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Computer vision and machine learning graduates collect their degrees in a historic ceremony in the UAE.

ABU DHABI, UAE, Feb. 2, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Abu Dhabi’s Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI) held its inauguration ceremony on January 30 with 52 students from 24 countries receiving postgraduate degrees in the key fields of AI: computer vision and machine learning.

The event was attended by S.A. Sheikh Theyab bin Zayed Al Nahyan; I KNOW. Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, UAE COP28 President Designate and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of MBZUAI; I KNOW. Bruno Le Maire, French Minister of Economy and Finance and other dignitaries.

Following the ceremony, MBZUAI held the AI ​​and Sustainability Symposium, where AI experts discussed next-generation solutions to drive sustainability. Professor Eric Xing, MBZUAI Chair and Professor, joined Professor Daniela Rus, Director of the MIT Laboratory for Computing and Artificial Intelligence and member of the MBZUAI Board of Directors, as well as Phil Blunsom, Cohere.AI Chief Scientist and Oxford don. The panel was moderated by Professor Timothy Baldwin, Acting Chancellor of the MBZUAI.

“When our leaders founded MBZUAI in 2019, their mission was clear: harness the power of artificial intelligence to drive global progress,” Al Jaber said. “MBZUAI was specifically designed as a catalyst for research across multiple sectors, including business, IT, energy, transportation, education, and health and sustainability – and you, the inaugural MBZUAI graduating class, will be the pioneers helping turn that research into reality”.

By the time of graduation, 63% of the inaugural class had confirmed a job, PhD, paid internship or start-up, and 91% will remain in the UAE. Female students represent around 35% of the total promotion.

I KNOW. Bruno Le Maire, French Minister of Economy and Finance, said: “France and the UAE have a long-established diplomatic relationship, based on strong strategic, cultural, business and economic ties, which will become even closer in the coming decades as that our two nations continue to find ways to harness technology for the betterment of our countries. AI is a key technology that France and the UAE will collaborate on in the coming decade.”

“As the foundation of technological competitiveness in artificial intelligence, MBZUAI is committed to conducting transformative research, developing cutting-edge technology, and training creative and hard-working talents,” said Professor Xing. “We aspire that our graduates continue advancing in the limits of knowledge and technology and empower themselves with the knowledge acquired at the University to serve society.”


MBZUAI is a postgraduate and research university focused on AI, computing and digital technologies across all industry sectors. The goal of the university is to empower students, businesses and governments to advance AI as a global force for positive progress. For more information, visit www.mbzuai.ac.ae

To apply for admission, visit mbzuai.ac.ae or contact admissions@mbzuai.ac.ae.

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