Education, UAE

World’s first AI university names new EVP and provost

The Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI), the world’s first graduate-level, research-based artificial intelligence (AI) university, has announced the appointment of Dr. Ling Shao as the University’s Executive Vice President and Provost.

Dr. Ling Shao, MBZUAI

In his role, Dr. Shao will lead MBZUAI’s academic affairs and research, ensuring the University delivers world-class higher education and research in the field of AI.

With the first academic year scheduled to start in January 2021, the University is in the process of vetting thousands of applications from more than 80 countries. The first admissions letters will be sent to applicants soon.

In addition to his new role at MBZUAI, Dr. Shao also serves as CEO and Chief Scientist of the Inception Institute of Artificial Intelligence (IIAI), an Abu Dhabi-based international research organisation dedicated to achieving breakthroughs in fundamental and applied AI research.

MBZUAI is partnered with the IIAI for the supervision of PhD students and curriculum development. Under Dr. Shao’s leadership, IIAI will also serve as a principal partner for research collaboration.

Speaking on Dr. Shao’s appointment, MBZUAI Interim President, Professor Sir Michael Brady, said, “With his impeccable track record and undeniable expertise in the field of AI, Ling is an ideal choice for MBZUAI’s leadership team.  It is a pleasure to welcome him aboard in his capacity as Executive Vice President and Provost. As the University prepares to welcome its first cohort in January 2021, we are making exceptional progress in putting the final details into place that will ensure MBZUAI is a world-leading establishment that will attract the finest young minds.”

Dr. Shao said: “AI is becoming an increasingly integral component of our everyday lives, which makes developing world-class talent and conducting in-depth research all the more important in order to advance our understanding and application of this versatile and essential technology. As the first establishment of its kind to focus solely on AI education and research, MBZUAI will play an important role in the future of our societies. It is a privilege to have the opportunity to guide the next generation of AI leaders.”

MBZUAI will offer Master of Science (MSc) and PhD level programmes while also engaging policymakers and businesses around the world so that AI is harnessed as a force for positive transformation.

Graduate students can apply to MBZUAI via the University’s website for 2021 registration. The first class of graduate students will commence coursework at MBZUAI’s Masdar City campus in January 2021.

The University will provide all admitted students with a full scholarship, plus benefits such as a monthly allowance, health insurance, and accommodation. MBZUAI will work with leading local and global companies to secure internships and will also assist students in finding employment opportunities.

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