University of Bahrain

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University of Bahrain
جامعة البحرين
Ǧāmaʿat al-Baḥrayn
UoB Logo
Motto وَقُل رَّبِّ زِدْنِي عِلْماً
Motto in English
"Say: My God! Increase my knowledge."
Established 1986; 29 years ago (1986)
Type Public
Endowment BD 43 million[1]
President HH. PhD. Ebrahim Mohammed Janahi
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 12,709
Location Zallaq, Southern Governorate
Campus Sakhir and Isa Town
Nickname UoB
Affiliations FUIW
Website UoB's Official Website

The University of Bahrain (informally Bahrain University) is the largest public university in the Kingdom of Bahrain. In post-nominals it is typically abbreviated as UoB.

UoB is primarily, but not exclusively, an undergraduate institution offering postgraduate programs under specific conditions. It is the only national higher education institution in the Kingdom that offers mainly undergraduate B.Sc. degrees and some graduate degrees.


The University was founded in 1986. Its roots date back to the late 1960s when the Higher Institutes for male and female teachers were established. These institutes later developed into the University College of Arts, Sciences, and Education in accordance with the Amiri decree no. (11) for 1978. The Gulf Technical College was established in 1968. It was later renamed the Gulf Polytechnic on 18 February 1981. These two colleges remained independent and offered Bachelor’s degrees in the various disciplines of Arts, Science, Education, Business Administration and Engineering. On 24 May 1986, the Amir issued Decree no. (12) for 1986, establishing the University of Bahrain by merging the two colleges. The funds, assets, and liabilities of the two aforementioned colleges were transferred to the University. On 18 April 1999 an Amiri decree no (18) was issued, amending some provisions of the decree no. (12) for 1986.


The University of Bahrain now comprises nine colleges :

  • College of Arts.
  • College of Law.
  • College of Business Administration.
  • College of Science.
  • College of Applied Studies.
  • College of Engineering.
  • College of Information Technology.
  • College of Health Sciences.
  • College of Physical Education & Physiotherapy.
  • Bahrain Teachers College (BTC).

Fundamental aims[edit]

The University of Bahrain, in accordance with its by-laws and in line with the decisions of its Board of Trustees, aims at carrying out activities concerned with higher education and scientific research in its colleges, institutions, research centers and its units to disseminate, develop and preserve knowledge and making it accessible to members of society through:

The main gate of the UoB.
  • Fostering artistic talents and encouraging scholarship through teaching and research.
  • Providing the country with professionals, technocrats and experts in a variety of fields.
  • Nurturing individuals and inculcating both Islamic values and Arab heritage. Such individuals can then participate effectively in the development of their own country and the Arab and Moslem world at large.
  • Carrying out and promoting scientific research in addition to encouraging independent thinking and personal initiative on the part of students.
  • Preserving and spreading Arab and Islamic culture, as well as developing an interest in national and universal culture.
  • Developing technology and harnessing it to the service of society.
  • Cementing cultural and educational ties with other universities.
  • Organizing social services, including non-credit and non-degree educational programs.
  • Encouraging students to take part in public service outside the University.


  1. ^ Facts and Statistics, University of Bahrain.

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Coordinates: 26°03′08″N 50°30′30″E / 26.0522°N 50.5084°E / 26.0522; 50.5084