United Arab Emirates University

World University Rankings 2024
Impact Rankings 2023
Young University Rankings 2023

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. Today, the university continues to fulfill his progressive vision, contributing to the development of the United Arab Emirates as a model for the Arab world and a successful example of a peaceful, safe, and a fast growing cosmopolitan society.

Culturally diverse and politically stable, the UAE provides a safe, attractive, culturally vibrant environment and advantageous conditions to live, work and do business in. The metropolis of Dubai and Abu Dhabi are both renowned for their iconic touristic attractions, immersive cultural districts, and world-class shopping malls and are approximately a one-hour drive away from UAEU campus.  UAEU is located in Al Ain also known as the city of the Oasis which features their iconic green hilly-park and their highest mountain, Green Mubazzara and Jebel Hafeet. Here you can enjoy a light hike, a picnic and go for a dip in the parks natural hot springs.

UAEU is also known as a comprehensive, research-intensive university committed to innovation and 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 Science, IT, Law, Medicine and Health Sciences. The Colleges are hosted by ultra-modern facilities equipped with state-of-the art technology, and offer a full range of student support services and extra-curricular activities.

The university has also established research centers of strategic importance for the country and the region, which are advancing knowledge in critical areas ranging from water resources to cancer treatments. UAEU’s Science and Innovation Park with professional qualifications and their cooperative programs works alongside business, industry, and public institutions to provide the nation with innovative research solutions while employing highly innovative graduates.

Finally, UAEU promotes independent thinking based, first and foremost, on academic excellence. The university employs some of the world’s leading academics whose research feeds into their teaching, thus creating a dynamic, engaging, and inspiring learning environment. The success of UAEU is driven by its exceptional staff, students and alumni, underpinned by modern curricula, visionary research projects, and an outstanding network of international collaborations with companies, organizations, and other academic institutions. 

Key Statistics

14,000+ Students (Full & Part-time)
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

  • 12.6
    No. of students per staff
  • 18%
    Percentage of International Students
  • 8,147
    Number of FTE Students
  • 31%
    Proportion of ISR Publication
  • 74 : 26
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
Based on data collected for the (1) 2024 World University Rankings


Subjects taught at United Arab Emirates University

  • Physical sciences

    • Geology, Environmental, Earth & Marine Sciences
    • Mathematics & Statistics
    • Chemistry
    • Physics & Astronomy
  • Social sciences

    • Politics & International Studies (incl Development Studies)
    • Sociology
    • Communication & Media Studies
    • Geography
  • Engineering & technology

    • Chemical Engineering
    • Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
    • General Engineering
    • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • Life sciences

    • Biological Sciences
    • Agriculture & Forestry
    • Veterinary Science
  • Clinical, pre-clinical & health

    • Other Health
    • Medicine & Dentistry
  • Arts & humanities

    • Archaeology
    • History, Philosophy & Theology
    • Architecture
    • Art, Performing Arts & Design
    • Languages, Literature & Linguistics
  • Education

    • Education
  • Business & economics

    • Business & Management
    • Accounting & Finance
    • Economics & Econometrics
  • Psychology

    • Psychology
  • Law

    • Law
  • Computer science

    • Computer Science