University Profile – Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence

December 2, 2020 by Dean Hoke. The International Association of Universities’ in collaboration with UNESCO publishes the World Higher Education Database (WHED), which has been a reference tool for higher education since 1950, stated there are over 19,800 officially accredited or recognized higher education institutions (HEIs) in 196 countries and territories. Educators are knowledgeable about higher education institutions and systems in their home nation, but not necessarily institutions in other countries.

The Edu Alliance Journal, to help expand our readers’ knowledge of other international institutions, is publishing a series of profiles of universities’ throughout the world. We will select a wide variety of institutions, which we hope will lead to new international collaborations. If you have suggestions for institutions you would like us to publish a profile, please state in the comments section which school and why or write to dean.hoke@edualliancegroup.com

The Journal will begin the series with a profile of the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence located in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI) Campus is located in Masdar City – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (PRNewsfoto/MBZUAI)

Name of Institution – Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence

Location – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Founded – October 2019

Websitehttps://mbzuai.ac.ae

PresidentDr. Eric Xing (Announced as President Nov. 29, 2020)

Provost – Professor Ling Shao

International Students – MBZUAI accepts applicants from all nationalities. All students are required to have degrees from STEM fields

Degrees – MBZUAI offers, beginning 2021, three Master’s and three Ph.D. programs, all with an AI specialization. They are: Computer Vision, Machine Learning, and Natural Language Processing (all three are offered as MSc and PhD

Scholarships – All students admitted on a full-time basis are granted upon acceptance the privilege to complete their study with a full scholarship, including 100% tuition, a monthly stipend, and many more benefits. They are expected to maintain high academic standing, comply with the university code of conduct, and fulfill certain requirements during their study tenure.

Student Population – The first class begins in 2021. Last September, MBZUAI extended admission offers to 101 graduate students selected from more than 2,200 applicants in 31 countries. Of the first class of 101 graduate students, 21 are Emirati students, including seven women. 13 percent from other parts of the Middle East, 38 percent from Asia, 21 percent from Africa, and nearly ten percent from the Americas and Europe. Overall the initial class has 30 percent female and 70 percent male.

Partnerships and Collaborations – The University states, “MBZUAI believes that partnerships are necessary to enable it to perform its various activities with excellence. Partnerships could be academic, focusing on education and research, or they could be operational, focusing on the support functions that are necessary for operating the University.” Types of Partnerships are:

Academic Partners, such as local institutions, international institutions, virtual learning platforms, think tanks

Industry Partners, collaborating on research projects, development of new technologies, and lab setup.

Operations Partners, such as service providers, marketing agencies, and outsourcing companies

Did You Know – the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence is the world’s first graduate-level, research-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) University. Since the Abraham Accords were signed in September 2020, the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence and the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, signed an agreement to create a joint institute for artificial intelligence.


Edu Alliance Group, Inc. (EAG) is an education consulting firm located in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, and Bloomington, Indiana, USA. We assist higher education institutions worldwide on a variety of mission-critical projects. Our consultants are accomplished university/college leaders who share the benefit of their experience to diagnose and solve challenges.

EAG has provided consulting and successful solutions for higher education institutions in Australia, Egypt, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Nigeria, Uganda, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States. Edu Alliance offers higher education institutions consulting services worldwide. Our US office specializes in assisting universities on international projects and partnerships. 

If you like to know more about how Edu Alliance can best serve you, please contact Dean Hoke at dean.hoke@edualliancegroup.com 

Dr. Samuel Martin-Barbero named to Edu Alliance Group Advisory Council

Bloomington, Indiana October 19, 2020 – Ed Alliance Group Managing Partner Dean Hoke announced today Dr. Samuel Martin-Barbero has been named to the Advisory Council.

Dr. Martin-Barbero currently serves as Presidential Distinguished Fellow at the University of Miami (Florida, US). Previously, he has held the position of Rector/President at University Camilo José Cela, in Madrid (Spain) and Chairman (ex officio) at Foundation University Camilo José Cela. He was Founding-Dean and Professor at IE School of Communication-IE University, Associate Dean and Associate Professor at IE Business School and, Secretary-General of the International Advisory Board at IE University. He worked as Project Manager for Education and Technology at Telefónica Group at a corporate level after some years as a Reporter in the Culture Section for Prisa Media Group (CNN Spain and Cadena Ser).

Samuel Martin Barbero has been an active member of the Global Agenda Council (GAC) in Informed Societies and the Knowledge Advisory Board, both belonging to the World Economic Forum (WEF, in Switzerland), as well as a member of the Board of Directors of DIRCOM (Spanish Association of Communication Directors). He frequently writes on transnational higher education trends and challenges for specialized publications such as Times Higher Education, Higher Education Policy Institute, The Conversation, and World Economic Forum-Agenda blog. Samuel is currently a member of the International Editorial Advisory Board of the academic journal, Journalism & Mass Communication Educator (US). He holds an additional professional background in consultancy, media, and telecom industries.

Mr. Hoke stated, “Dr. Martin-Barbero is a senior executive and university thought leader with proven global, strategic, innovative, and cross-disciplinary experience. He brings expertise and depth in European and United States higher education organizational change and curriculum reform. He is an outstanding addition to our Advisory Council, who help and support Edu Alliance and our clients worldwide.”

Current North American Advisory Council Members of the Edu Alliance Group are:

  • Thomas Delaney, technology consultant and previously Vice President of Global Technology and Chief Global Technology Officer at New York University
  • Dr. Denise Gifford, Associate Provost American University Ras al Khaimah
  • Dr. Candance Goodwin, Executive Coach, and former university President and Vice President
  • Dr. Stephen Jones, President/CEO of Great Blue Heron and past Chancellor of the University of Alaska Fairbanks 
  • Dr. Cheryl King workforce development expert and past President of Kentucky Wesleyan University  
  • Dr. Daniel King, Chief Executive Officer of the American Association of University Administrators
  • Dr. Allen Meadors, former President of St. John International University in Torino, Italy
  • Jay Noren M.D., Founding Director of Masters of Healthcare Administration program, the University of Illinois-Chicago and former President of Wayne State University
  • Marci Powell, online learning expert, and CEO of Marci Powell and Associates
  • Dr. Barry Ryan, accreditation expert and President Emeritus of Sophia University
  • Ken Salomon, Chair Thompson Coburn Lobbying and Policy Group.

Edu Alliance Group, Inc. (EAG) is an education consulting firm located in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates and Bloomington, Indiana USA. We assist higher education institutions worldwide on a variety of mission critical projects. Our consultants are accomplished university / college leaders who share the benefit of their experience to diagnose and solve challenges.

EAG has provided consulting and successful solutions for higher education institutions in Australia, Egypt, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Nigeria, Uganda,  United Arab Emirates, and the United States.

Edu Alliance offers higher education institutions consulting services worldwide. Our US office specializes in assisting universities on international projects and partnerships. If you like to know more how Edu Alliance can best serve you, please contact Dean Hoke at dean.hoke@edualliancegroup.com