Ten students, two alums, and one newly admitted graduate student from NYIT-Abu Dhabi visited New York City recently, with the aim of visiting the home base of their global university. With support from staff members and fellow students in both Abu Dhabi and New York, the Abu Dhabi group spent a week getting acquainted with the sights of the city and the campuses of NYIT. Photos.
On day one of the trip, Dean of Career Services John Hyde welcomed the visitors and a group of international student ambassadors, who generously volunteered to serve as tour guides to their fellow students. The ambassadors took shifts guiding the group to famous locales such as Times Square, the Empire State Building, Chinatown, and the Staten Island Ferry. One World Trade Center, the Statue of Liberty, and a Broadway musical were also on the agenda.
A diversion from tourist sights was a visit to NYIT-Old Westbury, where NYIT Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Rahmat Shoureshi, Ph.D., together with Vice Presidents Ronald Maggiore (Enrollment) and Patrick Love (Student Affairs), joined the Abu Dhabi group for lunch in NYIT de Seversky Mansion. Also present were Interior Design Acting Chair Robert Allen and officials from NYIT’s Academic Affairs and Global Academic Programs offices. Dr. Shoureshi interviewed students about their experiences, and all enjoyed the chance to interact with not only senior university officials, but also OW students and staff. More.
Faculty, students and staff at NYIT-Abu Dhabi are celebrating the recent announcement that the School of Management, including Abu Dhabi’s B.S.B.A. and M.B.A. programs, has earned accreditation by AACSB International -- the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. This prestigious designation adds NYIT to a very short list of Abu Dhabi institutions whose business degrees are recognized for attaining a high level of educational quality.
On hearing the news, NYIT-Abu Dhabi School of Management professor Gantasala V. Prabhakar, Ph.D., stated, “A university that is accredited by AACSB International is one that seeks excellence for both students and faculty.” NYIT-Abu Dhabi B.S.B.A. student Mohamed Yakoub added, “I’m proud to earn a degree from an AACSB-accredited program, because it’s among the world’s elite business degrees.” More.
NYIT hosted its first annual alumni dinner in Abu Dhabi this week, welcoming 48 alumni, including two who graduated from NYIT-Amman, for a stimulating presentation, a raffle with dozens of prizes, a fine meal, and best of all, an opportunity to re-connect with former classmates and associates. More. More photos.
NYIT-Abu Dhabi’s Associate Director for Employer & Alumni Relations, Abla Krouma, has begun conducting a series of workshops on career development. The Monday afternoon meetings are open to students and alumni, and take place at 3:30 pm in room 002/F3 at the Abu Dhabi campus. Please RSVP to Abla (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Students and alumni who participate in at least three of the brief meetings will be well prepared for the next steps in their careers. In addition, they will receive a certificate of completion and a prize (to be announced).
The first workshop, on how and why to network, occurred on Monday, 26 January. Upcoming workshops will proceed as follows:
Details for all of these events are available here.
Above, Campus Executive Director Ahmad Tabbara listens as a student explains her work.
Like science and technology, art and design can bring people together from all parts of the world. NYIT-Abu Dhabi Interior Design students showed this as they prepared and carried out an exhibition of their designs, “Expat Expo.” More.
The U.A.E. Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research’s accrediting body, the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA), has extended initial accreditation to the NYIT master’s of science in Information, Network, and Computer Security (M.S.-INCS). NYIT-Abu Dhabi is now accepting applications for this highly sought degree. Read more.
On the occasion of the U.A.E.’s 43rd National Day, Mr. Peter Kinney III, Chief of Staff in the NYIT President’s Office, attended a celebration at the U.A.E. Embassy in Washington, D.C. The event was hosted by His Excellency Mr. Yousef Al Otaiba, U.A.E. Ambassador to the U.S. (above, addressing his guests).
“I was fortunate to be invited to the U.A.E. Embassy,” said Kinney. Part of a large party of guests, Kinney was able to speak briefly with His Excellency Mr. Al Otaiba. “I conveyed President Guiliano’s good wishes and invited the ambassador to visit NYIT the next time he is in New York.”
Students at NYIT-Abu Dhabi participated this week in “Corporate Challenge 2014,” a case study competition sponsored by Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX). “Corporate Challenge” is a competition where teams of two students perform fieldwork on a case study prepared by the School of Management (SoM) and a local financial organization—in this case, ADX. More.
NYIT-Abu Dhabi was recently recognized by senior officials including the UAE’s Minister of International Cooperation and Development, Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi (above). More.
NYIT students and staff spent three days this week greeting young people at Abu Dhabi’s major annual career and education fair, Najah. Najah (“success” in Arabic) was opened by His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, and took place 28-30 October. NYIT-Abu Dhabi’s Director of Marketing and Recruitment Sarah El Gohary and her team spent all day, every day interacting with some of the thousands of young high school and college-age students who attended the fair. More. See more photos.