Indian Institute of Technology starts bachelor’s degree programs in UAE |

The Abu Dhabi branch of the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi will begin its first undergraduate courses in September – a milestone expected to trigger the school’s further expansion in Gulf Cooperation Council countries.

The Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi is a public technical institute in the Indian capital, one of 23 IITs operating across the country offering programs at the undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral levels.

Run by the Indian Ministry of Education, it is considered one of the best centers for education, research and science in India, and is ranked 45th globally in engineering and technology in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2024 .

The establishment of the institute in the UAE is funded by the Abu Dhabi Ministry of Education under an agreement with the Indian government signed in July 2023.

The IIT-Delhi Abu Dhabi, currently hosted by Zayed University, launched its education program in January with a master’s course in energy transition and sustainability, paving the way for full-fledged activities to start in the 2024-2025 academic year.

“The undergraduate program is a flagship program of the IITs and therefore its launch is important,” Prof. Shantanu Roy, director of IIT Delhi-Abu Dhabi, told Arab News this week.

“We would like to reach international students in the GCC countries. We will also soon be rolling out our research programs and are keen to work with partners in Abu Dhabi, the UAE and the region. IIT-Delhi Abu Dhabi will serve as a meeting point between IIT Delhi and its long history of over 60 years in education and research, and partners and collaborators in the UAE and neighboring countries.”

The two upcoming bachelor’s programs will each have a group of 30 students. Most students will participate based on the institute’s new exam, which the director says is tailor-made for the UAE.

“A significant number of Emirati students have registered… We are seeing a lot of students in our outreach programs,” Roy said.

“Eleven of the eighteen students in our first master’s program in energy transition and sustainability are UAE nationals. They are doing very well and we are proud of them.”

The offshore campus is part of the UAE-India Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement that came into effect in May 2022.

The UAE branch is the first campus of the IIT to be set up abroad.

“The opening of the IIT campus in Abu Dhabi is indeed an important milestone,” Sunjay Sudhir, Indian Ambassador to the UAE, told Arab News. “The first bachelor’s degree programs in computer science and energy will now start in September.”

He said IIT activities would not only strengthen the institute’s global brand but also Abu Dhabi’s position as a hub for high-tech and innovation.

“The IIT-Delhi campus will be an important part of this country’s innovation ecosystem,” Sudhir said. “We expect a strong linkage between the IIT-Delhi campus and other research education institutions and also industries.”