KU Affairs

Khalifa University is the First University in the UAE to be a Global E3 Consortium Member

March 25, 2021

The University is also the first in the Gulf Region to be part of the consortium exchange program for engineering students.


Khalifa University is now a member of the Global Engineering Education Exchange Program (Global E3 Consortium), a consortium-based exchange program established in 1995 that provides undergraduate engineering students an opportunity to study in leading universities from around the world while able to pay tuition at their home university. 


As a top-ranked university in the UAE and a regional leader in STEM education, Khalifa University joins the ranks of prestigious institutions such as Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), Georgia Institute of Technology (USA), Delft University of Technology (Netherlands), and the University of Melbourne (Australia).  By joining the E³ Consortium, KU would be the first member from the UAE and wider Gulf region, and the second country from the Arab world. 


Education is not limited to the classroom and as a member of the consortium, Khalifa University will be able to provide our students with additional opportunities to broaden their horizons and enhance their international education experience, while at the same time welcoming students from other Global E3 members into our KU Community. 


Dr. Ahmed Al Shoaibi, Senior Vice-President of Academic and Student Services, commented: “The engagement of our students in international learning and research is critical to KU’s vision as a research-intensive university with a transformative student learning experience. KU’s commitment to internationalization is evident through our student exchange programs with top ranked universities around the world. Experiencing studying abroad equips our students with the strength and unique skills, immersing them in a variety of educational and cultural experiences that will help them face challenges beyond their home countries and classrooms. Becoming a member of the prestigious E3 Network is a leap forward in our internationalization efforts which will offer our students more options to explore and pursue.”


Each year, the Global E3 Consortium exchanges 250-300 students and with over 70 members across over 20 countries, students of consortium members can study at these international institutions for a single semester or for an academic year. The credits these students earn during their study abroad are transferred to their home institution following their successful completion of the term(s). 


Ara Maj Cruz
Creative Writer
25 March 2021