Khalifa University of Science and Technology

Khalifa University of Science and Technology (KU) is a research university dedicated to the advancement of learning through teaching and research and the discovery and application of knowledge. KU merges the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MI), Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research (KUSTAR) and the Petroleum Institute (PI) into one world-class, research-intensive institution, producing world leaders and critical thinkers in applied science and engineering.

KU endeavors to be a catalyst to the growth of Abu Dhabi and the UAE’s rapidly developing knowledge economy as an education destination of choice and a global leader among research intensive universities

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The new university’s creation is a continuation of efforts by the UAE over the past few decades to guide the country towards an innovative future fueled by strategic high-tech sectors. As part of that effort, each of the component institutes that make up the Khalifa University of Science and Technology were established by the UAE leadership to address targeted economic and human capital development needs. During their nascent phases, these universities grew to support the widening national goals, expanding their efforts to develop intellectual and human capital into new areas. Over time, the institutes frequently engaged in academic and research collaborations, revealing a similarity of interests and complementary resources and expertise.

With a shared evolving goal – supporting the UAE’s knowledge-economy transition with human and intellectual capital development in strategic high-tech sectors – merging the three universities presents obvious advantages for all. Bringing the institutes under a single umbrella provides enhanced efficiency, interdisciplinary innovation and access to a broader range of facilities and support services for faculty, staff and students. It also provides the UAE’s youth with a single world-class university with the capability to take them all of the way from undergraduate to doctoral education in while pursuing disciplines of great value to the country and region.

The resulting Khalifa University of Science and Technology is home to the most advanced research facilities in the country and some of the brightest minds in the world. Its faculty include the region’s leading experts in clean and renewable energy, hydrocarbon exploration and production, water and environment, healthcare, aerospace, supply chain and logistics, advanced materials and manufacturing, robotics, artificial intelligence and data science, information communication technologies (ICT) and security. They work collaboratively across the university’s many research centers in pursuit of scientific and technical advancement in sectors targeted for the UAE’s high-tech knowledge economy. With its expansive academic programs, research centers, faculty, and interdisciplinary scope, the Khalifa University of Science and Technology improves on the UAE’s ability to meet the needs for the future.

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