• Location Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • Salary Competitive Salary
  • Hours Full-time
  • Contract Permanent
  • Closing date 5th Mar 2021

UAEU are seeking a truly outstanding candidate for the role of Provost; a highly experienced and innovative leader they will shape the academic landscape of the institution for the years ahead.


The Provost is the Chief Academic Officer of UAEU responsible for leading the University in all academic matters.  This will include, devising the academic strategy and initiatives to position UAEU as the university of choice nationally, regionally, and internationally. The Provost will shape the academic landscape for the institution by developing academic plans, programs, curricula, and policies which support the University’s strategic vision and will ensure delivery to the highest academic standards.

Reporting to the Vice Chancellor, the Provost is a key member of the University Executive Committee.  The Provost has twelve direct reports including the Deans, Associate Provost Academic Affairs, Associate Provost Student Affairs, and Associate Provost of Research & Graduate Studies. The appointee will establish the overall direction for the university’s academic activities, resources, and operations, creating an environment that encourages scholarship, research, and teaching & learning excellence. Furthermore, the Provost will develop the University’s educational masterplan including the academic budget, long term planning for educational programs, faculty development and curriculum enhancement plans, aligned to the University strategic plan.


The successful candidate will demonstrate the highest commitment to academic life and scholarly standards. As an accomplished scholar, you will be able to inspire faculty and students with a sense of pride and purpose, serve as an innovative leader to grow and build high quality programs across the Colleges, and provide an unwavering commitment to research, student affairs, undergraduate and graduate education. The new Provost will have a strong global network, and the proven ability to develop partnership both regionally and internationally.


  • A doctorate from an internationally recognized institution.

  • A minimum of 10 years at professorial level together with at least 5 years’ experience in senior academic administration.

  • A personal record of academic and scholarly achievement to merit the rank of full Professor.

  • An outstanding research publication record.

  • Leadership experience, as a minimum at Deanship level.

  • Experience in accreditation, curriculum development, and use of outcomes assessment to drive curricular innovation and improvement.

  • Experience in developing research strategies and research programs.

  • Budget preparation skills, developing and implementing goals, managing resources, strategic planning and interdisciplinary scholarly skills.

  • Experience of managing in a fast-moving environment together with the ability to appreciate the cultural norms and values that underpin the institutional community.


To apply, please submit a full curriculum vitae together with a covering letter to setting out your interest in the role and a brief summary of how you match the criteria. Please include in a separate document the names and addresses of three referees. Referees will not be approached until the final stages of the recruitment process and not without prior permission from candidates.

The closing date for applications is Friday 5th March, 2021. Initial interviews are planned to be held second week in March.

Informal enquiries about the Department or the post may be directed to Mathew Bates  (Senior Recruitment Adviser) 


United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) is the leading teaching and research university in the United Arab Emirates. Founded in 1976 it was the first higher education institution in the country and remains the institution held in the highest regard nationally. The University has a clear mission to maintain and enhance its reputation as “The University of the Future”.

With a Faculty of more than 930 academics and approximately 14,000 students from 64 countries, UAEU is internationally oriented with a strong emphasis on social impact and external collaboration in both its education and research. The University offers 52 Bachelors’ degree programs and 37 Masters’ programs as well as a Doctorate of Medicine (MD), Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) and a number of other PhD programs. It was recently recognized in the THE World University Rankings as among the top 350 universities in the world, 38th in Asia and joint 3rd in the Arab World.

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