Community Engagement

Community Engagement develops comprehensive approaches to relationships between NYU Abu Dhabi and the external community to realize full potentials which are rewarding, sustainable, and complementary to the priorities of the university and the UAE.

Collaboration and exchange with the UAE community are at the heart of NYUAD’s engagement principles. Through our strategies, we discover priorities, enable relationships, cultivate initiatives, and capitalize on opportunities. This activates the necessary understanding, contribution and advancement to be a part of Abu Dhabi's transformation into one of the next great idea capitals, a magnetic center of ideas, education, and talent.

Leader Profile

Eric Hilgendorf

Associate Dean, Community and Education Engagement

As Associate Dean, Office of Community and Education Engagement at NYU Abu Dhabi, Eric Hilgendorf creates and implements programs that elevate NYU Abu Dhabi's exposure in order to provide collaborative platforms.

Prior to assuming this role, Eric served as the director of Education Operations for Vanderbilt University, where he oversaw the development of programs between the Abu Dhabi Education Council and Vanderbilt. Earlier, Eric served as director for Charter Schools and Choice, at the State of Tennessee Department of Education. Eric received a USD 23 million federal grant, which allowed for the establishment of high-quality charter schools, resulting in the tripling of the number of charter schools across the state.

Key People

Tracy Lavin

Director, Community and Education Engagement