Khalifa University of Science and Technology (KU), a co-educational institution in the United Arab Emirates, was created in 2017 as a merger of several preexisting universities, namely The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research, and The Petroleum Institute.
Its roots go back to the Etisalat College of Engineering, formed in 1989 in Sharjah with the aim to train technological workers for the Emirates Telecommunications Corporation.
The main campus is in the UAE’s capital Abu Dhabi, with another subsidiary campus in Shanjar province. The Abu Dhabi campus includes a student hub, with male and female activity rooms, prayer rooms, several restaurants, a library and more, as well as administration and academic facilities.
The Aerospace Research and Innovation Centre is one of the university’s most exciting research centres. Opened in 2012, the centre aims to act as a global development hub in the research and creation of aerospace technologies. In 2016, KU opened a Micro Electro Mechanical Systems Lab.
KU also organises and hosts the Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge. The 2017 competition attracted 316 teams from 45 countries, with total prize money of $5 million (£3.85 million).
Applicants for undergraduate courses must be a maximum of 20 years of age, though the university may make exceptions. Those who have taken the International Baccalaureate diploma must have scored at least four out of seven in all courses, and have taken mathematics, physics and one additional science. The university has a whistleblowing hotline, for reporting unethical and illegal conduct such as bribery and corruption.