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BIS Guidance On The Road

20 March 2015

Last week I had the privilege of visiting the

New York University Abu Dhabi Campus

. We are often invited to visit universities and in partnership with the Senior Leadership Team we decide which universities are of most benefit to our students and seek to develop relationships with them so we may advocate for our students on a more personal level.


The campus at NYUAD on Saadiyaat Island is very impressive. The campus sits alongside the first

Louvre Museum

to be constructed outside of France and within the coming years a new Guggenheim Museum will be built as well as the

Sheikh Zayed National Museum


State of the art facilities ensure students have an excellent experience within and beyond the classroom. Professors are from around the world and are leaders in research in their respective field. The goal of NYUAD to is empower students to become creators of knowledge as opposed to passive recipients of it. As such, research plays an integral role in the teaching and learning at the university. IB students are perfectly poised to enter the liberal arts and science education offered at NYUAD. The thoughts below reflect a high degree of crossover with our own educational values:

NYU Abu Dhabi draws students from around the world, and prepares them for the challenges and opportunities of our interconnected world.

NYU Abu Dhabi equips students for leadership in all arenas of human endeavour. It fosters curiosity, creativity, and critical reflection. At NYUAD, students extend themselves and the frontiers of knowledge.

The residential life of students is central to the University's academic mission. Learning takes place across the campus, not only in classrooms, but also in residential houses, through participation in clubs and sports, during informal campus gatherings, and being engaged with the wider community.

NYU Abu Dhabi stimulates advanced research. The NYUAD Institute is a major research centre. Research is integral to the undergraduate experience at NYU Abu Dhabi, and it will also drive the University's graduate programmes.

NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU New York form the backbone of a fully connected global network university. As one of the two major hubs in the global network, NYUAD creates a unique capacity for faculty and students to access the assets of the entire university system.


I had the chance to take part in a lecture personally and it was an invigorating experience.

Cyrus Patell, Associate Professor of Literature

originally from NYU New York created what we see frequently in our ToK classes and required us as participants to engage critically in discussion.

As a visiting counsellor I was able to meet with the admissions team who read our students’ applications and get a thorough insight into the nomination and application process and how applications are read. This was an invaluable experience as I got to see first-hand how students are considered and evaluated.

The highlight, however, was to meet with our former Head Boy Rafal Cierlica. Rafal is completing his first year at NYUAD and it was a pleasure to listen to him share his experiences of university life so far. As luck would have it Rafal is on campus today to share his experiences with students.


I look forward to sharing further insights in to various universities as we strategically visit more institutions that are a good fit for our students at BIS.

 Dates for Your Diary

We are delighted to announce we will be hosting an elite UK University Fair on

Monday 30th March

. Representatives from the following universities will be on campus to talk to our students.

Brunel University

Cardiff University

Newcastle University

Oxford Brookes University

Queen Mary, University of London

Royal Holloway, University of London

University of Birmingham

University of Essex

University of Leeds

University of Manchester

University of Nottingham

University of York

We are also waiting to hear from other universities as they finalise their travel plans.

Following the visit from Seoul National University in February I am delighted to announce

Yonsei University

will visit BIS on

Friday 3rd April

. They have asked us again to host a community event and so the presentation will begin at 6.00 pm. Details will follow in the lead up to the event.

Mr Aidan Crowley, College & University Guidance Counsellor