NYU Abu Dhabi is the first comprehensive liberal arts and science campus in the Middle East to be operated abroad by a major American research university. NYU Abu Dhabi has integrated a highly-selective liberal arts, engineering and science curriculum with a world center for advanced research and scholarship enabling its students to succeed in an increasingly interdependent world and advance cooperation and progress on humanity’s shared challenges. NYU Abu Dhabi’s high-achieving students have come from 115 nations and speak over 115 languages. Together, NYU’s campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai form the backbone of a unique global university, giving faculty and students opportunities to experience varied learning environments and immersion in other cultures at one or more of the numerous study-abroad sites NYU maintains on six continents.
Recognizing its civic and social responsibility as an institution of higher education, NYU Abu Dhabi contributes knowledge, resources, and skills to the communities of which it is a part. NYUAD sustains public programming and outreach activities that foster intellectual and cultural vitality in Abu Dhabi and the UAE; attract distinguished international thinkers and creators to exchange ideas and engage with the local community; and contribute to the development of a vibrant local arts community. Community and service learning engagements enhance the learning students do in the classroom, laboratory, and studio and contribute to students’ development as active, ethical citizens.
The NYU Abu Dhabi Office of Community Outreach develops mutually beneficial partnerships to foster a deep commitment to civic engagement and service. By building innovative programs designed to give back to the UAE community through volunteer opportunities, we promote meaningful community involvement, embracing the rich diversity of the UAE, and cultivating ethical and inclusive leadership. We call this drive for social good #NYUADHeart. We aspire to be a model for higher education in the region and beyond by striving for excellence in service-based learning, civic engagement and community-based partnerships.