Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI), the world’s first graduate-level, research-based artificial intelligence (AI) university, has revealed the appointment of Dr. Behjat Al Yousuf as Executive Vice President for Outreach and Engagement.
As Executive Vice President for Outreach and Engagement, Dr. Al Yousuf will oversee the University’s external partnership mission, which include outreach with the broader community, government agencies, and industrial partners. She will assist the improvement and implementation of AI research initiatives, as well as develop, oversee, and give AI advisory and consultancy offerings to public and private sector organizations, which include government agencies, large businesses, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and AI startups.
Dr. Al Yousuf joins MBZUAI from her previous position as Interim Provost of Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, a role she held since May 2015 as well as being a Professor of Practice in Engineering Systems. She has a robust track record of providing ground-breaking research and key papers at prestigious regional and global events, such as the delivery of various publications on topics such as education and software architecture.
Throughout her career, Dr. Al Yousuf has held a range of prestigious roles, including, amongst others, member of the Board of Trustees of the UAE Space Agency; jury member of the Zayed Sustainability Prize, and member of the advisory council of the Women in Sustainability, Environment, and Renewable Energy. She additionally serves on organizations such as the UN Global Alliances for Information Development (UN GAID), World Federation of Women Engineering, and the International Taskforce for Women in Technology.
Among many recognitions and leadership awards, Dr. Al Yousuf was the recipient of the Arab Women Award in the Business of Education category in 2016, and the Sheikh Rashid Award for Scientific Achievement in 2006.
Speaking on Dr. Al Yousuf’s appointment, Professor Sir Michael Brady, Interim President of MBZUAI, said: “We are very delighted to have Dr. Behjat join the crew at MBZUAI. With her vast experience and many accomplishments, she is the best individual to lead the University’s industrial research and outreach programs, steering the use of AI for the good of our community in the UAE and beyond. This will offer a strong base for MBZUAI’s function in driving the development of AI as a device for positive transformation.”
Dr. Al Yousuf said: “It is a privilege to have the chance to similarly make contributions to the UAE’s scientific and technology sector via the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence. I look ahead to leveraging the skills of the University while working with public and private sector entities within the UAE and throughout the world to locate new solutions that will propel international society into an AI-empowered era.”
MBZUAI will provide Master of Science (MSc) and PhD level programs while additionally engaging policymakers and businesses throughout the world so that AI is harnessed as a pressure for positive transformation. The University has already begun the process of vetting hundreds of applications acquired from over eighty nations and is in the final stage of assessment for the January 2021 intake.
Graduate students can apply to MBZUAI through the University’s website.
The University will grant all admitted students with a full scholarship, plus advantages such as a monthly allowance, health insurance, and accommodation. MBZUAI will work with leading local and international corporations to secure internships and will additionally aid students in discovering employment opportunities.