IIT Delhi, one of India’s premier educational institutions, is gearing up to establish a new campus in Abu Dhabi, showcasing its commitment to global outreach. This initiative, known as the ‘IITs Go Global’ campaign, aims to expand the influence and expertise of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) beyond national borders. Following IIT Madras’ Zanzibar campus, the Abu Dhabi campus will be the second international campus of an IIT.
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Signing Ceremony
The momentous signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) took place in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, further emphasizing the significance of this endeavour. This event marked the official establishment of the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT-D) campus in Abu Dhabi, solidifying the partnership between India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Fostering Friendship and Mutual Prosperity
The IIT Delhi Abu Dhabi campus will not only serve as a centre of educational excellence but also as a symbol of the strong friendship and collaboration between India and the UAE. This initiative aligns with the National Education Policy (NEP) and is in line with the vision shared by both nations to foster mutual prosperity and contribute to global progress.
Course Offerings and Timelines
The Abu Dhabi campus is expected to offer a diverse range of educational programs, with Master’s courses scheduled to commence in January 2024 and Bachelor’s courses in September of the following year. These programs will provide students with opportunities for academic growth and development.
Strengthening IIT Delhi’s Commitment to Excellence
The establishment of an international campus in Abu Dhabi further strengthens IIT Delhi’s commitment to excellence and innovation. This move reflects the institution’s dedication to expanding its educational footprint globally and providing students with access to world-class education.
Joint Vision Statement and Selection Process
The decision to establish an IIT campus in the UAE was announced in August 2022, building upon the joint vision statement issued by India and the UAE earlier that year. While several countries expressed interest in hosting IIT campuses, IIT Delhi was chosen due to its previous interest in setting up campuses in Saudi Arabia and Egypt, highlighting its readiness to undertake this significant endeavour.
Promoting Academic Excellence & Global Exchange
This initiative exemplifies the collaborative spirit and shared commitment of both India and the UAE in promoting academic excellence and fostering global educational exchange. By establishing the Abu Dhabi campus, IIT Delhi aims to contribute to the development of both nations and enhance their standing in the international educational landscape.
IIT Madras’ Zanzibar Campus
IIT Delhi’s initiative in Abu Dhabi follows the recent milestone achieved by IIT Madras in establishing a campus in Zanzibar. Notably, the Zanzibar campus will be led by a woman, Director-in-Charge Preeti Aghalayam, highlighting the IITs’ dedication to diversity and inclusivity. These efforts demonstrate the institutions’ valuable contributions to national and international development.