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World's First Graduate-level AI University Appoints Renowned Experts to Leadership Team
ABU DHABI, UAE, May 13, 2019, /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/--

Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI), the world's 
first graduate-level, research-based artificial intelligence (AI) university, 
has appointed two leading experts in AI, education and technology, to its 
leadership team. 

Dr. Ling Shao has been appointed as Executive Vice President and Provost of 
MBZUAI. He will lead MBZUAI's academic affairs and research, ensuring the 
University delivers world-class higher education and research in the field of 
AI. In addition to his role at the University, Dr. Shao serves as CEO and Chief 
Scientist of the Inception Institute of Artificial Intelligence (IIAI), an Abu 
Dhabi-based international research organization that is partnered with MBZUAI 
to supervise PhD students, curriculum development, and research collaboration. 

MBZUAI has also appointed Dr. Behjat Al Yousuf as Executive Vice President for 
Outreach and Engagement. Dr. Al Yousuf, a highly accomplished Emirati expert, 
will oversee the University's external partnership mission, including outreach 
with the broader community, government agencies, and industrial partners. She 
will support the development and implementation of AI research initiatives, as 
well as develop, oversee, and provide AI advisory and consultancy services to 
public and private sector organizations, including government agencies, large 
businesses, small and medium enterprises, and AI startups.  

Speaking on the leadership appointments, Professor Sir Michael Brady, Interim 
President of MBZUAI, said: "Our vision from the very beginning was to develop a 
world-class higher education institution that will set new standards in the 
field of AI. With Dr. Shao and Dr. Al Yousuf on board we have further 
strengthened our leadership team, which will steer our University towards 
becoming a global leader in our field, delivering the best possible AI 
education to students, and serving as a prominent partner for research." 

Dr. Shao said: "As the first establishment of its kind to focus solely on AI 
education and research, MBZUAI will play an important role in the future of our 
societies. It is a privilege to have the opportunity to guide the next 
generation of AI leaders." 

Dr. Al Yousuf said: "It is an honor to have the opportunity to further 
contribute to the UAE's scientific and technology sector through the Mohamed 
bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence. I look forward to leveraging 
the capabilities of the University while working with public and private sector 
entities within the UAE and across the world to find new solutions that will 
propel global society into an AI-empowered era." 

With the first academic year scheduled to start in January 2021, the University 
is in the process of vetting thousands of applications from more than 80 
countries. The University Admissions Office will begin to send acceptance 
letters soon.  

MBZUAI will offer Master of Science (MSc) and PhD level programs to graduate 
students from across the world, while also engaging policymakers and businesses 
globally so that AI is harnessed as a force for positive transformation. 

The University will provide all admitted students with a full scholarship, plus 
benefits such as a monthly allowance, health insurance, and accommodation. 
MBZUAI will work with leading local and global companies to secure internships 
and will also assist students in finding employment.

About Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI)

MBZUAI is the world's first graduate-level, research-based artificial 
intelligence (AI) university. Launched in October 2019 and located in Masdar 
City, Abu Dhabi, the University aims to empower students, businesses and 
governments to advance artificial intelligence as a global force for positive 
progress. For more information, please visit 

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