Zayed University Abu Dhabi - (State)
“Zayed University shall become the leading university in the region, embodying the same rigorous standards and intellectual elements found in major universities throughout the world.”
Zayed University seeks to prepare Emirati students for a meaningful and successful twenty-first century personal and professional life; to graduate students who will help shape the future of the UAE; to support the economic and social advancement of the UAE; to lead innovation in higher education in the UAE through teaching, learning, research, and outreach; and to do so in a culturally diverse, humane, technologically advanced, and increasingly global environment.
To achieve this mission, the University will identify and build on its strengths; continue to strengthen its undergraduate program; establish a role in serving the country’s needs for graduate education; develop a research program that supports the social, economic, technological, and strategic needs of the country; forge innovative and mutually productive relationships with business, industry, civic organizations, other educational institutions, and government; manage resources efficiently; and establish a clear identity as an outstanding and innovative institution.
Zayed University was established in 1998 by the federal government of the United Arab Emirates to educate U.A.E. National women. It has campuses in Abu Dhabi and Dubai led by a single administration, and offers similar programs on both campuses. Zayed University currently enrolls approximately 3200 National women. Zayed University is based on an international model of higher education. It is organized academically into five colleges—Arts and Sciences, Business Sciences, Communication and Media Sciences, Education and Information Technology —and the primary language of instruction is English. The University expects its graduates to be fully bilingual in English and Arabic, proficient in the use of computing technology, and strong in quantitative and research skills. It expects them to achieve significant intellectual and social development. It also expects its graduates to be well-prepared professionals ready to become leaders in government, business, civil society, and family life. The graduates of Zayed University will help shape the future of the United Arab Emirates.
Since it opened in 1998, the University has progressed remarkably. It has graduated three classes. It has instituted—and continues to develop—a broad undergraduate program. It has established an efficient administrative structure and effective academic and operating policies and procedures. It has instituted a unique Academic Program Model which focuses on learning outcomes and incorporates them throughout the curriculum. The University has been accepted for candidacy by a leading accrediting association in the United States, and it has established an external Board of Visitors to provide additional guidance. Zayed University also has established a number of outreach centers and institutes designed to promote the development of public and private sector institutions in the United Arab Emirates.
The mission and development of Zayed University are guided largely by the institution’s responsibility in the national context. The U.A.E. expects the University to educate students and to conduct research for the benefit of the country. While the University continues to build a strong undergraduate program, which is critical for student success, an increasing emphasis is being placed on faculty research that contributes to the national knowledge base. During the next several years, Zayed University will refine this new model of higher education and continue to expand and improve its undergraduate programs. It will also initiate new projects and programs—e.g., in research and graduate study—to more fully realize its purpose and aspirations. Zayed University offers a great and exciting opportunity for the country, the region, and the West. The potential is enormous.
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College of Arts and Sciences (Arabic and Islamic Studies, Art and Design, English Language and Literature, Natural and Quantitative Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Certificate in Heritage Management), College of Business Sciences, College of Communication and Media Sciences, College of Education, College of Information Technology, Colloquy, Graduate Programs (Executive Masters in Business Administration (EMBA), Executive Masters in Public Administration (EMPA), Executive Management Certificate Program (EMCP), Executive Masters in Health Care Administration (EMHCA), Master of Education in Educational Leadership, Master of Science in Finance, Master of Arts in Mass Communication with a Specialization in Tourism, Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Administration, Graduate Certificate in Business Administration, Graduate Certificate in High Technology Crime Investigation, Graduate Certificate in Information Security)