Shamma Al Mazrui Appointed UAE Youth Minister

Shamma Al Mazrui (Class of 2014)

Less than two years after graduation, Shamma Al Mazrui (Class of 2014) has landed one of the UAE's top jobs — Minister of State for Youth and Chair of the UAE National Youth Council. She just earned her master's from Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, and graduated NYUAD with a degree in economics.

Senior Global Academic Fellows

Bridging the GAF

Daniel Gellai, Class of 2014 — Senior Global Academic Fellow

Daniel Gellai, one of seven NYUAD alumni in the Global Academic Fellow (GAF) program, returns as a Senior GAF in Statistics for the 2015-16 academic year. One-on-one support to the students will be a key focus for Dani this year. Being a member of the inaugural class at NYUAD, Dani knows firsthand how stressful and challenging the transition can be for students from such an array of different educational and cultural backgrounds. Dani is from Hungary and says it took him two years to fully adjust to the educational differences: “I felt compelled to be a GAF after experiencing how rough it can be to transition here. I hope to be able to support students like me and be a bridge for them here at NYUAD and help develop a more formal process for how we can help students from so many backgrounds better transition.” Dani designed and executed a training session on various academic backgrounds and educational systems as well as the possible value systems these structures result from.

-- Michelle Loibner

Image credit: Michelle Loibner

Haoran Liang — Class of 2014

Haoran Liang, NYUAD Class of 2014

So New York, Here I Am Again!

BUT, this time, no round-trip tickets sponsored, no textbooks covered, and no stipend paid. I am always honored and proud to be a member of the NYU Abu Dhabi family, but just like a kid ready for school, one day I have to leave the warm family and fight for my own dream. NOW I am this little kid who is well-prepared for whatever challenge I will face in the future.

I am pursuing a master’s degree in material science and engineering at Columbia University. This fall is the first semester of the 18-month program. It’s a bit embarrassing to say that although I studied in NYU New York in my entire junior year, I had never visited Columbia University until the orientation that took place in late August this year.