UAE Higher Education Institutions
The United Arab Emirates
(UAE) has many universities
, both public and private. The higher education institutions in UAE are split up into three categories:
- Public institutions
- Private institutions
- Global Partnerships
Public Higher Education Institutions
The public higher education institutions do not charge any fees from the UAE citizens. Public higher education institutions in UAE are:
United Arab Emirates University (UAEU): This institution was established in 1977 and awards undergraduate as well as graduate degrees. Most of the degree programmes offered by this institution are internationally accredited. Most of the programmes are taught in Arabic; however, several courses are conducted in English.
Zayed University (ZU): This institution was set up in 1998 as an all-women’s institution, and later men were also included. They were taught Arabic, English, computer and other academic fields were also covered. The university is organized academically into 5 colleges: Education, Arts and Sciences, Information Systems, Business Sciences, and Communication and Media Sciences. The primary language of instruction at the Zayed University is English.
Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT): The HCT is the largest higher education institution in UAE and has about 17 campuses across the country. This institution was established in 1988 and offers over 80 courses at 4 different credential levels: diploma, higher diploma, bachelor and masters. There are separate higher colleges of technology for men and women. These institutions prepare the students for professional and technological careers.
Private Higher Education Institutions
There are many private higher education institutions in UAE. The Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research (MOHESR) through its Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA) is in charge for the accreditation of private higher education institutions. Some of the private higher education institutions in UAE are:
American University in Dubai (AUD): This institution was established in 1995 and is a private, non-sectarian institution of higher learning that serves UAE citizens and international pupils who wish to go for career-oriented education.
American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK): This institution was set up in 2009 and offers undergraduate and graduate study programmes that promotes professional education and prepares individuals for workforce. It also encourages lifelong learning; and carries out research to serve the RAK Emirate, the UAE, and the larger region to reinforce community and business development.
American University of Sharjah (AUS): This institution was established in 1997 and provides 25 majors and 48 minors at the undergraduate stage, and 13 master's degrees programmes.
American University in the Emirates (AUE): This institution provides many accredited academic courses of study. The courses are provided by 5 colleges, 1 institute, and 2 centers.
University of Sharjah (UOS): This institution was set up in October 1997 and consists of 14 colleges, which offer different study programmes at the diploma, bachelor’s and master’s levels.
Ajman University of Science and Technology (AUST): This institution was established in 1988 as the Foundation of Ajman University of Science and Technology and in 1996 it has changed its name to Ajman University of Science and Technology.
Abu Dhabi University (ADU): This institution was set up in September 2003 and undergraduate and graduate degree programmes.
Al HOSN University: This institution was set up in 2005 and offer studies in business, arts and social sciences, engineering and many other fields.
Many of the international higher education institutions have campuses or programmes in the UAE. Some of the institutions are housed in special zones, such as Dubai Knowledge Village and Academic City.
Some of the special programmes are:
Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health has set up a public health doctoral programme in the Emirates.
New York University is the first comprehensive liberal arts and sciences campus, which is handled by a US university abroad. A temporary campus is established in Abu Dhabi.
The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania has collaborated with Dubai World to form the Dubai Leaders Program.
The Sorbonne has its campus in Abu Dhabi since 2006 and award qualifications under French rules and norms determined by the Sorbonne in Paris.
Technical education was established in the UAE in 1997. The Centre of Excellence for Applied Research and Training (CERT) is the commercial arm of the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) and offers education, training and applied technology.
Other vocational and technical educational centers in the UAE are as follows:
- Emirates Institute for Banking and Finance
- Abu Dhabi National Oil Company Career Development Center
- Petroleum Institute
- Dubai School of Government
- Emirates Aviation College for Aerospace and Academic Studies