ABU DHABI //The National has wonderful pieces today on the new NYU Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island campus – stunningly urbanist
, and designed by New Yorks’ Rafael Viñoly Architects.
The first intake of students at New York University Abu Dhabi’s new Saadiyat Island campus has begun its first week of classes.
There was a sense of excitement on the campus on Monday as students congregated after a week of orientation to start their four-year undergraduate degrees.
Staff members were keen to laud the diverse student body, which hailed from 60 different countries and spoke more than 100 languages. Examples of this multiculturalism included Sangeetha Mahadevan, Indian born and raised in Oman, and Mohammad Mirza, a Pakistani who had studied the British A-Level system.
Both said they were happy to be studying together, despite the sometimes tense relations between their countries.
While I’ll miss the Down Town Campus, whose site on the Old Fish Market seemed more aligned to NYU New York’s goal of being “in and of the city”, the Saadiyat Island campus is open and quad-like to encourage cross-discipline interaction.