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Purpose

The launch of the programme comes as a result of directions from His Highness Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Office, and Chairman of the Board of ATRC, to nurture talent and encourage the nation’s youth to explore careers in advanced technology in line with the Emirate’s ongoing investment in knowledge development.

ATRC’s NexTech Programme To nurture the next generation of tech talent, we are inspiring young people across the UAE to explore and develop careers in advanced technology.
Outreach and engagement drive

We inspire young Emiratis to study and work in science and advanced technology.

Empowerment Initiatives

We encourage new talent to become part of research projects at TII.

Talent Scouting Initiative

We fast-track and support exceptional talent in their R&D careers.

Master's and doctoral programs

Earn a master's or doctorate degree from a top international university while working as a research fellow at one of the seven basic research centers within the Institute for Technology Innovation.

Advantages of the NexTech Program

  • Outstanding professional development
  • Exciting and unique scientific challenges
  • Attending important scientific conferences around the world and presenting research in them
  • Obtain advanced certificates from local and international universities

Necessary scientific expertise

  • To enroll in the master's program, the candidate must possess a bachelor's degree.
  • To enroll in the doctoral program, the candidate must possess a master's degree.
  • Candidates can major in any of the following areas: artificial intelligence, advanced robotics, machine learning, computer engineering or computer science, electrical or electronics engineering, mechanical or electromechanical engineering, mathematics and physics, telecommunications engineering, software engineering, information technology.

Additional requirements

  • That the GPA is> 75%
  • A TOEFL score of more than 90
  • (with minimum 21 per section)
  • (With a minimum score of 21 for each section)
  • Achieving an IELTS score of more than 6.5
  • (With a minimum of 6.0 for each section)

Be part of the change, help build your country

  • Boost your country's reputation by acting as an entrepreneurial innovator.
  • Work on research projects that have a global impact.
  • Contribute to establishing and strengthening the position of Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates as a home of exceptional technological talent and a global center for innovation.

 

Inspiring Ambition. Guiding Innovation.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is NexTech?

NexTech is an Abu Dhabi government initiative that seeks to propel exceptional Emirati talent in research and technology, nurturing and encouraging young people to explore careers in advanced technology. To fulfil one of its key programmes, NexTech is currently scouring the UAE – and beyond – for 125 outstanding young Emiratis to work on 31 long-term collaborative technology projects in partnership with 23 world-leading institutes.

What are the origins of NexTech?

The programme was launched in line with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Office, and Chairman of the Board of the Advanced Technology Research Council, to nurture talent and encourage the nation’s youth to explore careers in advanced technology in line with Abu Dhabi and the UAE’s ongoing investment in knowledge development.

ATRC is mandated to create talent development programmes for UAE national graduates and young professionals in advanced technology, and expand academic placements, as well as student and faculty member exchanges, through partnerships in Abu Dhabi and around the world.

What are the core elements of the NexTech programme?

To nurture the next generation of tech talent, NexTech is inspiring young people across the UAE to explore and develop careers in advanced technology. The programme has three core elements:

1. Outreach and engagement drive

- We inspire young Emiratis to study and work in science and advanced technology

2. Talent scouting initiative

- We fast-track and support exceptional talent in their R&D careers

3. Empowerment initiatives

- We encourage new talent to become part of research projects at TII.

Who runs NexTech?

NexTech is managed by the Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC), an Abu Dhabi government body established in May 2020 with a mandate to set the research and development priorities for Abu Dhabi and oversee R&D programmes and partnerships in the Emirate and beyond.

What are the educational benefits of NexTech?

NexTech offers the opportunity to acquire your master’s degree or PhD from one of the leading international universities, while working as an associate researcher at one of the seven initial research centres at the Technology Innovation Institute (TII). NexTech also offers outstanding professional development, including the opportunity to work on exciting and unique scientific challenges, as well as attending and presenting papers at major conferences around the world.

What skills and qualifications are needed to apply for a position as a NexTech candidate?

You must hold a bachelor’s degree if you are applying to the master’s programme. To apply for the PhD programme, you must hold a master’s degree.

You can specialise in any of the following disciplines:Artificial Intelligence; Advanced Robotics; Machine Learning; Computer Engineering; Computer Science; Electrical Engineering; Electronic Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Electromechanical Engineering; Mathematics; Physics; Communications Engineering; Software Engineering; or Information Technology.

What are the academic standards I should have achieved?

You should have achieved a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) above 75%; a TOEFL score above 90 (with minimum 21 per section) and an IELTS score above 6.5 (with minimum of 6.0 per section). You should also be able to demonstrate research skills, cognitive skills, organisational skills, and influencing and impacting skills.

Where will NexTech’s candidates work?

NexTech recruits will be Associate Researchers at the Technology Innovation Institute (TII) in Abu Dhabi, working on long-term collaborative projects with leading universities and research centres in the United States, United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, Italy, France, The Netherlands, Switzerland, and Colombia. As part of the NexTech programme, they will also engage in further study and participate in master’s or PhD programmes in the United Arab Emirates andglobally .

Which areas of R&D will the NexTech recruits specialise in?

Successful NexTech candidates will be assigned to TII’s dedicated research centres of excellence in quantum, autonomous robotics, cryptography, advanced materials, digital security, directed energy and secure systems – based on their own academic and research capabilities and interests.

Will travel abroad be necessary?

Yes, you will be expected to travel abroad to study at a leading international university, as well as attend conferences and seminars around the world.

Can I choose my university or area of study abroad?

No. Because our research centres already operate a number of key partnerships with global universities, we have tailored our fields of study to align with them. Successful candidates will be matched with the research area that most closely fits their skills and interests.

Why is NexTech important to the future economy of the UAE?

The United Arab Emirates is home to an extraordinary young talent base in the fields of science and technology. To develop this talent base for the future and inspire the next wave of advanced technologists, NexTech will identify and empower this generation to deepen its knowledge and advance its skills. By launching NexTech, the UAE is taking decisive steps to build its national competencies and develop its knowledge-based economy at an accelerated pace.

Why is NexTech important to me as an Emirati?

NexTech offers you an opportunity to play your part in helping position Abu Dhabi and the UAE as an innovation and R&D hub. Working on research projects with global impact, you’ll tackle today’s challenges and innovate for a better world for all.

What is the Advanced Technology Research Council (ARTC)?

Based in Abu Dhabi, the ATRC – Advanced Technology Research Council – is a research and technology body mandated to guide breakthrough discovery and disruption, applied research and advanced technologies. The Council reinforces Abu Dhabi and the UAE’s status as an R&D and innovation hub and one of the next global leaders in advanced technology that contributes to the development of a knowledge-based economy in our country.

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