United Arab Emirates University, or UAEU, is the oldest university in the Emirates, and was founded in 1976 by Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
It currently offers a range of programmes across nine schools, which include faculties of law, medicine, business and economics, humanities and social sciences, and agriculture. In 2009, UAEU revealed that it would launch the first ever PhD programme at a national university in the UAE.
The institution also has a Water Institute, set up to find ways to tackle the UAE's growing water scarcity.
The main campus is relatively new, opening in 2012, and claims to offer state-of-the-art facilities. It features cutting edge laboratories and classrooms, specialised research centres, and a large library.
The 80-hectare campus also boasts two health clubs with Olympic-sized swimming pools, and badminton, basketball and tennis facilities.
It is situated in Al Ain city in the Abu Dhabi emirate. The city is located about 140 kilometers from both Dubai and the Abu Dhabi city. The institution also has six smaller campuses.
The university has more than 9,000 students, around a quarter of whom come from outside the UAE.
Among the high-achieving graduates of United Arab Emirates University are UAE deputy prime minister Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan; the country’s minister of higher education and scientific research Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan; the second woman to ever hold a cabinet post in the UAE, Maryam Al Roumi, who is minister of social affairs; and the artist Abdul Qader Al Rais.