The success of Masdar City and future cities like Masdar depends in part on steering our budding youth away from aspirations to become the next bajillionaire Wall Street banker. Instead, we need to get them interested in the other green-lined path, in good clean energy. Masdar wants to incubate the world’s finest minds at its Institute of Science and Technology, which is steadily growing. In order to achieve that goal, it has launched a recruitment drive in the United States.While Emirati students will receive first dibs, the University is willing to bring on board any student who shows exceptional promise, The National reports. Among the seven schools targeted are Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Princeton and Yale.
Recently at the United Arab Emirates Embassy in Washington D.C., 50 students, mostly Emirati, attended a sort of college fair, where they learned about various degree programs offered at MIST. They were also briefed on potential career opportunities.
“You are our future,” Lamya Fawwaz, Masdar’s executive director of public affairs, told attendees last Saturday. “And Masdar Institute provides UAE national students with the opportunity to create a better future for Abu Dhabi and the UAE, by making it more sustainable and more energy efficient.”
The business of becoming savvy in all things sustainability does not come cheap, but Masdar is not stingy. All MIST students receive full scholarships, housing, travel expenses, and a living allowance. Once accepted, students will eat, breathe, and live sustainability.
One George Mason University student told the paper that it is crucial to get ahead in the green energy field, to become a market leader. But he is careful to note that we are taking beginning steps, that Abu Dhabi is almost completely reliant on fossil fuels, and that we have a long road ahead of us.
:: The National
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