Masdar Institute receives accreditation for MSc in Sustainable Critical Infrastructure programme

ABU DHABI: Masdar Institute of Science and Technology today announced that the Commission for Academic Accreditation of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research has granted approval for its Master’s degree in Sustainable Critical Infrastructure.

The new MSc program will function under the Department of Engineering Systems and Management (ESM). It aims to offer learning in integrated sustainable infrastructure planning and development, with initial focus on urban operations planning and transportation systems. The Sustainable Critical Infrastructure’ programme will be launched in Autumn, 2014.

The Sustainable Critical Infrastructure programme takes the total number of Master’s programmes offered by Masdar Institute to nine. The ESM department currently has 17 faculty members and administers the MSc Engineering Systems and Management programme.

The accreditation announcement was made during the Masdar Institute – Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2014 Symposium, Perspectives on Sustainable Critical Infrastructure.

Dr. Fred Moavenzadeh, President, Masdar Institute, said, “Worldwide, governments battered by the financial crisis seek to prune allocations towards infrastructure despite the growing need for ongoing infrastructure developments. At this crucial juncture, the strain on financial and physical resources may be well-managed if the sustainability concept could be incorporated into the infrastructure ecosystem. With the support of the U.A.E.’s leadership, we are launching a new programme on Sustainable Critical Infrastructure and we hope this will develop knowledge and skill-sets urgently required for the future.”

The launch of the programme is apt at a time when Abu Dhabi has announced US$100 billion investment in various infrastructure projects over the next five years. Some of the investments will go into projects such as the Khalifa Port, Khalifa Industrial Zone-Abu Dhabi (Kizad), metro and light rail public transit, and Etihad Rail. Infrastructure projects like these will require qualified and trained professionals with the right expertise for their implementation, which the Sustainable Critical Infrastructure programme can provide.