Over 3,200 students apply to world’s first AI university

Over 3,200 graduate students have applied to the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI) within the first week since its launch on October 16. The MBZUAI is the first graduate-level, research-based artificial intelligence (AI) university in the world.

The 3,200 applicants include 1,681 potential students who are in the last step of their application process and 234 who have already completed it. The majority of applications were received from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Egypt, India and China.

The first class will commence on the university’s Masdar City campus in September 2020.

Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of State and Chairman of the MBZUAI Board of Trustees, said: “The level of interest in such a short time is a very encouraging sign. The MBZUAI is attracting students from around the world, affirming the UAE leadership’s vision of investing in human potential and enabling societies through knowledge and education to find practical solutions to some of the biggest challenges in the world, and further establishing the UAE and Abu Dhabi as a global hub for innovation and higher education.”

AI part of K-12 education in UAE: minister

Dubai: Using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to solve real-life problems has become part of the UAE education system, the Minister of Education said on the sidelines of the ‘First Global Challenge 2019’ in Dubai on Saturday.

Hussain Ebrahim Al Hammadi said students in grades 11 and 12, in schools following the ministry’s curriculum, “tackle real-life problems with their solutions and innovations” learned through the ‘Creative Design and Innovation’ subject, which teaches AI and related sciences

His comments came against the backdrop of the Challenge at Festival Arena, where over 1,500 students from 191 countries are competing to convince judges that their AI-powered robot would be the most efficient in cleaning up pollutants from the oceans.