The Young Future Energy Leaders (YFEL) program is Khalifa University’s flagship sustainability-focused outreach program that educates, inspires and engages students and young professionals to become future leaders capable of solving the world’s most pressing challenges in advanced energy and sustainability.

Launched in 2010 under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Force, the year-long program provides selected students and young professionals from the UAE and around the world with an unparalleled experience focused on inspiring and guiding them to become future energy leaders.

For more information, please visit the YFEL website here: https://yfel.ku.ac.ae/yfel/


The National Ambassadors Program ‘Estedad’ – an initiative of the UAE Ministry of Education – aims to enrich the capabilities of students in UAE high schools and prepare them to excel academically, gain more insights in entrepreneurship and scientific research.

Khalifa University participates in the program by offering select high school students an opportunity to take one of three tracks, including ‘enrichment,’ ‘innovation and entrepreneurship,’ and ‘scientific research.’ Each of the tracks lasts for two-weeks and is led by a Khalifa University expert. Each track has 25 students from Grade 11 and 12, of which 20 are UAE nationals. Students were selected on the basis of their academic and behavioral performance in the school’s transcript and their score in National Ambassador Program entry assessments.

For more information, please visit the Estedad website here: https://e.moe.gov.ae/ords/f?p=111:1


Khalifa University’s Summer Challenge is designed for UAE high school students in High School, encouraging them to come up with a solution for a technical challenge which is facing either a specific industry or the world at large. For example, in 2020, the Summer Challenge was to design an ‘eDoctor’,

Outreach page in KU website an online system to connect patients with available doctors for consultation, without physically visiting the healthcare premises.


Khalifa University launched an accelerated educational program in August 2020 that allows outstanding high school students to take Bachelor-level courses for credit, and brilliant Bachelor’s students to take Master’s level courses for credit. The Dual Credit program is expected to bridge the gap between educational levels, providing an opportunity for exceptional students to obtain their degrees within a shorter duration.

In its first iteration, and in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Khalifa University selected 18 elite students from grades 11 and 12 to join this dual credit program in the Fall 2020 semester. They will take one course per semester within the 2020-2021 academic year. The students were given a selection of five courses to choose from including calculus, physics as well as introduction to programming (C++ or Matlab).

Similarly, the Accelerated Master of Science Programs enable exceptional senior undergraduate students in the College of Engineering to start their Master’s studies even while pursuing their undergraduate education. Through the Accelerated MSc program option, a highly motivated student, with the help of her/his academic advisor, can finish undergraduate and Master’s degrees within a nominal period of five-years. The accelerated program targets students for whom a Master’s degree will provide the necessary preparation to achieve career goals, or for pursuing a doctorate degree.