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; 28 years ago (1986)
Type Public
Endowment BD 43 million
President Ebrahim Mohammed Janahi
Academic staff 670
Admin. staff 1,137
Students 12,709[1]
Location Sakhir
Campus Sakhir and Isa Town
Nickname UoB
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.[2]

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 Business Administration.
  • College of Education.
  • College of Information Technology.
  • College of Law.
  • College of Science.
  • College of Engineering.
  • College of Applied Studies.
  • 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 entrance to the University of Bahrain.
  • 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.

Educational and administrative supervision[edit]

The King of Bahrain is the Supreme President of the University of Bahrain. The governance and administration of the University is undertaken by the following councils. These councils manage their responsibilities and perform their duties in accordance with the University’s rules, regulations and by-laws.

The following are administrative councils of the University:

  • The Board of Trustees
  • The University Council
  • College councils
  • Departmental councils

The responsibilities and functions of the above councils are defined in the Amiri Decree No. (12) 1986 and was amended by the Amiri Decree no. (18) for the year 1999.

The Board of Trustees[edit]

The Board of Trustees administers the University, supervises its activities and monitors the work of the colleges. It is also responsible for decision-making and for applying procedures designed to achieve the goals of the University.

The University is overseen by a Board of Trustees comprising twelve members, including the Minister of Education, as Chairman, and the President of the University of Bahrain. The Board of Trustees is appointed by an Amiri Decree and serves a renewable four-year term.

The Board has the following responsibilities:

  • To formulate the general policy for university education and scientific research and also to organize, direct and implement this policy in accordance with the needs of the country and its development.
  • To formulate executive, financial, administrative and technical by-laws for the university, as well as internal by-laws for the different colleges and institutes within the University.
  • To approve contracts and agreements of which the University constitutes a party, including the acquisition or purchase of real estate and commodities and the management of assets and revenues.
  • To receive and accept donations from various sources, provided the terms of the donations do not contradict the University aims and objectives.
  • To approve the University budget, its financial plans and end-of-year balance and to adopt the auditor’s report.
  • To formulate the necessary rules and regulations for the investment and management of the University funds and, in so doing, to agree with qualified auditors with regard to book-keeping and financial controls.
  • To fix the University fees.
  • To set up academic and administrative posts and petitions for appointment purposes and to specify the terms and conditions of appointment, in addition to devising criteria for the appointment and promotion of faculty and formulating rules for transfer, leave, loans and termination of contract.
  • To approve the bestowing of academic degrees and diplomas upon the recommendation of the University Council
  • To set up colleges or new institutes related to the University, in addition to reorganizing or merging existing departments or colleges within the University. Also, to approve the transfer of faculty members from such colleges or institutes to the University and to grant them the same privileges that their colleagues enjoy.
  • To take up any other areas of responsibility in accordance with the by-laws and regulations of the University. The University Council is the executive board of the University, which assists the President in the administration of the institution’s academic and scientific affairs. The function of the Council is to ensure the smooth running of the academic programs of the University, to advance academic standards, and to suggest by-laws or amendments to by-laws, to be approved by the Board of Trustees. It is also responsible for approving academic programs, for sending Bahrainis abroad for further studies, and for arranging contracts with non-Bahraini academic staff.

The University Council[edit]

The University Council consists of:

  • The University President Chairman
  • Vice-presidents Members
  • Deans Members

It also includes not more than three extramural members who must have relevant experience and academic competence. Extramural members are appointed by the Board of Trustees for a three-year term, renewable only once.

College councils[edit]

Each of the nine colleges of the University has its own council, which is its highest executive committee. The main task of the college councils is to supervise the academic programs of the college, to monitor the work of the college departments, to improve academic standards, to deal with students matters, and to execute the decisions of the University Council and Board of Trustees.

Each council consists of the dean of the college as chairperson, the departmental chairpersons, and an additional representative from each department. The councils may also include up to three extramural members representing the social and economic sectors most closely associated with the activities of the college.

Departmental councils[edit]

Each of the academic departments of the University – the major units of the colleges – has its own council consisting of the academic staff of the department of the rank of lecturer and above. The councils hold regular meetings chaired by the head of the department to discuss the department’s academic programs, teaching methods, learning resources, course offerings and student registration.


  1. ^ "Facts and Statistics". University of Bahrain. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  2. ^ Brief History, University of Bahrain.

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