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Masdar Institute “Open Day 2014” to Target Enthusiastic Undergraduates and Graduates with Passion for Innovation

Abu Dhabi-UAE: 19 November, 2014 – Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, an independent, research-driven graduate-level university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technologies, today announced it will be welcoming enthusiastic undergraduate and graduate students keen on becoming the scientists, engineers and innovators contributing to the UAE’s aspirations to be an innovation leader, at its annual Open Day, on Saturday, 22 November, 2014.

Taking place at the Masdar Institute campus in Masdar City, the Open Day provides an opportunity for prospective students to learn more about Masdar Institute’s degree programs and research focus, and how to be a part of this. Masdar Institute offers nine Master’s degrees and an interdisciplinary Doctorate, all in engineering disciplines, with research and focused in important areas that include – renewable energy, transport, education, health, technology, water and space.

The day-long event will inform attendees of Masdar Institute’s holistic academic, research and outreach offerings, scholarship opportunities as well as ‘on and off campus’ student facilities. Presentations will be made by heads of Masdar Institute’s academic departments and research centers, which drive the innovation mandate of the Institute. Additional presentations will be made by faculty members and current students, while a number of events and informative activities for general visitors will also take place during the Open Day.

Dr. Fred Moavenzadeh, President, Masdar Institute, said: “The Open Day provides visiting university students and graduates an ideal opportunity to learn about the academic and research capabilities, student facilities and the sustainable environment at Masdar Institute. With the support of the UAE leadership, Masdar Institute has gradually evolved into a world ranking academic institution renowned for clean energy and advanced technologies. We hope the Open Day will guide the visiting students in selecting the appropriate Master’s program of their choice for higher learning.” 

The Open Day will showcase the Institute’s five Research Centers (iCenters) and the four academic departments under which its nine Master’s programs and Doctorate program are grouped. Further information will be provided to prospective students on individual programs including course details, research activities, career options and the benefits of studying and researching at Masdar Institute.

Dr. Lamya N. Fawwaz, Executive Director, Public Affairs, Masdar Institute, said: “Masdar Institute Open Day provides the opportunity for us to showcase what Masdar Institute has to offer to students and young professionals. This year in particular, we are highlighting Masdar Institute’s focus on innovation and how we enable our students to become innovators of sustainable solutions that will benefit not only Abu Dhabi and the UAE, but also the wider global community. The importance we give research with a real-world application and local relevance has ensured the creation of an innovative and entrepreneurial culture at Masdar Institute, bringing about technological advancements in the areas of advanced energy and sustainability. The UAE has already cemented its position as the most innovative Arab nation, in which Masdar Institute has assumed a leading role. By showcasing the innovative projects and research that our current students are conducting, we hope to further encourage students that are enthusiastic about innovation and sustainability to join Masdar Institute.”
 
The Admissions Department will also be on hand to answer any queries prospective students may have. Information relating to Masdar Institute’s Outreach Programs including the Young Future Energy Leaders (YFEL) Program, Ektashif and Summer Research Internships, will be available from a dedicated stand with representatives from the Outreach Department.

Prospective students with queries in relation to on-campus facilities and student clubs will be able to direct these to Student Affairs Representatives on the day. Hourly tours of the campus will be conducted during the Open Day, giving students the opportunity to visit the research centers (iCenters) and to view Masdar Institute’s the state-of-the-art laboratories and facilities.

Masdar Institute of Science and Technology serves as a key pillar of innovation and human capital by providing real-world solutions to issues of sustainability through its focus on innovation, advanced energy and sustainable technologies. The Institute was established in collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to incubate a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, working to develop the critical thinkers and leaders of tomorrow.

The Masdar Institute Open Day takes place between 10am and 5pm this Saturday, 22 November 2014 at the Masdar Institute campus, Masdar City. For more information visit http://www.masdar.ac.ae/openday/

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