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MBZUAI: Meet The World's First University Of Artificial Intelligence

Sashikanth Yechuri

The Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has set up an Artificial Intelligence (AI) university, which is believed to be the first in the world. The Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI) was inaugurated in Abu Dhabi and offers a range of programmes related to Artificial Intelligence for undergraduate students.

Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State, has been appointed Chair of the MBZUAI Board of Trustees. The sources suggest that faculty and students will be able to access the world's most advanced AI system in the institute. MBZUAI has partnered with the Inception Institute of Artificial Intelligence (IIAI) for the supervision of PhD students and curriculum development.

The University has also started accepting the applications for its first masters and PhD programmes. MBZUAI will welcome the first class of graduate students at MBZUAI's Masdar City campus in September 2020. All admitted candidates will be provided with a full scholarship, including 100% tuition fees along with additional benefits such as accommodation, health insurance and monthly allowance.

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MBZUAI Programmes

  • MSc in Computer Vision
  • PhD in Computer Vision
  • PhD in Machine Learning
  • MSc in Machine Learning
  • MSc in Natural Language Processing (starting 2021)
  • PhD in Natural Language Processing (starting 2021)

MSc Programs Admission Requirement

  • Bachelor of Science or equivalent from an accredited university or college recognized by the UAE Ministry of Education.
  • A candidate should be amongst the top 20% of the class. A minimum GPA of 3.2 (on a 4.0 scale), or equivalent.
  • TOEFL iBT: Minimum overall score of 90, with 20 or above in each element, taken in one sitting, or IELTS (Academic): Minimum grade of 6.5, with 6.0 or above in each element, taken in one sitting.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General score would be considered in the evaluation of the applicants. (optional)
  • Statement of Purpose

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PhD Programs Admission Requirement

  • Master of Science or equivalent from an accredited university or college recognized by the UAE Ministry of Education.
  • A candidate should be amongst the top 20% of the class. A minimum GPA of 3.2 (on a 4.0 scale), or equivalent.
  • TOEFL iBT: Minimum overall score of 90, with 20 or above in each element, taken in one sitting, or IELTS (Academic): Minimum grade of 6.5, with 6.0 or above in each element, taken in one sitting.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General score would be considered in the evaluation of the applicants. (optional)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Research proposal

Foreign Nationals Eligibility

MBZUAI accepts applicants from all nationalities. Candidates who hold an MSc degree in relevant fields such as Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering and Mathematics are eligible. The work experience is not required.

Admission Process

Interested candidates can apply for the programs offered by the MBZUAI. Each candidate must submit a complete application. One can access more details once registered in the personal dashboard. The direct link for registration - https://mbzuai.ac.ae/register

MBZUAI Campus Facilities

The University provides all the infrastructure for sustainable living and working. The facilities include laboratories, a knowledge center, student accommodation, an auditorium, a multipurpose hall, gym, canteen, cafes, and retail outlets.

The MBZUAI is named after the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

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