United Arab Emirates University

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United Arab Emirates University
جامعة الإمارات العربية المتحدة
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Established1976 (1976)
ChancellorZaki Nusseibeh
Vice-ChancellorGhaleb Ali Al Hadrami Al Breiki
ProvostMohammed Hassan Ali

United Arab Emirates University (abbreviated UAEU; Arabic: جامعة الإمارات العربية المتحدة‎, romanizedJamieat al-ʾImārāt al-ʿArabīyyah al-Muttaḥidah) is the oldest university in the United Arab Emirates. It was established after independence from Britain by the then president and 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.[1]


Students come from all seven Emirates and more than 64 other countries. 6,696 students live on campus. In 2014 enrolled international students constituted 25% of the total enrolled students.[2]


The United Arab Emirates University is continuously ranked as the top university in the United Arab Emirates, and the 4th in the GCC.[3] The university is ranked as the 5th in the Arab region,[4] the 284th in the world in the 2021 QS World University Rankings.[5] In the 2021 QS Top 50 Under 50, i.e. the top 50 world universities that were founded within the past 50 years, UAEU was ranked number 27.[6]

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.[7] 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 [8]

Management and structure[edit]

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 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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]


Biological Sciences[edit]

In November 2016, the University held its first ever symposium on Biological Sciences "GENOMICS & BIOINFORMATICS" attended by experts from different parts of the world.[9]


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.[citation needed]

The university hosts research centers including the Zayed Center for Health Sciences and the National Water Center.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


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Coordinates: 24°13′44″N 55°44′51″E / 24.2288°N 55.7475°E / 24.2288; 55.7475