United Arab Emirates University
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|Chancellor||H.E. Saeed Ahmed Ghobash|
|Vice-Chancellor||Professor Mohamed Albaili|
|Provost||Professor Ghaleb Ali Al Hadrami Al Breiki|
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, in 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 research-based institution. Its alumni have provided the United Arab Emirates with ministers, diplomats, senior government officials, and business leaders.
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.
The United Arab Emirates University is continuously ranked as the top university in the United Arab Emirates, and the 4th in the GCC. The university is ranked as the 6th in the Arab region, the 338th and 370th in the world in the 2011/2012 and 2012/2013 QS World University Rankings. The 2011/12 QS World University Rankings placed UAEU among the Top 50 Under 50, 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 UAE are ranked above UAE.
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. 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 Muslim world. It was ranked the best 86th university in Asia by Times higher education:Asia university ranking 
Management and structure
The Vice-Chancellor is responsible for the management of the university as well as policy and strategic planning, budget and financial activities, external relations, and alumni. The Provost is the Chief Academic Officer responsible for the Colleges, undergraduate studies, research and graduate studies, and information technology. He is assisted 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 has undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs in nine 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 continuous education courses and vocational certificates for the community across all disciplines and hosts the Emirates Health Services, which provides medical skills training.
In November 2016, the University held its first ever symposium on Biological Sciences "GENOMICS & BIOINFORMATICS" attended by experts from different parts of the world.
The university launched the first PhD program at a national university in the UAE. As a research institution it attracts national, international, and industrial grants. PhD programs and professional doctorate degrees cover a range including Pharmacy, Public Health, and a Doctorate of Business Administration.
The university hosts research centers including the Zayed Center for Health Sciences and the National Water Center.
- Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, deputy prime minister and minister of presidential affairs of the United Arab Emirates
- Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, minister of interior and deputy prime minister of the United Arab Emirates
- Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, minister of foreign affairs of the United Arab Emirates
- Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the United Arab Emirates
- Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, former minister of foreign affairs of the United Arab Emirates and former deputy prime minister
- Ahmed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, former managing director of Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, was regarded as the 27th most powerful person in the world by Forbes in 2009 before his death
- Maryam Al Roumi, minister of social affairs of the United Arab Emirates and the second woman to hold a cabinet post in the history of United Arab Emirates, listed among top 10 most powerful Arab women in government by Forbes
- Sagr Ighbash, minister of labour of the United Arab Emirates and former ambassador to the United States of America and Mexico
- Abdul Rahman Al Oweis, minister of health in the United Arab Emirates
- Fatima Al Jaber, first woman to be elected to the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce board of directors in December 2009. As of 2014, she is listed as the 94th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes
- Amal Al Qubaisi, first woman to be elected to the UAE’s Federal National Council, first woman appointed to Abu Dhabi Executive Council
- Najla Al Qassimi, UAE's first female ambassador, ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Portugal, former ambassador to Sweden
- Essa Al Basha Al Noaimi, ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan
- Salma Hareb, Chief Executive Officer at Jafza (Dubai free zone), the first female in the Middle East and North Africa to be appointed head of an economic free zone, ranked as the 2nd most powerful Arab woman in government by Forbes
- Mariam Al Mansouri, first woman to fly combat fighters in UAE
- Noura Al Kaabi, member of the Federal National Council of the United Arab Emirates and CEO of twofour54 and of the Media Zone Authority Abu Dhabi.
- Abdul Qader Al Rais, Emirati artist
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