Abu Dhabi unveils University of Artificial Intelligence

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The world’s first dedicated AI University opens in Mohammad Bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI) on Wednesday.

The university offers masters (two years) and PhD (four years) programs for local and international graduate students across three specializations – machine learning, computer vision, and natural language processing – as the UAE envisions the next generation of students with the latest state-of-the-art AI technology.

Applicants are welcome this month, with the registration starting on August next year. The first batch of students will start classes on September 2020.

“Launching of the world’s first graduate level artificial intelligence university in Abu Dhabi echoes the UAE’s pioneering spirit, and paves the way towards a new era of innovation and technological advancement that benefits the UAE and a world,” tweeted His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

The university’s vision is in line with the country’s strategy of maximizing the latest and most innovative technologies, especially AI, Dr Sultan Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and chairman of the university’s board of trustees, speaking at the official press conference opening.

“The world has entered a new era of technological advancement and rapid innovation, all driven and underpinned by AI. This new era will pave the way for unprecedented opportunities, AI has become a priority and evident across all industries with new technologies being introduced at an incredibly fast pace, he said.”

“The world needs more human capacity in the field of AI to bridge any possible gaps and that is why today the UAE and Abu Dhabi is announcing the launch of Mohammad Bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence – the world’s first graduate level research based AI University,” he added.