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UAE University’s “AI EDUCATION & RESEARCH PUSH"
02 February 2024Lab Chat
A university located in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, is pushing interest in AI education and research. The recently founded Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence stands as an example of the UAE’s commitment to become a global contributor to the growth of artificial intelligence.
As artificial intelligence emerges as one of the most important technologies in the modern era, the UAE is investing in institutions such as MBZUAI to foster growth and future technology. Keep reading to find out more about how MBZUAI is developing local talent and conducting research in the field of AI.
The Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI), is often called the world’s first university dedicated to the research of AI. While other universities have programmes that focus on AI, this is a 4-year-old institution that is gearing up to be one of the frontrunners of AI research in the future.
The goal of MBZUAI is to harbour new talent in the field, teaching students in a dynamic learning environment. The university offers both Masters and PhD level programmes in some of the most exciting aspects of AI research. Students can study Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Robotics and Computer Sciences.
Future Scope for MBZUAI
While MBZUAI is a new institution, and as such is lacking in global acclaim compared to more established universities, it has already proven to be a successful establishment with a lot of global interest.
When applications opened in 2019, the university received over 3000 applications within the first week. Applicants were from a variety of countries, with the majority being from the Middle East, including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, and within the UAE.
Since first opening its doors, MBZUAI has become one of the top 20 global ranked universities in a variety of fields and welcomes students from over 41 countries.
The United Arab Emirates and AI
The Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence is just one example of a growing interest in AI across the United Arab Emirates. Over the past 10 years, the UAE has begun to invest heavily in the future of AI. In 2023, the Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology explained the importance of AI in the future success of the UAE’s economy.
In 2017, the UAE launched the UAE Strategy for Artificial Intelligence, which looks to make the nation a frontrunner in the field of AI. Some of the sectors that they hope to help with AI include transport, health, renewable energy, space, technology, education and more.
The strategy has seen a surge in interest in artificial intelligence across the UAE, and the MBZUAI is a shining example of the nation’s dedication to important future technologies.
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