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Zayed University


The University's Vision


"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.”

H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan
President of Zayed University.


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Mission History  


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 U.A.E.; to support the economic and social advancement of the U.A.E.; to lead innovation in higher education in the U.A.E. 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 programs; 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 is named after the founding president of the U.A.E.: President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahayan. It has two main campuses in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, as well as satellite locations in Dubai, and is led by a single administration, offering similar programs on both campuses to approximately three thousand five hundred U.A.E. national women.

In 2008, Zayed University opened its Sweihan campus.  The Sweihan Campus is a collaboration between Zayed University and the U.A.E. Armed Forces to establish a baccalaureate academic program for Armed Forces cadets.

In February 2008, approximately two hundred male students were admitted to the Sweihan campus.  The plans are for the program's intake to grow by an additional fifty students per year, so that in the second year two hundred and fifty students will be enrolled. Although the initial years will be for military students only, once the University moves to its permanent Abu Dhabi campus,  it may be open to civilians of either gender, and to other nationalities.

Students admitted to the Sweihan campus will follow the same academic model as their counterparts at the University's main campuses.  The startup program is expected to be the Academic Bridge Program, along with a developmental math component. Long-term goals are to offer baccalaureate programs in IT, Education, Communication and Media Sciences, Business Administration and Health Sciences.

Over six hundred faculty and staff members, both male and female, representing over thirty five nationalities contribute to the success of Zayed University and its students.

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.