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Abu Dhabi unveils Artificial Intelligence University

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Abu Dhabi has established a graduate level research-based artificial intelligence (AI) university.

The first of its kind university, named the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI) will give graduate students, businesses and governments the ability to stimulate the AI space with access to advanced AI systems across the world.

HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces commented that the establishment "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 have predicted that AI’s contribution to the UAE’s GDP will rise 14% by 2030 and could contribute nearly US$16tn (AED58.7tn) to the global economy.


“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,” commented Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, chairman of the MBZUAI board of trustees.

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

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