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List of universities and colleges in the United Arab Emirates

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Higher education institutions in the United Arab Emirates need to be recognized by the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA), which operates as part of the Ministry of Education.[1] While the Ministry of Education is the federal governing body for higher education and education in general, some emirates might still have their own agencies which oversee certain aspects of higher education within the emirate, such as Dubai's Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) or Abu Dhabi's Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK).

Only institutions that have received CAA accreditation from the Ministry of Education are listed below.

List of universities and colleges


International rankings


These are the universities' rankings in 2019 according to THE (Times Higher Education)[11] and in 2020 according to QS (Quacquarelli Symonds).[12] Definitions of categories used for measurement of both THE and QS are missing. It would be helpful if the UAE provided its own rankings according to its own measurement system. The Tuning Project 2000 is integrated in the THE rankings in order to accommodate local and cultural diversity and to ameliorate rankings with 'Western' bias.

Institution 2019 (THE) 2020 (QS)
University of Birmingham 116 81
American University of Sharjah 801-1000 371
United Arab Emirates University 351-400 329
Khalifa University 301-350 268
American University in Dubai - 601-650
University of Wollongong 218 212
University of Sharjah 801-1000 651-700
Abu Dhabi University - 701-750
Ajman University - 751-800

Institutions located within free zones


The Ministry of Education does not recognize educational institutions based in free zones. While individual Emirates are responsible for managing the standards of educational institutions within their free zones, Dubai is the only Emirate that does so through the Knowledge and Human Development Authority's (KHDA) University Quality Assurance International Board. The Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah is currently working on tightening rules and regulations that govern higher academic institutions within free zones in the Emirate.[13]

See also



  1. ^ "CAA Portal". www.caa.ae. Retrieved 2018-04-04.
  2. ^ "Western University College". westernuniversitycollege.com.
  3. ^ https://britishcollege.ae/
  4. ^ "Al Falah University". UAE.
  5. ^ "Atlas Educational Institute Dubai".
  6. ^ "MENA College of Management". UAE.
  7. ^ "Lincoln University of Business and Management". UAE.
  8. ^ "University of Wollongong in Dubai". Retrieved 2018-09-27.
  9. ^ "King's Business School". UAE.
  10. ^ "Lincoln University of Business and Management". UAE.
  11. ^ "World University Rankings". 26 September 2018.
  12. ^ "QS World University Rankings 2019".
  13. ^ "RAK tightens rules for free zone". The National. Retrieved 2018-04-04.