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

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


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 

Bett MEA is coming to Dubai

Edu Alliance is proud to announce that we are a partner for BETT MEA the Middle East and Africa’s leading EdTech event! The event will be held in Dubai on 8-9 December 2020 at Festival Arena, Dubai. This free-to-attend event is an opportunity for educators and EdTech professionals to get hands on with the tools and technologies set to revolutionise the learning environment.

BETT MEA transforms learning through offering an exhibition and seminar speakers where experts and educators can strategise, participate in professional development and share their vision of how to improve learning outcomes across the Middle East and Africa regions. Edu Alliance Ltd. Co-Founder and Managing Partner Dr. Senthil Nathan will serve as a panel moderator on the Future of Higher Education: Building a portfolio of micro-credentials towards credentials.

This session will explore:

How to place greater value on the curriculum, through online and offline learning

Ensuring quality assurance and accreditation in online learning

Providing staff with professional development through e-learning platforms

There will be 6 major themes, including:

–         E-Learning & Blended Learning– Celebrating the best of #LearningNeverStops during school closures; evolving pedagogy and teaching in a hybrid learning environment

–         Inclusion– Equity vs equality – how can we breach the digital divide? Evaluating the impact of remote teaching on SEND students

–         Innovation in Teaching and Learning – New technologies to support learning in the classroom and at home; Is blended learning here to stay?  

–         Leadership– Giving leadership strategies for driving organisational change and designing and delivering an agile, future-proofed digital strategy

–         Skills – What skills do we need to flourish in a post-COVID world?

–         Wellbeing – Resolving the impact of remote learning on student and teacher mental health

Speaker agenda

At Bett MEA, you will be able to hear, network and gain insights first-hand from some of the leading educators, and decision makers including:

–         Dr. Abdullah N. Addas, Deputy Director, Center of Alignment of Educational Outcomes with Labor Market, King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia

–         Isobel Abulhoul OBE, CEO & Trustee, Emirates Literature Foundation, UAE

–         Dr Zahra AL Rawahi, Director of Building Innovative Capabilities, Research Council of the Sultanate of Oman

–         Dr Senthil Nathan, Managing Director, Edu Alliance Ltd. UAE and former Deputy Vice Chancellor of Higher Colleges of Technology

–         Confidence Dikgole, Policy & Gov Relations, Independent Schools Association of South Africa

–         Dr. Mustapha Akinkunmi, Financial Economist – Technology Strategist and Chief External Relations Officer at Kola Daisi University, Nigeria

–         Rohan Roberts, Head of Future Learning at GEMS Education

–         Alan Williamson, Chief Executive Officer at Taaleem

 Bringing people together is at the heart of why people attend conferences and as lockdown restrictions are easing, Bett MEA pledges to make the event a safe space for the education community. Although this year’s show will look and feel slightly different this time around, BETT MEA is excited to bring the community together to learn, procure and prepare for the new education setting.

Registration is open now! So, join us at the Middle East’s education event of the year. Visit Bett MEA 2020 at Festival Arena, Dubai between 8-9 December. Register today for free at

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