Today artificial intelligence is redefining the future of every industry and impacting human resides in an unprecedented way. The era demands for specialized AI education to join the AI-based workforce. Launched as an open invitation from Abu Dhabi to the world to unleash AI’s full potential, the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI), the world’s first graduate-level, research-based artificial intelligence (AI) university, will welcome an international inaugural cohort of students when the first semester begins on 10 January 2021.

MBZUAI extended admission purports to 101 students from 31 countries for the first academic year commencing in January 2021. Initial plans were to accept 50 students, however, due to the impressive number of applications received, the decision was made to extend admissions offers to more students. Of those students, 82 happen to be offered admissions within the University’s MSc programs in Computer Vision as well as in Machine Learning, while 19 have been selected for MBZUAI’s Ph.D. programs within the same fields.

Students within the first cohort come from across the world; 34 percent of admitted students range from Middle East, 38 percent from Asia, 21 percent from Africa, and nearly 10 % in the Americas and Europe.

There may also be a powerful female representation in MBZUAI’s first academic year with females comprising 30 % of admitted students.

Admitted students have received education at some of the world’s leading universities, including prestigious institutions such as the National University of Singapore, University of Melbourne, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Purdue University, University of York, University of Minnesota, Queen’s University of Belfast, Arizona State University, and Khalifa University in the UAE.

The University received applications from some exceptionally talented graduated pupils from nearly 100 countries, all whom have compelling and unique stories. This incredibly diverse first cohort will truly bring the world to MBZUAI, developing a multicultural campus that celebrates diversity and international collaboration.

Professor Sir Michael Brady, Interim President, MBZUAI said that our hope from the beginning was for MBZUAI to inspire the introduction of AI on a global scale. With students from around the globe, all whom originate from different backgrounds and industries, this is a solid begin to realizing the entire potential of AI for positive progress all over the world.

Kevin Michael Toner, from Ireland, will join the University’s MSc Computer Vision program. \”Joining a world-class university like MBZUAI can help expand my horizons and fasten me for an international network of AI skillfully developed. I am looking forward to both practical experiences and research opportunities, hopefully contributing to real-life applying this fascinating technology.\”

With the first admissions cycle successfully completed, the University has started accepting applications for that Fall 2021 cohort for the MSc and Ph.D. programs in Computer Vision and Machine Learning.

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