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Discover the groundbreaking collaboration between IIT Delhi and Abu Dhabi, set to reshape education. Uncover the secrets behind this prestigious partnership, including courses, faculty, and exciting opportunities. Get ready for an educational revolution!
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi is preparing to launch a campus in Abu Dhabi, commencing degree programs from 2024 onward. In July of this year, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was inked between the Ministry of Education and the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK). While IIT Delhi has not yet disclosed specific details regarding admissions and fees, an email interview with Dr. Ahmed Sultan Al Shoaibi, acting executive director of the Higher Education Sector at ADEK, shed light on various aspects of this international collaboration, including faculty, courses, placement processes, and the rationale behind Abu Dhabi’s interest in partnering with Indian institutions.
Why does Abu Dhabi seek to collaborate with Indian institutions like IIT Delhi, given its already prestigious roster of institutions such as New York University and INSEAD?
Dr. Ahmed Sultan Al Shoaibi noted that including IIT Delhi-Abu Dhabi in the emirate’s higher education landscape was a clear choice, primarily due to the institution’s esteemed reputation, specialization, extensive technical expertise, and prestige. This decision underscores Abu Dhabi’s commitment to becoming a hub for global educational excellence. IIT Delhi-Abu Dhabi’s academic programs will play a pivotal role in providing educational pathways aimed at upskilling the future workforce and contributing to the growth of a knowledge-based economy.
When can we expect the campus to open, and what facilities will be provided by the Abu Dhabi government to IIT Delhi?
The temporary campus of IIT Delhi-Abu Dhabi will commence academic offerings in January 2024. This campus will house advanced research centres focused on sustainable energy and climate studies, as well as computing and data sciences.
Who will serve as the director of the IIT Delhi-Abu Dhabi campus, and how will the staff composition look in terms of local hires versus IIT Delhi faculty?
The appointment of the faculty and administrative teams for IIT Delhi-Abu Dhabi is currently in progress. The campus aims to assemble a diverse and highly skilled team, drawing talent from the UAE, India, and around the world, to provide an exceptional learning experience for students.
What will be the admission criteria, and will local students also require a JEE score?
The admission criteria will be collaboratively established with IIT Delhi, ensuring alignment with the institute’s rigorous processes and fair inclusion of students from diverse backgrounds.
What academic programs will be offered, including emerging fields like data science and AI?
IIT Delhi-Abu Dhabi will launch a range of bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD programs, encompassing emerging areas such as energy and sustainability, artificial intelligence, computer science and engineering, mathematics and computing, as well as various engineering and science disciplines. These academic offerings are selected to cater to the UAE’s priority sectors.
Regarding placements, how will they be conducted, and what support will the government provide for internships?
The Abu Dhabi campus will emulate IIT Delhi’s robust placement process, leveraging its unique strengths. This will entail establishing significant partnerships with prominent UAE and international organizations to bridge the gap between academia and the professional world, thereby enhancing internship opportunities.
How will Abu Dhabi ensure the safety of international students?
Abu Dhabi is recognized as the world’s safest city according to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Safe Cities Index 2021. International students can expect a secure environment. Higher education institutions in Abu Dhabi are mandated to adhere to rigorous campus safety protocols, offer orientation programs, and provide comprehensive support services, collectively creating a safe and welcoming environment both on and off campus for students pursuing their education in Abu Dhabi.