United Arab Emirates University

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United Arab Emirates University
Established 1976
Type Public
Chancellor Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan
Provost Mohamed Albaili
Vice-Chancellor Ali Rashid Abdullah Al Noaimi
Undergraduates 12,884
Postgraduates 676
Location Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
Campus Urban
Website www.uaeu.ac.ae

United Arab Emirates University (in Arabic:جامعة الإمارات العربية المتحدة) is the oldest university in the United Arab Emirates. It was established after independence from Britain by then the president and the founding father of the UAE, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, by virtue of Federal Law 4 of the year 1976. It is the first and oldest of the three government-sponsored institutions of higher learning in the United Arab Emirates (the other two are the Higher Colleges of Technology and Zayed University). The university is located in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. The UAEU is an accredited comprehensive research-based institution. Its alumni have provided the United Arab Emirates with scores of powerful leaders serving as ministers, diplomats, senior government officials, business leaders, and powerful women.


The university is located in the city of Al Ain, an oasis city in the Abu Dhabi emirate 140 km east of the capital city of Abu Dhabi and a similar distance from the city of Dubai. The university features six separate smaller campuses.[1]


Students from all seven Emirates plus more than 59[2] countries enrich and enliven the campus and the classrooms. The 6,696 students who live on campus enjoy a full range of organized campus activities and events that add a unique educational value and vibrant dimension to each student’s academic program. Classrooms and labs feature state-of-the-art equipment and instructional technology to enhance student learning and contribute to academic success. In 2014, enrolled international students constituted 25% of the total enrolled students[3]


The United Arab Emirates University is continuously ranked as the top university in the United Arab Emirates, and the 4th in the GCC.[4] The university is ranked as the 6th in the Arab region,[5] the 338th and 370th in the world in the 2011/2012 and 2012/2013 QS World University Rankings.[6] The 2011/12 QS World University Rankings placed UAEU among the Top 50 Under 50,[7] i.e., among the top 50 world universities that were founded within the past 50 years, being ranked number 48. Within the Top 50 Under 50 rankings, only eight universities in the world that are younger than UAEU are ranked above UAEU, reflecting the institution's very dynamic growth and ambition to strive for excellence.

In its capacity as a business school, UAEU was placed as the third best business school in Africa and the Middle East in the 2010 QS Global 200 Business Schools Report.[8] As a Research University the UAEU is ranked as number one in the GCC countries, number two in the Arab World, and ninth in the entire Muslim world. Also it was ranked the best 86th university in Asia by Times higher education:Asia university ranking [9]

Management and Structure

The Vice-Chancellor is responsible for the management of the university as well as the overall direction of policy and strategic planning, budget and financial activities, external relations, alumni, and services that support the academic mission of UAEU. The Provost is the Chief Academic Officer responsible for the Colleges, undergraduate studies, research and graduate studies, and information technology. He is assisted in these responsibilities by the Deputy Provost. The Secretary General is responsible for services that support the academic mission of the University including finance, budget, facilities management, human resources, auxiliary services, and safety. The Deans are the heads of the academic colleges, which are groupings of academic disciplines, through which the academic staff teach at undergraduate and post graduate levels, and conduct research and scholarship.

The UAEU is a comprehensive university with diverse undergraduate and post graduate programs in nine Colleges that offer a full range of degree programs in the following colleges:

  • College of Business and Economics
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Food and Agriculture
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • College of Information Technology
  • College of Law
  • College of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • College of Science

The University Foundations Program prepares students for academic degree programs with pre-university courses in English, Arabic and Mathematics and other support in making the transition from school to university.

In addition to undergraduate and graduate programs, the UAEU conducts significant continuous education courses and vocational certificates for the community across all disciplines and hosts the Emirates Health Services, which provides medical skills training.


To keep pace with the country’s extensive development in diversifying its economy and the need to focus on scientific research in preparing the nation’s people, the University launched the first PhD program at a national University in the UAE. As a research active institution it attracts substantial national, international, and industrial grants. PhD programs and professional doctorate degrees cover a diverse range including Pharmacy, Public Health, and a Doctorate of Business Administration.

The University also hosts research centers of global and national interest including the Zayed Center for Health Sciences and the National Water Center.


The UAEU offers the following University Degrees:

Undergraduate Degrees

  • College of Business and Economics

Bachelor of: •Accounting, •Economics, •Finance and Banking, •Management Information Systems and Statistics, and •Business Administration in Marketing, Management, Finance and Banking, Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Entrepreneurship, Human Resource Management and Development.

  • College of Education

Bachelor of: Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education in Islamic Studies and Arabic, Mathematics and Science, Social Studies and Civics, English, Special Education in Mild/Moderate Disabilities, Gifted and Talented and Professional Diploma in Teaching.

  • College of Engineering

Bachelor of: Architectural Engineering, Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering,Petroleum Engineering and Communication Engineering; With concentration in: Communications, Building and Construction.

  • College of Food and Agriculture

Bachelor in: Agribusiness, Consumer Science, Dietetics, Food Industry and Transportation, Horticulture, Marine Fisheries and Animal Science, Nutritional Science and Food Science.

  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Bachelor of Arts in: Geography, Mass Communication, Arabic Language and Literature, English Literature, Linguistics, History, Applied Linguistics/TESOL, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Translation Studies, Leadership and Society, Tourism Studies, philosophy, and French Language. Bachelor of: Geography, Mass Communication, General Linguistics, Human Services and Counseling, Social Work, and Urban Planning.

  • College of Information Technology

Bachelor of Science in Information Technology: Computer Systems Design, Intelligent Systems, Electronic Commerce, Information Security, Enterprise System, Networking, Software Development. Bachelor of IT in: Computer Science, Computer System Engineering, Information System, Electronic Commerce, Software Engineering, Network Engineering, and Information Security.

  • College of Law

Bachelor of: Shariah and Islamic Studies with same concentration.

  • College of Medicine and Health Sciences

Doctor of Medicine

  • College of Science

Bachelor of: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geology, Biochemistry. With concentration in: Cellular & Molecular Biology, Ecological and Environmental Biology, Petroleum Geology, Applied Geology, Petroleum and Water Concentration.

Graduate Degrees

  • Master's degrees

Master of Science in: Architectural Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering; Chemistry, Mathematical Sciences, Physics, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology; E-Business, IT Management, Information Security, Network Engineering, Software Engineering, Information Technology; and Clinical Psychology. Master's degree in: Horticulture; Private Law, Public Law, international Trade Law; Civil Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Water Resources Sciences, Engineering Management, Petroleum Geosciences, Petroleum Engineering, Chemical Engineering; Environmental Sciences, Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems; Business Administration; Governance and Public Policy, Social Work; Teaching, Curriculum and Instruction, Special Education, Educational Leadership; Public Health, Medical Sciences in Applied Pharmacology and Toxicology, Medical Microbiology and Immunology.

  • Professional Doctorates

Doctorate of Business Administration, Doctor of Pharmacy.

  • PhD Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy: In Colleges of: Business and Economics, Education, Engineering, Food and Agriculture, Humanities and Social Sciences, Information Technology, Law, and Medicine and Health Sciences.

Notable Alumni


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