Carol Brandt

Associate Vice Chancelor, Global Education and Outreach

Carol Brandt

carol.brandt@nyu.edu  

As Associate Vice Chancellor, Global Education and Outreach and Vice Provost, Carol Brandt leads the strategic and academic administration for NYUAD’s programs of global education, including Semester Study Abroad, the January Term Program, Summer Programs, Regional Academic Seminars, the Engineers for Social Impact program, Community-based Learning in the UAE, and Student Global Mobility Services.  She has additional responsibility for the Office of Social Responsibility, which provides adult education to the 800 contracted staff at NYUAD as well as the Office of Community Life, which supports faculty, staff, and their families with their acculturation to living in the UAE.

 

Katya Grim

Assistant Vice Provost, Global Education Administration

Katya Grim

katya.grim@nyu.edu

As the Assistant Vice Provost for Global Education Administration, Katya Grim oversees the planning and execution of most programs administered by the Office of Global Education, among which Semester Study Abroad, January Term, Visiting Student Programs, Student Global Mobility, and Study Away Support Services. Before joining NYU Abu Dhabi as part of the inaugural administrative team in May 2010, Katya spent a decade at Oberlin College in the United States serving as the Associate Dean of Studies and Director of International Student Programs.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do in the UAE?
A: I have a late December birthday and I’ve always associated it with cold weather and snow. I have lived in the UAE for ten years now and I’m still amazed to wake up on the morning of my birthday and find the sun shining and the birds chirping as in the middle of a most glorious summer day. I love the “winter” weather in the UAE! I like the coffee-sipping and dining-out culture here – sitting in a coffee shop or in a lovely restaurant on the weekend with my husband or a friend and just chatting away. It’s quite relaxing. Meeting new people is also fun here as people come from all paths of life and all corners of the world.

Q: Why do you like being part of the NYU Abu Dhabi community?
A: First and foremost, I enjoy working with smart and dedicated young people. Helping them grow as human beings and being part of their academic and personal journeys has been a major guiding principle and a joy in my professional life for over 28 years. I also value the fact that this is an astonishingly diverse yet close-knit community, in which we respect our different backgrounds and have truly inspiring conversations about millions of things. Working and living here can be all-at-once enlightening, refreshing, and educational on a daily basis!

Audrey Kajumbula

Director, Visiting Student Programs

Audrey Kajumbula

audreyk@nyu.edu

As the Director of Visiting Student Programs, Audrey Kajumbula oversees the recruitment, orientation, cultural programming, student development, and advising of all visiting students from NYU campuses. Before joining NYUAD in July 2011, Audrey worked at New York University leading residential community development strategies, support services, and international student engagement initiatives.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do in the UAE?
A: Selecting a singular favorite thing is a challenge because you are bound to find a spectrum of activities across the Emirates during the summer or winter season. Some of my favorites include: visiting the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, exploring local and international cuisines, spending time outdoors during the winter, attending musical performances, and learning something new about a different culture through conversations with community members, on and off-campus.

Q: Why do you like being part of the NYU Abu Dhabi community?
A: I genuinely enjoy the synergy from the diverse cultural perspectives and knowledge within the NYUAD and larger NYU community. These connections cultivate numerous opportunities for collaboration and innovation between staff, faculty, and students, which results in exceptional and memorable experiences living and working in the UAE.

Aisha Ali

Associate Director for Study Away

Aisha Ali

aishaali@nyu.edu

Aisha Ali joined NYU Abu Dhabi’s Office of Global Education in 2012.  In her role as the Associate Director for Study Away, she advises and provides program support for students participating in January Term and Semester Study Away programs as well as those taking part in the Visiting Student Program.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do in the UAE?
A: I have always loved spending time in the Al Fahidi Cultural District in Dubai and walking around through the different galleries that now occupy the old residences of merchant families.  If the weather is good, I grab a water taxi across the creek to explore the Gold and Spice Souk and peek at all of the boats being loaded up with goods heading out of Dubai. Kayaking in Hatta or hiking in Jebel Jais, Ras Al Khaimah, are also amazing outdoor breaks.

Q: Why do you like being part of the NYU Abu Dhabi community?
A: With over 120 nationalities represented in the student body and staff population, NYUAD is an amazing place to meet colleagues and students from different backgrounds.  While the campus may feel large, the community is extremely welcoming and provides a number of opportunities to connect over shared interests.

NYUAD Program Coordinator Farzan Khan

Program Coordinator

Farzan Khan

farzan.khan@nyu.edu

As the Program Coordinator for visiting students, Farzan advises and provides program support for students spending a semester or year in Abu Dhabi. As a Class of 2018 NYU Abu Dhabi graduate, he takes immense pride in hosting students from New York and Shanghai and in making sure that they have a memorable time in Abu Dhabi.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do in the UAE?
A: I love trying small hidden cafetarias both in Abu Dhabi and the other Emirates. Cafetarias in Abu Dhabi are not what you would imagine cafetarias to be like if you haven't been to Abu Dhabi. Cafetarias in Abu Dhabi are full with the most amazing food and it still surprises me how a place that barely has space for a table can cater a menu of 10 pages. It is hard to go wrong with a paratha roll and Karak chai. 

Q: Why do you like being a part of the NYU Abu Dhabi community?
A: The NYU Abu Dhabi community has given me so much as a student and continues to give me so much as a staff member now. The most unique aspect of the NYU Abu Dhabi community is its camaraderie in the face of adversity. It is incredibly reassuring to see individuals from such diverse schools of thought come together to work towards a common goal.