Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) and the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi - Abu Dhabi (IIT-Delhi Abu Dhabi) have partnered to provide scholarships for the master’s programme in Energy Transition and Sustainability at the upcoming campus in Abu Dhabi, to equip UAE talent with the skills required to build successful careers during the energy transition.

Coinciding with the Year of Sustainability, ADNOC will offer up to 15 scholarship places in the master’s programme. The proposed programme is the first academic offering of the upcoming campus of IIT Delhi - Abu Dhabi. Up to 15 scholars selected for the programme will be chosen from ADNOC employees and 10 more scholars with a distinguished academic background will be selected from the UAE, India and other countries. The programme provides a foundation in technologies and policies related to the energy transition.

Dr Ahmed Sultan Alshoaibi, Acting Executive Director of the Higher Education Sector at ADEK, said: “ADEK stands at the forefront of forging an extraordinary path in the UAE’s higher education sector and recognising the importance of industry partnerships to align our education ecosystem with emerging jobs in evolving sectors. Together with ADNOC and IIT-Delhi Abu Dhabi, we are embarking on a journey that will revolutionise the energy sector's leadership landscape. With plans of expanding its scope to encompass a diverse range of programmes in the future, this partnership sets an inspiring precedent for innovation and advancement on a global scale.”

Professor Rangan Banerjee, Director of IIT-Delhi, said: “IIT-Delhi Abu Dhabi reflects the shared vision of the two countries in areas of educational excellence, research, innovation, knowledge creation and exchange, and investment in human capital.

“Our first offering, the master’s in Energy Transition and Sustainability, reflects an important area central to UAE and India’s future and is also relevant for COP28. Understanding and managing the challenges of energy and climate transition need specialised skills. We are delighted that the Abu Dhabi Government through ADEK and industry leaders ADNOC have joined us to support the scholars. The challenge of designing cost-effective and sustainable future energy systems and steering the globe to net zero futures provides exciting opportunities for the graduates of our new Abu Dhabi campus. Along with this master’s programme, we plan to initiate a leading global research programme in IIT-Delhi Abu Dhabi in sustainable energy systems, renewables and climate.”

Successful candidates will pursue master's degrees with a choice of two specialisations: Technologies for Decarbonisation and Economics, Policy, and Planning for Energy Transition, or a blend of courses from both specialisations. Scheduled to begin in January 2024, the two-year programme aims to support the energy industry and associated sectors.

Prospective students must hold a four-year bachelor’s degree in any engineering discipline, of the following science disciplines: physical science, chemical science, environmental science, earth science. A master’s degree in any of the above science disciplines is also acceptable as a qualifying degree.