List of universities and colleges in the United Arab Emirates

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Higher education institutions in the United Arab Emirates need to be recognized by the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA), which is part of the Ministry of Education.[1] The Ministry of Education does not recognize educational institutions based in free zones. While individual Emirates are responsible for managing the standards of educational institutions within their free zones, Dubai is the only Emirate that does so through the Knowledge and Human Development Authority's University Quality Assurance International Board. Ras Al Khaimah is currently working on tightening rules and regulations that govern higher academic institutions in the Emirate.[2]

List of Universities and Colleges[edit]

Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi University Y
Al Ain University Y
Emirates Diplomatic Academy Y
Emirates Institute For Banking And Financial Studies Y
Emirates Institute For Citizenship And Residence Y
European International College Y
Fatima College of Health Science Y
Higher Colleges of Technology Y
Khalifa University of Science and Technology Y
National Defense College Y
New York Institute of Technology Y
New York University, Abu Dhabi Y
Sorbonne University, Abu Dhabi Y
Police College Y
Rabdan Academy Y
Syscoms College Y
United Arab Emirates University Y
Universitè Mohammed V-Agdal Abu Dhabi Y
University of Strathclyde Business School - UAE Y
Zayed II Military College Y
Zayed University Y
Ajman Ajman University Y
City University College of Ajman Y
Gulf Medical University Y
International College of Law & Business Administration (ICLBAT), Ajman
University College of Mother and Family Science Y
Dubai Abu Dhabi University - Dubai Y
Al Dar University College Y
Al Falah University Y
Al Ghurair University Y
American College Of Dubai Y
American University in Dubai Y Y
American University In The Emirates Y
Amity University Dubai Y
Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani (BITS Pilani) Dubai Campus Y
British University in Dubai Y
Canadian University In Dubai Y
City, University of London
Curtin University Y
Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation Y Y
Dubai Medical College For Girls Y
Dubai Pharmacy College For Girls Y
Dubai Police Academy Y
Emirates Academy Of Hospitality Management Y
Emirates Aviation University Y Y
Emirates College For Management And Information Technology

[on probation, no new admissions]

Esmod French Fashion Institute Y
European University College Y
Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University Y
Heriot-Watt University Y
Higher Colleges Of Technology - Dubai Branch Y
Hult International Business School Y
Imam Malik College For Islamic Sharia And Law Y
Institute of Management Technology - Dubai Y Y
Islamic And Arabic Studies College - Dubai Y
Islamic Azad University Y
Jumeira University Y
London Business School Y
Maktoum Bin Hamdan Dental University College

[on probation, no new admissions]

Manipal University Y
MENA College of Management Y Y
Michigan State University in Dubai Y
Middlesex University Dubai Y
MODUL University Dubai Y Y
Mohammed Bin Rashid School Of Government Y
Mohammed Bin Rashid University Of Medicine And Health Sciences Y
Moscow University for Industry and Finance (Synergy) Y
Murdoch University, Dubai Y
Rochester Institute of Technology - Dubai Y Y
Royal College Of Surgeons In Ireland Y
S P Jain School of Global Management Y
SAE Institute Y
Saint Joseph University Y Y
Saint-Petersburg State Economic University Y
Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology Y
The College Of Fashion And Design Y
The National Institute for Vocational Education (NIVE) Y
The University of Manchester Worldwide Y
University Of Balamand In Dubai Y
University of Birmingham Dubai Y
University of Bradford Y
University of Dubai Y Y
University of Exeter Y
University Of Jazeera

[on probation, no new admissions]

University Of Modern Sciences

[on probation, no new admissions]

University of South Wales, DubaI Y
University of Wollongong in Dubai.[5] Y Y
Zayed University Y
Fujairah University Of Fujairah Y
Higher Colleges of Technology - Fujairah branch Y
Ras Al Khaimah Abasyn University - Ras Al Khaimah Campus
American University of Ras Al Khaimah Y
Bath Spa University Ras Al Khaimah
Birla Institute of Technology, Ras Al Khaimah
University of West London, Ras Al Khaimah
University of Stirling, Ras Al Khaimah
Bolton University of Ras Al Khaimah
Cornerstone College of International Studies, Ras Al Khaimah Y
Higher Colleges of Technology - Ras Al Khaimah Men's College Y
Higher Colleges of Technology - Ras Al Khaimah Women's College Y
London American City College
Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne
Ras Al Khaimah Medical & Health Sciences University Y
Sharjah Al Qasimiya University Y
American University of Sharjah Y
Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies (EIBFS) - Sharjah branch Y Success Point College
Exeed School of Business and Finance
Higher Colleges of Technology - Sharjah branch Y
Khalifa University - Sharjah branch Y
Police Sciences Academy Y
Skyline University College, Sharjah Y
University of Sharjah Y
Westford School of Management
Umm Al Quwain Emirates Canadian University College Y

International rankings[edit]

These are the universities' rankings in 2019 according to THE (Times Higher Education)[6] and in 2020 according to QS (Quacquarelli Symonds).[7] Definitions of categories used for measurement of both THE and QS are missing. It would be helpful if the UAE provided its own rankings according to its own measurement system. The Tuning Project 2000 is integrated in the THE rankings in order to accommodate local and cultural diversity and to ameliorate against rankings with 'Western' bias.

Institution 2019 (THE) 2020 (QS)
Al Falah University - -
University of Birmingham 116 81
American University of Sharjah 801-1000 371
United Arab Emirates University 351-400 329
Khalifa University 301-350 268
American University in Dubai - 601-650
University of Sharjah 801-1000 651-700
Abu Dhabi University - 701-750
Ajman University - 751-800

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "CAA Portal". Retrieved 2018-04-04.
  2. ^ "RAK tightens rules for free zone universities". The National. Retrieved 2018-04-04.
  3. ^ "List of CAA MOE accredited institutions". Retrieved 2018-04-04.
  4. ^ "List of KHDA accredited institutions". Retrieved 2018-04-04.
  5. ^ "University of Wollongong in Dubai". Retrieved 2018-09-27.
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ [2]

External Links[edit]

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