New York University’s (NYU) agreement with the Emirate of Abu Dhabi to create NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) was the outcome of a shared understanding of the essential roles and challenges of higher education in the 21st century: a common belief in the value of a liberal arts education, concurrence on the benefits a research university brings to the society that sustains it, a conviction that interaction with new ideas and those who are different is valuable and necessary, and a commitment to educating students who are true citizens of the world.
NYU Abu Dhabi is the first liberal arts university in the Middle East to be operated by an American institution. It consists of a highly selective liberal arts and science college (including engineering), and a world center for advanced research and scholarship — all fully integrated with each other and connected to NYU in New York. Together, NYU New York and NYU Abu Dhabi (to be joined in the fall of 2013 by NYU Shanghai) form the backbone of a unique global network university, with faculty and students from either New York or Abu Dhabi spending “semesters away” at one or more of the numerous study-abroad sites NYU maintains on five continents. Since opening its doors in September 2010, NYUAD has enrolled some 450 students from 89 different countries. The first NYUAD class graduated in May 2014.
NYUAD is committed to collaborating with the community to develop partnerships that will foster new knowledge and support the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030.New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD)