The Arabian Gulf University was established in 1979 in the Kingdom of Bahrain to support the human development needs of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and address the socio-economic challenges facing the region. It was built on the belief that university and higher education is crucial in equipping the GCC society with the knowledge and skills needed to be competitive in th​e global economy. 

In light of this, the university has devoted itself to offering modern and innovative academic and research programs, while remaining faithful to its Arab identity ​and sensitive to the cultural norms and Islamic values of the region. It distinguishes itself from other national institutions by offering exclusive programs and courses to satisfy the needs of the GCC countries and help develop their future leaders and experts in a variety of occupational fields.

The regional university promotes the advancement of knowledge across disciplines, offering learning ​opportunities through two colleges and one school:

College of Medicine and Medical Sciences (CMMS) 

  • Aims to produce medical graduates that can respond effectively to the health needs of the Gulf region
  • Seeks to drive progress in undertaking ba​​​sic and applied medical research in response to priority health issues
  • Follows an innovative student-centred, problem-based, and community-orientated curriculum – a unique program in the GCC

College of Graduate Studies (CGS) 

  • ​Provides integrated courses for students specialising in various disciplines, offering exclusive programmes in both scientific and educational fields that are unavailable in other universities in the Gulf region
  • Focuses primarily on special education training and technology as well as technical studies

French Arabian Business School (FABS) 

  • Aims to promote human resource skills and develop education, research and expertise in various areas of management, business administration and finance that are of particular relevance to the GCC
  • Combines world-class standards (in cooperation with the esteemed ESSEC Business School in France) and regional specificities in the delivery of innovative programmes that best serve the needs of the region