Year in Review: Highlights

Despite a very difficult year, NYU Abu Dhabi managed to persevere and progress with its mission.

The last year saw humanity deal with an unprecedented event. In the midst of the pandemic, NYU Abu Dhabi sought to progress its mission and continue its development into the next decade of growth. Here are some of the highlights from 2020 and stories that showcase the resilience of the University’s community.

Book of Love

Sara Michelle Pan Algarra, Class of 2020 holds a copy of "Where is Our Home?" book.

Senior Sara Michelle Pan Algarra and students from different disciplines came together to create, write, illustrate, and design a book titled Where Is Our Home? Portraying home as being a place where love exists no matter where it may be, this bilingual English and Arabic book will be distributed to some 2,500 children in Jordan through non-profit group We Love Reading. Many of the recipients are children who are underprivileged or refugees fleeing war from their home country.

NYUAD Alumnus Awarded Prestigious Chevening Scholarship

NYU Abu Dhabi Class of 2019 alumnus Touba Marrie, was awarded the prestigious Chevening Scholarship, the UK government’s international awards program aimed at developing global leaders. Marrie will be pursuing a fully funded Master of Science (MSc) in Data Science and Analytics at Cardiff University. Marrie, originally from Gambia, majored in Mathematics with a minor in Economics at NYUAD. During his undergraduate studies, he developed a keen interest in mathematics, finance, and data science, and how these disciplines can be used to help unlock solutions to create a better future.

Touba Marrie from NYUAD Class of 2019 was awarded the Chevening Scholarship.

Ten Research Grants Announced to Combat COVID-19

NYU Abu Dhabi awarded ten COVID-19 Facilitator Research Grants to faculty across a range of disciplines including sciences, engineering, and social sciences. These grants are designed to support academic research with the potential to mitigate the impact of COVID-19, and come as part of the University’s global efforts in combating the pandemic in the UAE and around the world.

Full Speed Ahead

The petite five-feet frame of Hamda Khaled Al Qubaisi is a lean mean speed machine. The Class of 2023 student is the current Formula 4 (F4) lap record holder in Abu Dhabi Yas Marina Circuit. Al Qubaisi says that the support the University has given her allows her to balance school work with the intense college load at NYUAD.

Hamda Khaled Al Qubaisi, Class of 2023 at a F4 race. Image courtesy of Al Qubaisi.

Arlie Petters Selected as Provost of NYU Abu Dhabi

Arlie Petters, NYUAD Provost

A nine-month long, global search for an academic partner to nurture and advance the University’s educational and research mission landed Dr. Arlie O. Petters as the Provost of NYU. Petters brings tremendous experience to NYUAD as a Benjamin Powell Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at Duke University, and former Dean of Academic Affairs for Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, and Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at Duke.

NYU Abu Dhabi Welcomes 45 New Faculty Members

NYU Abu Dhabi welcomed 45 new faculty and academic leaders coming from some of the world's most ambitious academic and professional institutions to continue their scholarship in the UAE and impart their knowledge on our students.

First Generation College Graduates

Three first generation college students from NYU Abu Dhabi Class of 2020 speak about their journey to the University and beyond.

Two NYU Abu Dhabi students selected as 2020 UAE Rhodes Scholars

Two NYU Abu Dhabi seniors, Abdulla Alhashmi (UAE) and Munib Mesinovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina), were selected as 2020 UAE Rhodes Scholars. They are the latest recipients of this prestigious international award, which enables exceptional students to pursue postgraduate studies at the University of Oxford in England.

Nearly 500 Students from Over 80 Countries Join NYUAD as the Class of 2024

NYU Abu Dhabi welcomed its eleventh class of 490 students from 82 countries and six continents who speak more than 75 languages. In the midst of the pandemic, the University was able to add the incoming cohort to grow the undergraduate student population to now stand at over 1,600 from over 115 countries.

Students support UAE in the fight against COVID-19

Students from NYUAD were part of a handful of students recruited by Abu Dhabi’s Department of Health to work in COVID-19 labs run by Pure Health, the lab operator conducting the largest number of tests in the UAE.