Around the campuses
A brief look at what’s happening at our global university
The Dubai Data Establishment (Smart Dubai) has signed an agreement with RIT Dubai to develop a specialized interdisciplinary Master’s of Professional Studies degree in data science, in collaboration with the School of Individualized Studies. The program will enable students from Rochester and elsewhere to participate in exchange and research opportunities in Dubai.
According to RIT Dubai President Yousef Al Assaf, “The new interdisciplinary data science initiative will be developed in tandem with our partners at Smart Dubai and will take advantage of RIT’s strengths in computing, data analytics, and its global presence in other major urban settings in the U.S., Europe and Asia.”
Urban analytics is an emerging field of applied data science that draws on advances in sensor technology, algorithm development, computing, statistical methods, machine learning and software engineering to help businesses, citizens and government officials improve the quality of urban life. RIT Dubai is leading the field by establishing this program in one of the world’s most dynamic urban settings, drawing on RIT’s global network.
In other news, RIT Dubai is a founding partner of Dubai Smart City Accelerator, an initiative launched by the Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority in collaboration with five other strategic partners. Based on smart city technology, the program targets startups to develop innovative solutions in overcoming challenges due to congestion, waste and energy.
Ana Havelka Meštrovic, psychology faculty at RIT Croatia, was awarded the Fulbright Visiting Scholar grant to spend the fall semester at Stanford University’s School of Medicine, Etkin’s Lab. Havelka Meštrovic´ will be working on a project titled “Underlying biological mechanisms of Anxiety and Stress Related Disorders.”
An RIT Kosovo team, represented by Linda Ziberi, faculty at RIT Kosovo, and Ivana Stevanovic, RIT Kosovo librarian, participated in the AMICAL Consortium workshop on Course Co-Designing and Information Literacy held at the American University of Paris. The workshop focused on faculty-librarian collaboration to embed information literacy in course curriculum.
RIT China – Weihai
Sandra Johnson, senior vice president for student affairs, and John Tu, senior associate dean at Saunders College of Business, attended a celebration of student success at RIT’s newest global campus in Weihai, China, in June. Seven students were awarded the Dean’s List designation and five students were selected for the RIT Global Scholars program, allowing them to study at the Rochester campus this fall.
March 13, 2019
New research unlocking the secrets of how languages change
New research is helping scientists around the world understand what drives language change, especially when languages are in their infancy. The results will shed light on how the limitations of the human brain change language and provide an understanding of the complex interaction between languages and the human beings who use them.
March 7, 2019
Bright Spot: RIT participates in program helping students in need study abroad
WHAM-TV's "Bright Spot" segment highlights RIT's participation in the International Educational Exchange Passport Caravan, which helps students in need study abroad.
February 22, 2019
Construction begins on RIT Dubai’s new campus
The state-of-the-art new campus, which will feature an innovation and entrepreneurship center and sustainable building processes, in the Dubai Silicon Oasis is scheduled to open in 2020.
February 20, 2019
RIT Dubai students advance in innovation challenge
Four RIT Dubai students earned an opportunity to become global champions of an international competition that requires them to collaborate, innovate and compete with some of the brightest minds from around the world.