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Masdar Institute to Host Orientation Program for Fourth Batch of Students

Over 170 Students Enrolled for 2012-13 Academic Year Seeking Excellence in Renewable Energy and Advanced Technologies

Abu Dhabi-UAE: 01 September, 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 a two-day orientation program to welcome the fresh batch of more than 170 students enrolled for the 2012-13 academic year.

To be held from 2-3 September, the program will be followed by a welcome dinner on 5 September. A city-wide tour and a cultural presentation on 8 September will wind up the orientation program that will seek to acclimatize the newly registered students to life within the sustainable campus in Abu Dhabi.

The students will be welcomed by Dr Fred Moavenzadeh, President, Masdar Institute, and Dr Lamya N. Fawwaz, Executive Director, Public Affairs.

Others who are scheduled to focus on specific areas during the two days of orientation include Dr. Marwan Khraisheh, Dean of Masdar Institute, Dr. Youssef Shatilla, Associate Dean for Graduate Education, Dr. Scott Kennedy, Associate Dean for Research, and members of the Recruitment Team. In addition, there will also be presentations on accessing IT services, use of library, as well as environment, health, safety and security (EHSS) and other facilities available at Masdar Institute.

The orientation program aims to offer the newly enrolled students an overview of the holistic offerings of Masdar Institute including the eight Master’s programs and research options, as well as the housing and residency policies and sustainable living.

Dr Fred Moavenzadeh said: “The Orientation program is designed to bring the students closer to their new home and make them feel comfortable to continue their academic life. Our specially crafted Master’s programs aim to develop future leaders in the energy industry, and we are confident the present batch of students will emulate the achievements of the alumni that has brought honor to Masdar Institute through exemplary research work.”

An introduction to the Student Affairs Office & Career Services Office, as well as the Student Government Association and Clubs is also scheduled to provide the newly joined students an opportunity to spend their time usefully while at the campus. Students will be additionally provided details on the Masdar Institute Ambassadors Program and the scholarship program from ICT Fund that targets the UAE nationals.

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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