The people of the United Arab Emirates hold a special place in their hearts for the
United Arab Emirates University. It was founded as a flagship university for the nation
with a mission to foster the sustainable development of our country. Over the past
four decades the University has advanced scientific knowledge and scholarship of culture
and society, guided by the clear directives of our leadership and sustained by the
productive alliances it has forged with partners and institutions within our local
communities and across global networks.
Today the University enjoys an international reputation for academic leadership and
continues to serve the vision of its founder, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al
Nahyan – may his soul rest in eternal peace, and our present leader, His Highness
Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates. Our purpose
is to engage, transform, and enable young people, so that they are prepared to address
the challenges of tomorrow. Through their education, students develop the tools,
skills, and attitudes required for innovation, life-long learning, curiosity, creativity
and rigorous truth-seeking. We prepare them to excel, and inspire them to progress,
and ensure they have the flexibility and resilience required to succeed and create
prosperity and wellbeing in a future of social, economic, and political upheaval and
Our community of faculty, administrative staff and students is justifiably proud of
the University’s service to the nation and its contribution to realizing the plans
and aspirations of the country’s leadership. We have played a leading role in the
institutionalization and professionalization of the nation, providing highly skilled
graduates in diverse specialist fields including medicine, science, engineering, technology,
literature, arts, humanities, economics, law, agriculture, and business. These serve
the needs of the public and private sectors and respond to the requirements of local
communities and their organizations. Our graduates meet the challenges of the present
and are future ready. We are proud of our Alumni, who number in the tens of thousands.
They have achieved great advances and success in their various fields of employment,
helping to create the UAE into a modern, highly developed nation that progresses an
important role on the global stage.
The University is committed to providing its students with a welcoming, supportive,
and stimulating academic, social, and cultural environment. This safe and secure
home base enables and inspires students to explore and widen their horizons, follow
their curiosities and take risks, and discover and grow their different talents.
Our students are encouraged to sharpen their thinking, and to identify and develop
their distinctive personalities. We cultivate the foundations necessary for faculty
and researchers to progress their intellectual inquiries and apply them to the needs
of the nation. We are cognizant that the grave challenges and transformations experienced
by societies in today’s world necessitate the active, vigorous pursuit of innovation
and entrepreneurship. In these ways, our scholars – students, faculty, and researchers,
develop the aptitudes and qualifications that are prerequisites for the sustainable
development and progress of our country in the years ahead.
We will therefore marshal our efforts and resources so that these are deployed effectively
to fulfil our leadership’s vision of the leading role of our nation in the world of
tomorrow. This requires us to align our academic strategies to the demands of the
Fourth Industrial Revolution and the emergence of Artificial Intelligence. For this
reason we have introduced undergraduate and graduate programs that trace, pursue,
and seek scientific and technical advances, and are consistent with practices at leading
international universities. Our research infrastructure is modelled to the needs of
scientific discovery and technological innovation, and includes a center dedicated
to advancing the exploration of Space. With these directions, our university will
achieve global recognition for its research excellence.
We share immense pride in the ways in which the University is fulfilling its role
in empowering the current generation to meet the challenges of today and to serve
the national agenda for the next 50 years in the development of the United Arab Emirates.
H.E Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh
Chancellor, United Arab Emirates University