• Ekatshif Spring Camp
  • Al Nokhba Program
  • KU Community Webinar Series
  • Visiting Undergraduate Student Research Experience
  • YFEL
  • Estedad Program
  • Summer Challenges and Competitions
  • Dual Credit Program
  • Ro’ya Program
  • Med-Camp
Ekatshif Spring Camp

Ekatshif Spring Camp focuses on programming – a critical component of Abu Dhabi’s 2030 long-term economic transformation plan – which calls for the emirate to reduce its reliance on oil in the future and a place a greater emphasis on knowledge-based industries.

This program is designed for students in grades 10, 11, and 12 who have a minimum high school average of 90%. Students will be able to create games, apps, and robots as part of the program, which will include co-ed workshops on the fundamentals of C++ and other programming languages. Through this program, students can gain experience with artificial intelligence and other relevant in-demand topics.

Students will develop their critical thinking abilities, interpersonal skills, grit, and leadership during the spring camp. Additionally, it will aid students in developing a more complete understanding of themselves, identifying the most appropriate university majors, and preparing them for a college interview.

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Al Nokhba Program

Al Nokhba Program is a unique program launched by Khalifa University in partnership with the National Service and Reserve Authority (NSRA) in 2019.

The Outreach Office collaborates with the Robotics and Intelligent Systems Institute at the Khalifa University to manage this program by supervising a group of outstanding National Service recruits and providing them with progressive learning materials in a number of scientific and technical subjects.


  • Prepare recruits for postgraduate studies by providing the participants with relevant coursework
  • Strengthening the technical capabilities of UAE national engineers
  • Representation of the United Arab Emirates in international competitions
  • Involve in scientific research and publish findings in scientific forums


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KU Community Webinar Series

In August 2020 KU launched the Community Webinar Series,  a string of educational webinars that ran throughout August, with a second series that was launched in January 2021 and ran for one month.

The Community Webinar Series are designed to educate and inform the general public about a variety of beneficial topics, ranging from lessons on the coronavirus to lessons on how to better understand your personality, build leadership skills, create a sustainable lifestyle, and many more.

The series is targeted towards everyone – from high school and university students, to parents, professionals and anyone in between who is interested in broadening their skillset and knowledge. The seminars were offered free of charge to the local and international community of learners as an extension of our active commitment to exchanging knowledge and resources in the spirit of collaboration to promote a happier, more engaged community, and a more sustainable world.

For more information, view the Community Webinars website here.

Visiting Undergraduate Student Research Experience

Khalifa University’s Visiting Undergraduate Student Research Experience Program provides high achieving Junior and Senior level undergraduate students from Khalifa University and other universities an opportunity to work on a research project under the supervision of one of Khalifa University faculty for 6-8 weeks.

Khalifa University Student Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a junior or senior (60 or more credits).
  • Be in good academic standing (not on academic probation).
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3.
  • Have sufficient prior background in the subject area of the independent study course.
  • Possess necessary discipline and motivation to undertake independent study.
  • Not take more than one independent study course during the undergraduate program.
  • Successfully complete a personal interview with the Research Project instructor.

Visiting Student from Another University Eligibility Requirements

  • Undergraduate students in their junior or senior year of study.
  • Enroll at a reputed university and major in the sciences or engineering.
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.5; an IELTS score of at least 6.0 (or equivalent)
  • A letter of recommendation is required.
  • Successfully complete a personal interview with the Research Project instructor.


For inquiries: If you are a visiting student from another university, please contact outreach@ku.ac.ae. If you are a Khalifa University student, please contact StudentSuccess@ku.ac.ae.


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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/

Estedad Program

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:

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Summer Challenges and Competitions

Khalifa University’s Summer Challenge is designed for UAE high school students, encouraging them to come up with a solution for a technical challenge which is facing either a specific industry or the world at large.

In 2020, the Summer Challenge was to design an ‘eDoctor’, an online system to connect patients with available doctors for consultation, without physically visiting the healthcare premises.

View the eDoctor Website

Another competition KU’s Outreach Office runs is the Smart Mobile Application Contest (SMAC), an introductory course and competition that teaches high school students how to develop mobile applications. The 2021 SMAC event was held under the theme “Creating Apps for EXPO.” 

View the SMAC Website

Dual Credit Program

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.

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Ro’ya Program

The Ro’ya Program offers high school students workshops and hands-on experience in topics related to the oil and gas industry, helping develop students’ critical thinking and leadership skills.

Throughout the program, students participate in activities that assist them in developing awareness in their academic and social lives. They are exposed to the different aspects and university majors that are important to the gas and oil industry.

The program involves two intensive summer workshops in Abu Dhabi (Summer 1, 2022 and Summer 2, 2023), followed by a brief refresher program during the winter break. Along with yearly projects and online learning assignments, students participate in monthly mentorship sessions with Khalifa University experts who assist them in working on their projects and learning assignments throughout the duration of the program.


Program Objectives:

  • Introduce students to the Energy sector.
  • Help students build their Leadership and Business skills.
  • Enhance team building and communication skills through group projects.
  • Create experiential learning opportunities through exposure to lab work and a glance at artificial intelligence in the industry.


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Med-Camp provides learning and growth opportunities for students with an interest in pursuing careers in Medicine & Health Sciences. It is taught by healthcare professionals and features hands-on skills & interactive learning opportunities. This week long event is an opportunity for Emirati High School students to socially connect and get excited about Medicine. 

The Med-Camp 2021 website is: www.ku.ac.ae/med-camp-2021.