The Indian Institute of Technology Delhi Abu Dhabi (IIT Delhi - Abu Dhabi), the first international campus of IIT Delhi, has announced its inaugural Bachelor of Technology (BTech) programmes, which aim to prepare undergraduate students to provide solutions that meet growing demands in key fields, including energy and digitalisation.

The first two BTech programmes in Energy Engineering and Computer Science and Engineering aim to equip undergraduates with the knowledge and skills to help tackle energy challenges, shape the future digital age, and develop software to enhance a range of industries, from analytics to finance, cryptography to information technology.

The BTech in Energy Engineering provides a range of engineering verticals to suit different interests with a focus on sustainability to address current challenges in energy production and management. The BTech in Computer Science and Engineering combines theory and practical skills, focusing on AI and machine learning, with the aim of equipping students with proficiency in abstraction, computational thinking, and problem-solving techniques.

Dr Ahmed Sultan Alshoaibi, Acting Executive Director of the Higher Education Sector at the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK), said: "Given the critical role of technology and engineering in shaping the future economy, the undergraduate programmes are geared towards driving significant change in the UAE and beyond.

"We aim to build a robust technological education framework to address the UAE’s digital skills gaps and accelerate the transition towards a knowledge-based economy. Through this approach, we strive to equip the future workforce with the necessary skills to tackle and help solve intricate challenges, spearheading the journey towards a smarter, more resilient world."

Professor Rangan Banerjee, Director at IIT Delhi, said: "At our new Abu Dhabi campus, we plan to combine the rigor and quality of IIT Delhi's academic programmes with an enriching campus experience and personalised attention to enable students to learn and grow. We will provide a transformative educational experience and equip students with the skills required to take up global leadership roles in cutting areas like Artificial Intelligence, digitalisation, and sustainable energy."

Academic year 2024-2025 registration is open until 3 June 2024, with the two programmes beginning concurrently in September 2024. The launch of the first undergraduate programmes follows the inauguration of the master’s programme in Energy Transition and Sustainability (ETS) in January 2024.

Successful BTech applicants will embark on the four-year programme at IIT Delhi - Abu Dhabi. The campus accommodates specialised research centres with a focus on sustainable energy, climate studies, computing, and data sciences. The BTech programmes will be delivered by local experts and seconded faculty from IIT Delhi.

Upon graduation, the alumni of IIT Delhi - Abu Dhabi will join an alumni network of graduates from 23 campuses across India. IIT Delhi recently ranked among the world’s top 50 institutions for engineering and technology. IIT Delhi - Abu Dhabi has been established following a partnership signed by the Ministry of Education, India, IIT Delhi, and ADEK in July 2023.

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