New York University Abu Dhabi, which welcomed its inaugural class in 2010, was established in partnership with NYU and the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and founded upon a shared understanding of the essential roles and challenges of higher education in the 21st century: a common belief in the value of a liberal arts education, concurrence on the benefits a research university brings to the society that sustains it, a conviction that interaction with new ideas and people who are different is valuable and necessary, and a commitment to educating students who are true citizens of the world.
NYU in New York, NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai form the backbone of NYU’s global network of degree-granting campuses and academic centres across six continents. The first of its kind, this global university represents a transformative shift in higher education, one in which the intellectual and creative endeavours of academia are shaped and examined through an international and multicultural perspective.
NYU Abu Dhabi’s international composition, rigorous academic programme, innovative research capacity, and location at the crossroads of the Arab world create valuable opportunities for faculty and students across the global network to engage in academic dialogue in the Middle East and beyond.
NYU Abu Dhabi is pushing forward the frontiers of knowledge through innovative research that responds to vital local and global challenges. Research spans the disciplines to address questions that are important for humanity, deepen our understanding of the world and ourselves, generate important new knowledge about local history and culture, and facilitate breakthrough discoveries in science and technology.
NYU Abu Dhabi offers 24 undergraduate majors across arts and humanities, engineering, science and social science and 10 global PhD student fellowships in collaboration with the Graduate School of Arts and Science at NYU New York and NYU Tandon School of Engineering.
NYU Abu Dhabi currently has a student body of some 1,450 undergraduate students, hailing from over 115 countries and speaking more than 115 languages.