Message from the Provost

HamzaWelcome to the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, the UAE’s first sustainability-focused graduate institute and one of the few in the world dedicated to providing real-world solutions to issues of sustainability. 

Since establishment in 2007, Masdar Institute has successfully completed its first phase of growth and I have been honored and privileged to be chosen as the Interim Provost to guide Masdar Institute on its second phase of continuing innovation and achievement.

While my appointment as Interim Provost reflects a new phase of its development and evolution, Masdar Institute remains committed to its mission of supporting Abu Dhabi’s transformation to a knowledge economy. It is also continually responding to the emirate’s evolving strategic goals and needs, like the National Innovation Strategy and the UAE Mars Mission. Since their announcement the Institute has launched the region’s first Master’s degree specialization in advanced space systems and technology to help develop the research and human capital required for the UAE’s space ambitions, and the iInnovation Laboratory, a dedicated space to mentor, beta test, network and imagine new innovative concepts in the UAE.

As the Masdar Institute Interim Provost, I am working to ensure that Masdar Institute continues to meet the needs of our emirate – Abu Dhabi, nation and the world. To aid us in that objective, we will pursue greater collaboration with local, regional and international partners in industry, academia, government and NGOs, to effectively and efficiently accelerate the pace of innovation and cascade shared benefits to all.

Masdar Institute’s vision, like the vision of the Abu Dhabi government whose support has made its existence possible, is ambitious. Achieving these goals will happen with our collective efforts and it will happen. We are on a journey of transformation and discovery and I invite you to be part of this journey. 

If you want to be an active contributor to a sustainable, prosperous, and innovative future, then join Masdar Institute. Join us as we ‘learn to change the world’.

Dr. Behjat Al Yousuf
Interim Provost
Masdar Institute of Science and Technology


The provost serves as chief academic officer at Masdar Institute and is responsible for institutional strategic planning and overseeing the development of policies and procedures needed to achieve its mission and strategic goals. She shares responsibility for the supervision of the educational and research programs of the Institute with the associate provost, vice presidents and deans. The provost engages and collaborates with the members of the Masdar Institute Executive Council to establish these plans and goals. Additionally, she oversees certain educational activities that do not fall under the jurisdiction of any one office, such as interdepartmental collaboration among faculty.

The provost is part chief executive officer, intellectual and educational leader, occasional parent to the students, champion for Masdar Institute, and liaison with the governing leadership.


Dr. Behjat Al Yousuf was made Interim Provost of Masdar Institute in May 2015.

Dr. Al Yousuf’s career spans over 21 years of experience in higher education in the UAE.  In this time she has led strategic planning and execution, academic quality assurance, curriculum design to meet international accreditation, benchmarking, and partnering with local and international industry to drive student outreach. She has a track-record of presenting ground-breaking research to international professional bodies, including delivery of multiple publications on subjects ranging from education, entrepreneurship and technology and presentation of key papers at prestigious regional and international events. Dr. Al Yousuf has held leadership roles in key domestic and international forums and is a member of various international organizations and academic committees.

Before being made MI interim provost, Dr. Al Yousuf was the Dean of Students at Masdar Institute, where she helped create and implement the Office of Student Affairs. During her time as dean, she worked closely with the MI president and Executive Council to address institutional issues and jointly helped in continuous improvement of the Institute.

Dr. Al Yousuf’s last role before joining Masdar Institute was as the associate director of the Higher Colleges of Technology Dubai Women’s College. She earned her doctorate in Software Engineering from Reading University in the UK.

Dr. Al Yousuf has been awarded numerous honors during her career, including the UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Rashid Award for Scientific Achievement. In 2012 she was voted as one of 10 most powerful UAE women by Emirates Woman magazine.