Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, a graduate-level institution based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), yesterday gave a presentation to Boston-area students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Masdar Institute, which was established with the advice and assistance of MIT, focuses its academic and research agenda on renewable energy and sustainable technologies and offers full scholarships to all successful admitted students.
"Masdar Institute is dedicated to developing students from the UAE and abroad in the renewable energy and sustainability fields," said Dr. Lamya N. Fawwaz, executive director of public affairs, Masdar Institute. "The development of human capacity is paramount to solving pressing global sustainability issues and climate change."
During the presentation at MIT, Masdar Institute, which is located in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, also discussed its research facilities set in a unique sustainable campus which is a test bed for innovative technologies. Masdar Institute currently offers eight Master's programs including the recently announced Chemical Engineering program which will be offered September 2011, as well as an interdisciplinary Ph.D.
Steven Meyers, a second year student at Masdar Institute who gave a presentation on student life in Abu Dhabi, said: "It is a privilege for me to be able to study at the Masdar Institute, where I can bring real benefit to the UAE and beyond through my research in mechanical engineering. It is a huge incentive for all the students knowing that the work we do is helping to build a better future."
"MIT is very excited about this important collaboration with Masdar Institute," said Duane Boning, MIT Professor and Director of the MIT Abu Dhabi Program. "We look forward to working together to further advance studies in the strategic and highly important renewable energy and sustainability sectors."
Masdar Institute began its recruitment tour in the United States with a visit to the UAE Embassy in Washington D.C. As the Institute targets the next generation of students interested in the renewable energy and sustainability sectors, it is visiting several elite universities over the course of the week, including Harvard University, Princeton University and Yale University.