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Mohamed Bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence

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Background

Mission

Establish and continually evolve interdisciplinary, collaborative research and development capability in the field of AI, while educating students to be innovators and leaders with the breadth and depth of knowledge to grow technology and enterprise in the UAE and globally.

Vision

Drive excellence in knowledge creation, transfer and the use of AI to foster economic growth, while positioning Abu Dhabi as a hub for the international AI community.

Strategic Objectives

about - knowledge.svg Support Abu Dhabi’s efforts to build and sustain an AI-based knowledge economy
about-skills.svg Ensure that industry and public institutions have the people, skills, and resources to be best in class at the use of AI
about-ai.svg Attract the best regional and global talent focused on AI
about-achieve.svg Achieve research excellence in AI and develop real business applications in collaboration with industry and public institutions to enhance innovation, productivity and growth
about-advisor.svg Become the trusted advisor for the industry and public institutions in matters related to AI
about-support.svg Support the UAE’s innovation clusters and AI start-ups

About His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Biography

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan was educated at schools in Al Ain and Abu Dhabi until the age of 18. In 1979, he joined the prestigious Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, where he trained in armour, helicopter flying, tactical flying and paratroops. After graduating in April 1979, he returned home to the UAE to join the Officers' Training Course in Sharjah, another Emirate of the UAE. He has held a number of roles in the UAE military, from that of Officer in the Amiri Guard (the UAE's elite security force) and Pilot in the UAE Air Force, to his current role as Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

Guided by the directives of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed helped develop the UAE Armed Forces in terms of strategic planning, training, organizational structure and promoting defense capabilities. Sheikh

Mohamed’s direct guidance and leadership, led the UAE Armed Forces to become a leading institution that is widely admired by many international military organisations. 

Sheikh Mohamed also holds a number of political and economic roles at an Emirate level and a wider Federal level in the UAE. He has received numerous awards and honours from the UAE and many other countries including Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan, Morocco, Malaysia, Pakistan, USA, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, China, South Korea, Montenegro and Kosovo, as well as the United Nations.

Among his many interests, His Highness is known for his unwavering commitment to enhance educational standards in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and raise them to be on par with the best international standards. Since Sheikh Mohamed took on the Chairmanship of the Abu Dhabi Education Council he has worked tirelessly to forge partnerships with prestigious world-class educational institutions and think-tanks, a number of which have subsequently announced plans to either establish a base in or join strategic joint ventures with existing academic establishments, under the direction of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed, the President of UAE and the Ruler of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.​

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Message from the Chairman

Message from His Excellency Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and member of the Federal Cabinet, and Chairman of the MBZUAI Board of Trustees.


Artificial intelligence (AI) is reshaping the world as we know it. Despite being a relatively new technology, it has already enabled humanity to achieve breakthroughs that impact our daily lives, as well as the way governments and businesses function.

More companies are incorporating AI solutions into their everyday operations. AI-driven transformation has the potential to generate 133 million new employment roles globally, as well as contributing significantly to economies and societal development. The years to come will bring even more exciting solutions that draw upon the power of AI. 
It is our privilege to usher in this smarter digital era through the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI), the world’s first graduate level, research-based AI university. The University is an open invitation from Abu Dhabi to the world to unleash AI’s extraordinary potential.
Our purpose is to empower students, businesses, and governments to advance artificial intelligence as a global force for positive progress. In addition to being a world-class educational institution, we intend for MBZUAI to become a global advocate for the use of AI as force for good.

MBZUAI also echoes the UAE’s pioneering spirit of exploring new frontiers. The University will play a pivotal role in helping to usher in a new era of innovation, productivity, and growth across the UAE, the wider Middle East region, and globally. 
Where better to do this from than Abu Dhabi?

MBZUAI is right at home in an emirate that has embraced the value of human investment wholeheartedly, making world-class higher education available right here at home. 

In turn, MBZUAI will serve as a focused, independent institution for higher learning—further positioning Abu Dhabi as a hub for the international AI community.

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Biography

Message from His Excellency Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and member of the Federal Cabinet.

H.E. Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Muhamed Bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence. Combining extensive experience in both the public and private sector, he has been responsible for overseeing, developing , and enhancing strategic partnerships with a number of countries.  

In addition, Dr. Al Jaber is Group CEO of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), where he is spearheading a rapid and comprehensive transformation of the company at the direction of the UAE leadership.

Prior to taking on the leadership position at ADNOC, Dr. Al Jaber was the Chief Executive Officer of the Energy platform at Mubadala, the Abu Dhabi government’s strategic investment arm. In 2006, while at Mubadala, he helped establish Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s pioneering renewable energy initiative, and served seven years as its CEO, guiding its global contribution to clean technology and sustainable development. In 2009 he led Masdar’s efforts in supporting the UAE’s successful bid to host the headquarters of the “International Renewable Energy Agency” (IRENA). Dr. Al Jaber continues to serve as Chairman of Masdar, guiding its strategic direction.

Dr. Al Jaber also holds several leadership roles and advisory positions and counsels on issues related to Energy, Economics, Strategic Communications & Sustainable Development. Dr. Al Jaber serves as Chairman of the UAE National Media Council. He is also serving on the board of Emirates Global Aluminum - the fifth largest aluminum company in the world. In 2019, Dr. Al Jaber was appointed as Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Media Company, one of the fastest growing, multi-platform media and entertainment organizations in the Middle East, operating and managing over 20 market-leading brands across multiple platforms, including broadcast, publishing and digital.

Dr. Sultan previously served as a member of the Board of The Trustees of the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology and as Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Ports Company from 2009-2019. Over this decade, AD Ports has become a thriving business, turning a profit two years ahead of the approved business plan. During his tenure, Dr. Sultan helped establish Khalifa Port, Abu Dhabi’s flagship, fastest growing deep water port as well as Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD), Abu Dhabi’s first integrated trade, industrial and logistics free zone.

Dr. Al Jaber has also previously served on the United Nations Secretary General’s High Level Group on Sustainable Energy for All. He has received various awards including the United Nations flagship award “Champion of the Earth” in 2012, given to outstanding visionaries and leaders in the fields of policy, science and entrepreneurship. In 2013 Dr. Al Jaber was appointed an honorary Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. In 2019, Dr. Al Jaber received a lifetime achievement award from his Excellency the prime minister of India, Narendra Modi, for his contributions to energy security, building bridges to emerging Asian economies and reshaping of the traditional energy business model.

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Message from the Interim President

Letter from Professor Sir Michael Brady, Interim President of Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence
Our aim is to make MBZUAI more than a university. Our goal is to introduce a new model of academia and research in the field of AI.

As part of our campus in Abu Dhabi, whether as a student or faculty, you will have a role to play in shaping not only this new academic model, but the future of our AI-driven society.  

 

MBZUAI provides graduate students and faculty with access to some of the world’s most advanced AI systems and state-of-the-art labs. Students will also learn from a world-class faculty, supported by a Board of Trustees comprising individuals who are on the cutting-edge of international AI development.

Our partnership with the Inception Institute of Artificial Intelligence (IIAI), a global driving force in excellence and leadership of AI research, will further augment student’s research and PhD work. 

Our goal is to encourage the development of real-world AI applications in collaboration with industry and public institutions. We want to demonstrate the immense potential of AI as a force for good.

Moreover, we will create experiences for students that bridge the gap between the classroom and the workforce. 

By doing so, MBZUAI will enable its students to explore AI’s potential to the fullest, as they earn their positions as trusted advisors in global matters related to AI. 
 

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Biography

Sir Michael Brady was Associate Director of the AI Laboratory at MIT from 1980-1985, leaving to take up the newly created Professorship of Information Engineering, University of Oxford, which he held from 1985-2010.  Upon “retirement”, he was appointed Emeritus Professor of Oncological Imaging in the Department of Oncology of the University of Oxford.  He is the author of over 500 articles and 50 patents in computer vision, robotics, medical image analysis, and artificial intelligence, and the author or editor of ten books.  He has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society, Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Membre Associé Étranger of the Académie des Sciences, Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Fellow of the Institute of Physics, Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, and Fellow of the British Computer Society.  He was awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering Whittle Medal, the IET Faraday Prize, and the Henry Dale Prize.  Sir Michael has founded successful spin-out companies, primarily in medical image analysis: Volpara Healthcare Technologies; Perspectum Diagnostics; ScreenPoint Medical bv; Optellum; Mirada Medical; and formerly Mirada Solutions; and the Guidance Group (Monitoring, Industrial, and Marine Divisions).  He was a Director of Oxford Instruments plc from 1995-2014.

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Board of Trustees

Professor Sir Michael Brady
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Professor Anil K. Jain
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Dr. Kai-Fu Lee
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Professor Daniela Rus
Professor Daniela Rus Next
Peng Xiao
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University Leadership

Professor Ling Shao
Professor Ling Shao Executive Vice President and Provost, Distinguished Professor Next
Dr.  Behjat  AlYousuf
Dr. Behjat AlYousuf Executive Vice President for Outreach & Engagement Next

Careers & Jobs

MBZUAI is looking for highly qualified, motivated, eager, and talented individuals who are interested in joining a unique community that will empower you to make a difference to the world! We offer a diverse and culturally rich environment that encourages growth and thrives on learning, research and education, but that also values creativity and uniqueness.