NYU Abu Dhabi Opens Doors to Downtown Campus

Published December 8th, 2009 - 09:55 GMT

NYU Abu Dhabi, the first
comprehensive liberal arts campus established by a major U.S. research university,
officially opened the doors to its Downtown Campus today in a dedication ceremony
that featured His Highness Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi,
His Excellency Khaldoon Al Mubarak, chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Affairs
Authority, NYU President John Sexton and Alfred Bloom, vice chancellor of NYU Abu
Dhabi. The school's first class of students will arrive in August 2010.

Located in the city center of Abu Dhabi, the Downtown Campus will house all major
academic and cultural activities for NYU Abu Dhabi during its inaugural years, until
construction of the residential campus on Saadiyat Island is completed in 2014.
Construction of the Saadiyat campus is expected to begin next year.

"The location of NYU Abu Dhabi's Downtown Campus in the heart of the city is a
perfect symbol of our goal to become an essential thread of the fabric of Abu
Dhabi," said Alfred Bloom, vice chancellor of NYU Abu Dhabi. "It will be a wonderful
academic home for our first class of students, who will arrive in Abu Dhabi in just
eight short months."

His Excellency Khaldoon Al Mubarak, chairman of the Executive Affairs Authority
said: "The opening of the downtown campus today represents a major milestone in the
establishment of NYU Abu Dhabi.  Alongside other new and existing institutions, NYU
Abu Dhabi will contribute to the development of the Emirate's education system, the
diversification of the local economy, and the establishment of Abu Dhabi as one of
the world's true cultural capitals."

The campus, comprised of two three-story buildings connected by a walkway, features
a combination of academic and gathering spaces for NYUAD students, faculty and
staff, and community spaces that will be open to the public, including a cafe with
indoor and outdoor seating; a bookstore with textbooks, general interest books and
NYU Abu Dhabi merchandise; gathering space for lectures and performances; and a
welcome center. State-of-the-art classrooms equipped with voice, video and data
capabilities allow multi-media teaching. Videoconferencing in common spaces and
classrooms will connect NYU Abu Dhabi directly to NYU's campus in Washington Square
and other NYU global sites.

"Preparing the next generation of global leaders requires a new approach to higher
education," said John Sexton, president of NYU. "The vibrant connection between NYU
Abu Dhabi and NYU New York will provide the foundation for the world's first truly
global university and is perfectly aligned with Abu Dhabi's vision for becoming one
of the world's next great idea capitals. History has shown that great universities
have proven indispensable in that evolution."

In addition to providing classroom and administrative space for students, faculty
and staff at NYU Abu Dhabi, the Downtown Campus will serve as the primary location
for the New York University Abu Dhabi Institute, a cutting-edge research center that
hosts academic conferences, workshops, film series, lectures and other programming
to unite local and global scholarly communities for educational and cultural

Since its establishment in October 2007, NYU Abu Dhabi has attracted distinguished
educators and researchers from around the world. Twenty world-class academics with
specialties ranging from particle physics to urban planning have joined the standing
faculty.  In addition, more than fifteen members of NYU's faculty from the
Washington Square campus will be teaching in Abu Dhabi during its inaugural year as
members of NYUAD's Affiliated Faculty, helping to ensure strong connections between
the two campuses.

The inaugural undergraduate class of 100 students, drawn from the top high school
students around the world, will enter in August 2010.

NYU Abu Dhabi's undergraduate curriculum will expose students to challenging ideas,
bodies of knowledge, cultural traditions and transformative achievements across the
liberal arts, sciences and engineering. NYUAD students will select from one of 18
majors, and will choose from five multidisciplinary concentrations including The
Arab Crossroads and The Environment. The school will also offer seven
pre-professional tracks, including Journalism, Law, Premedical and Health Studies,
and Museum Studies. All students will be able to spend up to three semesters
studying at any of NYU's 11 global sites, including New York.

Over the next decade, NYU Abu Dhabi will expand its class size and develop a
world-class research center and graduate programs in the liberal arts, science,
engineering and other areas.

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