Abu Dhabi: World’s first AI-focused research & educational institution, the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI), recently celebrated the graduation of its Inaugural Executive Program, held at the University’s Masdar City Campus.
The event which honored the graduation of 41 participants of the Executive Program, was attended by Professor Eric Xing, President of MBZUAI, Professor Fakhri Karray, MBZUAI Provost, Mansoor Almansoori, Group COO, G42, and MBZUAI Board of Trustees Member.
MBZUAI EXECUTIVE PROGRAM
Launched in September 2021, the Executive Program is expected to support UAE government and business sectors unlocking the potential of AI through practical applications to national challenges.
To graduate, participants were required to complete 12 rigorous weeks of coursework, lectures, and collaborative project work.
The 1st Cohort of the Program which included CEOs, Directors General, Ambassadors, and Executive Vice Presidents from various organizations in the UAE, required the participants to collaborate to;
- Develop a range of proposed solutions such as an agile AI platform that makes employee assessment more efficient and cost effective
- A solution which centralizes and incentivizes progress toward the nation’s 2050 net-zero goals and
- Another solution which aims to detect cardiovascular disease early to both drive down mortality rates while also eliminating the kinds of costly, life-saving interventions that currently plague UAE nationals and UAE national medical facilities alike.
Direct engagement with globally renowned instructors from UC Berkeley, Harvard, Carnegie Mellon, MIT, Oxford, and MBZUAI is also part of what makes the program a one-of-a-kind experience.
The program featured visits to the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), the Emirates Post Group, Injazat/G42, the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) FinTech Hive, the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Centre, and the Al Ain Zoo and Aquarium.
Site visits were geared to demonstrating how AI implementation has taken shape in each organization. The live case studies were used to kickstart brainstorming about how participants could set about implementing AI in their home institutions.
“AI literacy is central to the success of many of the strategic initiatives the UAE government is undertaking. Knowing how to use AI responsibly and designing policies that support its ethical application are often the main barriers that prevent progress. We equip students with a set of practical tools and skills that can be used by them today and by their successors in the future,” Mr. Xing commented on the occasion.