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Masdar Institute ‘Open Day’ on 8 December

Day-Long Event to Include Presentations on Academic and Research Offerings, Opportunity to Explore Prospects, Engage Faculty and Students, as well as Campus Tours

Abu Dhabi-UAE: 5 December, 2012 – Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, an independent, research-driven graduate-level university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technologies, today announced it will host this year’s ‘Open Day’ on 8 December, welcoming prospective students from various universities of higher education across the UAE.

To be held from 10.00am-04.00pm at the sustainable campus, the ‘Open Day’ will offer an opportunity for prospective students and their families to interact with renowned faculty members and currently enrolled students. They will learn about the various academic programs, outreach initiatives, scholarships opportunities and research areas in clean energy and advanced technology.

Faculty members and student representatives of the eight Master’s programs will offer information, detailing the objectives of each program, notable progress including patent filings, as well as academic and individual achievements. Visitors will also be provided information on the relevance of Masdar Institute’s research projects to Abu Dhabi and the UAE in developing human capital while contributing to advancing the renewable energy sector and achieving a knowledge-based economy.

Experts from the enrollment team will attend to queries about academic programs and student facilities. Eligible students can also register their names and contact details. Representatives from Student Affairs and Career Office will also be present to lend their expertise to students. Visitors will also get information about student life at Masdar Institute and various student clubs that offer an avenue for extra-curricular activities and overall development.

A campus tour will also be organized every hour for those interested to view the cutting-edge facilities. Masdar Institute Student Ambassadors and Visitor Center staff will accompany them on the tour, offering information on the advanced equipment and the various clean energy research projects. Families will experience one of the world’s most energy-efficient buildings within the campus, while gaining a greater understanding of the wide range of student amenities.

Dr Fred Moavenzadeh, President, Masdar Institute, said: “The research accomplishments and academic success of our faculty and students over the past years serve as an inspiration for young graduate students seeking to acquire knowledge in clean energy. The Open Day is an occasion for such students to engage us to learn about the special academic experience at the sustainable campus. With the support of the UAE’s leadership, we have gradually increased our contribution to human capital development, R&D and innovation efforts in the region. We are confident this Open Day will help us to effectively share our educational and research offerings.”

A special Masdar stand will offer information about the Abu Dhabi Sustainability week that will be held from 13 – 17 January, 2013. The event aims to build on Abu Dhabi’s global leadership as a catalyst for addressing the pressing challenges of sustainability, including challenges directly impacting the UAE and Abu Dhabi.

Information about the Young Future Energy Leaders (YFEL) program, an outreach initiative from Masdar Institute, will also be provided to prospective students. Current student YFEL members will speak to interested graduates about their personal experience and participation in various global forums.

Dr. Lamya N. Fawwaz, Executive Director, Public Affairs, Masdar Institute, said: “The Open Day aims to welcome science and engineering graduates seeking to pursue their Master’s studies in sustainable clean energy and advanced technology. With the support of the UAE’s leadership, the institution has witnessed manifold growth and our program offerings are designed to develop students into full-fledged professionals, capable of tackling challenges of the future. We hope graduates from all universities in the UAE will utilize this opportunity to learn more about our academic programs and research subjects for choosing a suitable career-oriented learning stream.”

Serving as a key pillar of innovation and human capital, Masdar Institute remains fundamental to Masdar’s core objectives of developing Abu Dhabi’s knowledge economy and finding solutions to humanity’s toughest challenges such as climate change.

Established as an on-going collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Masdar Institute integrates theory and practice to incubate a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, working to develop the critical thinkers and leaders of tomorrow.  With its world-class faculty and top-tier students, the Institute is committed to finding solutions to the challenges of clean energy and climate change through education and research.
 

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