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VIDEO: Abu Dhabi unveils UAE's artificial intelligence university

MBZUAI to introduce a new model of research, providing students and faculty access to worldwide AI systems

Abu Dhabi launches Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence.
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Abu Dhabi launches Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence.

Abu Dhabi has established what it claims to be the first graduate level, research-based artificial intelligence (AI) university in the world – the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI), which will enable graduate students, businesses, and governments, to stimulate the field of artificial intelligence.

The UAE's state-held news agency, Wam, reported that MBZUAI will introduce a new model of academics and research, and will provide students and faculty access to advanced AI systems across the globe.

Commenting on the establishment of the AI University, HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, after whom the university is named, said on Twitter that the move "echoes the UAE’s pioneering spirit, and paves the way towards a new era of innovation and technological advancement that benefits the UAE and the world".

Experts projecting that by 2030, AI’s contribution to the UAE’s GDP will rise to approximately 14% – the largest GDP share in the Middle East. Indeed, AI could contribute nearly $16tn (AED58.7tn) to the global economy by 2030.

MBZUAI will introduce a new model of academia and research to the field of AI, providing students and faculty access to some of the world’s most advanced AI systems to unleash its potential for economic and societal development, Wam reported.

Commenting on the establishment of the AI university, chairman of the MBZUAI board of trustees, Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, said: “As such, the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence is an open invitation from Abu Dhabi to the world to unleash AI’s full potential.

"The University will bring the discipline of AI into the forefront, moulding and empowering creative pioneers who can lead us to a new AI-empowered era.”

The university’s board of trustees, include MBZUAI interim president, and professor of oncological imaging at the University of Oxford, UK, Sir Michael Brady; professor at Michigan State University, US, Anil K. Jain; dean of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Information Sciences at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, Andrew Chi-Chih Yao; a technology executive and venture capitalist based in Beijing, Kai-Fu Lee; director of Massachusetts Institute of Technology Computer Science, and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, US, Daniela Rus; and chief executive office of Group 42, Peng Xiao.

The board of trustees will be supported by an advisory board, chaired by UAE's minister of state for artificial intelligence, Omar bin Sultan Al Olama and will include minister of state for advanced sciences, Sarah bint Yousif Al Amiri; minister of state for higher education and advanced skills, Ahmad bin Abdullah Humaid Belhoul Al Falasi; chairman of the department of finance, Jassim Al Zaabi; and chief machine intelligence scientist at Alibaba, Wan Li Min.

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