ABU DHABI, thirtieth January, 2023 (WAM) – H.H. Sheikh Theyab bin Zayed Al Nahyan right this moment attended the inaugural commencement ceremony at Mohamed bin Zayed College of Synthetic Intelligence (MBZUAI), the world’s first graduate analysis college in AI. 52 college students from 24 international locations, together with 8 Emiratis, obtained post-graduate levels in pc imaginative and prescient and machine studying.
The occasion was attended by Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Trade and Superior Expertise, President-Designate of COP28 UAE and Chairman of MBZUAI’s Board of Trustees, Bruno Le Maire, French Minister for Economic system and Finance, Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for AI and Digital Economic system, and Distant Work Functions, Sarah Al Amiri, Minister of State for Public Schooling and Advance Expertise and Chairwoman of Emirates Colleges Institution, and Professor Eric Xing, MBZUAI President, along with Members of the Board of Trustees and college college.
63% of the graduating class have secured employment, Ph.D. placements, paid internships or began their very own firms, with 91% staying within the UAE to contribute to Abu Dhabi’s AI ecosystem.
In his keynote speech, Dr. Sultan Al Jaber highlighted the importance of MBZUAI and the potential of the brand new graduates to drive constructive change. “When MBZUAI was founded by our leadership in 2019, its mission was clear: and that is to harness the power of artificial intelligence to advance global progress. MBZUAI was specifically designed as a catalyst for research across multiple sectors, including business, IT, energy, transportation, education and healthcare and sustainability – and you, the inaugural graduating class of MBZUAI will be the pioneers that help turn that research into reality,” he mentioned.
With local weather change excessive on the agenda through the “Year of Sustainability” and the run-up to COP28, Dr. Al Jaber additionally underscored the significance of AI expertise in tackling this international problem. “We need to hold back the global rise in temperatures to 1.5 degrees, without slowing economic growth. We need to make our planet wealthier and healthier, at the same time. And I have no doubt, that you, the first graduating class of MBZUAI hold some of the keys to the transformational breakthroughs we need,” he added.
He continued, “COP28 will be the first COP to officially include a youth champion, with the appointment of Shamma bint Suhail Faris Al Mazrui, Minister of State for Youth Affairs. We did this because we want to empower the voices, the passion, the positivity and the desire for progress that young people bring to the table. These qualities, combined with your abilities, are a powerful combination, and I have no doubt that our collective future will be brighter as result.”
In his closing remarks to the scholars, Dr. Al Jaber concluded, “Bear in mind, progress is pushed by curiosity, constructive dialogue, connectivity, exhausting work, persistence – and impatience. So, get on the market and be impatient, and impactful, for the betterment of humanity. And for those who take one message from me right this moment, it’s this. Concentrate on the information. Concentrate on the Science. Concentrate on Outcomes. Concentrate on Supply. Concentrate on making a constructive contribution. You could have the ability, the data and the talents to unite a divided world in delivering the options the world wants right this moment.”
For his half, Le Maire acknowledged, “France and the UAE have a long and well-established diplomatic relationship, one built on strong strategic, cultural, business, and economic ties, that will become even closer over the coming decades as our two nations continue to find ways to leverage technology for the betterment of our countries. Artificial intelligence is a key technology on which France and the UAE will collaborate in the coming decade.”
Furthermore, Professor Xing commented, “I congratulate our class of 2022 graduates for reaching this remarkable milestone. This could not be achieved without the vision and support from our leadership nor with the hard work and commitment from our faculty and staff. As a bedrock for UAE’s technological competitiveness in artificial intelligence, MBZUAI is committed to performing transformative research, developing cutting-edge technology, and training creative and hard working talent. We aspire for our graduates to further advance the boundaries of knowledge and technology, and be empowered by the knowledge they gained from the University to serve society.”
Following the graduation ceremony, MBZUAI held the AI and Sustainability Symposium which noticed AI specialists talk about subsequent era options to drive sustainability. Professor Xing joined Professor Daniela Rus, Director of the Pc Science and Synthetic Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT and a member of MBZUAI’s Board of Trustees in addition to Phil Blunsom, Chief Scientist at Cohere.AI, and Professor at Oxford.
The panel was moderated by Professor Timothy Baldwin, MBZUAI Appearing Provost, Affiliate Provost of Tutorial Affairs and Appearing Division Chair of Pure Language Processing. The panelists mentioned numerous points in sustainability confronting the AI group, figuring out areas of alternative, and commending the graduating class as they go on to deal with them.
MBZUAI is on the forefront of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, inspiring the subsequent era of AI specialists, as a part of the UAE’s nationwide technique. The college’s analysis is fixing real-world nationwide and international challenges throughout many sectors: healthcare, transport, logistics, setting, vitality, good cities, manufacturing and fintech amongst others. Examples embody pioneering work with the UAE Genome Mission, Arabic NLP analysis in partnership with IBM, and AI working methods to speed up AI adoption throughout trade.