The largest and most varied cohort of 142 students at MBZUAI are here from 34 different countries

More than 4,000 applications were received for academic positions, and just 4.6% of them were accepted.

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Since its founding in 2019, the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI), the first graduate-level AI university focused on research, has received its most sizable and diverse cohort.

With over 4,000 applications received and a 4.6% acceptance rate, academic seats were tough. The number of students at the university has nearly doubled with this most recent class, totaling close to 300. This expansion is a clear indication of the university's status as a global leader in the field of artificial intelligence.

Acting Provost of MBZUAI Professor Timothy Baldwin said, "The university is committed to leveraging the potential of technology to address real-world concerns. This diverse cohort of students is vital to contributing to the growth of AI and its favourable influence on society and industry.

Professor Baldwin continued, "We are developing the next generation of leaders in this revolutionary subject and will joyfully witness them deliver an AI-centric positive impact on the globe in healthcare, climatology, and education, among other fields.

The 142 students are from 34 different countries, and 95 are pursuing master's degrees in computer vision (CV), machine learning (ML), and natural language processing (NLP), while 47 are seeking doctoral degrees in these fields.

According to internationally recognised rankings like CSRankings, QS World University Rankings, Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Ranking, the university has continued to draw top students, with 22 students coming from the top 100 universities. Additionally, by accepting students from nations including Armenia, Bulgaria, Dominica, Libya, Serbia, and Uruguay, MBZUAI broadened its worldwide reach.

The university's reputation for diversity and inclusion, along with its placement in the top 20 universities worldwide in the fields of AI, CV, ML, and NLP on the CSRankings, are important factors in luring international students to MBZUAI.

To satisfy the soaring demand for robotics and computer science, which are estimated to reach market sizes of US$225 billion and US$140 billion, respectively, by 2030, MBZUAI created two new departments and four related graduate programmes in these fields in July.

The two new MBZUAI programmes, which grant both master's and doctoral degrees, will contribute to the advancement of the UAE's larger AI ecosystem and its position as a global centre for AI research and innovation.

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