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Masdar Institute to host Open Day 2015

Event to focus on academic programs, research centers, scholarship opportunities, and cutting-edge laboratory facilities

The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, an independent, research-driven graduate-level university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technologies, announced it will host its annual Open Day to highlight its specially-focused academic programs, research centers and the unique scientific research environment, providing university students with a first-hand insight into campus life, academic experience and cutting-edge facilities.

To be held from 10:00am to 4:00pm on Saturday 28 November, the day-long event will target undergraduate and graduate students in science, information technology and engineering who are aspiring to take their academic experience to the next level.

The event will also be part of the UAE Innovation Week activities organized by Masdar Institute and will aim to encourage more students to be involved in developing new inventions and solutions as visioned by the UAE leadership.

Dr. Lamya Fawwaz, Vice-President, Institutional Advancement and Public Affairs, Masdar Institute, said: “Every year we open the campus to university students, their families and interested visitors, welcoming them to experience our sustainable campus, and the cutting-edge laboratory facilities that inspire innovation. This year, Open Day is being organized during UAE Innovation Week to further highlight the importance of scientific inventions and their impact on the economy, while also offering an opportunity to showcase Masdar Institute’s research in energy, water, and advanced materials.”

The event aims to provide an overview of the research-based institution to visiting students and their families, who will have the chance to learn about Masdar Institute’s leadership in areas including energy, water, advanced materials and, food security. The event will also seek to highlight the Institute’s ongoing collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and other research partnerships with various government organizations and international corporate leaders.

Offering nine Master’s programs and a PhD in Interdisciplinary Engineering focused on research and innovation, Masdar Institute remains committed to developing human and intellectual capital while enhancing the UAE’s status as an innovation leader in advanced energy and sustainable technologies. In addition there will be program booths providing information about the degree programs.

This year, an Innovation Zone highlighting some of the ongoing research projects will be part of the day’s offering, echoing the event’s special relevance to the theme of the week’s UAE-wide celebration of innovation.

Campus tours to various facilities will be organized while a number of competitions will ensure nearly everyone receives prize giveaways.

A special ‘Admissions’ team will register the names of qualified candidates and will also respond to queries from prospective students.

A dedicated desk for the PhD program, a stand on Outreach covering the Young Future Energy Leaders (YFEL) program, Summer Internships and Ektashif, as well as a stand on ‘Student Life,’ will provide visitors with information about life at Masdar Institute. The stands will be manned by students and faculty from the nine academic programs.

Masdar Institute offers full scholarships to admitted students who come with high academic credentials and admission is highly competitive. The degree programs and research offerings respond to the needs of the UAE, the region and wider global community.