Campus & Community articles filed under 'Students'

  1. Class of 2017 Graduation Tribute

    NYU Abu Dhabi's Class of 2017 is comprised of 165 students from 64 countries who speak an average 2.5 languages. During their four years, 90 percent spent at least one semester abroad, 78 percent participated in community service, and 329 internships were completed.

  2. "Make Change By Doing"

    An audience of nearly 1,400 rose to its feet at NYU Abu Dhabi's fourth Commencement ceremony to praise student speaker Nafisatou Mounkaila, an Arab Crossroads major from the US, who urged fellow graduates to "challenge the standard" and "refuse to consume hate."

  3. Leaders of the Pack

    NYU Abu Dhabi has honored the finalists of the 2017 Al Khayr Campus Life Leadership Awards at a ceremony in Abu Dhabi that hosted 180 students, staff and faculty. The awards recognize the outstanding leadership contributions of NYUAD students to the institution and its surrounding community. Al Khayr is an Arabic phrase which means the ultimate good.

  4. Life Beyond Saadiyat: Class of 2016 Stories

    Life Beyond Saadiyat post-graduation alumni experiences are as varied as their interests and backgrounds. Many graduates from the Class of 2016 are earning their master's at top schools like Oxford, Cambridge, and MIT, while others have started their own businesses, or landed jobs in industries ranging from finance to education, arts, and the research sector.

  5. Tech-saavy Millenials Redefine Campus Communities

    Just for the Chill of it

    It is exam week. I look around and see students wearing expressions of intense concentration. They are determined, impossible to distract, and ready to take on anything that comes their way. Am I in the library? A study room? No. I’m in the Baraha, NYU Abu Dhabi’s student activity zone, watching my friends play the video game FIFA ’17.

  6. Two Seniors Win 2017 Rhodes Scholarships to Oxford

    Young Arab of the Year Award Goes To ... NYU Abu Dhabi Senior

    NYU Abu Dhabi student Dubai Abulhoul has already accomplished more at the age of 20 than many people do in a lifetime of academic pursuit and service to their communities.

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    Two NYUAD Seniors Win 2017 Rhodes Scholarships to Oxford

    Two NYU Abu Dhabi students representing two countries, the United Arab Emirates and Canada, have been selected as 2017 Rhodes Scholars to attend the University of Oxford next year.

  8. Youth Separated by Borders United by Common Desire for Positive Change

    Youth Separated by Borders United By Common Desire for Positive Change

    Youth Circles is an Emirati initiative under UAE Minister of Youth Her Excellency Shamma Al Mazrui and the Emirates Youth Council. It is a dialogue-based platform for youth from various backgrounds to identify critical challenges and come up with creative and practical solutions for a better world.

  9. Top 10 Study Spots

    10 Favorite NYUAD Study Spots

    Whether you prefer the warmth of the sun or cool indoors, NYU Abu Dhabi's campus has no shortage of great places to settle down and catch up on schoolwork. Finding new study spots can make a world of difference in productivity, and might even help you become better acquainted with the campus. Ten NYUAD students reveal their favorite study spots and explain how these places facilitate the studying process.

  10. Prize-winning Photo Captures Essence of Abu Dhabi

    Prize-Winning Photo Captures Essence of Abu Dhabi

    This intriguing image titled The Man in the Hindi Cassette Shop is described by the photographer as "the embodiment of Abu Dhabi — bringing together the old intimate charm of the city as well as its multicultural spirit." The story behind the picture and its eventual acclaim starts with a chance encounter between the talkative shop owner and a student with a camera.

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    UAE Students Ponder the Planet's Future

    Do you believe that in 15 years our world will be a more peaceful, sustainable and transformed place? A large group of students from around the UAE faced this question for World Peace Day, and the uncertainty in their responses is nothing short of alarming.

  12. NYUAD Marhaba: Jack's Story

    Experience NYU Abu Dhabi Marhaba Week through the eyes of freshman Jack Adeney, Class of 2020.

  13. Conquering Your Freshman Fears

    Conquering Your Freshman Fears

    I remember heading to NYU Abu Dhabi’s Campus Center during Marhaba Week, equipped with a snack box and a chit of paper mysteriously labeled Group Number 11. It was my first week as a freshman at university, and at the time, I didn't know that the people I was going to meet at NYUAD's First Year Dialogue (FYD) program in Group Number 11, would soon become my second family.

  14. NYUAD Library: Every Student's Second Home

    NYUAD Library: Every Student's Second Home

    It's two in the morning. The night is dark, but the NYU Abu Dhabi Library is still brightly-lit and full of students scrambling to reach the minimum word limit for an essay that was assigned three weeks ago. It’s that time of the year again — the Long Night Against Procrastination, referred to fondly and rather elaborately at NYUAD as the Lange Nacht der aufgeschobenen Hausarbeiten.

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    Internships = New Skills, Networks, and Opportunities

    NYU Abu Dhabi students travel around the world for internship opportunities that enhance learning and educational development, and provide future career prospects in a broad range of industries from social services to finance to politics.

  16. Students Honored for Academic Excellence & Community Building

    Students Honored for Academic Excellence & Community Building

    NYU Abu Dhabi students received many global awards and grants in 2015-16 in recognition of both academic excellence and contributions to their communities.

  17. This is the Class of 2016: Graduation Tribute

    NYU Abu Dhabi’s Class of 2016 is comprised of 135 students from some 60 countries. In four years they won global awards and scholarships, earned top spots at prestigious graduate schools, and secured employment in the UAE and beyond at some of the world's preeminent businesses and institutions.

  18. Evolving role of university RAs

    Evolving Role of University RAs

    Resident assistants (RAs) are fountains of knowledge when it comes the unknowns and complexities of life at university. Whether it's navigating the social ins and outs of living with strangers, juggling demanding class schedules, or homesickness, RAs are always around to lend an ear.

  19. Worldly Possessions of Students From Everywhere

    The Worldly Possessions of Students From Everywhere

    Take a look inside the rooms of 10 NYU Abu Dhabi students from around the globe who combine art and memories to create little slices of home. Because turning a college residence room into your new home using nothing but blue tack, posters, fairy lights and trips to IKEA can be a daunting task.

  20. Global Internships Open Doors and Eyes

    Gulf Region Students Debate Global Issues

    NYU Abu Dhabi's Debate Union hosted its second NYUAD Regional Debate Tournament in April, welcoming 65 students from nine different universities in the UAE and Qatar.

  21. All in the Neighborhood

    All in the Neighborhood

    For many university students, interactions with professors are mostly limited to class time and office hours. But at NYU Abu Dhabi, many faculty members also play the role of neighbor, around to provide advice, and sugar when you need it.

  22. Twins Share the NYUAD Experience

    Twins Share Their NYUAD Experience

    University life can be tough to figure out when everything and everyone around you is unfamiliar. Would having a sibling nearby to share the experience make it better or worse? Siblings can be a great source of support during tough times, but the search for independence, class performance, and new social settings can sometimes be catalysts for sibling rivalry.

  23. Student Outreach for Abu Dhabi Children With Special Needs

    Student Outreach for Abu Dhabi Children With Special Needs

    Somewhere in the back of my mind, I remember hearing mentors at NYU Abu Dhabi say that the golden rule of volunteer work was to be flexible. I was prepared, or so I thought.

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    Falling in Love With Arabic

    I’m from Bosnia and I don't know why exactly, but when I came to NYU Abu Dhabi I fell in love with Arabic. I’ve always loved languages, ever since I was a child. Back home, we don’t speak English at all, so learning English really made me fall in love with all the languages.

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    An Ordinary Day, an Extraordinary Photograph

    This black and white photograph by NYU Abu Dhabi sophomore Zane Mountcastle was selected as a feature piece at the 4th Annual Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival.

  26. NYUAD Junior Appointed to Emirates Youth Council

    NYUAD Junior Appointed to Emirates Youth Council

    NYU Abu Dhabi political science major Dubai Abulhoul (Class of 2017) has been appointed to the Emirates Youth Council. Its aim is to develop government strategies to keep up with youth trends, identify challenges facing today's youth, and ensure participation of youth in UAE public affairs.

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    Life Beyond Saadiyat: Where Are They Now?

    At NYU Abu Dhabi's Class of 2015 commencement ceremony, His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development said, "In seeking to be wise, you must be change-makers, willing to take risks, to be different." Clearly, the graduates were listening.

  28. Ways to Re-Imagine Your College Living Space

    Simple Tricks to Re-invent Your Campus Living Space

    Your space as a student really includes the whole university campus. You may spend more time in the lab conducting experiments or talking to friends in the dining halls than you do in your room. But when you exile yourself to your personal space, it should be comfortable, cheerful, clean and absolutely Zen, especially after a long and stressful day.

  29. J-Term Experiences 2016

    J-Term: Up Close & Personal

    In January Term, NYU Abu Dhabi students are here, there and everywhere from Shanghai to London, Sydney to New York, and around the UAE.

  30. Monkey on a Mission

    Monkey on a Mission

    This stuffed monkey is bananas for NYU Abu Dhabi and the environment.

  31. Life in Residence is a World of Difference

    Life in Residence is a World of Difference

    One of the most beautiful sights at NYU Abu Dhabi is a dorm room decorated by people from two or three different countries. It's common to see walls and windows covered with multiple flags and religious symbols, and the cupboards stocked with an assortment of mysterious ethnic foods. Residence is a place where cultures are intertwined and the unexpected happens.

  32. Learning in the UAE is a new perspective

    Studying in the UAE is a "Shift in Perspective"

    When I accepted my offer to attend NYU New York, I was determined to take advantage of the university's global network. But when I decided to spend a semester abroad in Abu Dhabi, I received a lot of comments from confused friends. Why Abu Dhabi? You’re from India, the UAE is practically your backyard! Why would you choose the desert heat instead of NYU London or Florence?

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    Young Entrepreneur of the Year

    The 3rd Arabian Business Achievement Awards recently celebrated the UAE’s most impressive achievers in the growing startup and small-medium business sector. NYUAD student Mohamed Amine Belarbi (Class of 2016) was named Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

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    NYU Abu Dhabi Senior Named UAE Rhodes Scholar

    NYU Abu Dhabi computer engineering major Farah Shamout has long-term dreams of making a big difference in the UAE science and tech sectors, particularly by empowering young women to believe in their talents and academic potential. She is committed, ambitious, and engaged with her community.

  35. Tired, Stressed & Lonely: The Totally Normal Life of a College Student

    Tired, Stressed & Lonely: The Totally Normal Life of a College Student

    By Nia Wilson, Resident Assistant, Class of 2016

    Whether you're juggling complex assignments, preparing for exams, or applying for jobs or graduate schools, university life is an intense up-and-down adventure. Many students, from freshman to PhD, agree that the excitement of meeting new people and starting new classes can eventually fade into homesickness and disappointment that things aren't going as planned. Fear of failure is rampant across university campuses though few of us will admit it, especially to each other.

  36. Abu Dhabi Science Festival

    Touched by Science

    By Tanya Bansal, Class of 2018

    Abu Dhabi's Mushrif Central Park has been transformed into an 11-day science extravaganza of more than 50 interactive workshops and exhibitions, fun experiments and performances to educate young minds about diverse topics in science like the environment, the human body, aerodynamics and outer space.

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    NYU Abu Dhabi's Kaleidoscope of Classes

    Snap judgments, exile, monsters and nomads have all formed the basis of courses at NYU Abu Dhabi. It is a liberal arts university known and celebrated for offering a wide scope of courses from basic requirements such as Introduction to Psychology, to the more obscure classes like Wood.

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    How a Diverse Campus Becomes an Inclusive Community

    By Alexander Leigh MacKay, Class of 2019

    I must admit, one of the main draws that led me to NYU Abu Dhabi was the opportunity to study alongside students from every corner of the globe. The chance to learn firsthand about the people, nations and cultures that constitute the countries of the world and that are condensed into one campus was enough to convince me to pack my bags for four years in the Emirates.

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    Students Organize Expert Panel on EU Refugee Crisis

    By Sue-Ann Lau, Class of 2018

    The influx of migrants and refugees streaming into Europe from the Middle East, South Asia and Africa has created one of the biggest strains on Europe since the migration wave that occurred during and after World War II. While international agencies, local residents and NGOs work to develop immediate responses to the increased volume of migration to Europe, EU leaders are struggling to generate a long-term plan for collective action.

  40. Giving Back Is Its Own Reward

    Giving Back Is Its Own Reward

    By Gugandeep Banga (Class of 2019) & NYUAD Community Outreach

    Collaborative. Memorable. Rewarding. Fun. NYU Abu Dhabi's Inaugural Service Day volunteer initiative, organized by the Office of Community Outreach and ADvocacy student interest group, was an amalgamation of all these emotions and experiences.

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    Class of 2019: "Unique Energy and Diverse Perspective"

    By NYUAD Public Affairs

    299 students. 85 nationalities. 75 languages spoken. This is NYU Abu Dhabi's Class of 2019.

  42. Speech By Humanitarian Doctor Inspires Students

    If Not Us, Then Who?

    By Alvaro Yanez, Class of 2019

    At the start of the semester, a group of NYU Abu Dhabi students were inspired and enlightened by a public talk with Dr. Javid Abdelmoneim from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). He and the organization work in remote places where healthcare is needed the most, especially in times of adversity, and offer medical best practices training and treatment to communities around the world.

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    Internship Dos and Don'ts

    Student internships used to be synonymous with office grunt work. But things have changed dramatically in today's fast-paced and interconnected world. University students are well-traveled, career-driven, hungry for knowledge, and able to make a real difference within an organization.

  44. Marhaba 2015

    By Matthew Corcoron, Writer & Multimedia Producer

    Class of 2019 students talk about their first week at NYU Abu Dhabi and aspirations for the upcoming semester.

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    Many Languages, One World

    By Andy Gregory, NYUAD Public Affairs

    NYU Abu Dhabi student Norbert Monti (Class of 2018) will return to his studies in Abu Dhabi this September from an unforgettable summer experience in the Big Apple.

  46. Global Internships Open Doors and Eyes

    Global Internships Open Doors and Eyes

    By Andy Gregory, NYUAD Public Affairs

    NYU Abu Dhabi students travel around the world for internship opportunities that not only enhance learning and educational development, but provide future career prospects and hands-on work experience in a broad range of industries, from social services to finance to politics.

  47. How Accidential Roommates Become Lifelong Friends

    How Accidental Roommates Became Lifelong Friends

    By Sue-Ann Lau, Class of 2018

    Just keep an open mind. She’s probably really cool. I wonder what kind of sports she likes, or food, or anything in general? I don’t know anything about her except for her name! These were just some of the thoughts that constantly flooded my mind before moving into residence for the first time at NYU Abu Dhabi with a strange person from another part of the world.

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    Five Fun Facts About Living at NYUAD

    By Elizabeth Couri, Resident Assistant, Class of 2016

  49. Freshman to First Job

    Freshman to First Job

    By Rory McDougall, Class of 2015

    From my first day on campus to my last, NYU Abu Dhabi gave me a platform to take advantage of exciting career opportunities. For me, the question always was, what do I want to do exactly?

  50. Experimenting With Life in the Lab

    Experimenting With Life in the Lab

    By Ted Bongiovanni, Director of Primary and Secondary Education Engagement

    Shaikha al Neaimi isn't officially a freshman at NYU Abu Dhabi - she begins her studies in September - but has already developed a pretty good sense of what it's like to study in the campus science labs on Saadiyat Island.

  51. After Four Years at NYUAD

    After Four Years: What I Know Now, That I Didn't Know Then

    By Anteneh Teferi Zeleke, Resident Assistant, Class of 2015

    Confession: I never fully read the acceptance letter I received from NYU Abu Dhabi four years ago. I was just too excited to join my new home in the UAE.

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    2015 Commencement Address

    By Kimberly Rodriguez, Class of 2015

    From the Philippines, Kimberly Rodriguez studied political science with concentrations in economics and history. Her work as President with ADvocacy earned her the NYU President’s Service Award. She also served on the organizing board of Sila Connections and founded Saariya ­— the NYUAD yearbook.

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    Commencement: Memorable Moments

    By Andy Gregory, NYUAD Public Affairs

    On Sunday, May 24, roughly 1,300 people gathered at NYU Abu Dhabi to celebrate the Commencement of the Class of 2015. It was a day of excitement and emotion for 141 graduates and their loved ones who came to Abu Dhabi from all over the world.

  54. Al Khayr Awards Honor Exemplary Student Leaders

    Al Khayr Awards Honor Exemplary Student Leaders

    By Robert Leary, Residence College Director

    Although students are committed to their homework, Capstones, and classes, they also devote themselves to numerous leadership activities on the NYU Abu Dhabi campus and its surrounding community. On April 23, NYUAD students, staff, and faculty took an evening to celebrate students’ leadership contributions during the 2nd Annual Al Khayr Awards Gala at the Park Hyatt Hotel.

  55. Abu Dhabi students win NYU Global Debate challenge

    Abu Dhabi Students Win NYU Global Debate Challenge

    By Karma Gurung, NYUAD Class of 2018

    For the first time, NYU Abu Dhabi students have won the NYU Global Debate competition, an annual contest open to NYU students worldwide, from New York to Shanghai to Paris to Madrid.

  56. Kashtah Reveals Beauty of UAE Equestrian Culture

    Kashtah Reveals Beauty of UAE Equestrian Culture

    By Kyler Meehan, NYUAD Class of 2018

    Hosted by Student Life, Kashtah trips across the UAE aim to enhance cultural and historical awareness of the country. Kashtah is the Arabic (UAE dialect) word for trip or an outing.

  57. Oxford Bound: NYUAD Students Named Rhodes Scholars

    Oxford Bound: NYUAD's 2015 Rhodes Scholars

    A pair of exceptional NYU Abu Dhabi students have been named 2015 Rhodes Scholars for the United Arab Emirates and will be attending Oxford University for their graduate studies starting in September.

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    Life as a 'Singagoogler'

    By Brian Kappler, NYUAD Guest Contributor

    Connie Trinh (NYU Abu Dhabi '14) is living proof that a person has to be prepared to be flexible about career planning. After a degree in economics and finance, and three internships related to that field, Trinh made a discovery about herself that caused her to change gears. Now she's working at Google in Singapore, advising clients about advertising adjacent to Google search results while she considers further career options.


    TEDxNYUAD: Challenging the Status Quo

    By Ramina Sotoudeh, NYUAD Class of 2015

    On April 19, NYU Abu Dhabi's first TEDx conference - TEDxNYUAD - brings 11 inspirational and innovative talks to the NYUAD community and public.

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    UAE Scholars Reflect on Winter Trip

    By Andy Gregory, NYUAD Public Affairs

    University students from throughout the UAE, enrolled in the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Scholars Program (SMSP), embarked on the trip of a lifetime in February, traveling to New York City and Washington, D.C. to participate in global awareness activities, meet leaders in education and business, and (of course) have some fun.

  61. Award-winning Sculpture Unveiled at NYU Abu Dhabi

    Award-winning Sculpture Unveiled at NYU Abu Dhabi

    By Andy Gregory, NYUAD Public Affairs

    An eye-catching metal sculpture is on display until April 2 in the East Plaza at NYU Abu Dhabi. Entitled Keswa, it is the 2015 Christo and Jeanne-Claude Award winner by Nada Al Mulla and Salwa Al Khudairi, architecture students at The American University of Sharjah.

  62. Football Fans Have a Ball at Kicking + Screening Film Festival

    Football Fans Have a Ball at Kicking + Screening Film Festival

    By Karma Gurung, NYUAD Class of 2018

    Football enthusiasts—from small children to adults—gathered at NYU Abu Dhabi from March 12-14 for the Kicking + Screening Football Film Festival organized by the NYUAD Arts Center.

  63. Tradition Meets Modern at Qasr Al Hosn Festival

    Tradition Meets Modern at Qasr Al Hosn Festival

    By Sue-Ann Lau, NYUAD Class of 2018

    It was like traveling back in time. NYU Abu Dhabi students enrolled in all levels of Arabic, from Elementary 101 to Intermediate 202, visited the Qasr Al Hosn Festival as part of their experiential learning experience.

  64. We Are Human: The Project for the Advancement of our Common Humanity

    We Are Human: The Project for the Advancement of our Common Humanity

    By Ritu Muralidharan, NYUAD Class of 2018

    The NYU Abu Dhabi community — representing more than 100 countries across six continents — is of diverse national, linguistic, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Differences are an inevitable consequence of diversity. So, how can we foster deep connection through the lens of our commonality to further appreciate our differences?

  65. From Apartheid to Democracy: Justice Albie Sachs

    From Apartheid to Democracy: Justice Albie Sachs

    South African Activist Justice Albie Sachs visited NYU Abu Dhabi recently, and Salaam caught up with a student who was in the audience for their perspective on the talk. 

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    Resident Expert: Arab Crossroads in China

    By Brian Kappler, Guest Contributor

    More than 1,000 years ago there were already tens of thousands of Arabs, merchants from Yemen and the Gulf and elsewhere, living in China. This January Term, 11 students from NYU Abu Dhabi followed those early migrants to discover the impressive depth and breadth of the history connecting China to the Arab world. They are in Shanghai taking a course called Arab Crossroads in China. Salaam caught up with their teacher, Professor Zvi Ben-Dor Benite, to learn more. 

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    World Citizen and NYUAD Alumna Daria Karaulova

    By Brian Kappler, NYUAD Guest Contributor

    It's easy to get dizzy as you consider the educational trajectory of Daria Karaulova, one of 140 students in NYU Abu Dhabi's first graduating class in May 2014.

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    NYUAD Summer Academy: A Graduate Perspective

    By Jude Rashed M.R. Alhajeri, NYUAD Summer Academy

    I was in tenth grade when the NYU Abu Dhabi Summer Academy ambassadors came to my school to present on His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s Scholarship program.  At the time, I knew nothing about the Summer Academy program, and I had not yet made up my mind about what degree and career I wanted to pursue after graduation.

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    Investigating the Color Spectrum of a Post-Apocalyptic Future Landscape

    By Brian Kappler, NYUAD Guest Contributor

    It's the vivid, pervasive colors of the post-apocalyptic landscape that capture your attention when you first encounter Basim Magdy's slide photography in the Art Gallery at NYU Abu Dhabi.

  70. Voices Against Violence

    Voices Against Violence

    By Annalisa Galgano, Class of 2017

    Worldwide, approximately 7 in 10 women report having experienced physical or sexual violence in their lifetimes. 60 million girls are assaulted at or on their way to school every year, and 603 million women live in countries where domestic violence is not even considered a crime. Because violence against women affects every community and country worldwide, NYU Abu Dhabi students and the Office of Community Outreach decided to raise awareness of the issue by joining forces with the United Nations UNiTE Campaign to End Violence Against Women with the global call to “orange your neighborhood”. The campaign kicked off on November 25th, the International Day to End Violence Against Women.

  71. Organs, Tissues and Candy Games: An Investigation into Modern Day Monstrosity

    Organs, Tissues and Candy Games: An Investigation into Modern Day Monstrosity

    Organs, Tissues and Candy Games, the inaugural show in the Black Box Theatre at NYU Abu Dhabi's Saadiyat Campus, and a collaboration with the acclaimed Zoukak Theatre Company from Lebanon, premiered in early to November to a sold-out crowd. Inspired by Mary Shelley's Frankenstein or, The Modern Prometheus, the piece was an "investigation into modern day monstrosity. It questions the role of policymaking in scientific advancement and the insatiable pursuit for immortality and security." Following the opening, Salaam checked in with NYUAD Theater & Arts Program Associate Producer Gaar Adams and the Zoukak Theatre Company to learn more about the show, its inspiration, and its conception.

  72. Re-mapping Al Fahidi

    Re-mapping Al Fahidi

    By Brian Kappler, NYUAD Guest Contributor

    The blocks of bright color, ragged at the edges, reveal their meaning only after some study. The subtlety of the works by Ebtisam Abdulaziz, now exhibited at the NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery, demands attention.

  73. NYU Abu Dhabi Celebrates UAE's 43rd National Day

    NYU Abu Dhabi Celebrates UAE's 43rd National Day

    On November 26, the NYU Abu Dhabi community gathered for an evening of celebration to pay tribute to the 43rd UAE National Day. The event, held in the central plaza of NYUAD's Saadiyat campus, honored the rich history of the UAE and provided opportunities for guests to experience traditional Emirati culture, and explore local cultural themes and customs.

  74. National Day Speech by Vice Chancellor Al Bloom

    National Day Speech by Vice Chancellor Al Bloom

    Welcome to what I know will be a terrific celebration of the 43rd anniversary of the UAE, and of the 5th National Day that we have observed together as an NYU Abu Dhabi community.

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    Candidate Weekend All Over Again

    By Sue-Ann Lau, NYUAD Class of 2018

    As we got off the bus after the two hour ride, a wave of familiarity swept over us. With dune surfing, camel riding and henna art all happening right at the campsite, it was as though we were at NYU Abu Dhabi Candidate Weekend all over again.

  76. Meet the Falcon

    The NYUAD Falcon was out in full force with the community to support the Men's and Women's basketball teams as they faced off against Paris Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi last week. The NYUAD athletics mascot and new fan club were celebrated with a spirit party, including face painting, poster making, and a performance by the university's faculty band RLOE.

  77. Celebrity Chef Gets Cooking at NYUAD

    Celebrity Chef Gets Cooking at NYUAD

    By Rhoshenda Ellis, NYUAD Class of 2018

    South African celebrity chef and cooking sensation Reuben Riffel paid a visit to NYU Abu Dhabi and treated the staff and students to a live cookery demonstration in the new Marketplace restaurant. At the event, Salaam caught up with the master chef, who opened up about why he started cooking, and his mom's curry fish.

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    Public Health Think Tank: Tackling the Tobacco Crisis in the UAE

    By Emma McGee, Kelly Dougherty, and Alexandra Dimitri

    This past weekend marked the inaugural Public Health Think Tank at NYU Abu Dhabi, a student-led event hosted with the support of the Career Development Center and Student Life.

  79. NYUAD Hosts Graduate School Fair

    NYUAD Hosts Graduate School Fair

    More than 100 students flocked to NYU Abu Dhabi's first Graduate School Fair in mid-October to visit with representatives from 23 graduate schools. Hosted by the University's Career Development Center (CDC) with the aim to educate students on what graduate schools look for in their applicants, the fair saw students networking and learning about the research and programs of the participating institutions.

  80. Community Art Meets Science in the Crochet Coral Reef Project

    Community Art Meets Science in the Crochet Coral Reef Project

    On display until December 4, the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute's Crochet Coral Reef Project exhibition is a colorful and wooly re-creation of our oceans' coral reef communities. Begun in 2005 by sisters Margaret and Christine Wertheim of the Los Angeles-based Institute of Figuring, the project aims to draw attention to the plight of coral reefs around the world, which are being devastated by pollution, global warming, and ocean acidification.

  81. By the Numbers: The Class of 2018

    By the Numbers: The Class of 2018

    The numbers are in on the Class of 2018!

    Last month, NYU Abu Dhabi welcomed 263 new students, a diverse group representing 79 countries and speaking more than 65 languages. The yield — the percentage of students who attend NYUAD after being admitted — for the class was 82 percent and the most heavily represented countries of its members are the US, the UAE, China, India, Pakistan, Russia, South Korea, the UK, and Australia.

  82. Student Exhibition Opens in Dubai

    This past weekend, Dubai's XVA Gallery hosted a group of NYUAD student artists — senior Nikolai Kozak, juniors Nino Cricco and Shakhbout Al Kaabi, and sophomores Agustina Zegers and Charlotte de Bekker — whose work is currently on display in an exhibition entitled "I H8 My FRNDZ." Addressing the notion of conceptual art and challenging the conventions of a typical art gallery experience, the exhibition — curated by NYUAD senior Grace Hauser — explores the intricate relationship between memory and identity. Can't get to Dubai before October 9? Then check out some of the artwork in the gallery below.

  83. No Shawarma Left Behind

    No Shawarma Left Behind

    NYU Abu Dhabi students are nothing if not resourceful. So when their bellies began to rumble for shawarma, three intrepid individuals — senior Rock Zou and sophomores Quan Vuong and Martin Slosarik — developed a plan to bring shawarma to Saadiyat. But not just any shawarma.

  84. Memories of Marhaba

    Memories of Marhaba

    As Marhaba 2014 drew to a close, the members of NYU Abu Dhabi's Class of 2018 gathered to reflect on their university experiences thus far. They were asked: Years from now when you think about Marhaba, what will you remember? Here's what just a few anonymous freshmen had to say.

  85. Collaborative Culture

    By Mohit Mandal, NYUAD Class of 2015

    It was a warm and windless January night in Stone Town; the three of us nervously followed as our Zanzibari informant, a fashion designer named Faroque, led us down a series of dark and twisting alleys. Passing through a wooden doorway, camera equipment hanging from our necks, we entered a small room with blackboards on all the four walls and a solitary bulb providing weak fluorescent light.

  86. Images of Marhaba

    Images of Marhaba

    It has been a very busy week for NYU Abu Dhabi's Class of 2018. From campus tours and excursions into Abu Dhabi to Campus Life activities and informational sessions, Marhaba 2014 has been a whirlwind for the newest members of our community. See just a bit of what they've been up to in the gallery below.

  87. Welcome, Class of 2018!

    A very warm welcome to the Class of 2018! And what better way to get you started here at NYU Abu Dhabi than with advice from those who have already walked the path on which you are about to embark? Without further ado, some words of wisdom from members of the University's inaugural Class of 2014.

  88. Arabic and Entrepreneurship in the UAE

    Arabic and Entrepreneurship in the UAE

    By Xu Xinming, NYUAD Class of 2017

    My first university summer was not the type of holiday that I would recommend to future freshmen who want to relax and see the world before chasing after summer internships in subsequent years. Nevertheless, I found my summer equally exciting and tremendously rewarding, both intellectually and experientially.

  89. Observations of Ramadan from Ethiopia, Part Two

    Observations of Ramadan from Ethiopia, Part Two

    In this, the final installment of our Observations of Ramadan from Ethiopia two-part series, Hayat Seid (NYUAD '17) shares her favorite thing about Ramadan.

  90. Ramadan Sadaqah

    Ramadan Sadaqah

    In addition to fasting from sunrise to sunset and performing self-reflection, for those observing Ramadan, the act of giving Sadaqah — charitable giving — is also a common practice.

  91. UAE Embassy Opens Doors to NYUAD Students

    UAE Embassy Opens Doors to NYUAD Students

    By Layo Olayiwola, NYUAD Class of 2015

    Summer in Washington, DC consists of hot, humid days and not cool enough nights — but more than enough art to inspire and enlighten the mind. As a native of London, where summer typically lasts about a day, I was more than happy to pass the time in the air conditioned interior of the Smithsonian Museum of African Art as a curatorial intern working on an exhibition centered on Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy. Still, the sun, the heat, the humidity, and the abundance of pristine fountains sparked a certain nostalgia for Abu Dhabi.

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    All the Way Argentina

    One of an estimated 500,000 fans who traveled to South America for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, NYU Abu Dhabi Assistant Director of Athletics Florencia Caro was in her element. A football fan since childhood, Caro grew up a mere 10 blocks from El Monumental, Argentina's biggest stadium and home to River Plate, her local team. "We could always hear the wave of sound roaring from the crowds after every goal on any given Sunday afternoon," she said.

  93. Catching the World Cup

    Catching the World Cup

    By Charlotte de Bekker,  NYUAD Class of 2017

    I was born in England, but lived in Germany until I was almost two years old. Then, after six years in the Netherlands and a stint in the Czech Republic, my family moved to the United Arab Emirates. Despite the many countries I’ve called home, my World Cup allegiance lies with the Dutch.

  94. Graduating Seniors Say Ma'a Salama to NYUAD

    Graduating Seniors Say Ma'a Salama to NYUAD

    Beginning on May 21, NYU Abu Dhabi's Ma'a Salama programming allowed the members of the Class of 2014 to bid adieu to NYUAD. The University's first farewell week, Ma'a Salama — "farewell" in Arabic — was kicked off by an overnight trip for seniors that featured a flashback dinner. The four-day program was also open to the students' guests, who took part in activities such as a tour of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, a faculty farewell, and a desert tour. Ma'a Salama concluded with a colloquium that included former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Gordon Brown, NYU Professor of Philosophy Kwame Anthony Appiah, and a panel of students from the Class of 2014. View photos from some of the events in the gallery below.

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    NYUAD Supports Mission to Seafarers Project

    Living on the NYU Abu Dhabi campus has its benefits. As students we are close to our classrooms, with dining and recreation just a short walk away. While we bury ourselves under homework and projects, we sometimes lose sight of how daily conveniences and necessities like books, food, and general supplies make their way to us.

  96. NYUAD Graduates Inaugural Class

    NYUAD Graduates Inaugural Class

    Congratulations to the members of NYU Abu Dhabi's Class of 2014 who graduated today on the University's new campus on Saadiyat Island. In addition to a speech by NYUAD Vice Chancellor Al Bloom and a welcome by graduating senior Shamma Sohail Al Mazrui, the ceremonies included a video tribute to the senior class and a keynote address from 42nd President of the United States Bill Clinton.

    Join us in congratulating our first graduating class on Facebook or Twitter (#NYUAD and #NYUAD2014).

  97. NYUAD's First Graduating Class Looks Back

    NYUAD's First Graduating Class Looks Back

    Before the members of NYU Abu Dhabi's Class of 2014 sat their last undergraduate exams, Salaam asked them to reflect on the past four years, first focusing on their acceptance to NYUAD. For Joshua Shirley, a double major in Philosophy and Political Science, coming to NYUAD meant "The opportunity to challenge myself in ways I had previously never imagined," he said. "It was an experience I knew would question every part of my identity and all that I thought I knew. I couldn't turn that challenge down."

  98. NYUAD Seniors Mingle with NYU Alumni

    NYUAD Seniors Mingle with NYU Alumni

    The NYU Middle East Alumni Club hosted a networking reception at the St. Regis Abu Dhabi in early May with many alumni coming from Schools at NYU New York, including Stern, Law, Wagner, and Steinhardt. About 30 of NYU Abu Dhabi's soon-to-be-graduating seniors were also present at the event, which created a unique opportunity for members of the Class of 2014 to meet and mingle with NYU alumni in this region.

  99. UAE Celebrates First Europe Day

    UAE Celebrates First Europe Day

    More than 180 students representing some 50 countries met with European Union Ambassador to the UAE Mihai Stuparu, as well as with diplomats of the EU member states, during the first Europe Day celebration in the UAE.

  100. Shining a Light on Autism

    Shining a Light on Autism

    In celebration of Autism Awareness month, NYU Abu Dhabi's Downtown Campus garden glowed to the light of a hundred blue candles on April 25. The University's first Autism Awareness educational evening was organized by NYUAD students inspired by their volunteer work with the Autism Support Network — Abu Dhabi.

  101. NYUAD Presents Inaugural Al Khayr Student Leadership Awards

    NYUAD Presents Inaugural Al Khayr Student Leadership Awards

    By Robert Leary, NYUAD Residence Director

    Besides attending classes, NYU Abu Dhabi students devote hours each week to conducting student organization meetings, coordinating community service projects, and leading other initiatives to better the lives of their peers and members of the Abu Dhabi community. In late April, our students took a brief pause from their various endeavors to celebrate their leadership contributions at the first annual Al Khayr Student Leadership Awards Gala.

  102. A Superhero Week for NYUAD Students

    A Superhero Week for NYUAD Students

    By Vic Lindsay, NYUAD Assistant Director of Student Activities

    Of all the things NYU Abu Dhabi students can achieve, they’ll likely never be able to leap over tall buildings in a single bound or run faster than a speeding bullet. But for one week this April, every student on campus had the chance to live the life of a superhero.

  103. NYUAD Superhero Week Concludes with Comic-Con Visit

    NYUAD Superhero Week Concludes with Comic-Con Visit

    Guest Post: Samia Meziane, NYUAD Class of 2016.

    For the finale of the University's Superhero Week, which took place earlier this month, 15 NYUAD students travelled to Dubai for a day at the Middle East Film and Comic Convention (MEFCC or Comic-Con).

  104. Sophomore Student Speaks at TEDx Talk in France

    Sophomore Student Speaks at TEDx Talk in France

    Spring break on college campuses typically means travel with friends or simply trying to catch up on much-needed rest. But for NYU Abu Dhabi sophomore Mohammed Amine Belarbi, spring break 2014 was spent delivering a lecture – to a global online audience.

  105. President Bill Clinton to Speak at NYU Abu Dhabi's First Graduation Ceremony

    President Bill Clinton to Speak at NYU Abu Dhabi's First Graduation Ceremony

    The keynote speaker for NYU Abu Dhabi's inaugural commencement ceremony on May 25, 2014, will be President Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States and founder of The Clinton Foundation.

  106. NYUAD Women's Football Team Win

    NYUAD Women's Football Team Win

    After five months of training and preliminary competitions, the NYU Abu Dhabi Women's Football team won the Abu Dhabi Inter-University Sports League (ADISL) Football Championship Finals on March 3.

  107. Top Four at Hult Prize Regional for NYUAD Team

    Top Four at Hult Prize Regional for NYUAD Team

    NYU Abu Dhabi students Bhavna Menon (NYUAD '16), Farah Shammout (NYUAD '16), Issa Nasr (NYUAD '17), Djordje Modrakovic (NYUAD '16) and Eder Munya (NYUAD '16) made it to the regional semifinals of the Hult Prize on March 8.

  108. AUHDIO Brings Live Music to Abu Dhabi

    AUHDIO Brings Live Music to Abu Dhabi

    When it comes to music, Abu Dhabi has no shortage of big-name acts. Last month it was the Rolling Stones On Fire on Yas Island. In May, it will be Justin Timberlake’s World Tour that croons its way into the soundtrack of this city.

    Homegrown, grassroots sounds, on the other hand, are harder to come by. Open-mike nights that are so ubiquitous in other major urban centers are rare here, or at least not as well promoted.

  109. NYUAD Holds Australia and New Zealand Night

    NYUAD Holds Australia and New Zealand Night

    NYU Abu Dhabi students had a fun night of food, games and music on February 21 at the Australia and New Zealand Night. Held at NYUAD Downtown Campus, the event was created to introduce Australia and New Zealand culture to the rest of the NYUAD community. Australian folk songs, traditional Maori songs, a slang quiz and interactive cultural activities were some of the activities held that night.

    Photo credit: Sheba Vohra

  110. Hackathon for Social Good Completes Third Year at NYUAD

    Hackathon for Social Good Completes Third Year at NYUAD

    The third annual NYU Abu Dhabi International Hackathon for Social Good, which was held on February 16, saw students from the region and around the world convene at NYUAD Downtown Campus to compete. The computer science students also had opportunities to interact and network with venture capitalists, technology professionals, and successful startups over the three-day programming marathon.

  111. NYUAD Students Win Google Cloud Developer Challenge with Stories that Travel

    NYUAD Students Win Google Cloud Developer Challenge with Stories that Travel

    What started as a spontaneous discussion in the NYU Abu Dhabi student lounge one day has been translated into a USD 21,000 award from one of the Web's biggest names.

    NYUAD students Lingliang Zhang, Moïri Gamboni, and Mariko Kuroda—all sophomores—are the first place winners of the non-enterprise category in the worldwide Google Cloud Developer Challenge for their website Travellog. After progressing through the different stages of the competition that started on September 4, 2013, the winners were finally announced on January 28 this year.

  112. Two NYUAD Students Named by Rhodes Trust as Inaugural Falcon Scholars

    Two NYUAD Students Named by Rhodes Trust as Inaugural Falcon Scholars

    Congratulations to NYUAD seniors Shamma Sohail Faris Al Mazrui and Charlotte Wang who have been selected as the two 2014 Falcon Scholars from the UAE. They will be the first to embark on this scholarship, administered by the Rhodes Trust, which will fund them to study at the University of Oxford for a minimum of two years.

  113. The Vocaholics at the White House

    NYUAD Student Carries a Tune All the Way to the White House

    When Benjamin Jance IV (NYUAD '15) joined The Vocaholics, an a capella group at NYU New York, he had no idea that getting outside of his comfort zone would eventually find him in the company of the American president, Barack Obama, and First Lady, Michelle Obama.

  114. NYU Abu Dhabi Student Helps Sculpt the Sound of the Emirates

    NYU Abu Dhabi Student Helps Sculpt the Sound of the Emirates

    Have you ever wanted to take home the soothing sounds of the desert at sunset? Package the creaks and whistles of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris after a rain? Box the acoustics of the Golden Gate Bridge? When we travel, it’s easy to snap photographs of these iconic places and hang them on the wall. Audible fingerprints, however, are much harder to take home.

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    NYUAD Senior Named 2014 Rhodes Scholar

    Congratulations to NYU Abu Dhabi senior Alexander Wang, who has been awarded a 2014 Rhodes Scholarship. As NYUAD's first Rhodes Scholar, Wang will begin pursuing his postgraduate degree at the University of Oxford in the fall of next year.

  116. Student Production of M.D. (or the whale) Showcases Experimental Take on Melville's Moby-Dick

    Student Production of M.D. (or the whale) Showcases Experimental Take on Melville's Moby-Dick

    The NYU Abu Dhabi student production of M.D. (or the whale) summoned crowds of theatergoers to Manarat Al Saadiyat earlier this month. A collaboration between Witness Relocation, a New York City-based theater and dance company, and NYUAD students, M.D. (or the whale) wove together dance, wrestling, music, and video projection in a revolutionary exploration of daily life on Captain Ahab's ship in Herman Melville's 1851 novel Moby-Dick.

  117. NYUAD Junior Opens Installation at Chilean Museum of Human Rights and Memory

    NYUAD Junior Opens Installation at Chilean Museum of Human Rights and Memory

    On a September evening at the Museum of Human Rights and Memory in Chile, NYU Abu Dhabi junior Nikolai Kozak opened ROSTRO, an installation honoring the 40th anniversary of the 1973 coup d'etat that marked the beginning of the country's three-decade-long military dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet. Kozak's first officially commissioned project, ROSTRO — which means "face" in Spanish — was also the largest art installation to be featured in the 40 years of the event's commemoration, covering the museum's facade with faces of the victims of the dictatorship.

  118. NYUAD Teams Compete in Green Abu Dhabi Mangroves Cleanup

    NYUAD Teams Compete in Green Abu Dhabi Mangroves Cleanup

    By Alex Heald, NYUAD Student Life

    While some of their peers used a recent weekend to catch up on sleep or homework, a group of 26 NYU Abu Dhabi students and three staff members braved the heat and humidity to help clean up one of the capital's most beautiful natural resources, the coastal mangrove forests. These forests provide a safe home and breeding ground for a variety of animal species, as well as preserve the environmental integrity of a developing city, yet they are often mistreated and at risk. "The land around the mangroves is open for public use," said staff volunteer Jenn Shaffer. "People will come with their families and have picnics on Fridays, and we came afterwards to pick up everything they left behind."

  119. Students Create Connections through Squares

    Students Create Connections through Squares

    This month, four NYU students — Geo Kamus, Diana Gluck, and Haley Smith from NYU Abu Dhabi and Alexandra Lenihan from NYU New York — launched Squares, an initiative designed to connect students from various universities across the UAE.

  120. President Sexton Welcomes NYUAD Students, Introduces Real AD Show

    Applause rang out in the Abu Dhabi Theater earlier this month as NYU Abu Dhabi students, faculty, and staff attended the annual Presidential Welcome and Real AD Show, a production that depicts the realities of being an NYUAD student.

  121. NYUAD Welcomes 175 Freshmen from 72 Countries

    With the arrival of the Class of 2017, NYU Abu Dhabi — for the first time in its four-year history — now has a complete student body, from freshmen to seniors. Welcoming some 175 talented students representing 72 countries around the globe, members of the freshman class, like those in previous classes, demonstrated impressive academic credentials before their arrival at NYUAD, with test score results comparable to those of the world's most prestigious institutions. 

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    Class of 2017 Shares Memories of Marhaba

    For the members of the Class of 2017, who arrived in Abu Dhabi a week before the fall semester began, the Marhaba orientation was a chance to learn about the inner workings of NYU Abu Dhabi, meet the staff and faculty members that will assist them on their academic journeys, get acquainted with their fellow classmates, and, of course, have a little fun before cracking open the books.

  123. Marhaba 2013 Welcomes Class of 2017

    Marhaba 2013 Welcomes Class of 2017

    A group of bright young leaders, dreamers, scientists, artists, entrepreneurs, inventors, writers, and explorers arrived at NYU Abu Dhabi at the end of August with an eagerness to start new journeys and expand their horizons. The University welcomed the Class of 2017 during Marhaba 2013, an exciting week of informative sessions, city tours, and fun-filled events. Throughout the week, the freshman class built strong connections and adjusted to their new environment. Marhaba was also a great opportunity for students to explore the University's resources, meet the staff, and get acquainted with their professors and mentors. Check out the gallery to see just a few images of Marhaba 2013.

  124. NYUAD Students Discuss Eye-opening UAE Summer Internships in The National

    The opportunity to intern at the Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research in Ras Al Khaimah this summer has given two NYUAD students the chance to engage more deeply with the Emirati community and learn about traditions in the Emirates outside of Abu Dhabi, The National reported last week. Leah Reynolds and Petrus Layarda (both Class of 2014), who have been working on research projects with the organization, said the opportunity has enhanced their academic experiences and given them deeper insight into local culture and traditions.

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    Students' Community Garden Proposal Wins First Place in Musahamati Youth Competition

    During their first three years at New York University Abu Dhabi, Nahuel Rosa and Irene Pañeda (both Class of 2014) have been on plenty of urban adventures around the capital. But these strolls have been more research than recreation. The purpose: to learn what residents love about their community, and learn what would make it even better.

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    Festival of Student Work Marks End of Academic Year

    As in last May's Journeys exhibition, the end of this academic year saw an array of student work on display at NYU Abu Dhabi's Downtown Campus. Including everything from films and essays to performances and visual art, the Festival of Student Work showcased a range of projects across disciplines and divisions and encouraged the University community to come together for one final event before dispersing for the summer.

  127. Globetrotting NYUAD Junior Highlighted in Hometown Magazine

    Globetrotting NYUAD Junior Highlighted in Hometown Magazine

    As Oklahoma's The Outlook Magazine recently reported, NYU Abu Dhabi junior Zachary Stanley "is no secret agent. But he's been around the world more times than James Bond." In a nod to the University's encouragement of global exploration, the May article, "I've Been Everywhere, Man," discusses Stanley's personal and course-related travels and highlights what he's gained from experiencing cultures different than his own.

  128. NYUAD Students Participate in 2013 Abu Dhabi International Book Fair

    NYUAD Students Participate in 2013 Abu Dhabi International Book Fair

    Everybody knows that books are the perfect companions for rainy days. Fortunately, on one of the recent drizzly weekends in Abu Dhabi, the NYUAD Arabic department gathered students to visit the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair. There, students wandered among teetering columns of novels, magazines, and religious texts as they learned more about the world of Arab and international literature.

  129. NYUAD Community Showcases Talents at Open Mic Night

    NYU Abu Dhabi students, staff, and faculty gathered in the University's Common Ground on April 26 for the last Open Mic Night of the academic year. From belly dancing to monologues and poetry reciting to capoeira rodas, participants showcased their unique talents for the rest of the NYUAD community.

  130. Earth Day Event Brings Environmental Awareness to NYUAD

    Earth Day Event Brings Environmental Awareness to NYUAD

    On April 22 NYU Abu Dhabi exchanged fluorescent light bulbs for eco-friendly candles as the University celebrated Earth Day with an assortment of booths, informational talks, and song and dance.

  131. Musician in Residence Program Welcomes Cellist and Arranger Fabio Pelligatti

    Musician in Residence Program Welcomes Cellist and Arranger Fabio Pellegatti

    NYU Abu Dhabi's music lovers were in for a treat earlier this month when renowned cellist and arranger Fabio Pellegatti spent two weeks on campus. The second notable musician to visit the University as part of the Musician in Residence program, he shared his broad approach to musicianship with music majors and non-music majors alike and focused special attention on strings, chamber music, and arrangement and orchestration.

  132. NYUAD Students Perform The Odyssey

    NYUAD Students Perform The Odyssey

    April 18 marked the long-awaited opening night of NYU Abu Dhabi's student-led production of The Odyssey, adapted and directed by NYUAD Associate Professor of Theater Rubén Polendo. Performed at Manarat al Saadiyat, the show was the collaborative effort of student actors as well as artists, directors, and producers from both NYUAD and Theater Mitu, Polendo's professional theater company.

  133. NYUAD Engineers for Social Impact Build Community Center in Syria

    NYUAD Engineers for Social Impact Build Community Center in Sri Lanka

    When NYU Abu Dhabi freshman Eder Munya journeyed to Sri Lanka during spring break to build a community center alongside his fellow engineering classmates, he found himself receiving help from some unexpected but enthusiastic volunteers.

  134. Two NYUAD Students Receive NYU President's Service Award

    NYU Abu Dhabi students, sophomore Mandy Tan and junior Jorge Zárate, have each received an NYU President's Service Award. Now in its 28th year, the award recognizes valuable members among the NYU community, students or student organizations that have made outstanding contributions to campus life, the student population, and the university network as a whole.

  135. NYUAD Junior Named Truman Scholar

    NYUAD Junior Named 2013 Truman Scholar

    Congratulations to NYU Abu Dhabi junior Alexander Wang, the University's first Truman Scholar and NYU's third since 2007. A prestigious honor awarded on the basis of leadership abilities, potential intellectual achievement, and commitment to a career in public service, the scholarship recognizes Wang's work with migrant worker communities.

  136. NYUAD runners travel to Cyprus for Limassol marathon

    NYUAD Runners Travel to Cyprus for Limassol Marathon

    The crack of the gun marked the opening of the Limassol Marathon, held on March 24 in Limassol, Cyprus. Taking off from the seafront of Molos, 19 runners from NYUAD — nine students and three staff members in the half marathon and seven students in the full marathon — ran along the spectacular coastline of Limassol, known to be the birthplace of the goddess Aphrodite.

  137. NYUAD sophomores participate in inaugural NYU global ideas exchange

    NYUAD Sophomores Participate in Inaugural NYU Global Idea Exchange

    By Mastewal Terefe, NYUAD Class of 2015

    As a tangible demonstration of the intellectual and creative capacity within NYU's global network, 1,624 of its members recently took part in the inaugural Global Idea Exchange (GIE). They shared inspirations, proposed creative ideas, and applauded or developed others' ideas on an online platform in order to answer the question: How might we activate the potential of cities to ignite a modern renaissance? Although achieving "a modern renaissance" seemed to some a grandiose and ambitious challenge, the 122 resulting ideas posted on the global platform suggest numerous ways through which the social and scientific realities of our time can be positively transformed.

  138. Student Performers Gather for Global Shakespeare Festival

    Student Performers Gather for Global Shakespeare Festival

    Recently, NYU Abu Dhabi welcomed student performers from NYU New York, the American University of Sharjah, Bryn Mawr, Cairo University, Haverford, and Swarthmore for the Global Shakespeare Student Festival. Organized by NYUAD's Associate Dean of Humanities Cyrus R.K. Patell and Associate Professor of Theater Rubén Polendo, NYUNY's Dean of the Gallatin School Susanne Wofford, and Katherine Rowe, Chair and Professor of English at Bryn Mawr, the festival included performer-led workshops and master classes focused on "making" theater and "thinking" theater, as well as two evenings of performances during which each group showcased their adaptations of Shakespeare's works.

  139. Teaching English at the Somali Social and Cultural Centre

    Teaching English at the Somali Social and Cultural Centre

    For NYU Abu Dhabi freshman Juliana Bello, volunteering at the Somali Social and Cultural Centre is a natural extension of the work she did in her home state of New Jersey before leaving for university. Having tutored children at HomeFront, a US organization that aims to end homelessness in Central New Jersey, Bello is an experienced teacher who enjoys helping those she would "otherwise have little access to."

  140. NYUAD Team Wins Masdar Institute's Mind Rewind Competition

    NYUAD Team Wins Masdar Institute's Mind Rewind Competition

    By Sumit Dahal, NYUAD Class of 2015

    With just seven seconds to answer each question, NYU Abu Dhabi students had to think fast at the Masdar Institute's recent "Mind Rewind" Competition. This general knowledge competition looked to enhance the relationship between universities in Abu Dhabi while fostering a spirit of competition, increasing intellectual prowess in a broad range of areas, and providing an extra-curricular activity that was intellectually stimulating. The slogan of this year's inter-university brain challenge was "Rewind & Re-watch" and topics included current affairs, sports, literature, science, and entertainment. The NYUAD team, consisting of sophomores Sumit Dahal and Craig Breckenridge and freshmen Nandita Chaturvedi and Daniel Brown, faced off against teams from the Petroleum Institute, Khalifa University, the Masdar Institute, and the Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi.

  141. NYUAD Students Race Against the Clock in 24-hour Film Challenge

    Despite the popularity of NYU Abu Dhabi's 24-hour Film Race, the screening for this year's event was a cozy affair. Piles of beanbags, soda pop, and cups of popcorn made for an intimate ambiance, one that encouraged the mingling of students and faculty as they waited for the event to start. The room was buzzing with excited chatter and an almost palpable anticipation, which erupted into actual cheering as the lights dimmed and the screen flickered to life.

  142. NYUAD Freshman Finds Inspiration at the Future Centre for Special Needs

    By Imen Haddad, NYUAD Class of 2016

    As I rode to the Future Centre for Special Needs (FCSN) on my first day of volunteering, I thought about the children I was about to meet, about everything that I wanted to say to them, and about how to behave. I had no idea what my role was to be, or even if I would be in direct contact with the children. Ultimately, I didn't know whether I should treat them in a special way because of their "special needs." But throughout my first day, my uncertainty turned to realization as I began interacting with a class of girls aged six to 15.

  143. The National Catches up with the Class of 2014

    For a recent article, The National spoke with a handful of NYUAD juniors about their decision to attend the University and their experiences at NYUAD, as well as their post-graduation plans. "After three years in Abu Dhabi, many of the students are keen to give back to the country in the spheres of culture, art, politics, and economics," the article states. Indeed, as Joshua Shirley said, "I would love to stay in Abu Dhabi after graduation, to give back to the city that has given so much to me and to explore it in a professional rather than academic context.

  144. Desert Camping Trip Fosters Freshman Class Bonds

    Desert Camping Trip Fosters Freshman Class Bonds

    Guest Post: Zoe Hu, NYUAD Class of 2016.

    Many of us expected the desert camping trip to be nothing more than an escape — a quick getaway from the arctic air-conditioning of Sama Tower and the miniature mountains of homework that awaited us inside. Instead, what we got was a portal to the past. The campsite set-up was so similar to that of our Candidate Weekend desert outing, it was hard not to be brought back to a time when we were all high school seniors wading through the anxiety of the college application process.

  145. NYUAD Sophomore to Exhibit at Chile's National Museum for Memory and Human Rights

    For NYUAD sophomore Nikolai Kozak, creating bridges between the social sciences and the arts is an interesting way of addressing heavy and complex topics — topics like the Chilean dictatorship, which is the theme of Kozak's Memoria 35000 art project. Named for the 35,000 cases of human rights abuses that occurred during the dictatorship (which took place from 1973 to 1990), the project has been accepted for exhibition in Chile's National Museum for Memory and Human Rights.

  146. After Marhaba, NYUAD's Class of 2016 Reflects

    After Marhaba, NYUAD's Class of 2016 Reflects

    Now that the Marhaba festivities have drawn to a close, the school year has begun, and the new freshman class is beginning to settle into University life, Salaam asked a few members of the Class of 2016 to reflect on their first week at NYUAD, how they felt before arriving on campus, what their favorite experiences have been thus far, and what they look forward to in the coming academic year.

  147. NYUAD's Class of 2016 Enjoys Marhaba Activities

    In the week before the fall semester began, the Class of 2016 took part in a variety of Marhaba events and activities, from introductions and discussions to dinners and outings.

  148. NYUAD Welcomes Class of 2016

    NYUAD Welcomes Class of 2016

    "The impressive diversity and academic record of NYU Abu Dhabi's third undergraduate class is a clear indication that the concept and ideals of NYU's global network university is one that resonates strongly with today's students," said NYU President John Sexton. "The academic rigor of NYUAD's liberal arts education, coupled with the intrinsic draw of NYU's global network, continues to attract to Abu Dhabi some of the brightest young minds from around the world."

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    NYUAD Participates in Tri Yas for Second Year Running

    Abu Dhabi's world-class Yas Marina Formula One Grand Prix circuit was recently packed by crowded onlookers, this time cheering on the world's best racing machines in the Tri Yas 2012, which took place in April.

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    Freshman Team Wins NYUAD's First InterCLASSico Cup

    Guest Post: Mohit Mandal, NYUAD Class of 2015.

    Just a few days after a Ronaldo-inspired Real Madrid victory over Barcelona that brought the team one step closer to clinching Spain’s La Liga title, the footballers at NYUAD took to the field for a Clásico of their own — minus all the hair gel. At Abu Dhabi's Zayed Sports City (where the crowds attending a coinciding regional cup final were momentarily mistaken by a few students as fans of the NYUAD team), the night had all the makings of an occasion to be remembered. Over the course of 90 minutes, the Class of 2014 and the Class of 2015 battled it out for the right to be crowned the champions of the University’s very first interCLASSico Cup. The prize? Unparalleled glory (and a shiny trophy to boot).

  151. NYUAD Explores Future Collaboration with Ajman’s “Green Sheikh”

    H.H. Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Ali al Nuaimi of Ajman, also known as "the Green Sheikh," visited NYUAD this week. In addition to taking a tour of the Downtown Campus, he met with 17 students, faculty, and staff members to brainstorm ideas for future collaboration.

  152. NYUAD Team Takes First Place in 2012 Dubai Dragon Boat Festival

    Guest Post: Norina Miszori, NYUAD Class of 2015.

    Earlier this month, the members of the NYUAD Dragon Boat team rose from their beds, heavy from the previous night's carb-bombs at the University's first pep rally, anticipating the championship race that lay ahead. Coach Mike had asked us to load up on carbohydrates for three days before the race, and we did not disappoint him.

  153. Doha Debates Representatives Visit NYUAD

    "This House believes women will be worse off after the Arab revolutions."
    "This House believes for the sake of democracy Egypt should postpone elections."
    "This House believes Turkey is a bad model for the new Arab states."

    These are just a few of the current events topics that have been discussed on the Doha Debates, a Qatar Foundation project aired to an international audience via BBC World News. The series, which is currently in its eighth season, has developed a reputation for initiating public dialogue on a range of challenging and timely topics in the Arab world, visiting representatives said during an interactive information session at NYUAD.

  154. Three NYUAD Students Place in Emirates Airline Literature Festival Writing Competitions

    Just six hours before the deadline for entering the Emirates Airline Literature Festival's writing competitions, a group of NYUAD students had just completed a roundtable peer-review writing workshop, collaboratively crafting their works to focus on the experience of their readers. Held by the University's Academic Resource Center (ARC), the discussion involved the winning entrants of two of the ARC's recent writing contests, three of who then submitted their work to the festival just before the deadline and walked away with a prize. Mohit Mandal (NYUAD '15) won first place in the Oxford University Press Story Writing Competition, and Jorge Zárate (NYUAD '14) and Cristóbal Martinez Yanes (NYUAD '15) placed first and third, respectively, in the Taleem Poetry Competition.

  155. The National Highlights NYUAD's Upcoming Production of The Ramayana

    In anticipation of the curtains being raised for tomorrow's premier of the NYUAD production of The Ramayana — an ancient Sanskrit epic adapted for the stage by NYUAD Associate Professor of Theater Rubén Polendo — The National's Maey El Shoush spoke to Polendo and a couple of the participating students about the production.

  156. Exploring the UAE and the Region During J-Term in Abu Dhabi

    This J-Term, students taking courses in Abu Dhabi not only hit the books, but also hit the road! In addition to three regional trips to Sri Lanka, India, and Qatar, professors led their classes on a variety of field trips to multiple locations within the UAE. Enrolled in just one course, students were able to completely immerse themselves in the subject at hand. And professors used the opportunity to organize real-world experiences that allowed the students to explore what they had already learned on paper.

  157. Journeying Abroad for J-Term

    After briefly returning to their home countries for winter break, many NYUAD students spent their intense three-week January courses — colloquially known as J-Terms — scattered throughout NYU's global sites in Shanghai, Buenos Aires, New York, Florence, and London. The courses available were as diverse as their settings, with classes on offer that ranged from The Social Life of Finance in Buenos Aires to Wealth and Inequality in New York.

  158. NYUAD Receives Record Number of Applications for Class of 2016

    Far surpassing even last year's record numbers, freshman applications for NYUAD's Class of 2016 totaled 15,489 — compared with 5,854 for the Class of 2015 — with applicants vying for approximately 150 spots.

    For the first time, this year's applicants, applying to both NYU New York and NYUAD, had the option of selecting one campus as their "primary" choice and the other as their "alternate" choice. Of the total number of applicants, 2,454 chose the Abu Dhabi campus as their primary choice — more than double the number from the prior year (1,184), when applicants could apply directly to NYUAD or, when applying to NYUNY, ask to be considered for admission to NYUAD — and 13,035 applied to the campus as their alternate choice.

    It was also another record year for NYU's global network in general, with a total of 43,728 students applying for spots in NYU's Class of 2016 across the New York and Abu Dhabi campuses, exceeding last year's record 42,242 applications.

  159. NYUAD Freshman Addresses Jordanian Law in The National

    Joining the growing list of NYUAD students and faculty to pen comments for The National Conversation, the online opinion section of The National, freshman Nour AlGharibeh recently submitted a piece, published on Monday, that addresses Jordanian citizenship law, namely, the refusal to allow children of Jordanian mothers to become citizens regardless of the father's nationality.

  160. Campus16

    NYUAD Sophomore Presents University's First Peer-Reviewed Paper

    For most NYUAD students, winter break was a time to relax, visit with friends and family, and prepare for J-Term courses. For sophomore Songyishu Yang, however, it also included a trip to Tunisia. The first NYUAD student to have a peer-reviewed paper accepted for presentation, Yang traveled to Hammamet in late-December to take part in the third International Renewable Energy Congress (IREC). During the three-day event, which provides a forum for researchers and practitioners around the world to discuss recent developments in the fields of renewable energy, 115 participants from 32 countries gathered to attend a variety of sessions with scopes ranging from sustainability and energy sources (wind, photovoltaic, solar thermal, hybrid, biomass, hydraulic, and nuclear) to environmental forecasting, policies, and regulation.

  161. NYUAD Class of 2015 Reflects on First Semester

    As the first semester of the Class of 2015's freshman year draws to a close, with term papers submitted, exams taken, and bags packed for winter break, Salaam asked the students for their impressions of the University and of Abu Dhabi, and to share what experiences thus far have been the most memorable. While most touched on the educational environment, specific events that took place during the fall semester, or the sense of community at NYUAD, others reflected on the capital itself and on their own personal growth. As Sachith Cheruvatur said, "The best part of my experience here also happens to be the most painful one. The experience of growing up. The experience of watching my previous outlook on the world as a high school student who touched down in Abu Dhabi four months back being razed to the ground and experiencing the growth and development of a new and different outlook on the world — a more accepting and open one with far greater appreciation for different philosophies, cultures, sciences, religions, and most importantly, a whole new outlook to who I am and want to be."

  162. A Celebration of Horsepower: NYUAD Visits the Dubai Motor Show

    Guest Post: János Kun, NYUAD Class of 2014.
    The weekend of November 11 and the end of NYUAD's Eid break marked a special moment for petrolheads in the UAE: the globe turned its attention to Abu Dhabi's awesome Yas Marina Circuit to watch the penultimate round of this year's Formula 1 Championship, and, approximately 120 kilometers away, the Dubai International Motor Show opened its gates for the 11th time in its 22-year history. A group of NYUAD students attended the five-day show and spent day two exploring more than 500 vehicles from more than 150 manufacturers to find out what from motoring's best appeals to the people of the Emirates.
  163. NYUAD Welcomes Class of 2015

    Selected from a pool of 5,858 applicants, the 161 freshmen that make up NYU Abu Dhabi's Class of 2015 came from near and far — from 60 countries around the globe. In addition to speaking 55 languages, the academically gifted group boasts a median SAT score of 1,460 (out of 1,600) and, at the class' 75th percentile, a perfect 800 on the math portion of the exam.

  164. Marhaba Week in Pictures

    Marhaba, NYUAD's welcome week, took place from August 26 to September 1. Throughout the week, the 161 members of the Class of 2015 took part in a variety of activities and events, including a Grand Welcome Iftar, a reading panel, a scavenger hunt, and a trip to Dubai. Check out their experiences in the selection of photographs below!

  165. One Year Later, NYUAD is "Home"

    As her classmates finished their finals and began packing their bags for summer break, Leah Reynolds (NYUAD '14) put fingers to keyboard for The National. In her article, which ran in Thursday's paper, she looks back on NYUAD's inaugural year and contemplates what has changed in just eight short months.

    "Just a year ago I would not have imagined a college experience in which I could not always see my classmates clearly enough to recognize their faces or during which my partners for group projects would be located oceans away," Reynolds wrote. "However, that experience might be an analogy for the state we live in, on a bridge between worlds." And now, more comfortable thanks to time and interactions with the local community, the bridge has become home.

    Indeed, as Reynolds put it, "Whatever the admissions literature may say, the NYU Abu Dhabi experience is neither simply that of an American-style liberal arts education nor that of living in the Middle East. It is a place that brings those two notions together. I don't think of it as the 'world's honors college,' as it bills itself. I just think of it as home."

  166. NYUAD Students Hit the Slopes

    NYUAD Students Hit the Slopes

    As the temperature in Abu Dhabi continues to climb to somewhat uncomfortable levels, 17 NYUAD students recently traveled to Dubai to hit the slopes for a few hours of skiing and snowboarding. It all went down at the Mall of the Emirates, which houses Ski Dubai, the world's first indoor ski slope. The facility contains more than 22,500 square meters of real snow and five runs, the longest of which is 400 meters.
  167. MasquerADe Ball Commemorates Conclusion of NYUAD's Inaugural Year

    In masks and formal attire, NYUAD students danced the night away at the University's MasquerADe Ball, hosted by NYUAD Vice Chancellor Al Bloom and NYU President John Sexton. Held on April 17 at the breathtaking Yas Hotel on Yas Island, home to Ferrari World and the Yas Marina Circuit, the event commemorated the conclusion of NYUAD's inaugural year.
  168. Theater Mitu Brings CHAOS to Abu Dhabi

    Theater Mitu Brings CHAOS to Abu Dhabi

    The stage is set for CHAOS. From March 2-5, against the backdrop of the Arabian Gulf, NYUAD Professor of Theater Rubén Polendo will direct Theater Mitu, his New York-based theater company, as it performs CHAOS. Presented by the NYUAD Institute and produced in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH), the ground-breaking show — the first professional theater production to be conceived, rehearsed, and produced in Abu Dhabi — is an adaptation of a quartet of short stories by Italian author and Nobel Laureate Luigi Pirandello.
  169. Middle East Forum Talks Media and Art

    Middle East Forum Talks Media and Art

    This month, the Middle East Forum hosted two luminaries of media and art to discuss the roles of their respective fields in a region that has seen much recent change and media coverage. Shadi Hamid, director of research at the Brookings Doha Center, and Naif Al-Mutawa, creator of The 99, recently sat down with the NYUAD student organization, which meets biweekly as an environment to discuss Middle East politics and current events, analyze issues related to the region, and receive special access to notable academics in the field.
  170. NYUAD Adventure Club Sets Sail in Oman

    NYUAD's Adventure Club had their first outing this past three-day weekend, as 28 students headed to the mountains of Musandam, Oman. The group, which gathered for departure early on Thursday morning, took a bus from Abu Dhabi to the peninsula, a governorate of Oman separated from the rest of the country by the UAE.

  171. 'Battle of the Couples' Competition Proves Fierce

    Eighteen members of the Class of 2014 battled it out for top prize at a Battle of the Couples competition, held on Valentine's Day. The game, which was similar in style to the Newlywed Game, required each participant to pair up with a roommate or floormate and be quizzed about each other on stage in front of their peers. Despite meeting less than six months ago, contestants were expected to know a variety of personal details about their classmates, such as how they like their eggs and in what city they were born. The competitors — six female and three male pairs — were given only two strikes before they were eliminated, and the competition was intense. After one hour of play, only three teams were still standing, having answered questions such as "What is your partner's mother's full name?" and "What is the background on your partner's computer?"

  172. Class of 2014 Captures Cosmopolitanism Through Its Own Lens

    They hadn't yet officially set foot on the NYUAD campus, but the Class of 2014 already had their heads in the books. Last summer, before the University opened its doors, 43 incoming freshmen in locations all over the world took part in Cosmopolitan Ideas for Global Citizens, an interactive and electronically conducted colloquium based on Kwame Appiah's book, Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers, that asked the students to consider Appiah's text and how it might relate to their own community.
  173. Dreams Take Flight at Al Ain Aerobatic Show

    Eighteen NYUAD students traveled to Abu Dhabi's neighboring city of Al Ain last week to watch seven planes battle it out for top prize in the Al Ain Aerobatic Show's Desert Challenge, which showcased teams from all over the world, including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Chani Gatto (NYUAD '14) appreciated the diversity. "It is nice to see so many countries represented. It is kind of like NYU Abu Dhabi in a sense!"

  174. Students Converge in Abu Dhabi to Inspire Change

    Some 200 students from around the world converged in Abu Dhabi at the end of January. They shared a common goal: to develop solutions for global issues. Traveling from countries including Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, and Vietnam, the students were in town for the Global Issues Network Conference, a three-day event that encouraged them to make a difference by empowering them to work internationally with their peers to generate results for worldwide problems.

  175. NYUAD Football Builds International Relations During Trip to Qatar

    Guest Post: Vic Lindsay, assistant coach of NYUAD Football and NYUAD manager of Global Education Operations.

    Following the successful completion of NYU Abu Dhabi's first J-Term, 20 students and three coaches flew to Doha, Qatar, representing the NYUAD football team. They hoped to use sports not only as a means to see the world, but to build international relationships and develop a stronger sense of family amongst the team. For four days, through both victory and defeat, they learned the true values of sportsmanship and friendship.

  176. J-Term in Abu Dhabi a Time for Education and Exploration

    After spending time away for winter break, ninety of NYUAD's 150 students ventured back to Abu Dhabi for January Term. For this session, students had the choice of nine courses taught by professors from around the globe.

  177. NYUAD Students Experience Politics and History in London

    Xiaomei Wu (NYUAD '14) really experienced the interesting dynamics of the city. "Everything here is an antique! It is like all of London is a museum. Basically every street and every house has a history," she said. "But it is also a city with both historical and modern elements. It's both old and young."

    Throughout their three-week course, taught by London School of Economics professor Simon Hix and NYUNY professors Joseph Tucker and Michael Laver, students were exposed to the inner workings of the European Union. "We got to meet with members of the European Parliament, ambassadors to Croatia and Bosnia, and even got to visit the House of Lords and the House of Commons. I was surprised to see that the speakers still wear wigs!" said Tine Paulsen (NYUAD '14).

    Wu was impressed to feel the city's political power play out in her day-to-day life. "The UK definitely has a very important role in Europe, and it's also a key member of the EU. Being in London I could feel a real Europe. The concept of EU and Europe was no longer in the book. It was all around me."

    Wu also took time out of her busy schedule to experience some authentic British culture. "I saw two plays while in London. There is rarely any theater in my home city, so it was exciting to see a live play! I also saw the Rosetta Stone at the British Museum, which was a five-minute walk from our dorm." Paulsen also took the opportunity to explore, taking a tour of the city with her resident advisors. "We took the tube from place to place, including the Prime Meridian in Greenwich, and then took a boat tour under Tower Bridge."

    Much like her fellow students who went abroad, Wu couldn't wait to get back to the warm Gulf weather. "London is very cold. I miss the sun in Abu Dhabi!"

    Read about the students' J-Term experiences in Shanghai, New York, and Abu Dhabi.

  178. NYUAD's Freshman Applications Soar

    This year NYUAD offered two Early Decision programs, both binding, which garnered 579 applications. Of the 214 candidates in the first cycle, 59 were offered admission. "This year, following an extensive international outreach effort, and of course, reports of the remarkable success of our inaugural Class of 2014, we have seen impressive growth in both the number of applications and in the already remarkable quality of NYUAD applicants," said Linda Mills, NYU's senior vice provost for undergraduates and associate vice chancellor for admissions and financial support for NYU Abu Dhabi.

    NYU New York also saw an increase in freshman applications. This year, 41,058 hopefuls applied for approximately 4,800 spots in NYUNY's Class of 2015, exceeding last year's record for total applications by 11 percent. Over the past two decades, applications for freshman admission to NYU have more than quadrupled.

    A clear indicator that students are embracing the notion of a global education and are excited by the potential to study at NYU's two portal campuses as well as its 11 Global Academic Centers around the world, the University received 7,625 applications from students outside of the United States — an increase of 36 percent from last year. As Randall Deike, NYU's vice president for enrollment management, said, "We are immensely proud and grateful that so many extremely talented high school students from around the world are interested in NYU, particularly given the economy and the declining demographics of graduating high school students. Clearly they are attracted by NYU's great strengths — its global presence and opportunities, the quality and range of its academic programs, and its vitality and entrepreneurial spirit."

    And perhaps this remarkable quality of applicants — and that of the inaugural class — along with the University's low acceptance rate (at 2.1 percent last year) has raised the bar even higher, influencing those applying to NYUAD. Indeed, average SAT scores for candidates competing for spots at both campuses appear to be even higher than those posted by last year's applicants.

  179. NYUAD Students Take a Bite Out of the Big Apple

    "We got to go to a different museum everyday," said Baltaji, who took her course at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World. "We have been to the Frick Collection, the Morgan Library & Museum, the Rubin Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Cloisters. By far the best day I have had was going to the Frick Collection while it was closed and getting to see the private rooms that are usually closed to the public."

    Simon Huang (NYUAD '14) opted for Punishment in Law, Politics, and Society, taught by NYU School of Law professor Rachel Barkow, which included trips to the Metropolitan Corrections Center, a trial at a federal courthouse, and even a stop at the American Gangster Museum. Inside the classroom, Huang and his fellow classmates discussed everything from lobbying forces to ways of reforming the penal system. "It was deliciously fun!" he exclaimed.

    New York J-Term students were also given the opportunity to study New York and Modernity, taught by NYU Associate Dean of English and NYUAD Associate Dean of Humanities Cyrus Patell, as well as Principles of Marketing, taught by NYU Stern School of Business Academic Director Bruce Buchanan.

    Outside of the classroom, Baltaji was sure to make the most of the city. "I explored the city by foot just to see where I would end up. I actually love the fact that you can walk everywhere and anywhere and find a variety of alluring stores — and even if you get lost the people are incredibly helpful." Huang chose to spend most of his free time in the theater. "I went to see a total of six shows on Broadway: Wicked, Jersey Boys, The Importance of Being Earnest, American Idiot, Chicago, and Billy Elliot. I also did touristy things like visit the Statue of Liberty and take a sightseeing bus tour. The city is certainly ever-changing; there's no end to the number of things you've yet to do and places you've yet to go."

    The biggest hardship of living in the city that never sleeps? "Things are definitely more expensive there," Huang said. "The tube of toothpaste I bought at the store next door cost $5.50!" Baltaji, on the other hand, thought the hardest part was the winter weather, specifically the late-December blizzard that blanketed the city in snow. "The cold has by far gotten to me; it just really causes me to feel like I should stay in bed all day bundled in layers of blankets. I would give anything to be back in the warmth of Abu Dhabi!"

    Read about the students' J-Term experiences in Shanghai, London, and Abu Dhabi.

  180. NYUAD Students Take Shanghai

    According to Gancheva, the most interesting part of Shanghai was the richness and diversity of the culture, both traditional and modern. "The most exciting thing about Shanghai is the striking contrast between the old and the new, the traditional and the global," she said. "Shanghai is an amazing place where changes happen quickly: the ultra-modern future coexists with ancient culture and traditions." Taiwanese-American student Alex Wang (NYUAD '14) agrees. "I'm dumbfounded by the confluence of history and modernity in this city," he said. "China differs significantly from the version of the country portrayed by my parents — who are ardent supporters of Taiwanese independence — and the Western media."

    The NYUAD students — as well as two NYUNY students — took classes at East China Normal University and were housed in the international dorms alongside other Chinese students. While taking a course entitled Shanghai: The City and the Environment, taught by NYU Shanghai director Mingzheng Shi, Gancheva, Wang, and their fellow students had the opportunity to take a day trip to Beijing and visit the Great Wall of China and the Forbidden City, as well as try some new cuisine. Gancheva tried Beijing duck, but unlike some of her fellow students, passed on the scorpions. For Wang, the food was one of the best parts of the trip. "Roasted yams were by far my favorite; they're sold by the kilo and are five to six times are large as the yams I find in the States; spicy bullfrog and corn-flavored ice cream were both close seconds!"

    Thinking about NYU's hopes to open a portal campus in Shanghai, Wang said, "There's a dynamism and vitality here that I've never felt in any other city. Shanghai has the potential to be the next creative capital of the world."

    Read about the students' J-Term experiences in London, New York, and Abu Dhabi.

  181. NYUAD Competes in Inaugural Yas Island Triathlon

    Six hundred triathletes from around the world made their way to Abu Dhabi's Yas Island on Friday for Tri Yas, a new triathlon noted to be the first held on a Formula 1 circuit. Among the throngs of swimmers, cyclists, and runners were nine athletes from NYUAD who made up three relay teams — two that took part in the Olympic Distance Relay (1.5km open-water swim, 40km bike, 10km run) and one that participated in the Sprint Distance Relay (750m open-water swim, 20km bike, 5km run).
  182. Inaugural MEF Meeting Hosts Author Reza Aslan

    Inaugural MEF Meeting Hosts Author Reza Aslan

    He has made appearances on The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, and Meet the Press, but this past Thursday, Reza Aslan (pictured center), acclaimed writer and contributing editor for The Daily Beast, sat with a group of 20 NYUAD students to discuss Islam, democracy, and contemporary Middle Eastern politics. The lucky students were part of the inaugural meeting of the Middle East Forum, a new organization sponsored by the NYUAD Institute that convenes biweekly as an environment for students to discuss Middle East politics and current events, analyze issues related to the region, and receive special access to notable academics in the field.
  183. The NBA Comes to Abu Dhabi

    Basketball may not be the most popular sport in Abu Dhabi — here, horse and camel racing, football, falconry, and motorsports take top spots on the list — but this past weekend close to 13,000 fans gathered at the Flash Forum on Yas Island during the inaugural NBA JamFest Abu Dhabi 2010, a three-day event that included a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, appearances by NBA legend Hakeem "The Dream" Olajuwon, and performances by the New York Knicks City Dancers and the Milwaukee Bucks "Rim Rockers" Dunk Team.

  184. Performing for Peace

    "Musical performances can be appreciated as art, but they can also be appreciated as tools for exploring the world," said J. Martin Daughtry, assistant professor of Ethnomusicology at NYU New York and an NYUAD Affiliated Faculty member. Indeed, the ResoNations Education Session performances by both NYUAD and NYU students during the Innovation Talks Symposium III at the United Nations Headquarters on Thursday were designed to bring global communities together and use music as a vehicle for peace.
  185. Students Kayak for a Cause

    Students Kayak for a Cause

    Students got some good exercise recently while giving back to the Abu Dhabi community. Fifteen NYUAD students and a few staff members kayaked through the mangroves to a neighboring island and spent a few hours cleaning and picking up garbage.
  186. NYUAD and NYU Students to Perform Together, 7,000 Miles Apart

    Technology can really make the world feel small. And for NYUAD and NYU students taking part in the ResoNations Education Session — a component of the Innovation Talks Symposium III at the United Nations Headquarters — physical distance will all but disappear as they perform together during a master class, despite being 7,000 miles apart.
  187. NYUAD Flag Football Team Wins Championship

    NYUAD Flag Football Team Wins Championship

    By Wayne Young, NYUAD Associate Director of Athletics
    Last night the NYUAD American flag football team won the Duplays citywide recreation league championship 30-19, an incredible turnaround from its season-opening 42–6 loss.
  188. Angels in the Outfield

    The majority of NYUAD students know what it's like to be far away from home, missing friends and family, and craving a conversation in their native tongue. So it's no surprise that 11 students recently participated in a charity event for those in a similar situation. Competing in a charity football tournament to raise funds for The Angel Appeal, a project by The Mission to Seafarers, the students laced up their boots to help the organization provide seafarers at anchor (off the coast of Fujairah, but too far out to come ashore) vital contact from family and friends.
  189. The Class of 2014 Goes Camping

    Trading in the city lights for stars and some traditional Bedouin culture, 130 NYU Abu Dhabi students recently packed their bags for a night of camping in the desert. The trip, which took place last weekend, included a variety of activities. The diversions, including camel rides and sand surfing, provided the perfect opportunity for the students to take a break from studying and let loose with their classmates.
  190. Rainy Days

    Rainy Days

    Droplets of water fell from the sky last night — something that hasn't been seen in Abu Dhabi for quite some time. And it caused quite the commotion. This first rain — and thunder — of the season sent NYUAD students dashing outside, yelling, screaming, laughing, hugging, and jumping for joy. For some, these last few months have been the longest they've lived without rain. With excitement like this, here's hoping it does come back another day!

  191. Students Get Creative by "Getting Headless"

    Ten students were writing on white boards lining the wall of the student activities room. The day Salaam visited, the warm-up was an emotion spectrum, a list of things from good to bad, written in their respective areas of the board. After five minutes, the entire wall was covered. Positive notes like "Skyping with my brother" and "surprise pizza" were written on the "good" side; "only blueberry bagels left at the Downtown Campus Cafe, bummer" in the middle; and "Stats. That's it" and "someone stole my candy" on the "bad" side.

  192. Halloween Haunts Class of 2014

    For the students who normally celebrate Halloween, the Sama Tower festivities may have conjured up welcome images of home. However, for those who don't, the trick-or-treating and pumpkin carving were just two more things to enthusiastically add to their growing list of firsts.
  193. Abu Dhabi Film Festival Takes Over City, Inspires Film Students

    Abu Dhabi Film Festival Takes Over City, Inspires Film Students

    The red carpet has been rolled out for the fourth annual Abu Dhabi Film Festival! Taking place at various locations throughout the city, including the Emirates Palace and the Marina Mall, the nine-day festival, which began on October 14, will screen more than 170 films, from cinematic shorts and documentaries to Bollywood films and highly anticipated big-budget movies such as Secretariat.

  194. NYUAD Team Wins Dragon Boat Grand Championship

    The NYU Abu Dhabi Dragon Boat team took the top prize in the Schools/Universities category at the 3rd annual Abu Dhabi Dragon Boat Festival, held last Friday at the Shangri-La Hotel.
  195. In Their Own Words

    Time Out Abu Dhabi recently spoke to the NYU Abu Dhabi Class of 2014 to find out why they chose to study in Abu Dhabi, how they are adjusting to their new surroundings, and how they are "coping with the pressure of joining the city's academic elite."
  196. A Look at NYUAD's First Week

    A look back at NYU Abu Dhabi's first week.

  197. Classes Begin!

    Monday marked the first day of classes for NYU Abu Dhabi's Class of 2014. Since then, the Downtown Campus has been bustling with students filing into classrooms, studying in the library, enjoying lunch breaks in the café, and picking up supplies from the bookstore.

  198. NYUAD Announces Class of 2014

    NYU Abu Dhabi pulled the curtain off the Class of 2014 today, and several newspapers, including The New York Times and The National, Abu Dhabi’s English-language paper, have picked up the story.

  199. Lights, Camera, Action

    Erin Meekhof, a member of NYUAD's Class of 2014, produced, directed, and starred in an eight-minute video capturing highlights from her trip to Abu Dhabi for the November 2009 Candidate Weekend. Hmmm, Erin, do we see a film major in your future?

  200. New NYU Abu Dhabi Video Online

    The latest version of NYU Abu Dhabi's admissions video has gone live (below). While some of it may seem familiar, there's a bunch of new footage, including a lot filmed at Candidate Weekends, as well as some interviews with members of the NYUAD Class of 2014.

  201. NYU Abu Dhabi Admits 188 Students to Inaugural Class

    NYU Abu Dhabi admitted a total of 188 students out of the 9,048 who applied to be members of its inaugural class of 2014. The school admitted 74 students through its early decision program, and an additional 114 through regular decision. To date, students from more than 30 countries have committed to attend, and NYUAD expects to release more details on the composition of its first class next month.

  202. Online NYUAD Course Catalog

    If you haven’t checked out the NYU Abu Dhabi online course catalog recently (or at all), it’s probably time for a visit. The catalog now features an updated listing of confirmed courses for the 2010-2011 academic year, including course descriptions, information about who will be teaching them, and what, if any, prerequisites will be required.

  203. The Ties That Bind: NYUAD Candidates Meet Faculty, Each Other in Abu Dhabi


    They came to the United Arab Emirates thinking that they understood what NYU Abu Dhabi was all about. But only after an evening in the desert talking and dining with their peers did these candidates really appreciate the close-knit student community that is coming together to become NYU Abu Dhabi's class of 2014.