There are several versions to the story of how the idea to establish New York University (NYU) in Abu Dhabi came about. The most frequently mentioned crucial moment is the meeting of Sheik Muhammad with John Sexton, president of NYU, which was initiated by the then US president Bill Clinton. However, John Sexton claims that the true inspiration of this idea came from his former teacher Charlie whose vision of the world has been becoming true in Abu Dhabi’s NYU.

In a place where there was once only sand, there stands a city, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, a dynamically developing top university, and since the end of last year, a branch of the Louvre, a beautiful museum of art and civilization opened in collaboration with the French government. I had the honor to join a group of John Sexton’s friends whom he had invited to show around the city and university, which he helped to build. He also actively made sure we networked amongst each other, as he believes that improbable meetings very often bring extraordinary things in the future. To name a few, the group was joined by John Allman, principal of Trinity School in New York, Joel Seligman, president of the University of Rochester, and Judith Miller, New York Times’ investigative journalist and a Pulitzer prize winner. They were interested to learn more about our school, and we will be organizing a meeting to discuss our future cooperation with Trinity School (one of the best high schools in New York) in March.

I highly recommend to our students that they look through NYU Abu Dhabi’s program, and maybe even try to apply for their scholarship. I’m not sure if there’s a school out there whose labs are better equipped than theirs…

Dušan Jaura


The city and Louvre

NYU Abu Dhabi – tour of the labs with J. Sextonom and a Bilgym alumnus and a current NYU AD student P. Hadvab

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi


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