UAE – The Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi) is set to enter the Middle Eastern market with the opening of its first international campus in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi called IIT-Delhi Abu Dhabi.

IIT-Delhi Abu Dhabi is expected to be fully operational by the end of January 2024 and it will serve as a hub for interdisciplinary collaboration in various sectors including healthcare.

It will offer innovative programs and courses on Energy and Sustainability, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science and Engineering, Mathematics, and Computing, and various disciplines of engineering, sciences, and humanities.

It will also operate research centers to equip the next generation of professionals with comprehensive knowledge to develop innovative solutions to real-world problems.

Speaking on the launch of this new campus, Dharmendra Pradhan, Cabinet Minister for Education, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship in the Government of India, said: “An exemplar of new India’s innovation and expertise, the IIT Delhi campus in the UAE will be an edifice of friendship.”

The new campus will complement the academic, research, and innovation ecosystem in Abu Dhabi through collaboration with key players in the higher education landscape.

IIT-Delhi Abu Dhabi will work closely with the key stakeholders in education to offer complimentary programmes, conduct cutting-edge research, and advance the local startup ecosystem.

The major players in the education space include Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence, Khalifa University, New York University Abu Dhabi, Technology Innovation Institute, and Hub71, just to name a few.

The construction of the new IIT-Delhi international campus in Abu Dhabi will build on the remarkable progress made by the ongoing UAE-India Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA).

Moreover, the construction project underpins the shared vision of the UAE and India to prioritise educational excellence, innovation, knowledge exchange, and investments in human capital.

The project focuses on human capital investments as the foundations for future prosperity and enablers of long-term economic growth and sustainable development in both nations.

Commenting on the long-standing bilateral ties between the UAE and India, Dharmendra Pradhan stated: “The MoU to establish the IIT-Delhi campus in Abu Dhabi unfolds a new chapter in the internationalisation of India’s education.”

It will contribute significantly to ongoing efforts to position the UAE as a top destination for world-class educational experiences.

This project is a partnership, led by the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK), the Ministry of Education in India, and the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT-Delhi).

It is a clear reflection of Abu Dhabi’s commitment to accelerate the development of a world-class education system that serves the national development goals and priorities.

ADEK, India’s Ministry of Education, the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi have signed an exclusive collaboration agreement to set up the new IIT-Delhi international campus in Abu Dhabi.

The agreement was signed by Sara Musallam, Minister of State for Early Education, Chairwoman of the Federal Agency of Early Education, and Chairwoman of ADEK, Sunjay Sudhir, Indian Ambassador to the UAE, and Professor Rangan Banerjee, Director of IIT-Delhi.

It was signed in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, and Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India.

In her address, Sara Musallam, Minister of State for Early Education, Chairwoman of the Federal Agency of Early Education, and Chairwoman of ADEK, said: “We anticipate that the IIT-Delhi Abu Dhabi partnership will support our transition towards fostering an environment that nurtures innovation and accelerates high-level research.”

She explained that the new campus is anticipated to attract high-caliber faculty, researchers, and student talent in the Emirate, noting that it is a major stepping stone in paving the way for exponential growth and development.

Advancing Abu Dhabi’s technology and engineering higher education landscape, our strategic focus lies in cultivating home-grown STEM talent and empowering future Emirati graduates to create a global impact,” underscored Musallam.

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