Message from the Chairperson


Dear Esteemed Zayed University Community,

Since its inception in 1998, Zayed University has been anchored in HH Sheikh Zayed’s vision for Emirati youth to have access to quality world class education. His vision went beyond mere academic excellence to the cultivation of national leaders who are deeply rooted in their Emirati identity and poised to excel on the global stage.

Twenty-five years and 30,000 students later, this university stands as a testament to his enduring vision, and our Emirati youth capability to honor such a powerful legacy. The university campus has been a tapestry of youthful minds intertwining, weaving tales of learning and knowledge, to a genuine expression of passionate curiosity, consistent growth, and inspiring leadership.

Our commitment to embodying such values has manifested through our dedication to pushing boundaries and striving for excellence, which inevitably entails embracing risk and navigating through uncharted waters. While the path might not have always been smooth or easy, each obstacle encountered along the way served as a crucible for growth and learning. These challenges have imbued us with invaluable lessons, fortifying our determination and honing our ability to adapt and thrive in the face of adversity. We have unearthed opportunities for innovation and transformation, sculpting a legacy that resonates not only within the walls of our institution but also reverberates across the broader landscape of higher education worldwide.

Today, we are more determined than ever to shape individuals who are not just competent scholars, but catalysts for progress and ambassadors of UAE core values. We aspire to cultivate an environment where multidimensional integrity, listening with empathy, intellectual curiosity, and a relentless pursuit of growth are the norm. Through collaboration, honesty, grounded hope, we carry the legacy at heart.

Such an ambitious pursuit cannot be realized in isolation. It requires the collective effort of our entire community – students, faculty, staff, alumni, partners, and supporters. Each one of us has a role to play in shaping the future of Zayed University and advancing our mission of empowering the next generation to lead socio-economic progress.

Together, let us dare to dream big and push the boundaries of what is possible. Let us challenge conventional wisdom and embrace change as a driving force for progress and transformation. And let us stand united in our commitment to providing our younger generation with the world-class education they deserve.

Whether as a student pursuing their passion for learning, a faculty member pushing the boundaries of research, an alumna/alumnus making an impact in the world, or a partner supporting our mission, your contributions are invaluable.

Together, we can honor HH Sheikh Zayed’s legacy and forge a luminous path for generations yet to come.

With gratitude and grounded hope,

Shamma Sohail Faris Al Mazrui
Chair of the Board of Trustees Zayed University