His Excellency Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber (l) and Weizmann Institute of Science President Prof. Alon Chen signed the MoU in a virtual ceremony
Weizmann Institute of Science President Prof. Alon Chen during the virtual signing ceremony
Photo: courtesy of the Weizmann Institute of Science
Weizmann Institute of Science President Prof. Alon Chen and UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber during virtual cooperation signing ceremony

Weizman Institute, UAE university agree on cooperation in AI field

Institutions announce agreement in virtual signing ceremony; delegation headed by Weizmann Institute president expected to travel to Abu Dhabi next week to finalize details and discuss deal's implantation

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Published: 09.13.20 , 14:08
The Weizmann Institute of Science and the United Arab Emirates' Mohamed Bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI) have agreed to work together, UAE state news agency WAM said on Sunday.
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  • The memorandum of understanding (MoU) follows the UAE's decision a month ago to normalize relations with Israel. Both countries have said they hope normalized ties will bring economic and technological benefits.
    His Excellency Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber (l) and Weizmann Institute of Science President Prof. Alon Chen signed the MoU in a virtual ceremonyHis Excellency Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber (l) and Weizmann Institute of Science President Prof. Alon Chen signed the MoU in a virtual ceremony
    Weizmann Institute of Science President Prof. Alon Chen and UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber during virtual cooperation signing ceremony
    (Photo: courtesy of the Weizmann Institute of Science)
    The MoU is the first signed between Israeli and UAE higher education bodies, WAM said, intending to "advance the development and use of artificial intelligence as a tool for progress".
    Spheres of possible collaboration include academic exchanges, conferences, sharing computing resources and the establishment of a joint virtual institute for artificial intelligence, WAM said.
    His Excellency Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber (l) and Weizmann Institute of Science President Prof. Alon Chen signed the MoU in a virtual ceremonyHis Excellency Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber (l) and Weizmann Institute of Science President Prof. Alon Chen signed the MoU in a virtual ceremony
    Weizmann Institute of Science President Prof. Alon Chen during the virtual signing ceremony
    (Photo: courtesy of the Weizmann Institute of Science)
    The signing ceremony, which was held virtually, took place in the presence of Weizmann Institute of Science President Prof. Alon Chen and Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and member of the Federal Cabinet, and Chairman of the MBZUAI Board of Trustees.
    A delegation headed by Weizmann Institute president is expected to travel to Abu Dhabi next week to finalize the details of the MoU and discuss its implementation.
    The Emirati, Israeli and US flags sway in the wind at the Abu Dhabi airportThe Emirati, Israeli and US flags sway in the wind at the Abu Dhabi airport
    The Emirati, Israeli and U.S. flags hoisted at Abu Dhabi airport
    (Photo: AFP)
    The Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, is one of the world’s top-ranking multidisciplinary research institutions and offers masters’ and doctoral-level degrees across five faculties
    The Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence, established in 2019, is a graduate-level, research-based academic institution located in Abu Dhabi. The University is part of a broader national strategy to make the UAE a leader in artificial intelligence.
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