India, UAE sign MoU for setting up to establish IIT-Delhi campus in Abu Dhabi

India and UAE signed a Memorandum of Understanding for organizing to establish the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) - Delhi in Abu Dhabi, which might be the second IIT abroad after Tanzania. The MoU was signed following discussions between UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Abu Dhabi. Modi was in UAE on a day-long visit following his France trip.

In February last year, during the Virtual Summit between the two leaders, they agreed to establish the Indian Institute of Technology in the UAE. The two leaders expressed their endorsement and approval that IIT Delhi Abu Dhabi will become operational by January 2024 by offering a Master’s program in Energy Transition and Sustainability. Other Bachelor, Master’s and Ph.D. Level programs are expected to be offered from September 2024, in addition to establishing research centers in the fields of sustainable energy, climate studies, computing, and data sciences, according to a joint statement issued after the dialogue.

The two sides also issued a separate joint statement on Climate change and recognized the urgent need to address the global challenge of climate change through global collective action while respecting the foundational principles and obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Paris Agreement. The leaders committed to enhancing cooperation on climate ambition, decarbonization, and clean energy and work together to have tangible and meaningful outcomes from the 28th Session of the UNFCCC Conference of Parties.

The two leaders resolved to further enhance bilateral partnership in the energy field, both in oil, gas, and renewable energy. Both sides will take forward their cooperation in Green Hydrogen, solar energy and grid connectivity. Both sides also agreed to increase investment across the energy spectrum, including in India’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve Programme. The leaders agreed to further strengthen bilateral collaboration to strengthen maritime security and connectivity in the region to promote prosperity in India, the UAE, and the shared neighborhood. They also agreed to enhance defense exchanges, sharing of experiences, training, and capacity building.

The leaders reaffirmed their joint commitment to the fight against extremism and terrorism, including cross-border terrorism, in all forms, at both the regional and international levels. They agreed to further deepen their bilateral cooperation in the fight against terrorism, terrorist financing, and extremism. In this context, they emphasized the importance of promoting the values of peace, moderation, coexistence, and tolerance among peoples and stressed the need for all forms of extremism, hate speech, discrimination, and incitement to be renounced.