Inaugural Class of 2014 Reunite

The Class of 2014 consisted of some 130 students from nearly 40 different countries.

NYU Abu Dhabi hosted the reunion of its first class, the Class of 2014, bringing together alumni from different backgrounds who are now pursuing various academic and career paths around the world. 

They are currently based across the globe

  • 53 percent in the US
  • 20 percent in the UAE
  • 27 percent in 21 different countries from Australia, to Singapore, to El Salvador 

Following graduation, almost 32 percent of alumni continued their studies at top global universities including Harvard University, Cornell University, and Yale University. Others pursued employment in prestigious organizations overseas and within the UAE including Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, McKinsey & Co, and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

They followed their passions

Out of the 133 graduates, eight alumni went on to become doctors, 10 lawyers, five completed a Master in Business Administration, and 13 went on to complete their PhD. UAE Minister of State for Youth and Chair of the UAE National Youth Council, HE Shamma Mazrui, is also a Class of 2014 alumna.


“My decision to take the responsibility of shaping a little piece of NYUAD was the greatest leadership opportunity I think any freshman could have asked for. Although I believe this was always in me deep down, NYUAD was a huge catalyst and reinforced that," said Class of 2014 graduate Mohammed Omer, who is now a senior analyst at Mubadala Investment Company.

2014 student portrait of alumna Shamma Mazrui, who went on to become the world's youngest minister.

“My NYUAD experience helped me deconstruct, re-examine, and often reshape the core beliefs and norms that I was brought up with.”

Class of 2014 graduate and Senior Project Coordinator at Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation in Abu Dhabi Musbah Dilsebo Ormago

Tribute to the Class of 2014

This video was debuted on May 24, 2014 at NYU Abu Dhabi's first Commencement Ceremony.

After NYUAD, Nasser Siadat got his law degree at Georgetown and now works as a student rights investigator at Cornell University.

“My student experience at NYUAD was so transformative that it ultimately shaped my desire to work in higher education. My favorite part of my job as a university administrator is that I get to interact with a broad range of diverse students each-and-every day."

NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU Shanghai, and NYU in New York form the backbone of NYU’s global network of degree-granting campuses and academic centers across six continents. The first of its kind, this global university represents a transformative shift in higher education, one in which the intellectual and creative endeavors of academia are shaped and examined through an international and multicultural perspective.

NYU ranks 29th globally in the Times Higher Education World University rankings for 2020, and 11th globally in the QS Graduate Employability rankings for 2019. All rankings are based on enrollment and programs throughout all campuses of New York University, including NYU Abu Dhabi.