NYU Abu Dhabi Celebrates 10 Years

NYU Abu Dhabi capped off its 10th anniversary with a series of virtual events and activations on September 21 and 22, marking a decade of excellence, innovation, and success.

At 10, we are deeply fortunate to be building our new global model of education in a country that is just 50 years young itself. The National

Vice Chancellor Mariët Westermann

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The two-day virtual celebrations included a series of lively discussions covering a wide range of subjects, including the story of the University’s founding and its contributions towards tackling some of humanity’s shared challenges; a feature length film premiere; a 10-year special report, which gives an overview of NYUAD’s local and global contributions over the past ten years; and The Origin Story: An Oral History of the Founding of NYU Abu Dhabi 2005-2010, a book showcasing the voices of those who contributed to the vision and development of the University.  

Virtual Event Program

Film Premiere: This is NYU Abu Dhabi

Ten years ago, Abu Dhabi and New York University set out to develop a new model of higher education.

This is the story of NYU Abu Dhabi and its pioneering global community of students and faculty.

The Origin Story: An Oral History Of The Founding Of NYU Abu Dhabi 2005-2010

An oral history and book documenting the unique story of how NYUAD evolved to become the world-class institution we know today through the voices and stories of those that were there. Read the book online.


Here, We Grow

A series of special 10th anniversary videos that feature NYUAD community members - faculty, students, alumni, and staff - discussing and reacting to select Tenth Talks topics. Hear from our community.

Tenth Talks

A series of lively virtual conversations that will reflect on the milestones achieved since NYUAD’s founding and explore perspectives from thought leaders around the world on how the University is positively impacting higher education in the 21st century. View the sessions.

Time Capsule

A video to document the creation of the NYUAD time capsule. Conceived and created by students, the time capsule was built in collaboration with the NYUAD Visual Arts team to commemorate the students that were part of NYUAD during its first 10 years.

10 Years of Community

Here, culture, contribution, and cooperation are as important as classroom. In our first 10 years, we’ve developed programs that empower youth, protect our beaches and local wildlife, and benefit the broader community.

10 Years of Growth

Here, we’ve developed into a globally recognized institution, attracting the very best students, faculty, and staff from around the world.

10 Years of Memories

10 Alumni

Our Alumni reflect on their time at NYUAD.

NYUAD Memory Project

Capturing our community members’ memorable stories as well as significant moments in NYUAD’s history. 

10 Years of Innovation