It is one of the most selective higher education institutions in the world, with only 4% of students applying for the Class of 2023 admitted
A total of 455 students from more than 80 countries and speaking 65 languages participated in the largest graduating class at NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) since its inception in 2011.
NYUAD continues to be one of the most selective institutions of higher education in the world, accepting nearly 4 percent of students who applied to be admitted to the Class of 2023.
Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, President of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and senior UN climate change advocate for the COP28 UAE leadership team, urged students to use their talents, enthusiasm and creativity to make a real impact.
Photo: Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak
“Advocate and support environmentally conscious policies. Empower and inspire others to adopt sustainable practices. Make sustainability and equity a priority in your respective fields,” she told undergraduates, graduate students at NYU’s 10th Commencement and graduate students. “Through your actions, you have the power to shift the narrative of climate change and nature loss from one of despair to one of hope, resilience and recovery,” Al Mubarak noted.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum; Dr. Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili, Chairman, Department of Community Development; Jassem Mohammed Buatabh Al Zaabi, Chairman, Finance Department, Abu Dhabi; William, Chairman, New York University Board of Trustees R. Berkley; NYU Regent Rima Al Mokarrab and other dignitaries attended the meeting.
NYU Vice Chancellor Mariet Westermann officiated at the ceremony on the University campus, along with NYU President Andrew Hamilton. The ceremony included the presentation of awards and honors, including the Alfred H. Bloom Global Liberal Arts Scholarship, NYU Piano Award, Global Leadership Award and Distinguished Alumni Award, and a torch ceremony.
Seo-Hee Hong, Class of 2023, spoke on behalf of the graduating class and Ghaya Mohammed Alshamsi of the class gave a welcome address.
Photo: Ghaya Mohammed Alshamsi
“Class of 2023, you are ready to do good in the rest of your journey. If you need a word of encouragement or a helping hand, remember that your NYU community will always be there for you,” Westermann added.
This degree-granting research university offers 26 majors in arts and humanities, social sciences, science and engineering. During their four years, the Class of 2023 has excelled both academically and in extracurricular activities.
It participates in student clubs, sports groups and connects with the Abu Dhabi community, with 87% of its class at least in their academic career with some of the world’s most respected organizations such as UNDP, Mubadala Had an internship, Microsoft, US Congress, and Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, among others.
Students have also received graduate offers from a range of institutions including Boston University, Oxford University, Peking University and Columbia University.