NYUAD Welcomes World-Renowned Faculty for Its 2023 January Term

The 2023 J-Term faculty include distinguished academics, writers, artists, and politicians from around the globe, such as former British Prime Minister David Cameron and Italian politician and former Prime Minister Senator Matteo Renzi, among others

Press Release

NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) has announced an impressive lineup of faculty and courses for its 2023 edition of January Term (J-Term), including former British Prime Minister David Cameron and former Italian Prime Minister Senator Matteo Renzi.

NYUAD offers its undergraduate students J-Term courses in many locations around the world. The January Term courses are taught by renowned scholars, writers, artists, journalists, and policy analysts, who teach only during the J-Term, as well as distinguished professors from NYU, NYUAD, and other leading universities. Students take one course full-time for approximately three weeks. The courses are designed as immersive experiences that intensify the student’s intellectual focus, reach beyond the classroom to incorporate experiential learning, and are often site-specific, connecting students to the place where they study.

The January 2023 program marks the first J-Term since the COVID-19 pandemic began, heralding the resumption of travel and the global experience provided to the 1,200 NYUAD students taking J-Term courses this year. Students have selected one of the 77 courses offered, covering a diverse range of topics in environmental governance, politics, leadership and innovation, business and entrepreneurship, marketing, arts and culture, and history, among others.

The majority of courses (35) are held fully in Abu Dhabi and use the UAE as a “text” for the class; in addition, 24 courses are split between Abu Dhabi and other international cities – such as Bangladesh, France, Greece, India, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Morocco, Nepal, Oman, and Thailand – where regional seminars will be held. The remaining courses take place in NYU’s distinctive global network of program sites in Buenos Aires, New York, Washington, Paris, Florence, Los Angeles, Accra, Prague, Berlin, Madrid, London, and Tel Aviv.


Former British prime minister David Cameron is teaching a course titled Practising Politics and Government in the Age of Disruption. Meanwhile, Italian politician and former prime minister Senator Matteo Renzi is giving a course titled From the Renaissance to Artificial Intelligence: Cities, Innovation, and Building the Future.

Merritt Moore, a professional ballet dancer and academic quantum physicist at the University of Oxford, asks what the future of human and robot interaction will look like. Dana Burde, Associate Professor and Director of International Education at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, is delivering a course titled International Peacebuilding and the Role of Education and holding a seminar for the class in Athens, Greece.

J-Term is more than a single distinctive international learning experience; it reflects our university’s deep commitment toward global education. The courses are designed to illuminate the interdependence of local knowledge and global awareness while fostering cross-cultural research and insights into complex global issues. Our aim is to equip students with the right tools and shared experiences to act with ethical intelligence, as responsible citizens and leaders in their communities both here in the UAE and the wider world.

NYUAD Vice Chancellor Mariët Westermann

Associate Vice Chancellor and Vice Provost of Global Education and Outreach Carol Brandt added: “Although J-Term’s duration is only three weeks, it has a great and lasting impact because of its immersive character and linkage of theoretical and experiential learning. The courses include multiple engagements in their local community, whether in Abu Dhabi or Paris, to take the students into the classroom of the real world through field research, joint projects with organizations, and guest experts. The intensity of shared experience between the professors and students tends to build an unusually strong bond between them that lasts long after J-Term ends.”

About NYU Abu Dhabi

NYU Abu Dhabi is the first comprehensive liberal arts and research campus in the Middle East to be operated abroad by a major American research university. NYU Abu Dhabi has integrated a highly selective undergraduate curriculum across the disciplines with a world center for advanced research and scholarship. The university enables its students in the sciences, engineering, social sciences, humanities, and arts to succeed in an increasingly interdependent world and advance cooperation and progress on humanity’s shared challenges. NYU Abu Dhabi’s high-achieving students have come from over 115 countries and speak over 115 languages. Together, NYU's campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai form the backbone of a unique global university, giving faculty and students opportunities to experience varied learning environments and immersion in other cultures at one or more of the numerous study-abroad sites NYU maintains on six continents.