The Universities Climate Network (UCN) comprises 28 UAE-based universities and higher education institutions working together to drive engagement among youth and academia in the lead up to COP28.


Universities Climate Network - Participating Universities
Participants include: Abu Dhabi Polytechnic, Abu Dhabi University, Ajman University, Al Ain University, American University in Dubai, American University in the Emirates, American University of Ras Al Khaimah, American University of Sharjah, Amity University Dubai, Anwar Gargash Diplomatic Academy, Canadian University Dubai, De Montfort University Dubai, Emirates College for Advanced Education, Heriot-Watt University Dubai, Higher Colleges of Technology, Khalifa University, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence, Mohammed Bin Zayed University for Humanities, National Defence College, NYU Abu Dhabi, Rabdan Academy, University of Sharjah, Sorbonne University, UAE University, University of Birmingham Dubai, University of Wollongong in Dubai and Zayed University.


NYUAD is the Network Chair following an MoU signed in February 2023 by Majid Al Suwaidi, Director-General and Special Representative of COP28, and Mariët Westermann, NYU Abu Dhabi Vice Chancellor, for the two entities to collaborate on knowledge-sharing activities, public programming focused on climate action and enhanced youth engagement opportunities in the lead up to COP28.


The Universities Climate Network (UCN) launched nationwide in April 2023 with an event series called Ramadan Talks, including discussion topics such as climate diplomacy, the hydrogen economy, urban modernity in the contemporary Gulf, and why COP28 UAE matters. Further events are planned in the run up to COP28 and beyond.
Ramadan talks


The Universities Climate Network (UCN) furthers progress in the academic and youth space towards COP28, following the success of the UK Universities Climate Network, a growing group of over 85 universities and research centres working together to promote a zero carbon, resilient future, first established during COP26.

The UCN aims to facilitate increased engagement and contributions to COP28, both within the youth space among students and the academic space through scientific research.