Celebrating our inaugural class of Executive Program graduates
MBZUAI Celebrated the graduation of 41 participants from its inaugural Executive Program comprised of leaders from government and business throughout the UAE, at a ceremony held Tuesday, March 22, 2022, on the University’s Masdar City campus.
The graduation was attended by H.E. Mansoor Almansoori, Group COO, G42, and MBZUAI Board of Trustees Member; Professor Eric Xing, President of MBZUAI; and Professor Fakhri Karray, MBZUAI Provost.
The Executive Program’s first cohort included CEO’s, directors general, ambassadors, and executive vice presidents from various organizations in the UAE. To graduate, participants were required to complete 12 rigorous weeks of coursework, lectures, and collaborative project work.
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The Executive Program was launched in September 2021 to support UAE government and business sectors—unlocking the potential of AI through practical applications to national challenges. Cohort one participants collaborated to develop a range of proposed solutions such as an agile AI platform that makes employee assessment more efficient and cost effective; a solution which centralizes and incentivizes progress toward the nation’s 2050 net-zero goals; and another which aims to detect cardiovascular disease early to both drive down mortality rates while also eliminating the kinds of costly, life-saving interventions that currently plague UAE nationals and UAE national medical facilities alike. Direct engagement with globally renowned instructors from UC Berkeley, Harvard, Carnegie Mellon, MIT, Oxford, and MBZUAI is also part of what makes the program a one-of-a-kind experience.
“The Executive Program demonstrates MBZUAI’s commitment to support the vision of our leadership by building a community of future innovators and leaders who can drive economic growth and transformation towards the realization of key national priorities. Congratulations to all the graduates on this special milestone. The skills and knowledge they have gained will enable them to incorporate innovative AI solutions within their organizations, enhancing their performance and competitiveness. Integrating AI applications throughout organizations in the public and private sectors is an important step to achieving the vision of our nation’s leadership, as outlined in the UAE National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence 2031,” said H.E. Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Cabinet Member and Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of MBZUAI.
The program featured visits to the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), the Emirates Post Group, Injazat/G42, the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) FinTech Hive, the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Centre, and the Al Ain Zoo and Aquarium. Site visits were geared to demonstrating how AI implementation has taken shape in each organization. The live case studies were used to kickstart brainstorming about how participants could set about implementing AI in their home institutions.
“AI literacy is central to the success of many of the strategic initiatives the UAE government is undertaking. Knowing how to use AI responsibly and designing policies that support its ethical application are often the main barriers that prevent progress. We equip students with a set of practical tools and skills that can be used by them today and by their successors in the future.” Xing said.