End of Year Message

December 20, 2022

Dear members of the NYUAD community,

As 2022 comes to an end, I want to thank each and every one of you for your commitment to our university. Together, we have come through a world-changing pandemic, and together we reached new heights this year.

In May, we graduated the outstanding and resilient Class of 2022 in our campus center brimming with families and friends of NYUAD. Soon after, we welcomed the Class of 2026, our largest to date, and a wonderful cohort of new faculty and staff. Our teaching and research, here and across the globe, came back in full force.

This past semester our campus was buzzing with a rich roster of talks, panels, conferences, performances, and exhibitions. We hosted high-profile events, from welcoming the Uruguayan national football squad and two NBA teams into our sports facilities to staging conversations with Bill Gates and with Wole Soyinka, the first Nobel Prize Laureate to join our faculty.

NYUAD welcomes the Uruguay national football team.
Wole Soyinka, the first Nobel Prize Laureate to join our faculty.

We are redoubling our efforts to propel research, teaching, and action on climate change, both in the country and around the world. We are working with other universities across the UAE to contribute to the country’s hosting of the 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference, better known as COP28, next November.

In October we announced Our Commitment to a Livable Planet, an ambitious and realistic framework for NYUAD to join in attaining the sustainability goals of this country and NYU’s global network. Our commitment strives to mitigate climate change and find lasting solutions to its causes and effects, by integrating world-class research, education, and community initiatives.

One year ago we barely knew how to pronounce Omicron, let alone understand the variant’s risks. Today, we are in a much, much better place. Please take a moment to reflect on our collective accomplishments, and look ahead to the opportunities of 2023. Together, we will continue to build on NYUAD’s restored momentum. 

I wish you and yours restful and festive holidays, and good health, peace, and joy in the New Year. 

With gratitude,