External Relations

External Relations at NYU Abu Dhabi facilitate communication, connection, and engagement within and beyond the University community.

We help students, faculty, researchers, and staff to tell their stories, execute events, and engage with the community beyond our campus through three key functions: Public Affairs and Communications, Commercial and University Events, and Community Engagement.  

Our purpose is to strengthen and enhance the NYU Abu Dhabi reputation and brand while advancing the university’s strategic mission and vision.

We share the NYU Abu Dhabi story through targeted engagement with diverse audiences including colleagues across the global network, community groups, government, business, the general public, and the media. 

Through compelling internal and external communications, ceremonies and events, supporting external partners and programs, and purposeful connections with the community, each area is helping to foster greater awareness and engagement, advancing NYU Abu Dhabi’s reach and relationships locally and globally.

Leader Profile

Kate Chandler

Acting Assistant Vice Chancellor, External Relations


Kate Chandler is responsible for promoting NYU Abu Dhabi as a new model of higher education and fostering the University’s reputation globally.

Kate joined the University in 2014 with a background in communications, marketing, government relations, and stakeholder engagement. She brings extensive experience in the development and implementation of strategic communications frameworks and brand development initiatives in government, education, and the private sector both in Canada and the UAE. She is passionate about shaping compelling stories and using bold approaches to traditional and digital marketing and communications to ignite brand potential and to guide transformative growth and success.

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