About UAEU

General Information

Welcome to the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) - the first and foremost comprehensive national university in the United Arab Emirates. Founded in 1976 by the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, UAEU aspires to become a comprehensive, research-intensive university and currently enrolls approximately 13,000 Emirati and international students.
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  • Vision
  • Mission
  • Values
  • Goals

Leadership and innovation in higher education, research and community service at national and international levels.

UAEU will continue its positive contribution to the advancement of UAE by delivering undergraduate and graduate education that meets international standards, engaging effectively with the community and the world to foster knowledge creation and dissemination, and enhancing the research capacity of the country

  1. Respect for Heritage and Cultural Diversity: We respect the deep-rooted values and the rich heritage of UAE and seek to sustain them. 
  2. Integrity and Transparency: We adhere to the highest ethical principles and work with integrity, transparency and accountability to create trust and credibility.
  3. Collaborative Work Environment : We support one another at work through cooperation and teamwork.
  4. Student Focus: We recognize that students are at the center of the university’s activities and ensure that our work contributes to continuous improvement in student success.
  5. Effectiveness in Decision-making: We focus on outcomes, base our decisions and plans on evidence and analysis, and develop and adopt efficient systems and procedures that support the university’s core business.
  6. Effective Communication: We are committed to effective communication, through a variety of communication methods, with all our stakeholders (staff, students, alumni, partners, vendors, and the local and international communities).
  7. Dedication to Knowledge: We are committed to world-class education and scholarship relevant to student careers and community needs. 
  1. Prepare students to be distinguished in their areas of specialization, leaders and productive members of society.
  2. Develop research capacity and innovation in areas of national and global importance.
  3. Expand international accreditation for the university and its academic programs and promote the university’s global reputation.
  4. Promote the University’s role in the transfer of knowledge and skills to serve the society.
  5. Ensure high quality, efficient and transparent administrative services.
  6. Entrench a culture of innovation in institutional work environment.

History and Key Achievements

Throughout our short history we have helped shape our country and wider region through research and the dissemination of knowledge. We strive to preserve our national heritage, while pursuing innovate solutions and promoting academic excellence.


The “Roadmap to the University of the Future” was launched.


UAEU received institutional accreditation from WASC (Senior College and University Commission: WSCUC).


UAEU received institutional accreditation from the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.


University College is established. It includes three programs: the University Foundation Program; the Student Academic Success Program and the General Education Program. 


 Mobile learning is introduced and UAEU ranks in the top 50 world universities that were founded within the past 50 years (QS World University Rankings).


 UAEU ranks 338 in the QS World University rankings. The highest rankings to date. The College of IT receives ABET Accreditation.


The university moves to a new state-of-the-art campus situated in Al Ain. The 80 hectare campus is a showcase of modern architecture, high-tech laboratories, specialized research centers, cutting-edge IT infrastructure and twenty-first century classroom technology


The first Ph.D program is established.


UAEU is chosen by the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) to be the second overseas venue for examinations in the Faculty of Occupational Medicine. 


The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences receives the Hamdan Award for Best Medical College in the Arab World.


UAEU is placed among the top 10 research universities in the Islamic world by the SESRTCIC, OIC Research Center and ‘Smart Classrooms’ are introduced.


English becomes the language of instruction.


The university establishes the Faculty of Information Technology and the Research Affairs Unit to manage and promote scientific research.


The College of Business and Economics receives AACSB accreditation. 


The College of Engineering receives ABET accreditation and the university established the Continuing Education Center as another means of serving the community.


The first Master's Degree Program is established in the Faculty of Science. It is an interdisciplinary program in environmental sciences.


The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences is established. Today, the College of Medicine and Health Sciences is ranked among the top medical schools in the Middle East.


 The first student cohort graduated. This included 192 male and 50 female students, some of whom now hold key leadership position in the country. 


 The Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and the Faculty of Engineering were established.


 The Faculty of Shari'ah and Law was established.


 In 1977 the university opened with four faculties. These were the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Business and Economics.


Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahayan, the first President of the UAE, understood that the future of any nation depends upon the education of its young people. In 1976 he established the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU). 


Educational accreditation is a voluntary peer review process by the higher education community that aims to assure academic quality and accountability and to encourage improvement. Accrediting agencies develop evaluation criteria and conduct peer evaluations to assess whether or not those criteria are met.

Student Success Indicators at UAEU

The university’s mission includes preparing graduates for future leadership roles. We aim to produce graduates who will be leaders and pioneers in their respective fields. 

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Distinguished Alumni

UAEU has the largest alumni network in the UAE. We currently have more than 63,000 former students spread around the globe. Many of our graduates hold senior positions in academia, business, industry, and government ministries.


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UAEU Facts & Figures



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University Leadership

University Council

The University Council is its Governing Board which, under Article 12 of the Federal Law No. 4 of 1976, is responsible for the quality, integrity, and financial sustainability of the University and for ensuring that its mission is being achieved. The Council exercises appropriate oversight over University policies and ongoing operations.

The Council is an independent policy-making body that, through its membership, activities, and decisions, is capable of reflecting constituent and public interest.

Please click here to view the University Council Bylaws.

H.E Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh


The United Arab Emirates University takes pride in its achievements and prestigious position at both regional and global levels. Due to the unstinting support of the National Leadership, education has always been a strategic priority for the United Arab Emirates.

The University strives to meet the expectations and aspirations of the nation and society by adhering to the highest institutional principles, which includes respect for diverse values, national heritage, cultural diversity, integrity, transparency, teamwork, leadership, learning and effective decision-making and communication.

UAEU's strategic plan is derived from a vision of achieving, “leadership and innovation in higher education and scientific research and community service at local and international levels.” Its mission is to, “make a positive contribution to the progress of the United Arab Emirates through the provision of academic programs of international standards in both undergraduate and graduate studies, and to build local and international partnerships that promote the widespread dissemination of knowledge that provides support to the momentum of national development.”

The University plays an important role in many aspects of teaching, scientific research and community service. It is committed to qualifying graduates with highly developed skills and necessary knowledge to be both creative and innovative with an ability to compete in the labor market and take pride in their national identity.

In order to maintain the status and reputation of the University, UAEU is continuously reviewing and refining its programs, whether at Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral levels. External evaluation of these programs at international standards ensure quality control of these courses. The development of teaching and learning methodologies, the use of smart devices in classrooms, the support of scientific research and development has all helped UAEU in obtaining global academic accreditation for its many programs and diverse colleges. UAEU seeks to maintain and expand the international institutional accreditation that has already been established.

To achieve quality control and optimum performance, the University is keen in attracting talented faculty and researchers. To this end, UAEU has provided special support for UAE nationals who wish to join its team. UAEU also delivers administrative and technical services of the highest quality, seeks partnerships at local, regional and global levels in order to contribute to a knowledgeable economy, achieves sustainable development, and builds a society based on the dissemination of knowledge and innovative ideas.

Prof. Ghaleb Ali Al Hadrami Al Breiki

Acting Vice Chancellor

The United Arab Emirates University strives to provide the best learning environment in order to achieve international standards and provide accredited academic programs. These higher education and graduate programs must keep pace with rapid changes in society and the labor market which needs national graduates capable of taking on responsibility. As such, we need to continue to develop in terms of scientific research. The university has already started on a radical shake up in various fields in order to reach international standards of excellence in its scientific and research practices.

UAEU has made innovation a strategic priority and seeks to encourage creativity and innovation that can contribute to strengthening sustainable development and the development of a knowledge economy at local and international levels. Through promoting creativity and innovation the university has established a competitive spirit throughout the scientific research community. This is in line with the national leadership’s ambitious vision of striving for continued excellence and leadership.

The university prepares students by developing skills, abilities and talents. This prepares graduates for the labor market. The continuous assessment of the teaching and learning process reflects the university’s desire to prepare students for the labor market.

UAEU is improving in terms of employee and administrative efficiency. This, in turn, lays the foundations to support business development, teamwork, innovation and efficiency. There are also ongoing periodical revisions of internal regulations, policies and procedures which benefit the university community and our strategic partners.

The high ranking of UAEU as a leading scientific institution in higher education in the UAE is the result of sustained efforts towards creativity, innovation and scientific research, while still safeguarding the societal values and principles promoted by the national leadership.

Prof. Ghaleb Ali Al Hadrami Al Breiki

Deputy VC for Academic Affairs (Provost)

Welcome to the Office of the VC for Academic Affairs. Our office promotes and supports the academic environment for teaching and learning, research and scholarship, and service to our community and the world. Our goal is to facilitate the success of our students and faculty in all endeavors.

The United Arab Emirates University, with its nine colleges, distinctive research centers and institutes, offers our students a unique educational experience. We are committed to maintaining the highest standard of academic quality of our undergraduate and graduate programs. We are proud that our academic programs prepare our students to be our nation's future leaders. Similarly, our graduate programs provide our students with opportunities to advance their study in both professional programs and traditional academic areas.

As a research-intensive University, we are recognizing the quality of research and scholarship carried out by our exceptional faculty members. Our faculty and students are focusing on intellectual issues and research challenges of national importance, and we are extremely proud of their research achievements and their scientific publications in reputable international journals.

I encourage you to browse our website to learn more about our academic programs, research centers, distinguished faculty, and supportive University community.

 Secretary General

Deputy VC for Finance & Administration

The Deputy VC for Finance & Administration (Secretary General) division provides services that support the academic mission of the United Arab Emirates University. Broadly, these services include finance, budget, facilities, human resources, auxiliaries and safety. We pursue a continuous improvement approach to deliver efficient and high quality services to our customers. We strive to engender a sense of collaboration and community and to provide an appealing environment that creates a special place in which to learn, live, and work.

The Secretary General Division is comprised of several service areas, and while these areas may appear discrete, they are, in practice, highly cooperative and supportive teams that often overlap in creative ways to optimize UAEU's resources. By working as a highly cooperative team, we are able to recognize opportunities for improvement in all that we do.

I hope that you will take the time to review our services and become familiar with the offerings of the Secretary General Division through our website. Your feedback and comments are always welcome.

Associate Provost for Students’ Affairs

Life at UAEU is more than just getting a degree; there are many exciting and challenging opportunities that promote academic interest such as extra-curricular activities, social engagements, community service, and much more. The Student Affairs and Enrollment Division is committed to advancing student learning that builds a community. We are a learning organization that creates engaging environments and programs to transform student learning. We promote a caring and safe community that increases our students' abilities to learn and make smart choices. We promote inclusiveness, support the success and growth of all students, and enrich the student experience. UAEU graduates are equipped with lifelong skills, such as critical thinking, problem solving, effective communication, leadership, and how to be a team player.

The high number of students participating in our programs and activities indicates that many of our students avail of the extra-curricular opportunities offered by our array of student clubs. We hope that our students will continue to be involved so that they can benefit from the out-of-classroom experiences that complement their academic life. We encourage you to get involved in student life, to make new friends, become a member of a student club, or to get involved as a student ambassador at open days and campus activities, and to make a difference in yours and other students’ lives. Your time at UAEU can be as fulfilling, exciting, fun, and rewarding as you would like it to be.

Prof. Ahmed Murad

Acting Associate Provost for Research

As the world enters a constant innovation economy, those countries that embrace innovation will be clear winners. In response to the United Arab Emirates strategic vision, our charge to become “The University of the Future” is both exciting and humbling. United Arab Emirates University must rise to this challenge by building a more substantial research portfolio that is seamlessly integrated with our missions of teaching and service.

The Office of the Associate Provost for Research is dedicated to facilitating the research and creative activities of all faculty and students at the university in order to support this crucial aspect of their careers. We support increased research productivity by helping to secure funding for research from inside the university and outside. As the research stature of UAEU increases, we facilitate the protection and exploitation of intellectual property, and work to place UAEU at the center of a vibrant innovation ecosystem.

The key to innovation is for our university to be intellectually permeable; we strive to build closer relationships with the government, industry, and the people, in order to best serve the country, and the region.


International Communication Unit

The International Communication Unit facilitates the development of sustainable local and international partnerships with universities, corporations, governments and embassies in order to foster academic cooperation and to keep abreast of international best practices in education.

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Community Outreach

UAEU recognizes the responsibility of the university and its graduates to contribute to the well-being of the broader community. Community engagement and social responsibility describe how we make a difference to the social and economic well-being of our communities through teaching, research, public events and activities.

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