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World’s first artificial intelligence university to open in Abu Dhabi


World’s first artificial intelligence university to open in Abu Dhabi

The Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI) in Abu Dhabi is accepting applications for its first masters and PhD programmes, The National reports.

Classes are scheduled to begin in September 2020. The institution aims to attract students from around the world to advance technology and propel the UAE’s economic diversification efforts.

MBZUAI is offering full scholarships, monthly stipends, health insurance and accommodation to all students.

The invention of electricity, the railroad, smartphones all transformed the world as we knew it. AI can lead to an ever-greater societal and economic transformation. The Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence is an open invitation from Abu Dhabi to the world to unleash AI’s full potential.

Dr Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State and chairman of the MBZUAI board of trustees

In 2017, the UAE government rolled out an AI strategy, dubbed UAE 2031, outlining plans to use the technology to make governance more efficient and naming eight sectors it aims to transform including space, renewable energy, water and education. The country also appointed the world’s first Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Omar Al Olama.

You’re seeing the AI race emerge, with more than 20 national strategies. Countries are saying we need to lead and not be playing catch-up on this opportunity. It’s a bit of a positioning game.

Faisal Hamady, principal at Boston Consulting Group, told The National

The money governments are investing is primarily going into research and development, workforce training, data infrastructure and governance, as well as helping start-ups grow, Mr Hamady said.

MBZUAI has partnered with the Abu Dhabi-based Inception Institute of Artificial Intelligence (IIAI), an applied research lab, to supervise PhD students and curriculum development. IIAI will also serve as a principal partner for collaborative research.

The university will offer master of science and PhD programmes in three of the fastest-growing areas of AI: machine learning, computer vision and natural language processing.

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