The United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) is the first and the largest academic institution in the United Arab Emirates. UAEU was founded by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan in 1976 and the university continues to fulfill his progressive vision by remaining a strong leader of its nation and by remaining a peaceful, safe, cosmopolitan, culturally vibrant, and fast growing society.

The UAE is culturally diverse and politically stable, providing a safe environment in an attractive location. Dubai and Abu Dhabi which are renowned for their iconic tourist attractions, immersive cultural districts and world-class shopping malls are approximately a one-hour drive away.

UAE University promotes independent thinking being based, first and foremost, on academic excellence. We employ some of the world’s leading academics whose research feeds into their teaching, thus creating a dynamic, challenging and inspiring learning environment. The success of UAEU is underpinned by innovation and academic excellence and is driven by our exceptional staff, students and alumni.

UAEU is a comprehensive, research-intensive university committed to innovation, excellence in teaching and research. The university currently enrolls approximately 14,000 students from 64 countries. As the UAE’s flagship university, UAEU offers a full range of internationally accredited, high-quality graduate and undergraduate programs through nine Colleges: Business and Economics, Science, Education, Engineering, Food and Agriculture, Humanities and Social Sciences, IT, Law, Medicine and Health Sciences. The Colleges are hosted by ultra-modern facilities, equipped with state-of-the art technology and offers a full range of student support services and activities.

The university has established research centers of strategic importance to the country and the region, which are advancing knowledge in critical areas ranging from water resources to cancer treatments. The UAEU works alongside the nation to provide solutions through research and innovative inventions heavily involving the new Science and Innovation Park located on our campus.

Key Statistics

  • 14,000+ Students
  • Students from 64 Countries
  • 9 Colleges
  • 9 Research Centers
  • A Science & Innovation Park
  • 46 Student Clubs & Societies
  • 160+ Labs

Our goal is not only to give students an excellent degree qualification but also to ensure that they have fun along the way. Our students come from more than 64 countries, so there are always opportunities to learn and interact with people from diverse cultural backgrounds. The university offers a wealth of extra-curricular activities and life-enhancing experiences to enrich life on campus, and with more than 50 clubs and societies at UAEU, there is no shortage of opportunities to have fun outside of lectures and to make new friends. UAEU’s campus is a real community with multiple cafés and restaurants, retail and banking facilities, bright, modern campus residences, and exceptional athletic and recreational facilities.

UAEU is committed to providing the support to ensure that every student can be successful. Our support services include counseling, healthcare, IT support, disability support, career services, financial aid, international student services, alumni services, a student success center and a student council. Regardless of the obstacles that you encounter along the way, there is always a mentor, a counselor, or an advisor nearby to help. Each student is provided with an individual academic advisor to assist with the critical decisions and choices that each student may face along the road to academic and career success.

At UAEU, we have an outstanding reputation for teaching. We offer dozens of courses, spanning a range of disciplines. Our courses constantly evolve to incorporate the latest research developments and are delivered by elite faculty members who are passionate about their subjects. We also regularly consult with businesses and employers to ensure our programs provide students with the opportunity to develop key transferable skills for future employment.

As a research-intensive institution, one of UAEU’s goals is to develop research capacity and innovation in areas of national importance. The university builds research experiences into all undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Students will be able to contribute and have exciting opportunities to tackle global issues in collaboration with some of the world’s foremost academics and leading industrial partners, and have access to the latest in advanced research facilities. 

With a focus in world-class education and research, UAEU employs over 3,000 Academic researchers and professional staff. We value diversity and inclusivity and seek to reflect the broader community by attracting and retaining high quality employees from a range of backgrounds.

UAEU is committed to providing a wide range of benefits that enhance the working environment and the lives of its employees. These include tax-free salaries, housing, education allowances, health insurance, highly competitive leave options and research support and funding. The university also supports the faculty in professional and career development to enhance job performance and overall job satisfaction. The university has comprehensive facilities such as the social club for UAEU employees and their families to get involved in various social, educational, cultural and sporting activities whilst working at the university. In addition, faculty and staff have access to use the state-of-art leisure facilities, which include two Olympic-sized swimming pools.

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Key statistics

  • 7,101
    Number of Students
  • 8.8
    Student to Staff Ratio
  • 28%
    Percentage of International Students
  • 77 : 23
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
Collected during World University Rankings on 28th Sep 2016

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