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Five new specialisations under the PhD in engineering programme have been approved by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Khalifa University announced on Saturday.
The new PhD specialisations comprise mechanical, aerospace, nuclear, biomedical engineering and robotics.
More than 1,220 students are currently enrolled at Khalifa University (KU), with more than 80 per cent of its students being Emirati. KU has a total of 22 PhD students, with expectations to increase this number in the next few years, a senior official told Gulf News.
"Khalifa University is the first university in the UAE to offer a PhD in engineering and these new specialisations will be added to the existing fields in communication, computer, and electronic engineering,” Tod Laursen, president of Khalifa University, said.
The additional majors will enable Khalifa University students to select from a much broader range of PhD areas of studies — all of which are critical to the development of human capital and as part of Abu Dhabi's 2030 vision, Laursen added.
The university president also highlighted the fact that Khalifa University is actively engaged with external partners that are shaping the future of the UAE economy.
"Our discussions with these partners have identified the need for highly specialised PhD-level education. These programmes have become increasingly necessary to build a resilient and sustainable knowledge economy, which is a vital part of achieving Abu Dhabi's 2030 vision,” he added.
"It is deeply gratifying to receive formal approval to add these additional majors to the existing PhD programme in engineering,” said Dr Mohammad Al Mualla, Khalifa University's senior vice-president for research and development.
"These new PhD specialisations will make important contributions towards the expansion and diversification of the UAE economy into critical knowledge-intensive industries,” he added.
Students at Khalifa University will now have the option to either concentrate their studies in one of this rich set of specialisations or they may opt to do a generic PhD that spans more than one specialisation.
"This multidisciplinary approach to PhD studies is at the forefront of graduate education,” Dr Al Mualla said. – Gulf News
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