About Higher Education in the UAE


The UAE government has paid a great attention to push up the educational process because it deeply believes in bringing up a well-educated generation who is able to keep up with the pace of scientific development and technical revolution, which swept the whole world. hence, the late sheikh zayed; the founder of the UAE state, his successor; sheikh khalifa bin zayed; may god protect him, and the UAE prime minister mohammed bin rashid al maktoum, were very keen on giving the full support to educational sector, whereas the number of licensed scientific institutions reached 75 providing 859 different educational programs in many various scientific and literary fields, specialties and different academic degrees. all these institutions are supervised and coached by commission for academic accreditation:


The below brief talks about ministry of higher education and scientific research, and it is extracted from the ministry’s website.


UAE higher education witnesses great exerted efforts for achieving the qualitative and quantitative development. that takes place through the expansion of founding the private and public higher educational institutions, which are featured with the best quality standards going in line with the qualitative improvement of the existing institutions’ performance and in line with raising the efficiency of their components. also, it takes into consideration to optimum utility of modern technologies, and the introduction of new specializations that keep pace with labor market requirements.


In 1976, ministry of higher education opened the parent university; uae university. then, the higher colleges of technology, whose branches are 17, was established in 1988. after that, zayed university was founded in its two branches, abu dhabi and dubai in 1998. it is worth mentioning that the provided specializations grew in the way that meets the market’s requirements and needs, and those institutions were given the academic accreditation which signifies the high level of those institutions and programs.


This is a continuation of what was founded by the late sheikh zayed bin sultan al nahyan god rest his soul. his highness sheikh khalifa bin zayed al nahyan, the president of the united arab emirates, may god protect him, followed his ancestor’s approach which was confirmed and reinforced by his highness sheikh mohammed bin rashid al maktoum, vice –president and prime minister of united arab emirates, and emir of dubai, by making education a priority of the government's strategy, and to consider the education is a key pillar of the strategic plan of the state.




The strategic plan of the ministry of higher education and scientific research aims at making higher education in the leading position through creating a distinctive educational environment which provides the efficient and competitive staff internationally, as it aims at contributing to found the knowledge and sustainability community through providing programs and educational services according to the highest standards and excellence.


Constitute of the uae stressed a free education for all citizens by providing opportunities to learn at the level of foreign education institutions and missions for males and females alike.


Because the UAE society is characterized by openness, due to the increasing public educational outputs and the limited acceptance in governmental higher education institutions, and the society's increasing need for institutions of higher education special to host the growing numbers of students, the commission for academic accreditation was established for the purpose of setting the standards of licensing and accreditation of those institutions, and it is considered the first commission in GCC, a member of the international network for academic accreditation.


The academic institutions accommodate the students of both residents and citizens alike and the sons of brotherly and friendly countries, also, many of those institutions have got the international accreditation for their programs, which show its importance and significant position.


The ministry of higher education has taken a great care of scientific research through the support of research in public higher education institutions, and especially the UAE university, which is the first research university in the state. moreover, in 2008, the ministry established the national commission for scientific research, in order to help in the knowledge economy and to support innovation through producing, applying and spreading knowledge in coordination and participation of institutions of higher education in the UAE. that is to develop a national system of innovation in the knowledge economy to create a strong base for research in higher education institutions, which ensures to create a generation of national researchers.