New York University Abu Dhabi

As thousands of final year students in the UAE apply to local universities, we take a look at some of the best higher education options in the Emirates and what they have to offer.

What is that?

New York University bills itself as the largest private university in the United States and has a total enrollment of over 58,000 as well as over half a million alumni. Consistently high in global rankings, the university has a strong research base and faculties that have won five Nobel Prizes, five Pulitzer Prizes, and many other prestigious awards.

NYU Abu Dhabi was established in partnership with the Emirate of Abu Dhabi as a separate degree-awarding institution. A third degree-granting NYU campus opened in Shanghai in 2012.

NYU has a nickname, Violets, due to its official color. While the New York campus has a bobcat as its mascot, in Abu Dhabi the mascot is a falcon.

Where does this come from?

New York, which is widely regarded as one of the greatest cities in the world.

When was it founded?

1831 (mother university); 2010 (NYU Abu Dhabi)

Where is he based?

Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi

How did he handle Covid-19?

In statements and on its website, the university said: “Classes are held in person with social distancing in place and masks worn at all times, so strict Covid-19 measures are being applied to ensure safety. and everyone’s health.

“All students, teaching staff and visitors permitted to return to campus must maintain a distance of two meters at all times, to avoid handshakes and to avoid non-essential gatherings of any type (including in halls rest, meeting rooms and lounges) .

“As per regulations, all campus visitors must be vaccinated and must show their ID and the Al Hosn app (UAE’s official Covid-19 app), which must be green, to a security officer. upon arrival. Visitors must submit to a temperature check and a PCR test is required every 14 days.”

What are examples of fees?

$53,770 (197,497 Dh) – license (annual fee)

$80,205 (294,593 Dh) – Master of Science in Economics

All admitted UAE national students are awarded the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed NYUAD Scholarship for Outstanding Emirati Students, which covers tuition, living expenses, and other expenses for four years.

Each admitted student is considered for merit-based support and NYUAD additionally provides need-based scholarships to those who qualify.

What areas does NYU Abu Dhabi teach?

– Baccalaureate (major) subjects include: Art, Art History, Chemistry, Chinese, Economics, Engineering (various sub-disciplines), Film and New Media, history, interactive media, legal studies, literature and creative writing, mathematics, music, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, social research and public policy, theatre. Only majors are listed, and the university offers minors in many additional subjects.

– MA subjects include Art and Media, and Economics.

– PhD subjects include Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering (various sub-disciplines), Psychology, Physics, and Transportation Planning and Engineering.

What does NYU Abu Dhabi not teach?

Accounting, agriculture, anthropology, archaeology, criminology, dentistry, cinema, geology, journalism, law, management, marketing, medicine, modern languages, politics, sociology, sports science and veterinary medicine.

Where is it ranked in the world?

35th – QS World University Rankings (parent university of NYU)

26th – Times Higher Education World University Rankings (parent university)

Notable elders?

– Shamma Al Mazrui (NYU Abu Dhabi), who studied economics along with finance, is the UAE’s Minister of State for Youth.

– Jack Dorsey (NYU New York), the co-founder and CEO of Twitter, didn’t graduate from NYU, but reportedly developed the idea for the messaging platform while studying there.

– Martin Scorsese (NYU New York), one of the most acclaimed film directors of all time, whose credits include Taxi driver, Cape fear, New York Gangs and the wolf of Wall Street.

Who’s there?

There are 1,625 undergraduates and over 100 postgraduates at NYU Abu Dhabi, as well as over 1,300 alumni. The country best represented is the United Arab Emirates (18% of students), followed by the United States (11%), then India (7%).

A word from Professor Mariet Westermann, Vice-Chancellor of NYU Abu Dhabi:

“NYU Abu Dhabi is still young, but thanks to the vision of the leaders of this country and NYU, in just over a decade we have built an excellent and bold community of scholars ready to meet opportunities and challenges. From our era.

Abu Dhabi, October 10, 2019: Mariet Westermann, the new Vice-Chancellor of NYU Abu Dhabi, poses during the interview in Abu Dhabi.  Satish Kumar / For the National

“Our education combines the best of the liberal arts tradition with the research capabilities of a leading global university – in science, engineering, social sciences, humanities and the arts.

“Our diversity is an iconic strength, with students from the United Arab Emirates and 115 other countries committed to using their learning to create a better world.

“Our professors are leading scholars who support and challenge their students. We are fortunate to have extraordinary research labs, where professors create new knowledge with their students.

“Our location in Abu Dhabi allows us to extend learning beyond the classroom into the UAE community.

“Most students spend at least one semester at one of NYU’s 14 locations on six continents.

“Our graduates find exceptional jobs and graduate work placements; our alumni include 16 Rhodes Scholars and many other recipients of significant awards.

“We are continually expanding our offerings, having just launched a new Masters in Economics and starting a Masters in Visual and Media Arts this fall.

“In short, NYU Abu Dhabi is on its way to becoming one of the most outstanding and relevant universities in the world.”

Updated: April 27, 2022, 04:00