About Us

Fast Facts

  • Masdar Institute of Science and Technology opened on Sep 6, 2009.
  • The inaugural intake consisted of 89 students from an initial 1,152 applications, received from 79 countries.
  • A total of 189 new students enrolled in fall 2014, including 101 international students and 88 Emiratis.
  • Admissions yield rate increased from 55 percent in fall 2013 to 70 percent in fall 2014.
  • UAE national students’ applications increased from 85 in 2009 to 285 in fall 2014.
  • In fall 2014, the student body is comprised of 491 students from 66 countries.
  • Females represent nearly 44% of the student population; 44% are UAE nationals.
  • All qualified full-time students admitted to Masdar Institute receive a full scholarship.
  • Working professionals are able to enroll in Masdar Institute on a part-time basis at a given per credit fee through the Practicing Professionals Program.
  • 91 faculty are currently employed at the Institute with PhDs from the world’s leading universities.
  • Faculty members are from 30 nationalities; 16 percent are females.
  • The ratio of faculty to students is 1:5.
  • 307 students graduate from Masdar Institute to date, with an additional 38 students from the Class of 2014 expected to graduate shortly.
  • Overall employment rate for the last 3 graduating classes is around 54 percent
  • Nine MSc programs and an interdisciplinary PhD program are currently on offer.
  • All degree programs are accredited by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.
  • Five established sponsored research centers focused on specific research topics of interest to industry and government partners.
  • Five additional Institute Research Centers or iCenters launched in Jan 2014 to complement the sponsored centers.
  • 3 patents have been approved so far, while 44 patent applications are pending and 68 invention disclosures have been received.
  • Over 450 papers published in peer-reviewed journals along with 340 conference proceedings, 19 book chapters and two full books.
 
  • Masdar Institute’s Wind Tower, rises 45m above the podium and directs cooler upper-level winds into the open-air public square at its base.
  • The Masdar Institute Campus has been designed to minimize water consumption by using high efficiency appliances, low-flow showers, highly efficient laundry systems, incentives, real-time monitoring, smart water meters, wastewater treatment and reuse, high-efficiency irrigation and low-water use landscaping.
  • The current wastewater system combines grey water and black water for processing and treatment at the city’s membrane bioreactor (MBR) plant.
  • The waste management strategy at the Masdar Institute building seeks to minimize waste-to-landfill and maximize the resource potential of materials (recycling and reuse).
  • With walking encouraged to reduce energy use, stairs are always prominently featured, while elevators are hidden – the reverse of conventional buildings, where stairs are often hard to find.
  • Fossil fuel-powered vehicles are parked outside the premises and personal travel takes place via battery-powered Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) vehicles and electrical vehicles (EV).
  • The PRT system is the prototype of a new technology that Masdar City has been piloting in the Masdar Institute neighborhood. The PRT currently takes visitors from the PRT Station at the outskirts of Masdar Institute Campus, to within the campus.
  • For other transport needs, Masdar Institute has 25 prototype electric vehicles (EV) to serve internal traffic, which are operating in collaboration with two Dutch and British companies. 
  • The EVs are running on rechargeable batteries using power from Masdar City’s photovoltaic solar plant. The unique technology behind the EVs has been adapted to suit the UAE’s unique climatic conditions.
  • The first phase of the Institute campus has 102 residential apartments spread between four residential blocks, including one for females.
  • The second phase is comprised of 221 apartments, three laboratories, a multipurpose hall, gym, 25m swimming pool, cafes, retail outlets, offices and meeting rooms.
  • The façade of campus buildings is highly-sealed and insulated, and wrapped in 90 percent recycled aluminum sheeting.
  • A 10MW solar photovoltaic plant, whose 87,777 polycrystalline and thin-film modules occupy a 22-hectare site at the outer boundary of Masdar City, is the largest grid-connected solar plant in the Middle East.
  • A photovoltaic roof top array above the buildings helps provide 30% of the base electrical load of the campus.
  • Native plant species, sourced from local nurseries, link Masdar Institute to its immediate environment, as well as providing practical benefits, which include reducing air temperature in public spaces.
  • The Knowledge Center has more than 900 square meters of space for students and researchers, and primarily offers a wide range of electronic information resources, as well as a limited number of paper books, magazines and journals.
  • The slightly flattened spherical shape of the Institute’s Knowledge Center reflects the designers’ efforts to optimize the building’s photovoltaic (PV) energy harvesting on its roof.
  • The labs’ wall insulation levels are also more than three times higher than the benchmark set by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers;
  • Laboratory structures have air-filled ethylene tetrafluoroethylen (ETFE) cushions that ensure almost no solar gain on the structures and limit the heat radiated to the street;
  • Masdar Institute’s micro-fabrication laboratory includes a 300 square meter state-of-the-art cleanroom facility (class 1000/100) established in collaboration with the Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC) and the Microsystems Technology Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT);
  • Masdar Institute cleanroom is designed to strengthen the Institute’s nanofabrication capabilities for nanoelectronics and nanophotonics, while fostering specific skills of students in the semiconductor industry.