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Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence

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.

Where does this come from?

The bucket.

When was it founded?


What is that?

Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI) describes itself as the world’s first graduate research university focused on artificial intelligence and its future applications in industrial sectors. MBZUAI says it aims to advance AI “as a global force for positive progress.” Offering masters and doctoral programs, the university says it aims to foster the use of AI to promote economic growth and establish Abu Dhabi as an international center for AI.

Where is he based?

Masdar City, Abu Dhabi.

What are examples of fees?

Students are offered a full scholarship for masters and doctoral programs.

What subjects does he teach?

MBZUAI offers master’s and doctoral programs in three subjects (information provided by the university):

• Computer vision: how computers can be used to automatically understand and interpret visual imagery. It aims to mimic the capabilities of the human visual cortex using machine vision algorithms. It studies the creation of an image, the geometry of the 3D world and high-level tasks such as object recognition, object detection and tracking, image segmentation and action recognition. Computer vision has applications in augmented/virtual reality, self-driving cars, service robots, biometrics and forensics, remote sensing, security and surveillance.

• Machine learning: the study of algorithms and statistical models that computer systems use to perform a specific task without using explicit instructions, relying instead on patterns and inferences. These algorithms are based on mathematical models learned automatically from the data, allowing machines to interpret and analyze the input data to derive useful insights and come to important conclusions. Machine learning is widely used for enterprise applications (e.g. business intelligence and analytics), efficient web search, robotics, smart cities, and understanding the human genome.

• Natural language processing: developing a system that allows computers to communicate with people using everyday language. Natural language generation systems convert computer database information into readable or audible human language and vice versa. These systems also allow sophisticated tasks such as cross-language translation, semantic understanding, text synthesis and dialogue holding. Critical applications of natural language processing algorithms include interactive voice response applications, automated translators, personal digital assistants (eg Siri, Cortana and Alexa), chatbots and intelligent word processors.

Where is it ranked in the world?

The university is ranked 127th in the world by CS Rankings (Computer Science Rankings).

In the areas MBZUAI is currently focusing on – AI, computer vision, machine learning and natural language processing – it was ranked 1st in the Arab region and 30th globally.

Who’s there?

A total of 133 students from more than 35 countries have joined the programs, including 115 in masters and 18 in doctorate. Emirati students make up 13% of the total student body and female students make up about 31%. The best represented countries are China, India, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates and Kazakhstan. The first cohort is due to graduate in December.

How did the university react to the Covid-19 pandemic?

In a statement, the university said, “The health and well-being of students, faculty and staff at MBZUAI is a top priority, as is providing the safest academic environment for students to focus on. on their studies and research projects, and take full advantage of the world-class education they receive at the MBZUAI campus. During the Covid-19 epidemic, and after welcoming the first cohort in January 2021, the university implemented a technology-driven approach and adopted a hybrid learning model to ensure session continuity. academic. Today, all programs have returned in-person and on campus.

A word from Professor Eric Xing, President of MBZUAI: “We aim to nurture the next generation of technologists and developers – the future leaders who will usher in the next phase of AI-based innovation. Our strength is our commitment to fostering excellence in knowledge creation, transfer and use of AI to drive economic growth.Through our qualified and widely recognized faculty, we ensure that our students receive cutting-edge training and are prepared to be innovators and leaders with the breadth and depth of knowledge to grow technology and business in the UAE and globally.”

Updated: June 22, 2022, 08:23

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