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Masdar Institute’s Ph.D. Program Receives Accreditation from the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research

Recognition Marks Growing Stature of Masdar Institute among Higher Education Institutions Worldwide

Abu Dhabi-UAE: 07 April, 2013 – Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, an independent, research-driven graduate-level university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technologies, announced the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA) at the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research has granted initial accreditation to its Interdisciplinary Doctoral Degree Program (IDDP). 

The PhD in Interdisciplinary Engineering aims to maintain breadth, while emphasizing the necessary depth to produce consummate experts in one or more fields of specialization.

A three-member External Review Team recently held discussions with officials and faculty members of Masdar Institute. The team was received by Dr. Youssef Shatilla, Dean of Academic Programs, Masdar Institute, Dr. Mohamed Sassi, Coordinator of the IDDP Program, and others who presented details about the institution’s role in supporting faculty, staff and students in teaching and research activities.

The External Review Team’s assessment covered Masdar Institute’s governance, policies and procedures, quality assurance measures, education program, fiscal resources and community engagement. The CAA assessment utilizes standards-based quality assurance processes to evaluate educational quality and offer an assurance to the community that licensed academic institutions and their accredited programs truly meet internationally recognized benchmarks.

Dr Fred Moavenzadeh, President, Masdar Institute, said: “The Interdisciplinary Doctoral Degree Program is designed to allow students the flexibility to respond to complex problems by crossing the boundaries of more than one scientific or technical academic program. With the support of the country’s leadership, we have gradually increased the number of highly specialized programs offered to students. The accreditation for the doctoral program reflects the growing stature of Masdar Institute among the higher education institutions and we encourage students to fully utilize the academic options we provide.”

The PhD in Interdisciplinary Engineering will be awarded by Masdar Institute to all PhD candidates who have completed the IDDP requirements. The specific title of the PhD thesis will be determined by the IDDP Research Supervisory Committee (RSC) of the PhD candidate and will also be included in the PhD degree.

Through the IDDP, Masdar Institute aims to produce doctoral graduates with an ability to work across multiple disciplines to solve complex problems and adopt a global approach to solving complex scientific and technical challenges. It also seeks to develop knowledge and skills for independent research, while developing a unique academic, professional and career focus.
 
Admission criteria for the IDDP include a minimum GPA of 3.2 or equivalent, a relevant undergraduate and Master’s degree in Science, Engineering or Computing and Information Science, a minimum GRE score of 155 on the GRE Quantitative (700 on the old scale), a minimum TOEFL score of 91 (IBT) on the international TOEFL and 6.5 on the academic IELTS, as well as a statement of objectives. 
 
As the flagship partner, MIT faculty serve as members on the IDDP Research Supervisory Committee (RSC) at Masdar Institute and may serve as co-advisors for the Abu Dhabi institution’s PhD students. Moreover, PhD students from Masdar Institute may spend up to  one semester at MIT prior to their graduation.
 
Further information on the program is available on http://www.masdar.ac.ae/PhDProgram.html. Details on admission criteria can be accessed from http://www.masdar.ac.ae/Admissions.html.
 
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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