More than 500 Students from Over 30 Countries Join Undergraduate and Graduate Programs for Start of 2018-19 Academic Year
A three-day Orientation Program was rolled out to welcome over 500 newly-enrolled Khalifa University students and their families.
The event provided a comprehensive overview of the university, its facilities, services, and programs to students enrolled in Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate programs, as well as their families. Khalifa University received some 400 undergraduate and 100 post-graduate new enrollees representing over 30 countries for the 2018-19 academic year.
Welcoming the students, Dr. Arif Sultan Al Hammadi, Executive Vice-President, said: “We begin the new academic year with newly launched programs in addition to the existing ones that offer the widest options for learning in science, engineering, medical and arts streams. Our diverse programs equip the students with the right knowledge required for their future, making them effective contributors to the future locally and regionally. We believe through the Orientation program, the newly enrolled will be able to take advantage of the diverse academic and research facilities at our university on their way to become effective future leaders in their professions.”
The first day of Orientation was dedicated to families of the undergraduate students, who learnt about the university, its programs, and activities the students will be undertaking over the coming year. The families were also guided on tours of the campus premises by student volunteers.
On the second day, the new entrants were briefed on the sprawling university complex that now includes Masdar Institute at the Masdar City Campus and the Petroleum Institute at the Sas Al Nakhl Campus, the university’s diverse academic programs, the world-class faculty, as well as the various cutting-edge research facilities and state-of-the-art laboratories. They were also informed about the scholarship options and the various student facilities and clubs at the campuses. The third day marked the orientation activities for graduate students at the Masdar City Campus.
Additionally, the new academic year welcomed the first batch of students for the two-semester Pre-Medicine Bridging (PMB) program that begins from September 2018, following the announcement on the launch of the College of Medicine and Health Sciences that will commence operations from September 2019.
During the orientation, booths representing the Student Council and various student clubs showcased campus life and extracurricular activities, offering the newly enrolled students diverse opportunities to explore their interests. Individual club members also presented campus life to the new entrants through interactive sessions.
The new students will have the opportunity to work with continually evolving interdisciplinary, collaborative research centers in the UAE’s priority science and technology domains. The research centers at Khalifa University cover nuclear engineering, robotics, aerospace, biomedical engineering, artificial intelligence, data science and information security, water and environmental engineering, space systems, smart technologies, advanced materials, hydrocarbon exploration and production, as well as renewable energy, and energy storage.
At the start of the Fall 2018, Khalifa University has more than 3,500 students across its programs. It currently offers 13 Bachelors, 16 Master’s and two Doctorate programs, which include 12 concentrations.