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Student Interest Groups
Meet other students who share your passions in life. Student Interest Groups (SIGs) are fertile ground to develop friendships, and will challenge you to grow and express yourself across a wide spectrum of activities and discussions.
New groups are founded each year, and we look forward to seeing what you bring to the table.
- academic and professional pursuits
- art, media, and literature
- cooking and food
- cultural and religious traditions
- music and performance
- outreach and engagement
- sports and athletics
- technology and entrepreneurship
NYU Abu Dhabi’s Student Government serves as the voice of students in the NYUAD community, upholding the rights of all students and promoting the general welfare of the student body. It works closely with the administration in formulating and implementing policies, supports student interest groups, and facilitates communication and cooperation within NYU’s global network.
Regular general assembly takes place for students to discuss and vote on school issues. A platform is also available for student body to suggest and vote for ideas to better improve the school community.
Student Government Structure
- Executive Board
- Student Funding Board
- Election Board
The Executive Board deliberates on all issues presented to the Student Government, including matters pertaining to student interest groups; academic policies and curricula; campus life policies, services, and facilities, and any issues pertaining to the global network university as they apply to the NYUAD Student Body.
The executive board is made up of the following positions:
- Vice President
- Global Vice President
- Officer of Communications
- Officer of External Affairs
- Officer of Student Activities
- Senior Class Representative
- Junior Class Representative
- Sophomore Class Representative
- First Year Class Representative
Students and student interest groups may request funds for meetings, events, equipment, training, etc. The Student Funding Board, comprised of the Treasurer and Class Representatives, oversees SIG budget proposals and individual event proposals.
The three-person Election Board will be appointed two weeks prior to elections of the Executive Board.
The Election Board is responsible for enforcing proper election procedures and rules.
The Election Board will be responsible for deeming if campaign material and/or behavior is inappropriate. The Election Board can initiate the dismissal of a candidate running for office.
Student Government committees work on policy and initiatives related to various elements of students’ life on campus, from dining and health to academics and commencement planning.
The NYUAD Debate Union organizes debate events on campus and competes in national and international tournaments. No prior experience is required to join.
Spring 2019 - Akash Jaini and Omair Rehman won the Debate Union's first international championship (novice category) at Leiden University in the Netherlands. Olivia Bray won their first domestic championship at a competition in Sharjah. Congrats!
Debate Union hosts third regional tournament
2017 | The Gazelle
Gulf region students debate global issues
2016 | NYUAD Public Affairs
Abu Dhabi students win NYU Global Debate Challenge
2015 | NYUAD Public Affairs