Masdar Institute introduces Foundation Program
UAE Nationals interested in studying at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, the Middle East’s first graduate research institution dedicated to alternative energy and environmental technologies.
The new program, which is starting in the fall of 2010, has been especially designed by Masdar Institute to give dedicated and ambitious UAE Nationals the opportunity to build on existing knowledge and fully prepare them to begin research studies in their chosen MSc Program.
Dr. Lamya N. Fawwaz, Assistant Provost for Regional Affairs, said: “It is important that as the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology continues to develop into a world-class academic institution, UAE National students are given the right preparation and skills to flourish into critical thinkers in science and technology.
The Foundation Program has been designed to give selected students courses to refresh and extend their knowledge of the principles that underlie the academic field of their choosing. It also directly responds to Abu Dhabi’s ambitions to create a sustainable knowledge-based economy.”
Since inception Masdar Institute’s advanced academic programs have been attracting the interest of aspiring scientists around the world, and already the Foundation Program has received positive feedback from talented UAE Nationals who wish to join this unique course to fulfill their academic potential and contribute towards solving global challenges.
Admission standards for Masdar Institute have been set in accordance with leading international academic institutions. The Foundation Program prepares a selected number of UAE National students to enter those demanding programs. The four requirements for entry to the Foundation Program are; an undergraduate degree relevant to an existing Masdar Institute MSc program, a cumulative grade point average of no less than 3.0 on a scale of 4.0, three letters of recommendation and statement of objectives.
Dr. Lamya Fawwaz added: “I am sure that the introduction of the new Foundation Program will be welcomed by many students looking to further their academic careers. For many students the step up to a Master’s degree can be a daunting prospect and we recognized the specific needs of our key demographic and have responded accordingly.
"The Foundation Program is essentially an extension of what we believe is a world-class syllabus taught by world-class faculty covering a highly specialized technical curriculum and we look forward to welcoming applicants.”
After successfully completing the Foundation Program courses and an optional summer practical experience at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States, students enrolled in the Foundation Program continue their studies in their chosen Master’s program. The Institute currently offers MSc programs in Engineering Systems and Management, Computing and Information Science, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Water and Environmental Engineering, Microsystems Engineering, and Electrical Power Engineering.