Tarek Al Sarkal, Emirati graduate, Fazil Abdul Rahman, student ambassador of Masdar Institute of Science and Technology and student of Electrical Power Engineering from India, and Konstantinos Dimitropoulos, student of Engineering Systems, during the Open Day at Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, yesterday. Image Credit: Abdul Rahman/Gulf News

Abu Dhabi: Hundreds of prospective students, and parents, flocked to Masdar Institute of Science and Technology's second open day yesterday, making the event a resounding success, according to the institute's faculty, staff and students.

"We've received a lot of positive feedback from everyone who attended, several of whom expressed their interest in joining," Dr Lamya Fawwaz, executive director, Public Affairs, at Masdar Institute, said.

Dr Fawwaz said since its establishment, interest and enrolment for the institute has grown, from 88 students in 2009 to 240 for the 2011 intake alone. "In addition to having students from all around the world, we have seen a sharp rise in interest among Emiratis, both men and women... in fact, our latest batch consists of 71 UAE nationals from across the country, compared to 29 Emiratis who enrolled in 2010," she said. "Based on the rising interest, we received 1,400 applications last year, we expect enrolment to continue increasing, with 250 to 300 students enrolled in 2012," she added.

As part of the Open Day activities, prospective students were given the opportunity to meet faculty members and current students and learn about the institute's eight masters programmes, scholarship opportunities and campus life.