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Khalifa University’s PhD Programs in 15 Fields to Further Expand Human Capital Development in Strategic Areas for UAE and Region

September 13, 2021

Four New Doctorate Programs by College of Arts and Sciences, as well as Additional Master’s and Bachelor’s Programs Added for 2021-2022 Academic Year  


Khalifa University’s College of Arts and Sciences (CoAS) is now offering four new PhD programs, raising the total number of doctorate fields to 15, for the academic year 2021-2022, and further widening human capital development in strategic areas of the UAE and the region. 


The launch of the new Master’s and PhD programs represents Khalifa University’s commitment to contribute human capital to the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030, which aims to build a sustainable and diversified, high value-added economy, as well as to achieve effective transformation of the Emirate’s economic base and bring about global integration. These programs will prepare the students for the job market of the future, equipping them with the knowledge of new technological advancements and innovations, and developing them into experts in these fields. 


The four new PhD programs in Chemistry, Physics, Math, and Earth Sciences are offered through the College of Arts and Sciences. The PhD offering in the College of Engineering includes Aerospace, Biomedical, Chemical, Electrical, Computer, Engineering Systems, Materials, Mechanical, Nuclear, Petroleum and Robotics. With this, Khalifa University now offers PhDs in 15 fields, one MD, 17 Master’s and 16 Bachelor’s programs. In line with the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030, these programs are designed to develop highly skilled science and engineering professionals capable of transferring state-of-the-art technologies to priority sectors of industry, business and government. 


Students must complete a dissertation that involves creative, research-oriented work within the field of Chemistry, Physics, Math, or Earth Sciences. In addition to defending the thesis, the outcome of research should demonstrate the synthesis of information into knowledge in a form that may be used by others. 


Dr. Arif Sultan Al Hammadi, Executive Vice-President, Khalifa University, said: “The new doctorate and Master’s programs further expand our academic and research offerings, designed to create consummate professionals in all areas that are strategic to the UAE’s economy. We continuously evaluate the human capital needs of the UAE and the region to design our academic and research programs so that future engineers, scientists and healthcare experts will be fully equipped to face diverse challenges. We believe the new academic programs will attract more students to Khalifa University’s state-of-the-art research and academic facilities where they will be able to develop themselves into career professionals.” 


From Fall 2021, Khalifa University is offering new bachelor’s programs in Cell and Molecular Biology, and Earth and Planetary Sciences, as well as new Master’s in Aerospace Engineering. 


In addition to offering more academic programs, Khalifa University has consistently expanded its research domain to cover more strategic industries such as space systems and technologies, aerospace, robotics, machine intelligence, nuclear engineering, clean energy, sustainability, nanotechnologies, cyber security, biotechnology, advanced manufacturing and supply chain logistics. 


Over the years, Khalifa University has consistently remained as a top-ranked academic institution in the UAE and is ranked among the Top 200 institutions globally, especially in research and innovation. In the most recent Nature Index 2021 rankings, Khalifa University is placed top in the UAE and second among Arab institutions in terms of research output, with a total of 22 research papers, and ‘share’ of 6.53 that is nearly three times higher than the second-ranked university. Khalifa University is also top-ranked in the UAE and among the top 10 out of 125 Arab institutions in the 2021 Times Higher Education (THE) Arab Universities Ranking.


Clarence Michael
English Editor Specialist
13 September 2021