NYU Abu Dhabi Engineering Program Achieves International Accreditation

Student working on a project in the Engineering Design Studio, also known as the superlab.

Press Release

NYU Abu Dhabi’s undergraduate degree programs in General Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering have been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, the global accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology.

Sunil Kumar, NYUAD professor of engineering and former divisional dean, who led the University’s accreditation process, said accreditation is confirmation that NYUAD’s engineering mission – to educate and shape leaders in technology and innovation for the modern, technologically advanced, competitive global society – is supported by a cutting-edge and rigorous curriculum.

“In our effort to attract students and retain top faculty talent, we must define who we are and demonstrate that our research programs and academic instruction is structured in such a way that we are delivering on our mission,” Kumar said. “ABET accreditation proves that we are succeeding.”

Sought worldwide, ABET’s voluntary peer-review process is highly respected because it adds critical value to academic programs in the technical disciplines, where quality, precision, and safety are of the utmost importance.

Developed by technical professionals from ABET’s member societies, ABET criteria focus on what students experience and learn. ABET accreditation reviews look at program curricula, faculty, facilities, and institutional support and are conducted by teams of highly skilled professionals from industry, academia, and government, with expertise in the ABET disciplines.

ABET, which was formerly known as the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology, is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). It currently accredits almost 3,500 programs at nearly 700 colleges and universities in 28 countries.

NYU Abu Dhabi offers five degree programs in engineering, all of which are now ABET-accredited. Drawing on a diverse and experienced faculty with a breadth of research interest, and closely linked to ABET-accredited engineering departments at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering in Brooklyn, NY, the NYUAD engineering program is designed to create technological leaders with a global perspective, a broad education, and the capacity to think creatively.

More information about ABET, its member societies, and the accreditation criteria used to evaluate programs can be found at www.abet.org.

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.