Campus & Community articles from '2015'

  1. 2015 Commencement

    15 Memorable Moments of 2015

    Each year seems to get better and better at NYU Abu Dhabi. 2015 was marked by incredible student accomplishments both in and out of the classroom, research breakthroughs by faculty, and a full schedule of interactive public celebrations of art and culture.

  2. Sophomore Student Speaks at TEDx Talk in France

    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.

  3. Environmentalist Robert Swan

    Social Impact Leaders: Robert Swan

    Robert Swan is a polar explorer and environmentalist. He was the first man ever to walk unsupported to both the North and South Poles. The coldest day he ever experienced was minus 81 degrees Celsius, where sweat turned into ice inside his clothes. With firsthand experience of the effects of environmental damage on the polar icecaps, Swan has dedicated his life to the preservation of the Antarctic.

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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.

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    UAE Then & Now

    The rapid pace of development in the United Arab Emirates over the past few decades is sometimes difficult to comprehend. In the 1960s, not only did the UAE not exist yet as a country, there wasn't even a marked highway system to connect the small number of people who lived here. In fact, back then in the Trucial States as it was called by the British, they didn't need paved roads because few people had cars.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  9. Six Things Grad Schools Want You To Know Before Applying

    Six Things Grad Schools Want You To Know Before Applying

    Deciding what to do after earning a university undergraduate degree can be daunting, particularly for students thinking about getting a master's. Many prospective graduate school students struggle with questions like, "What should I study? Where should I apply? Can I afford it? Is it worth it?"

  10. Stories from the Ocean to the Amazon: Céline Cousteau

    Stories from the Ocean to the Amazon: Céline Cousteau

    By Tanya Bansal & NYUAD Public Affairs

    “We are not apart from nature. We are a part of nature." An important message, and one that resonated with the crowd as Céline Cousteau concluded her talk at NYU Abu Dhabi with a moving film that demonstrated the adverse impact humanity is having on the natural world.

  11. Living at NYUAD

    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.

  12. Refugees in Budapest, Hungary

    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.

  13. Campus Transformed Into Cardboard City

    Campus Transformed Into Cardboard City

    By Janice Liu, NYUAD Public Affairs

    Imagine thousands and thousands of cardboard boxes as building materials used to create your ideal fantasy city, then knocking them all down into a "gloriously chaotic heap of cardboard rubble." We Built This City is an interactive play by Polyglot Theatre that allows children and adults alike to get creative, playing the role of the performer, creator, audience and architect.

  14. 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.

  16. 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.

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    Art Exhibit: Might (Writing and Stitching)

    By Bana Kattan, Assistant Curator, NYUAD Art Gallery

    Jill Magi, senior lecturer in the Writing Program at NYU Abu Dhabi, is an artist, critic and educator who works in text, image, and textile. Magi’s exhibition, Might (Writing and Stitching), on display at the NYUAD Arts Center Project Space until September 20, reflects the artist’s liaisons between text and textile.

  19. An Evening With Toshi Reagon

    Artist Talk With Toshi Reagon

    By Andy Gregory, NYUAD Public Affairs

    American songwriter and performance artist Toshi Reagon has some sound advice for aspiring writers at NYU Abu Dhabi: Find someone trustworthy to collaborate with, don't be afraid to go back to the drawing board when something's not working, and never ever dismiss an idea.

  20. 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.

  21. Let's Talk Startups

    Let's Talk Startups

    By Robyn Brazzil, IDEA Lab

    On August 23, IDEA Lab at NYU Abu Dhabi hosted Abu Dhabi's first-ever Startup Grind event for local entrepreneurs. Startup Grind is a Google initiative that brings together seasoned and aspiring innovators and entrepreneurs for monthly “fireside” chats. There are Startup Grind chapters in more than 175 cities around the world.

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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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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

  26. 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?

  27. The Resident Expert: On Ramadan

    A Ramadan Story

    Ramadan is a month of fasting for practicing Muslims around the world, in which Muslims abstain from food, drink, and worldly temptations. It is a month of spirituality and dedication to get closer to Allah. There are misconceptions about Ramadan being a hard month – and it's certainly not meant to be easy – but Ramadan, of course, is so much more than that.

  28. 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.

  29. 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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    The Meaning of Ramadan

    At Ramadan, Muslims around the world are filled with a variety of emotions: excitement, anxiety, apprehension, and reflection. Ramadan can mean different things to different people. For some, it is a time of blessings and forgiveness, and for others, it is a time to be closer to Allah.

  31. Commencement 2015

    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.

  32. Healthy Living at NYUAD

    Three Stories to Inspire Healthy Living at NYUAD

    By Harshini Karunaratne, Suraiya Yahia, and Hayat Al Hassan

    "Healthy living is a combination of body and soul management, and I realized that giving myself time to reflect or just to concentrate on my breathing for a few minutes could drastically improve my long, busy days." - Suraiya Yahia, student blogger for NYUAD Athletics

  33. Arts Center Unveils Next Season's lineup

    Arts Center Announces Inaugural Season Lineup

    "We are thrilled that our first full season will include some of the world’s most influential master artists, alongside innovative artists from younger generations, nearly all of whom will be performing in the UAE for the very first time.” - Bill Bragin, Arts Center Executive Artistic Director.

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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.

  35. NYUAD Team Inspires Future Scientists at Think Science Fair

    NYUAD Outreach Team Inspires Future Scientists

    By Ted Bongiovanni, Director, Primary and Secondary Education Engagement

    Last spring, Hayat Al Hassan attended Think Science—the UAE's biggest science fair for youth—as a high school senior at Al Ittihad Private School in Dubai. Fast forward one year later, she's a freshman at NYU Abu Dhabi and volunteer member of the NYUAD Think Science team of faculty, staff, and researchers collectively aiming to spark an interest in science among secondary school students.

  36. NYU Abu Dhabi Extends Reach to Care Center in Ethiopia

    NYU Abu Dhabi Extends Reach to Care Center in Ethiopia

    By Deirdre A. Royster, Associate Professor of Sociology and Public Policy, NYUAD Affiliated Faculty

    When I first started teaching in the 1990s, a community-based research and learning movement, aimed at undergraduates, was well underway in US universities. Long admiring innovative community organizations designed to serve and empower poor, often racially stigmatized urban residents, I embraced the idea that students could (and should) learn from community-based organizations and those who use and serve them.

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

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    Tajorbati: New Perspectives on Ramadan

    By Sue-Ann Lau, NYUAD Class of 2018

    Ramadan takes place when much of the NYU Abu Dhabi community is away for the summer, so the Office of Student Life organized a series of events, including a day of fasting, to "create an opportunity for NYUAD to enjoy Ramadan and understand more about it," said Sanaa Amro, student life specialist.

  41. 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.

  42. How I Became Legally and Spiritually Blonde

    How I Became Legally (but not literally) Blonde

    By Alana Barraj, Assistant Director of Administration, Arts & Humanities

    Are you dying your hair or wearing a wig? That's all I heard during the first month of rehearsal for Abu Dhabi Choral Group’s production Legally Blonde: The Musical. In fact, the questions started mere minutes after I shared the good news about winning the role of Elle Woods after a gut wrenching, nausea inducing, ten-day audition process.

  43. Angel Rising Investor Symposium

    In Review: Angel Rising

    By Rafael Scharan, NYUAD Class of 2014

    On April 11, NYU Abu Dhabi hosted a historic gathering of angel investors from the Middle East and North Africa Region. Angel Rising, organized by NYUAD's IDEA Lab and VentureSouq, featured an impressive roster of veteran investors who bridged the canon of knowledge from Silicon Valley with that generated by various successful startups throughout the Arab world.

  44. Campus & Community

    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.

  46.  Football Program Scores High Praise

    Football Program Scores High Praise

    By Andy Gregory, NYUAD Public Affairs

    There's more than one kind of goal in football, especially for participants in a customized program for children with autism, co-organized and hosted by NYU Abu Dhabi. For the kids, volunteers, and parents alike, having fun was the biggest goal of all.

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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.

  48. 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.

  49. 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.

  50. 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.

  51. 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?

  52. Graduate Student Samah Saeed Wins McCluskey Doctoral Thesis Award

    Graduate Student Samah Saeed Wins McCluskey Doctoral Thesis Award

    Graduate student Samah Saeed won a major award in electronic circuits test community, the E.J. McCluskey Doctoral Thesis Award, in recognition of her outstanding work on her PhD dissertation. She is the first female to win the award, which is granted by the Test Technology Technical Council and was first offered in 2005 to promote most impactful doctoral student work.

  53. 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. 

  54. Science on Saadiyat: February 15-21, 2015

    Science on Saadiyat: February 15-21, 2015

    Science on Saadiyat, a series of science-related public programs opens on NYU Abu Dhabi today.

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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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    Dr. Jane Goodall at NYU Abu Dhabi

    By Rhoshenda Ellis, NYUAD Class of 2018

    NYU Abu Dhabi took a walk on the wild side this January, holding a lecture on the life and work of famed primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall at the NYUAD Institute and hosting the first celebration of Roots & Shoots Abu Dhabi at NYUAD in collaboration with the Jane Goodall Institute and the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD).

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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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    Stones Wrapped in Copper

    By Brian Kappler, NYUAD Guest Contributor

    At first glance it looks like still more of the UAE's ubiquitous construction spoil: a mound of jagged rock, in hefty chunks, sprawls across the smooth gallery floor. But a second look reveals another element: a couple of strands of gleaming copper wire have been wrapped around each piece of rock, like string around a parcel.

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    The Subtlety of Shadows: Mary Temple's Light Installations

    Brian Kappler, NYUAD Guest Contributor

    It's easy to miss. Mary Temple's installation at the NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery is so subtle, she says, that "I feel that only about 10 per cent of people who look at actually see it, and 90 per cent don't. It can be discouraging."