Abu Dhabi’s Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI) has been recognised globally for its unique model of academia focused on AI research and applications alongside academic excellence. It is the world’s first graduate research university dedicated to artificial intelligence.
The university recently announced that it welcomed 127 new students for its fall 2022 semester. With the new joiners, the university’s student population now stands at 259.
Academic seats were competitive with a total of 3,668 applications received and an admission rate of 3.73 per cent for its current offerings across three departments, including master’s and doctoral degree programmes in computer vision, machine learning, and natural language processing.
New joiners included 22 doctoral students and 105 master’s students.
Due to the high quality of faculty and their published work, the university has continued to attract top students from over 25 countries including new places such as Japan, Ethiopia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Indonesia, and Iraq. 23 students come from the top 100 CS-ranked universities.
Around 32 per cent of the new students are female, in keeping with the university’s mission to encourage more women to continue their post-graduate education and enter academia or research.
“As a research university, one of our central contributions is in the development of AI talent — growing and sustaining a pipeline of future builders, innovators, thinkers, and leaders in the field,” MBZUAI president, Professor Eric Xing, said.
Among the newly welcomed students are 30 UAE nationals who, along with their fellow students, will support the development of 4IR (fourth industrial revolution) solutions and the UAE’s National Strategy for AI 2031.
MBZUAI ranks 30 globally in its areas of focus — artificial intelligence, computer vision, machine learning and natural language processing — a ranking that puts the university ahead of renowned research universities worldwide, such as the University of Michigan, Georgia Tech, and the University of Toronto in North America; Imperial College London, EPFL, and the Max Planck Society in Europe, among others.
In other news, the university is collaborating with IBM to advance AI research. Central to the collaboration is the establishment of a new AI Centre of Excellence to be based at the university’s Masdar City campus.
Read: IBM and MBZUAI sign agreement to advance AI research with new centre.