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UAE's Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence and Israel's Weizmann Institute of Science sign first of its kind MoU to collaborate on AI research
ABU DHABI, UAE, Sept. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

The Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI) in the UAE 
and Israel's Weizmann Institute of Science have signed a Memorandum of 
Understanding (MoU), which will see the two institutes work together to advance 
the development and use of artificial intelligence (AI) as a tool for progress.

The MoU, which is the first of its kind to be signed between two higher 
education institutes from the UAE and Israel, covers a range of opportunities 
for collaboration, including student and postdoctoral fellows exchange 
programs, conferences and seminars, various forms of exchange between 
researchers, sharing of computing resources, and the establishment of a joint 
virtual institute for AI. 

This follows the historic Peace Accord agreement, which establishes full 
normalization of relations between the UAE and Israel. 

The MoU was signed virtually by His Excellency Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE 
Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and Chairman of the MBZUAI Board 
of Trustees, and Weizmann Institute President Professor Alon Chen, and was 
attended by officials from MBZUAI and Weizmann Institute.

MBZUAI is the world's first graduate-level, research-based AI university. Based 
in Abu Dhabi, the University offers MSc and PhD programs in computer vision, 
machine learning, and natural language processing. MBZUAI is introducing a new 
model of academia and research in AI, providing students and faculty access to 
the world's most advanced AI systems to unleash the technology's full 

The Weizmann Institute of Science is one of the world's top-ranking 
multidisciplinary research institutions and offers masters' and doctoral-level 
degrees across five faculties. It is noted for its wide-ranging exploration of 
the natural and exact sciences. Institute scientists are advancing research on 
the human brain, artificial intelligence, computer science and encryption, 
astrophysics and particle physics. 

Dr. Al Jaber said: "As a pioneering university, MBZUAI seeks out partnerships 
with leaders in their respective fields to further our collective scientific 
understanding and push the boundaries of technological innovation. Therefore, I 
welcome the opportunity to collaborate with such a renowned establishment as 
the Weizmann Institute of Science. Through this MoU we can leverage the 
expertise of both our institutes towards using artificial intelligence to 
address some of the world's most pressing challenges, from COVID-19 to climate 
change, and beyond."

Professor Alon Chen commented: "We are thrilled to have the opportunity to 
collaborate with this unique, pioneering institution and to advance the field 
of artificial intelligence together. As a neuroscientist, I believe that AI is 
the extension of the power and intricacy of the human brain into the digital 
realm, and the implications will be vast, affecting our lives and our health, 
and the global economy. It is said that science knows no borders. I have every 
hope this collaboration, between scientists in the same region will be a 
shining example of this expression, and will extend the boundaries of human 

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Source:  Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI)