Khalifa University announced that it has been approved by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research to offer five new fields of specialization under its PhD in Engineering programme. The new PhD specializations include: Mechanical, Aerospace, Nuclear, Biomedical Engineering and Robotics.
Khalifa University was the first University in the UAE to offer a PhD in Engineering programme and these new specializations add to the existing specializations in Communication, Computer and Electronic Engineering.
The additional specializations 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 in fields that have been specifically targeted by Abu Dhabi’s 2030 vision.
“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 specialized 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,” said Dr. Tod Laursen, President of Khalifa University.
“It is deeply gratifying to receive formal approval to add these additional specializations to the existing PhD programme in Engineering,” remarked Dr. Mohammed Al-Mualla, Khalifa University’s Senior Vice President for Research and Development.
“These new PhD specializations will make important contributions towards the expansion and diversification of the UAE economy into critical knowledge-intensive industries,” he added.
He continued, “This makes our programme unique as students will now have the option to either concentrate their studies in one of this rich set of specializations or they may opt to do a generic PhD that spans more than one specialization. This multidisciplinary approach to PhD studies is at the forefront of graduate education.”
Khalifa University currently enrolls over 1,227 students, with more than 80% of its students being UAE nationals. It enrolls a total of 22 PhD students, with expectations to grow this number in the next few years.