From establishing careers in key sectors including technology, education, and finance, to pursuing prestigious doctorates abroad and graduate degrees at Harvard and Oxford, NYU Abu Dhabi’s (NYUAD) Class of 2018 graduates have distinguished themselves as a pioneering group of over 250 men and women representing 70 countries across the globe.
NYUAD’s recently published Life Beyond Saadiyat report charts the exceptional progress of graduates from the Class of 2018 following their Commencement in May 2018, highlighting how the unique educational experience at NYUAD has inspired students to engage with innovative ideas and embrace a culture of progressive collaboration in an increasingly challenging global landscape.
The graduates achieved a placement rate of 97 percent in employment and graduate studies across a range of key sectors and global industries. Of the 50 countries chosen as destinations by the Class of 2018, 49 percent of employed graduates opted to stay in the UAE and work in 44 organizations across the nation, including Central Bank of the UAE, IBM, The National, Emaar, Booz Allen Hamilton, and Etihad Airways.
Seeking to enhance their academic potential and further their studies, 25 percent of the Class enrolled in graduate or professional schools across 14 countries. Graduates pursuing PhDs doubled from 10 in the Class of 2017 to 20 in the Class of 2018. Thirty percent of graduates pursuing postgraduate studies are enrolled at the world's top 15 universities according to QS World Ranking such as MIT, Stanford University, Harvard University, University of Oxford, and the University of Cambridge. Other esteemed universities where graduates are enrolled include Humboldt University in Germany, the University of Toronto in Canada, University of Oslo in Norway, and the University of Melbourne in Australia.
"History is contested. It is a place where different parties highlight and obscure different parts of history. I am interested in this process of highlighting and obscuring. Why do certain communities look at certain periods with shame and other periods with nostalgia? I was blessed that I have been able to create all these relationships with professors and researchers in Abu Dhabi. Through discussions about how to move my research forward, everyone pointed to Berlin, where there is an amazing community of scholars."
Mohamed Al Mubarak, from the UAE, majored in History and Arab Crossroads, and is currently completing an MA in Global History at Humboldt University in Germany.
"I can see the many ways that my time at NYUAD has shaped me, but the impact of the journey was most clear when it came to actually make my decision about University of Melbourne. My time at NYUAD not only helped me develop a rich set of interests, it taught me the immense value of a comprehensive education that would give me the freedom to continue to pursue these interests. This is the standard I held my graduate school options to."
Simrat Roopra, from Australia, majored in Political Science and is now a Juris Doctor Candidate at the University of Melbourne.
Of the students enrolled in graduate or professionals schools, 77 percent received scholarships for their studies, including Rhodes and Fulbright Scholarships.
Interest in entrepreneurism has also increased, with about six percent of graduates being self-employed, working as freelance artists or writers, founding startups or establishing independent projects.
The Life Beyond Saadiyat report is based on NYUAD’s annual first destination survey, which captures the first destinations of graduates within six months of Commencement. The survey timeline and questions are based on protocol set out by the National Association of Colleges and Employers in the US. In addition to hard data points about location and current roles, the survey provides insight into the career development process of students before graduation in terms of their confidence, career preparation, and future orientation.