to create a better future for Abu Dhabi and the UAE, by making it more sustainable and more energy efficient. In 2010, our student intake consisted of 34 per cent UAE nationals, with this recruitment visit we hope to encourage UAE nationals studying in the US to apply to study at Masdar Institute as well.”

Noura Al Dhaheri, PhD student at Masdar Institute, who gave a presentation on studying and living in Masdar Institute said:  “It is a privilege for me to be able to study at the Masdar Institute, where I can bring real benefit to Abu Dhabi and the UAE through my research. It is a huge incentive for all the students knowing that the work we do is helping to build a better future.”

Masdar Institute US Recruitment Visit Agenda

Masdar Institute will be giving presentations at the following universities and institutions in the United States, as part of its US recruitment tour (Eastern Standard Time):

Monday 28th Feb (4.30pm)                 Princeton University, New Jersey
Monday 28th Feb (5.30pm)                 University of Virginia, Virginia
Monday 28th Feb (7.00pm)                 Yale University, Connecticut
Tuesday 1st Mar (12.30 & 3.00pm)    MI Day at MIT (two sessions)
Wednesday 2nd Mar (11.30am)          Olin University, Needham
Thursday 3rd Mar (4.00pm)                Harvard University, Cambridge
Thursday 3rd (5.00pm)                        Boston University, Boston

About Masdar Institute

Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (Masdar Institute) was established by the government of Abu Dhabi as a not-for-profit, private graduate university to serve as a “knowledge-hub” in the region to develop indigenous R&D capacity in Abu Dhabi addressing issues of importance to the region. Masdar Institute is committed to advancing the role of women in science, 37 per cent of its 153 students are female.

With the assistance of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Masdar Institute has developed an academic and research platform that articulates its mission and vision according to critical energy and sustainability challenges. 

An important characteristic of Masdar Institute is its focus on complex real-world problems that require a multidisciplinary approach for the development of solutions from an integrated technology, systems and policy perspective.  This multi-interdisciplinary and integrated approach is supported by the structure of its academic programs and by the emphasis placed on engaging external partners from industry, government, and other academic institutions in collaborative activities.

Masdar Institute offers degrees in:

·         MSc Engineering Systems and Management
·         MSc Computing and Information Science
·         MSc Materials Science and Engineering
·         MSc Mechanical Engineering
·         MSc Water and Environmental Engineering
·         MSc Microsystems Engineering
·         MSc Electrical Power Engineering
·         MSc Chemical Engineering
·         Interdisciplinary Doctoral Degree PhD program

For more information on Masdar Institute, please visit