In 2007, NYU and the Government of Abu Dhabi set out to create an outstanding new liberal arts research university, an institution that would have the highest academic standards, draw in the finest students, and recruit the finest faculty. 

NYU and its Abu Dhabi partners also established a set of labor standards, built upon UAE law and market-leading practices, designed to ensure that the institution’s commitment would extend to those who were building and maintaining the University’s facilities.

NYU Abu Dhabi's Office of Compliance and Risk Management assists the University, as an international center of scholarship, teaching, and research, to carry out its academic mission with integrity and in accordance with the University’s legal, regulatory, and ethical responsibilities.

The Office of Social Responsibility creates a comprehensive program of educational and social opportunities for those working at NYUAD.

An instructor works with a student during one of the Arabic language classes available to NYU Abu Dhabi contract staff, domestic workers, and other community members.

Supplier Code of Conduct

NYUAD and its government partner are committed to ensuring fair working and living conditions for employees of service providers and contractors who work at the NYUAD campus. NYUAD and its government partner developed a Supplier Code of Conduct (SCC), which is generally based on UAE law, to reflect and uphold that commitment.

The SCC sets contractual requirements for those companies providing services on the NYUAD campus. These standards address hiring practices, working hours and overtime, accommodations, personal documents, and non-discrimination and protection from harassment.

Providing Opportunities to Grow

The Office of Social Responsibility creates educational opportunities for NYU Abu Dhabi contracted staff, domestic workers, and other community members.

A student works on a computer during the Computer Literacy certificate program provided at NYU Abu Dhabi.
Graduates of the English in the Workplace certificate program show off their diplomas.

Twelve Certificate Programs

  • Arabic
  • English in the Workplace
  • Coursera
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Excel
  • Financial Literacy
  • Google Applications
  • Introduction to Computers
  • Professional Development
  • Technology Application
  • Tech Apps

About English in the Workplace

The Office of Social Responsibility contracts with the Eton Institute, a globally recognized language teaching institution, in offering internationally accredited English language instruction to our community.

Since 2012, the English in the Workplace Program has taught 1,016 contracted colleagues.

It was my dream to have an education when I was young but my parents could not afford it and I had to work at an early age [...] It’s really beneficial to gain knowledge for all of us who are interested to learn more, regardless of our age, and status in life.

Lilia Francisco, NYUAD Public Safety
Contract staff and and domestic workers take part in NYUAD's Cultural Awarness Series.
Photography students prepare for class in Photography: The Basics, taught by the NYUAD Library.

Community and Volunteer-Led Programs

Program Name Provider
Introduction to Information Technology IT Services
Technology Applications IT Services
Cultural Awareness Learning and Organizational Development
Inclusion and Diversity
Risk Management
Professional Development Career Development Center
Learning and Organizational Development
Art Workshop Series The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi
Financial Literacy Holborn Assets
Intrumural Sports League Athletics
Fitness and Wellness

Additional Initiatives

Community Book Room

The Community Book Room has collected over 6,000 used books and lends them to our contracted colleagues and other community members.

Office of Residential Education

Financial Literacy Workshop Series

Our Adult Education program has become an education model for other organizations throughout the UAE. We partnered with Careem in offering financial literacy programming to their captains alongside our contracted staff and domestic worker colleagues.

Careem | Holborn Assets

Second Chance Store

At the Second Chance Store, we collect gently used goods from all six residential colleagues, and faculty and staff residences at the end of the year and distribute to our contract colleagues, domestic workers, and the broader NYUAD community.  

Office of Social Responsibility | ADvocacy Student Interest Group

Le'Naktashif Al-Emarat

Arabic for “Let’s Explore the Emirates,” Le’Naktashif Al-Emarat includes a lecture series and community trips to foster deeper understanding of UAE culture.

Office of Community-Based Learning

Contract staff and instructors share cultural stories in the Cultural Awarness Series.
English in the Workplace students and their instructor pose for a photo.

In the News

Community unites in desire to learn Arabic
New York University Abu Dhabi offers free language courses to community members.
Gulf News | October 20, 2019

Filipina domestic worker turns lecturer
With photography as one of her main hobbies, Brenda Belaza — who works as a domestic worker for her day job — conducted a two-day workshop at New York University Abu Dhabi.
Gulf News | June 14, 2019

Beyond the Borders
You can learn a lot teaching Hemingway to both traditional students and campus security guards from around the world, writes Miguel Syjuco.
Inside Higher Ed  |  July 15, 2016

How a special graduation ceremony lifted my spirits
When I first started teaching, I thought that education could change the world. Over the years, however, that belief got buried under bureaucracies, committee meetings, apathetic students and the demands of earning tenure.
The National  |  January 29, 2015


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