About Us

Key Facts and Achievements


  • Sustainable campus powered entirely by renewable energy.
  • State-of-the-art research facilities and hi-tech equipment.
  • Located in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, first sustainable urban development in the region.

Faculty and Students

  • International faculty and student body.
  • 96 faculty members from over 30 countries; 19% UAE nationals.
  • 432 students from over 60 countries; 47% female.
  • UAE nationals constitute 43% of the total student population.
  • Vibrant and rich student life, multi-cultural environment; more than 15 student clubs.
  • First elite group of master’s students graduated in June 2011.
  • First PhD students graduated in May 2015.
  • 120 MSc and PhD graduates from 44 countries in the Class of 2016; 45% female.
  • Over 550 graduates since inception.

Academic Programs

  • 9 accredited master’s degree programs.
  • Interdisciplinary PhD program.
  • All programs are based on the US graduate education model.


  • A full scholarship is offered to all admitted students.
  • Five additional full scholarships provided for eligible applicants in collaboration with our partners.

MIT Partnership

  • MIT contributes to development of degree programs and curriculum.
  • Joint research projects by MIT and MI faculty; one-to-one and flagship projects.
  • MIT faculty serve on PhD committees at Masdar Institute.
  • Masdar Institute PhD students may spend one semester at MIT prior to graduation.
  • Joint MI-MIT innovation program to support research with potential commercial impact.


  • Three unique outreach programs targeting primarily UAE national students and young professionals:
    • Young Future Energy Leaders
    • “Ektashif”
    • Internships

Research and Innovation Achievements

  • Ranked first in the UAE and 20th among ‘Middle East & West Asia’ academic institutions by Springer’s Nature Index 2016 annual ranking list. Masdar Institute was also the only academic institution from the UAE to be ranked within the Top 25 institutions in the Nature Index 2016 Middle East & West Asia list, demonstrating its high quality research capabilities.
  • Ranked 14th among the top 20 universities in the 2016 Best Arab Region Universities Rankings published annually by the US News and World Report, featuring more than 120 universities in 18 countries, ranked based on their academic research performance and reputations.
  • Ranked the top Arab university for research citation impact in the US News and World Report 2015 rankings.
  • 96 world-class faculty members from over 30 countries with PhDs from the world’s leading universities; 19% of Masdar Institute’s faculty are UAE nationals.
  • Total UAE national enrollments increased from 11% in 2009 to 43% in fall 2015.
  • Over 550 graduates since inception.
  • Facilitated placement of 91% of its alumni, either in employment or PhD programs.
  • Graduates have been employed at leading organizations such as Microsoft, GE, YahSat, Mubadala, MOFA, Siemens, ENEC, IRENA, and Nestle and have joined PhD programs at leading universities including UCLA, MIT, NYU, UC Berkeley, UT Austin, and Imperial College, London.
  • Secured over US$70 million in industry and government sponsored research contracts with more than 50 organizations (50% in UAE
  • Concluded major research agreements with local and international companies such as Takreer, Strata, ADNOC, Mubadala, Etihad Airways, Emirates Global Aluminum, Abengoa, Trevi Systems, Boeing, Suez Environment, Lockheed Martin and BP.
  • Launched the region’s first MSc Concentration in Space Systems and Technology in collaboration with YahSat and Orbital ATK in response to the UAE’s space exploration ambitions.
  • Published a book on 3D Stacked Chips in Springer, one of the leading international publishers. Co-edited by Dr. Ibrahim Elfadel, Professor of Microsystems Engineering, Masdar Institute, the book covers recent cutting-edge research on 3D integration conducted by the Technical University of Dresden, Germany in collaboration with Masdar Institute under the framework of the Twinlab 3D Stacked Chip (3DSC), a joint collaborative effort focusing on heterogeneous 3D integration.
  • Won the Oil and Gas Year’s ‘Partnership of the Year’ award for 2016 for its Digital Rock Physics (DRP) project, an R&D collaboration with partners including ADNOC, Total, and the Petroleum Institute.
  • Achieved 10 US patents, 70+ US filed patent applications, and 120+ invention disclosures from faculty and students, firmly establishing the Institute’s place as a leader in intellectual capital development in the UAE. (As of May 2016)
  • Published 1000+ articles in peer-reviewed journals and 600+ conference papers. (As of April 2016)
  • Launched four core research centers in 2014 to develop innovation and human capital in key areas of relevance to the UAE’s national strategies – namely energy, water, microsystems and smart systems (iEnergy, iWater, iMicro, and iSmart).
  • Partnered with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to launch the Masdar Institute and MIT Joint Innovation Program (MMIP), which provides translational research grants to research projects with high potential for commercialization to bridge the gap from laboratory to potential markets and investors.

Student and Faculty Innovations

  • Mohammed Al Shehhi, a Master’s student in Electrical Power Engineering won the Innovator UAE 2016 award in the Sustainability and Life Sciences category for his Smart Solar-powered Ventilation System for vehicles, at the INNOVATOR Show 2016 organized by the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) and the Abu Dhabi Technology Development Committee (TDC).
  • Ahmed Al Harethi, a PhD student in Water and Environmental Engineering and Dr. Faisal Al Marzooqi, PhD graduate and current Assistant Professor in Chemical and Environmental Engineering were both selected as members of the  Emirates Scientists’ Council that has been created recently to provide scientific advice to decision-makers, promote research and innovation in science and technology, and create mechanisms to boost cooperation and knowledge transfer between public and private sector academic and research institutions.
  • Dr. Ibraheem Almansouri, Assistant Professor of Microsystems Engineering at Masdar Institute, won the Emirates Energy Award for his novel research on advanced solar cells technology.  His project was selected out of 14 entries for the ‘Young Professional Energy’ category, which awards achievements relevant to energy management issues demonstrated by young professionals of less than 35 years of age.
  • Dr. Linda Zou, Masdar Institute Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, was awarded the first edition of the UAE Rain Enhancement Program grant worth US$5 million, launched by the UAE Ministry of Presidential Affairs in collaboration with the UAE National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS), for her leading research on using nanotechnology to develop novel cloud seeding materials and accelerate water condensation.