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Wednesday, January 13 2021 - 04:52
World’s first graduate-level AI university welcomes inaugural cohort of students from 29 countries
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 13, 2021 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

The Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI), the 
world’s first graduate-level, research-based artificial intelligence 
university, has officially welcomed its first student cohort at an event with 
students from across the world beginning their studies in Abu Dhabi this week. 

H.E. Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced 
Technology and Chairman of the MBZUAI Board of Trustees, delivered a welcome 
speech emphasizing the critical importance of AI, especially during the 
pandemic, as well as in transforming industries to achieve greater outcomes. 

He was joined by Professor Dr. Eric Xing, President of MBZUAI, as well as the 
student body, faculty, and staff from the University.  

The event welcomed 78 students who have joined the University from 29 
countries, including the UAE, Canada, China, Egypt, India, Russia, Saudi 
Arabia, Singapore, United States, and others. MBZUAI’s first students were 
selected from thousands of applications received by the University from nearly 
100 countries. The first cohort includes 13 PhD students and 65 MSc students, 
who have enrolled in MBZUAI’s Machine Learning and Computer Vision programs. 

H.E. Dr. Al Jaber said: “The first MBZUAI cohort represents a milestone in 
delivering on our promise to establish a centre for AI development and 
research, at a critical time as the world looks to technology to help power the 
post-COVID-19 recovery. With global expertise and a truly international student 
body hailing from 29 countries, the University will empower the UAE to become a 
leader in the field of AI, in alignment with the wise vision of the country’s 

In addition to delivering world-class education, MBZUAI will focus its research 
and development on four pillars: Services and Quality of Life, to improve 
services offered by the public and private sectors; Industrial and 
Manufacturing Technologies, to enhance efficiencies and improve productivity; 
Future Game Changers, to nurture the growth of new and emerging high value 
sectors, and Sustainability of Vital Resources and Environment, using AI to 
optimize the consumption of water and energy to protect the environment. 

MBZUAI President, Professor Dr. Eric Xing, set out his vision for the 
University, noting: “AI is one of the most transformational technologies of the 
modern age, providing tremendous opportunities for humankind. The vision for 
MBZUAI is to nurture a new generation of leaders in science, engineering, 
policy and business with the necessary understanding to unlock the potential of 
AI through their academic research and industrial applications. We will deliver 
excellence in the field of AI education, research and development, through a 
world-class curriculum and collaborative projects with industry leaders. I 
welcome our first students, and look forward to working alongside them as we 
explore the future of AI.” 

As the first academic year commences, MBZUAI is already accepting applications 
for the Fall 2021 start in  Computer Vision and Machine Learning MSc and PhD 

Full admissions requirements and application details can be found on the 
University’s website, 

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