Arabian Gulf University

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Arabian Gulf University
جامعة الخليج العربي
Arabian Gulf University logo.png
Established 1980; 37 years ago (1980)
President Khalid A. R. Al-Ohaly
Principal Khalid A. R. Al-Ohaly
Location Manama, Bahrain
Campus Urban
Website Official website

Arabian Gulf University is a university in the city of Manama, in the Kingdom of Bahrain. It is accredited by the Ministry of Education, Bahrain, and governed by Gulf Cooperative Countries, and is a member of Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World.[1][2][3] Entry into the university is restricted to GCC nationals, with other Arab nationals considered only if vacancies are available.[4]


The concept of the university was established after the fourth meeting of the General Convention of Arab Education for the Gulf, in 1979.[5] The university was established by six GCC Countries and Iraq in 1980.[6] The current president of the Arabian Gulf University is Khalid A. N. Al-Ohaly and the current vice-president is Dr. Khaled Tabbara.[7]


The Arabian Gulf University consists of two colleges and a school:

College of Medicine and Medical Sciences[edit]

The decision to establish the college of medicine and medical sciences was taken on 30 March 1980 by the General Council of Ministers of Education in the GCC Countries. The first batch of students were received when 37 students was admitted to the Pre-Medical Programme of the College in October 1982.[8] The first class graduated during the academic year of 1989/90. The university admits up to 150 students annually from across the GCC.[8] In 2009, there were approximately 797 students studying at the university. Since 1982, female students outnumbered male students with the ratio currently being 41:12.[8]

The college follows a problem-based learning curriculum where teaching and learning are carried out through an integrated organ-system based process with the faculty members acting as facilitators to small groups of students.[8]


A 6-year undergraduate medical program is available, leading to the M.D qualification.[9] The program is divided into three phases:[10]

  • Basic Sciences Phase, which is Year 1.
  • Medical Sciences Phase, which include years 2, 3, 4.
  • Clinical Clerkships Phase, which include years 5, 6.

Graduate programs include a Diploma and Master of Science in:[10]

  • Laboratory Medicine
  • Health Professions Education - (Under Review)
  • Health Policy and Population Studies - (Under Review)

And a Doctorate in Molecular Medicine Graduate Diploma Degree in Distance Teaching and Training. Master Degree in Distance Teaching and Training.

College of Graduate Studies[edit]

The College of Graduate Studies was established in 1994 as a result of a merger between the Faculty of Applied Science and the Faculty of Education.[11] The college primarily focuses on special education training and technology as well as technical studies. Including the previous faculties, more than 500 students have graduated from the college since 1988.[11]


Programs offered by the university that can be taken at a Masters or a master's level diploma are:[12]

The university also offers both a Masters and a PhD. in the Gifted Education program.[12] Graduate Diploma Degree in Distance Teaching and Training. Master Degree in Distance Teaching and Training.

Towards A Regional Arab Model for an Innovative University: The Case of Arabian Gulf University, Bahrain[edit]

“Innovation is simply about seeing the missing links and acting on connecting them; it is about harnessing the web of ideas to add value and achieve competitive advantage for nations, communities, organizations, and individuals. We are born as innovative individuals but this natural talent is likely to be constrained by existing organizational structures and lack of a proper national system for innovation (Odeh Al-Jayyousi, 2017)

The purpose of this Wikipedia is to develop a local voice from the GCC and West Asia and North Africa and the notion of “the rise and fall of innovation”. This initiative is a follow up on the concept of Integral Innovation (Al-Jayyousi, 2017). It aspires to deepen and broaden the perspectives of innovation based on case studies and experiences of thinkers and experts from all domains of knowledge. These case studies may cover many dimensions of innovation including innovative universities, firms, individuals, initiatives, and nations. Innovation is underpinned by culture and ecology which is beyond economics and business models. This knowledge-based initiative is intended to present a holistic view for innovation with a focus on ecology and society. It is simply about integral innovation that includes Individual, Community (or city), Organization and National (ICON) innovation as the domain of action and reflection. In terms of theory and practice, I looked at other four dimensions. These include: Cultural (or social), Ecological, Technological and Economic (CETE) innovation (Al-Jayyousi, 2017). The Objectives of this Wilkipedia/Wikimedia (in both languages Arabic and English) are outlined below: • Articulate and frame a new discourse on the drivers and enablers for innovation and renewal for higher education to support AGU as a model for an innovative university. • Seek inspiration form culture and local knowledge for new models of social and eco-innovations to develop an innovative university in GCC and MENA region. • Document case studies on the role of innovation in social renewal and transformation. • Reflect of global experiences and practices of innovation in higher education and private and public sectors.

1. INTRODUCTION: Reflections and context Al-Jayyousi (2017) commented that “the state of entropy, disorder or creative destruction at the socio-technological domain and political economy is evident in many parts of the world including the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Living in such a turbulent region raises a set of key question, i.e, Can science, technology and innovation (STI) pave a new avenue for a better future of progress and prosperity for the Arab region?”

Al-Jayyousi (2017) argued that the notion of Integral Innovation is a purposeful effort to navigate through different types, forms and phases of innovation (social, ecological, institutional, technological and economic) to deepen our understanding of the DNA of social change, technical progress and sustainability. The interface between culture and innovation needs to be explored to unlock the human potential and value the contributions of all cultures and nations in the journey for a sustainable future. In a nutshell, the prosperity of human kind is underpinned by our ability to embrace openness and celebrate diversity through cross-fertilization and fusion of innovative ideas from all cultures. Integral innovation is simply about the “internet of ideas” and the web of cultures that shape science and technology to develop a sustainable future for humanity. I intend to look at the hidden connections and cycles in ecology, history and business to shed light on a possible new emerging paradigm of integral innovation. In a market economy that views the value of the “world of things”, we end up losing sight of the value of the “world of ideas”. The economics had framed the current development model, while it is of crucial significance that development thinking is to be reformed by ecology and culture. The Integral Innovation is simply about the web of eco-systems and cultures that contributed to social, user and open innovations. In the current market-led economy, humans suffer from blind spots, nature-deficit-disorder and ecological amnesia, these human deficiencies limit our ability to capture value and inspiration from both ecology and culture (Al-Jayyousi, 2017). Al-Jayyousi (2017) states that cities and communities are viewed as a living laboratory for innovation since they reflect the level of aligning and harnessing the financial capital with social, natural, manufactured and intellectual capitals. The ability to organize the built-environment in the public and private institutions, infrastructure, services, and STI should be part of a transformative vision to move beyond the state of “creative destruction” to an innovative re-construction. This wiki is about the co-development of an innovative Individual, Community, Organization and Nation (ICON) which are essential ingredients and enablers for renewal and enlightenment. A set of dimensions of innovations are conceptualized, constructed and articulated to develop a new model for transformative innovation for societies and organizations. These dimensions of integral innovation are presented and outlined below which include: 1- Cultural/ social innovation; 2- Eco-innovation; 3- Technological innovation; 4- Economic/ business innovation;

In a globalized world that suffer from potential risks due to poverty, disease, unemployment, climate change, energy security, and refugees, it is insightful to harness and unlock this human capital for innovative forces that can transform scarcity to abundance and challenges and risks to opportunities. To address regional and global challenges an integral innovation system at the individual, organizational, city-governance, and national innovation system (NIS) is needed as depicted in Figure 1 below.

In sum, it is imperative to develop a culture for integral innovation in the developing world through a purposeful reform of educational, STI, and development policies. Rooting the R&D agenda in the local context and forging a new social contract between science and society is critical to have a rebirth for an innovative Individual, City, Organization, and Nation (ICON) (Al-Jayyousi, 2017).

CASE STUDIES (input from all is welcomed):

1. Innovations in AGU: Lessons learned 2. The most innovative organizations in GCC (Aramco, Alba, GPIC, Al-Maraei, Al-Baik, Al-Tazej, Bateel, Arabian Oud, …) 3. The most innovative universities in GCC (AGU, KFUPM, KAUST,…) 4. The most innovative SME in GCC. 5. The most innovative women in GCC. 6. National Innovation System and Regional Innovation System. 7. The most innovative individuals in GCC. 8. Innovation is KSA vision 2030 as a new business model. 9. Social innovation in GCC. 10. Innovation in e-government in GCC. 11. Innovation in on-line education in GCC. 12. Innovation in smart cities in GCC. 13. Innovations in technological platforms ( 14. Innovation is e-governments in GCC. 15. Innovation in health sector. 16. Open and user innovations. 17. Experience innovation in Haj in Mecca city. 18. Green technology innovation in GCC (water, energy, food). 19. Green construction and innovation in GCC. 20. Eco-innovation in GCC (Peninsula farms in Bahrain, recycle, waste-to-energy). 21. Patents in GCC (KISR..) 22. Innovations in the public sector in GCC. 23. Innovations in relief and humanitarian organizations.

References and Bibliography

Al-Jayyousi, Odeh, (2017). Integral Innovation: New Worldviews. Rutledge, UK. Al-Jayyousi, O. R. (2016). Islam and sustainable development: New worldviews. Routledge. Capra, F. (1983). The turning point: Science, society, and the rising culture. Bantam. Freeman, C. (1982). The economics of industrial innovation. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership Historical Research Reference in Entrepreneurship. Hawken, P., Lovins, A. B., & Lovins, L. H. (2013). Natural capitalism: The next industrial revolution. Routledge. Nelson, Richard R., ed. National innovation systems: a comparative analysis. Oxford university press, 1993. Sabra, A. I. (Jul/Aug 2002) Greek astronomy and the medieval Arabic tradition. American Scientist, 90(4), 360-397. Saliba, G. (1999) Rethinking the Roots of Modern Science: Arabic Manuscripts in European Libraries. Washington: Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (Georgetown University), Occasional Paper. Turner, R. H. (1995) Science in Medieval Islam: An Illustrated Introduction. Austin: University of Texas Press.

French Arabian Business School[edit]

The French Arabian Business School (FABS) was established in 2007 as a result of an agreement between the Arabian Gulf University and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The school cooperates with the ESSEC Business School, which is one of the foremost business schools and Grandes Écoles in France and one of Europe’s top business schools.[14] The school offers a Masters of Business Administration course in English.[15]


The University's campus is in Manama, the capital of Bahrain. It is located within the Salmaniya Medical Complex (SMC), together with the College of Health Sciences and the Salmaniya Hospital.[16] In January 2011, it was announced that the Sulaiman Al Habib Medical Group would establish, manage and also operate the university's medical centre.[17]

AGU also hosts the French Arabian School of Management and Finance, created in 2007.[18]


The Arabian Gulf University publishes original research in the field of pure and applied sciences in its journal. the Arab Gulf Journal of Scientific Research.[19]

Along with Professor Moiz Bakhiet, the Arabian Gulf University owns patent rights to a new polypeptide (ISRAA) designed to help the immune system fight AIDS and other diseases.[20][21]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Arabian Gulf University". Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 7 April 2007. 
  3. ^ Jehl, Douglas (20 June 1997). "In Changing Islamic Land, Women Savor Options". The New York Times. Retrieved 8 April 2008. 
  4. ^ "Admissions". Arabian Gulf University. Archived from the original on 12 February 2013. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  5. ^ Official University Website Archived 10 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine..
  6. ^ Malcolm C. Peck (20 December 2007). Historical Dictionary of the Gulf Arab States. Scarecrow Press. p. 16. ISBN 978-0-8108-6416-0. Retrieved 15 July 2014. 
  7. ^ The President of the University Page Archived 10 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ a b c d "About the College". Arabian Gulf University. Archived from the original on 2 October 2013. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  9. ^ "2012-2013 Medical Program prospectus" (PDF). Arabian Gulf University. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 October 2013. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "Programs of the College of Medicine and Medical Sciences". Arabian Gulf University. Archived from the original on 31 August 2013. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "About the College of Graduate Studies". Arabian Gulf University. Archived from the original on 10 January 2013. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  12. ^ a b "Programs of the College of Graduate Studies". Arabian Gulf University. Archived from the original on 28 June 2012. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  13. ^ "Technology Management Program". Arabian Gulf University. Archived from the original on 10 January 2013. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  14. ^ "French Arabian Business School". Arabian Gulf University. Archived from the original on 1 September 2012. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  15. ^ "MBA Course Description". French Arabian Business School. Archived from the original on 22 August 2012. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  16. ^ College Campus and Facilities Archived 10 January 2011 at the Wayback Machine., College of Health Sciences, Bahrain.
  17. ^ "Dr Sulaiman Al Habib Medical Group Now in Bahrain". Gulf Today. 29 January 2011. Archived from the original on 31 August 2011. Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
  18. ^ Academic Cooperation with AGU Archived 10 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  19. ^ "Arab Gulf Journal of Scientific Research". Arabian Gulf University website. Arabian Gulf University. Archived from the original on 20 March 2008. Retrieved 8 April 2008. 
  20. ^ Grewal, Sandeep Singh (13 March 2008). "Breakthrough in AIDS and Cancer research". EarthTimes. Archived from the original on 14 April 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2008. 
  21. ^ "Bahrain breakthrough in cancer research". Gulf Daily News. Retrieved 8 April 2008.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)

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