The Khalifa University of Science and Technology’s world-class faculty and researchers guide the university’s students and research staff in interdisciplinary projects that respond to the UAE’s strategic objectives. The University’s institutes and many research centers feature collaborative projects that involve industry, government and other universities working together in pursuit of scientific and technical advancement in sectors of relevance to the UAE’s growing high-tech knowledge economy.

Mission and Strategic Intent


  • To establish and continually evolve interdisciplinary, collaborative research and development capabilities in the UAE’s priority science and technology domains
  • To achieve global research impact through excellence in research of regional importance


  • Build strong foundations based on integrated research and academics
  • Engage leading industry, government and academic organizations for partnership
  • Perform research that produces excellence in science and engineering while being inspired by practical application
  • Translate –discoveries and inventions into innovations that create commercial value

Targeted Outcomes

  • World-class performance in manpower development, knowledge creation and innovation

Alignment with Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030, UAE Vision 2021, National Innovation Strategy

Khalifa University works to many key strategic goals of the UAE through its targeted research and academic programs, focused on developing the human and intellectual capital required to achieve the leadership’s vision for country’s transformation into a sustainable knowledge economy.

Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030

In 2007 the Abu Dhabi government released its Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030, which encompassed strategic policies for the development of the Emirate. It focused on reducing reliance on oil by diversifying the economy in knowledge-based industries. It put a huge emphasis on higher education to develop the country’s population into a highly skilled workforce in sectors including energy, petrochemicals; metals; aviation, aerospace and defense; pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and life sciences; tourism; healthcare equipment and services; transportation, trade, and logistics; education; media; financial services; and telecommunication services.

UAE Vision 2021

In 2012, the UAE leadership brought overall national prosperity to even stronger focus through the UAE Vision 2021, an ambitious national charter that calls for the UAE to take its place among the best countries in the world by 2021, to coincide with the country’s 50th year.
The document strongly links education, innovation, entrepreneurship, and creativity, to prosperity, security, progress, health, wellbeing, happiness and pride for the UAE. It provides the ethos and vision for the UAE’s national plans and projects ahead of its golden jubilee, to ensure they contribute to the true welfare of the nation, as espoused by the founding father.

National Innovation Strategy

In late 2014 the UAE leadership announced the UAE National Innovation Strategy (NIS), which is a comprehensive plan with a goal of securing the UAE a position among the world’s most innovative nations by 2020. The NIS has a goal of stimulating innovation in seven sectors in the UAE where innovation is key to excellence: renewable energy, transport, education, health, technology, water and space.