As many as 52 students from 24 countries, including eight Emiratis, received their post-graduate degrees in the key AI fields of computer vision and machine learning.

At the time of commencement, 63 percent of the inaugural class have confirmed employment, Ph.D. placements, paid internships, or building their own startups. More importantly, 91 percent will remain in the UAE to continue contributing to Abu Dhabi’s AI ecosystem.

In his keynote address, Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, President-Designate of COP28 UAE, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of MBZUAI emphasized the significance of the university and the change it can bring to the UAE going forward.

Dr. Al Jaber highlighted the importance of AI in tackling the global challenge of climate change and sustainability, adding: “We need to hold back the global rise in temperatures to 1.5 degrees without slowing economic growth. We need to make our planet wealthier and healthier, at the same time. And I have no doubt, that you, the first graduating class of MBZUAI hold some of the keys to the transformational breakthroughs we need.

Professor Eric Xing, MBZUAI President, Member of the Board of Trustees, and university faculty, added: “I congratulate our class of 2022 graduates for reaching this remarkable milestone.

At the forefront of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, MBZUAI is inspiring the next generation of AI experts as part of the UAE’s national strategy. Their research is solving real-world national and global challenges across many sectors, including healthcare, transport, logistics, environment, energy, smart cities, manufacturing, and fintech. Examples include pioneering work with the UAE Genome Project, Arabic NLP research in partnership with IBM, and AI operating systems across industries.

According to arabianbusiness