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Khalifa University

Location Main Campus, Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates
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# =183

QS World University Rankings
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16

Undergraduate programs
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23

Postgraduate programs
stars

5

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In 2017, UAE President and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, issued a decree to merge the Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research, the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, and The Petroleum Institute under one university called the Khalifa University of Science and Technology (Khalifa University).

Khalifa University is now a comprehensive research-intensive university with three colleges, three research institutes, 18 research centers, and 36 departments covering a broad range of disciplines in science, engineering, and medicine. The internationally top-ranked university is the one university in the UAE with the research and academic programs that address the entire range of strategic, scientific and industrial challenges facing the UAE’s knowledge economy transformation and our rapidly evolving world.

Khalifa University’s world-class faculty and state-of-the-art research facilities provide an unparalleled learning experience to students from the UAE and around the world. The university brings together the best in science, engineering and medicine in the UAE, to offer specialized degrees that can take promising high school graduates all the way to top-rated doctorate degree holders.

It will continue to evolve with the UAE’s rapidly developing national goals and needs and nurture the innovation ecosystem required for the country’s targeted knowledge economy transformation.

In 2017, UAE President and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, issued a decree to merge the Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research, the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, and The Petroleum Institute under one university called the Khalifa University of Science and Technology (Khalifa University).

Khalifa University is now a comprehensive research-intensive university with three colleges, three research institutes, 18 research centers, and 36 departments covering a broad range of disciplines in science, engineering, and medicine. The internationally top-ranked university is the one university in the UAE with the research and academic programs that address the entire range of strategic, scientific and industrial challenges facing the UAE’s knowledge economy transformation and our rapidly evolving world.

Khalifa University’s world-class faculty and state-of-the-art research facilities provide an unparalleled learning experience to students from the UAE and around the world. The university brings together the best in science, engineering and medicine in the UAE, to offer specialized degrees that can take promising high school graduates all the way to top-rated doctorate degree holders.

It will continue to evolve with the UAE’s rapidly developing national goals and needs and nurture the innovation ecosystem required for the country’s targeted knowledge economy transformation.

University information

UNDERGRAD ADMISSIONS

Undergraduate admission to Khalifa University is highly competitive. In order to be considered for admissions, students must meet the following minimum criteria:

·          The applicant should have graduated from high school no later than two years prior to their application year.

·          Hold a UAE Secondary School Certificate (SSC) in Advanced Stream – Ministry of Education or Physics Stream – Abu Dhabi Education Council with a minimum overall achievement of 80%, and a minimum score of 80% in Mathematics or equivalent. 

POSTGRAD ADMISSIONS

Graduate admissions at Khalifa University is highly competitive. Applicants must meet the following minimum criteria:

-           To apply for a KU MSc program, applicants must be a Bachelor’s graduate from a STEM program (minimum CGPA of 3.0 out of 4 or its equivalent).

-           To apply for a KU PhD degree, applicants must be a MSc graduate in a STEM program (minimum of CGPA 3.2).

-           IELTS 6.5 overall academic score (or iBT TOEFL of 91 or its equivalent)

-           GRE Quantitative score of 155 for MSc applicants.

-           Provide a minimum of two referee recommendations.

-           Submit a statement of purpose (500-1000 words), as well as a research statement (500-1000 words) for PhD applicants.

-           Undergo and pass the admission interview

 

SCHOLARSHIPS

Khalifa University and its partners offer a number of undergraduate scholarships for both Emirati and international students. These include:

·         Khalifa University Scholarship

·         ADNOC Scholarship Program

·         Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA) Scholarship "Betha"

·         UAE Nuclear Energy Scholarship Program (ENEC & FANR)

·         National Electronic Security Authority (NESA) - Tamayuz Scholarship Program

·         The Future Teachers scholarship 


Khalifa University offers partial and full scholarships to eligible UAE Resident undergraduate students.

Full scholarships are awarded to all admitted Emirati and international postgraduate students.


Bachelor GPA

Minimum score

3

Maximum score

4

TOEFL

Minimum score

79

Maximum score

91

GRE

Minimum score

150

Maximum score

0

IELTS

Minimum score

6

Maximum score

6

IELTS - Masters

Minimum score

6

Maximum score

0

TOEFL - Masters

Minimum score

91

Maximum score

0

Bachelor GPA - Masters

Minimum score

3

Maximum score

4

GRE - Masters

Minimum score

0

Maximum score

150

GPA - Bachelors

Minimum score

3

Maximum score

4

IELTS - Bachelors

Minimum score

6

Maximum score

0

TOEFL - Bachelors

Minimum score

79

Maximum score

0

As the UAE’s top research university, Khalifa University has 228 labs and some of the region’s most advanced research facilities. These include:

•        Region’s first cleanroom

o    Provides the ultra-clean environment and photolithography tools needed for advanced microelectronics research and small-scale production.

•        Masdar Institute Solar Platform

o    Provides critical tools and expertise required to test these concentrating solar power (CSP) and thermal energy storage (TES) systems at the one-of-a-kind 100 kW beam-down CSP facility.

•        Microscopy facility

o    Electron Microscopes are critical for much of the research ongoing at Khalifa University and its world-class electron microscopy facility is one of the more widely utilized core laboratory facilities.

•        ADNOC Research and Innovation Center (ADRIC)

o    39 labs covering reservoir rock characterization and reservoir fluid characterization

•        High Performance Computing Cluster

o    over 3,000 CPU cores and 32 GPUs spread across two HPC clusters to provide leading edge, stable and reliable computing resources to KU researchers

Khalifa University has also established a number of focus research laboratories with local and international partners, including:

•        YahSat Space Lab

o    Launched with Al Yahsat Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat) and Orbital ATK to provide students and faculty of the University’s Master’s concentration in space systems and technology with the facilities required to construct, test and launch miniature satellite CubeSats.

Total students

2,944

UG students

85%

PG students

15%

International students

652

UG students

56%

PG students

44%

Total faculty staff

498

Domestic staff

9%

Int'l staff

91%

Student life

Khalifa University is committed to promoting a caring, cooperative campus environment that values diversity and reflects an appreciation of the dignity of all people.

INTERNSHIPS

All undergraduate students at Khalifa University undertake an 8-week internship, where they get the opportunity to explore the different perspectives of their major outside of the classroom. KU students intern at large local and global companies, including IBM, Siemens and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ANDOC).  

Eligible students are offered international internship opportunities in Japan through the Japan International Collaboration Center (JICE) program. The program provides students with an exceptional technical and cultural learning experience, and offers internships at companies like Chiyoda Corporation and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

 

STUDENT CLUBS

At Khalifa University, students can choose from over 15 student clubs covering sports, culture, arts, and social service, to explore opportunities to grow and develop in areas related to leadership, teambuilding, and planning and organizing events, outside the classroom. KU clubs include:

1.            Debate Club

2.            Sports Club

3.            HOPE Club

4.            Outdoor Activities Club

5.            Talent & Theater Club

6.            Emirati Club

7.            Japanese Club

8.            Happiness Club

9.            Literature Club

10.          Spanish Club

11.          Music Club

12.          Wise Korean Club

13.          Medical Club

14.          Art Club

15.          Pioneers Club

16.          Chess Club

SOCIAL ACTIVITIES

Khalifa University’s Student Services Office supports students to lead events and activities such as the new students Orientation Day, Career Fair, Majors Day, and non-academic recognition award ceremonies. KU students actively participate in local and international competitions, conferences, workshops and events.

Students can also enjoy a range of activities, such National Day Celebration, Bazaar Day, Global Day and KU Film Festivals, Ramadan gatherings, and more, which enhance their social and cultural experiences.

Throughout the academic year, students are invited on trips to historical and cultural destinations such as Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Global Village in Dubai, and the local Korean and Chinese Festivals. 

Khalifa University’s Career and Alumni Services aim to maximize students’ engagement with educational and market-oriented experiences contributing to their learning and development and academic success. The Office strives to help students identify academic majors; develop career plans and goals, and improve readiness for employability.

Our aim is to :

  • Educate and empower students to develop, implement, and continuously evaluate their academic and career goals.
  • Facilitate students transition to employees.
  • Maximize opportunities for students to develop connections with potential employers.
  • Provide career development and networking opportunities.
  • Help students and alumni develop soft skills by offering career related workshops and, strengthen their self-marketing tools whilst expanding their market knowledge base through a better understanding of the available job search strategies.

Rankings & ratings

QS World University Rankings

  • 2015
    #441-450
  • 2016
    #481-490
  • 2017
    #401-410
  • 2018
    #451-460
  • 2019
    #=315
  • 2020
    #268
  • 2021
    #211
  • 2022
    #=183

Ranking criteria

46
Overall
13.7
Academic Reputation
10.5
Employer Reputation
91.3
Faculty Student Ratio
65.1
Citations per Faculty
100
International Faculty Ratio
59.7
International Students Ratio
QS Stars is a rating system that helps you select the right university based on your interests. It provides a detailed look at an institution, identifying which universities rate highest in the specific topics that matter to you, like facilities, graduate employability, social responsibility, inclusiveness, and more.

Available programs

Khalifa University offers 16 undergraduate programmes covering engineering, information science, health, natural sciences, and mathematics.

Prospective students hoping to earn a spot on an undergraduate programme at Khalifa University will need to ensure they possess the following minimum criteria:

  • Graduated from high school no later than two years prior to the current year
  • Minimum score of achievement in each of the following EmSAT subjects: Math 1000, Physics 800, Arabic 700, and English 1250 to be conditionally accepted into the Foundation programme

Or:

  • Minimum score of achievement in each of the following EmSAT subjects: Math 1250, Physics 800, Arabic 700, and English 1400 to be fully accepted into freshman year


Learn more about undergraduate admission types here.

The average tuition fees for students at undergraduate level are AED3,333 per credit hour.

Full and partial scholarships for international undergraduate students are available. 

International students should submit an application online if they meet the minimum requirements

Khalifa University only accepts completed online applications that include the grades of your first term at high school as a minimum.

Discover everything you need to know about Khalifa University as an undergraduate student in the academic catalog 2020-2021 here.

Khalifa University offers 21 postgraduate courses in engineering, medicine, natural sciences and mathematics.
Admission to Khalifa University of Science and Technology is highly competitive and the selection of applicants will be based on the following admissions requirements: application form, supporting graduate admission requirements documents and performance in the interview.
The selection process at Khalifa University takes into account academic performance, qualifications and previous experience, CV, reference forms, and the applicant’s potential to succeed. Prospective students can find the full requirements for their chosen programme here.
Most of the postgraduate programmes offered at Khalifa University offer full scholarships to full-time students. For part-time master’s students, the tuition fee is US$1,360 per credit hour. For part-time PhD students, tuition is US$1,815 per credit hour.
Full-time students in most of the master’s programmes and all of the PhD programmes, as well as the MD programme, receive full scholarships.
Applications for Khalifa University of Science and Technology graduate programs are accepted online, via the University’s Graduate Admission Portal.
View the application guidelines, please visit: KU Admissions Page. The required documents must be scanned and uploaded to the online application in the specified format (i.e. max 4MB PDF for documents, max. 2MB JPEG for photograph). Hard copies submitted in person or by post, or soft copies sent by email, will not be accepted.
Each applicant must provide the contact e-mail address of at least two referees, who will be invited to complete an online reference form once the completed application has been submitted.
Discover everything you need to know about Khalifa University in the Graduate Catalog 2020-2021 here.

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