Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Community Programs

The Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Community Programs consist of the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Scholars Program and the NYU Abu Dhabi Summer Academy. Both were envisioned by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed as a means of providing participants with courses and programming to develop and strengthen their intellectual and leadership potential while introducing them to the NYUAD campus and its extensive resources.

The Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Scholars Program offers an elite cohort of university students unique access to specially designed courses, lectures, leadership experiences, cross-cultural exposure, networking, and graduate school advising. Each year a new Scholar cohort is competitively chosen from among the most exceptional students at the four national UAE universities. They pursue these classes and activities at NYUAD in addition to their academic programs and responsibilities at their home universities. 

The NYU Abu Dhabi Summer Academy is an 18-month college preparatory program designed to enhance the academic profiles of highly motivated Emirati high school students from throughout the country. Students who succeed after a multi-phased selection process win the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Scholarships for Outstanding High School Students, entitling them to enroll in the Academy. Through courses, co-curricular activities, and counseling, the Summer Academy helps ready them for the rigors of college academics and assists them in the application process with the aim of their gaining admission to the world's leading universities.

Leader Profile

Diane C. Yu

Executive Director of the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Community Programs and Advisor to leadership at NYU Abu Dhabi

Diane C. ​Yu is​ ​​the Advisor to Leadership at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) and Executive Director of the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Community Programs at NYUAD, which currently consist of the NYUAD ​Summer Academy, a college preparatory program for Emirati high school students, and the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Scholars Program (SMSP) for top UAE university students. She teaches leadership classes at NYU New York and in the Summer Academy and SMSP, and public speaking classes for SMSP and NYU Shanghai.

Previously she was the Deputy President of New York University, ​Managing Counsel at a Fortune 500 company, State Bar of California General Counsel (for whom she won a case in the US Supreme Court), a White House Fellow, and a California Superior Court Commissioner. She attended Oberlin College (BA) and UC Berkeley School of Law (JD). She is Co-Chair of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Board of Directors and has also served on the boards of Oberlin College, American Management Association, and Association of Governing Boards. She served as the White House Fellows Association President and chaired the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Commission on Women in the Profession and the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. Among her numerous awards are Ten Outstanding Young Women of America, Women’s Leadership Award from the Asian American Bar Association of New York, and an honorary doctorate from City University of New York.

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