MBZUAI partners with Israeli university for AI research

Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al-Jaber attends the virtual signing ceremony of the MoU.
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Updated 16 September 2020

MBZUAI partners with Israeli university for AI research

The Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI) in the UAE and Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU), which will see the two higher education institutes work together across a range of fields, aiming to advance the development and use of artificial intelligence (AI) as a tool for progress.

The MoU, which is the first of its kind to be signed between two higher education institutes from the UAE and Israel, covers a range of opportunities for collaboration, including student and postdoctoral fellows exchange programs, conferences and seminars, various forms of exchange between researchers, sharing of computing resources, and the establishment of a joint virtual institute for AI.

This follows the signing of the historic peace accord between the UAE and Israel last month, establishing full normalization of relations between the two countries.

The MoU was signed virtually by Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al-Jaber, UAE minister of industry and advanced technology and chairman of the MBZUAI board of trustees, and Weizmann Institute president Professor Alon Chen, and was attended by officials from both the organizations.

Dr. Al-Jaber said: “As a pioneering university, MBZUAI seeks out partnerships with leaders in their respective fields to further our collective scientific understanding and push the boundaries of technological innovation ... Through this MoU we can leverage the expertise of both our institutes toward using AI to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges, from COVID-19 to climate change, and beyond.”

Professor Chen said: “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate with this unique, pioneering institution and to advance the field of AI together. As a neuroscientist, I believe that AI is the extension of the power and intricacy of the human brain into the digital realm, and the implications will be vast, affecting our lives and our health, and the global economy.”

MBZUAI, established in 2019, is the world’s first graduate level, research-based AI university. Based in Abu Dhabi, the university offers M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs in the fields of computer vision, machine learning, and natural language processing. MBZUAI, expecting its first cohort of students to start in January 2021, is introducing a new model of academia and research to the field of AI, providing students and faculty access to some of the world’s most advanced AI systems to unleash the technology’s full potential for economic and societal development.

The Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel is one of the world’s top-ranking multidisciplinary research institutions and offers masters’ and doctoral level degrees across five faculties. It is noted for its wide-ranging exploration of the natural and exact sciences. Institute scientists are advancing research on the human brain, AI, computer science and encryption, astrophysics and particle physics. In addition, they are tackling diseases such as cancer, and helping reverse climate change through environmental, ocean, and plant sciences, and more.


Community Jameel fund to support RCM students

Updated 30 September 2020

Community Jameel fund to support RCM students

The Royal College of Music (RCM) in London, one of the world’s greatest conservatoires, has announced the establishment of the Community Jameel Hardship Fund to support RCM students who are experiencing unexpected difficulty or financial hardship, for an initial period of three years. All students are eligible to apply.

The new fund represents a continuation of the RCM’s relationship with the global philanthropy Community Jameel, which in November 2019 saw the launch of a scholarship supported by Community Jameel and the Andrea Bocelli Foundation.

The first Jameel Scholar to be supported by the Community Jameel Hardship Fund for the 2020/21 academic year is Tunisian violinist Bacem Anas Romdhani. Having graduated from the RCM with a masters in 2020, Romdhani will study for an artist diploma.

Professor Colin Lawson, director of the RCM, said: “I am enormously grateful on behalf of everyone at the RCM for Community Jameel’s continued support of our students. In what has been an immensely challenging year, Community Jameel’s generous gift will have a significant impact for those who have unexpectedly found themselves facing financial hardship. The RCM has a long history of philanthropic support which provides greater access to our world-leading education.”

Mohammed Jameel KBE, founder of Community Jameel, said: “At Community Jameel, we are committed to supporting access to quality musical education, particularly for students from the Arab world, a region with a longstanding tradition of producing world-class composers, conductors and performers, and home to opera houses, concert halls and orchestras.

“Through the Community Jameel Hardship Fund, we are proud to be partnering again with the RCM to support students facing financial difficulties, and assisting international students from the Arab world to attend one of the world’s best conservatoires.”

This Hardship Fund continues the support of Community Jameel for the institutions of South Kensington, including the Jameel Gallery at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Jameel Institute at Imperial College, and the Bocelli-Jameel Scholarship at the RCM.

Any surplus in the fund will provide scholarship support for international students, with a preference for students from the Arab world.

More than 50 percent of current RCM students have received financial support during their studies through scholarships and awards, thanks to the generosity of a variety of charitable trusts, companies, businesses, individual members of the public and legacies.

Founded in 1883, the Royal College of Music is a world-leading music conservatoire with a prestigious history and contemporary outlook. For the fifth consecutive year in 2020, the RCM was ranked as the top institution in the UK for the performing arts in the QS World University Rankings.