Masdar Institute to highlight academic programmes and scholarship opportunities to undergrads at Najah 2015

ABU DHABI, 25th October, 2015 (WAM) — The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, an independent, research-driven graduate-level university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technologies, today announced it will offer insight into its highly-focused academic programmes, scholarships opportunities, locally-relevant research innovation, and the employment potential for students, at Najah 2015, the country’s leading higher education and training exhibition and career fair.

To be held from 27th-29th October at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, ADNEC, Najah is organised under the patronage of Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development.

The event is supported by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and Abu Dhabi Education Council, ADEC.

Dr. Behjat Al Yousuf, Interim Provost, Masdar Institute, said, “Our participation in Najah 2015 illustrates the extent of our involvement in developing Emirati human and intellectual capital towards creating the UAE’s knowledge economy. Our highly skilled alumni have been hand-picked by leading global and regional corporations as well as national organisations such as YahSat, Mubadala, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation, ENEC, International Renewable Energy Agency, IRENA, Siemens and GE, while our research projects continue to offer sustainable solutions and thus impacting the local, regional and global communities. For Masdar Institute, Najah presents an opportunity to reach out to emerging talent that can be further nurtured so that they can become dynamic future leaders, driving the country’s sustainable progress.”

Reflecting its top ranking in the research citation impact category among Arab universities in the 2015 US News and World Report listing, the Masdar Institute stand at Najah 2015 will offer details on the PhD programme and nine Master’s programmes, cutting-edge laboratory facilities, and internship and scholarship options.

Officials, faculty members representing Masdar Institute’s research centres, iCentres, and select students will be present at the stand to offer visitors detailed information on the research-based institution’s overall offerings.

More specifically, Masdar Institute will showcase two locally-relevant research projects, one on ‘Investigation of the natural hydrolysis system in camel rumen’ and the other on ‘Microbial microbeads for regeneration of agricultural soils of the UAE’, to illustrate to visitors the extent of advanced technology research and innovation that happens on campus. The artificial camel gut system, designed and built at Masdar Institute, will help study microbes in generating clean energy, while the microbeads developed with a microbial community will help enhance regeneration and carbon retention of the Abu Dhabi soils.

Since September 2015, Masdar Institute has been offering a new concentration in space systems and technology across seven of its current Master’s degree programmes, offering UAE nationals an avenue to contribute to the country’s space missions. Details on this concentration will also be offered to interested student visitors who are keen to join the space endeavour.

Masdar Institute also offers internship programmes such as Summer Research Internships, Ektashif and Student Internships, providing UAE national students with a preview of the research and professional environment.

These programmes help students interested in renewable energy and advanced technologies to take their learning ambitions forward by joining Masdar Institute, which has consistently demonstrated its research prowess over the years.

Most of the graduate innovators from Masdar Institute have already been employed with leading national, global and regional organisations, while others have continued with their academic pursuits and joined PhD programmes at leading international universities. Najah 2015 presents an opportunity for students based in the UAE to learn more about these alumni, as well as gather information on the opportunities offered by Masdar Institute to chart an effective professional career.