List of universities and colleges in the United Arab Emirates

Higher education institutions in the United Arab Emirates need to be recognized by the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA), which is part of the Ministry of Education. 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 University Quality Assurance International Board. Ras Al Khaimah is currently working on tightening rules and regulations that govern higher academic institutions in the Emirate

List of Universities and Colleges

Abu DhabiEmirates Diplomatic AcademyY
Emirates Institute For Banking And Financial StudiesY
Emirates Institute For Citizenship And ResidenceY
European International CollegeY
Fatima College of Health ScienceY
Higher Colleges of TechnologyY
Khalifa University of Science, Technology & ResearchY
Masdar Institute of Science and TechnologyY
National Defense CollegeY
New York Institute of TechnologyY
New York University, Abu DhabiY
Paris Sorbonne University, Abu DhabiY
Petroleum InstituteY
Police CollegeY
Rabdan AcademyY
Syscoms CollegeY
United Arab Emirates UniversityY
Universitè Mohammed V-Agdal Abu DhabiY
University of Strathclyde Business School – UAEY
Zayed II Military CollegeY
Zayed UniversityY
AjmanAjman UniversityY
City University College of AjmanY
Gulf Medical UniversityY
International College of Law & Business Administration (ICLBAT), Ajman
University College of Mother and Family ScienceY
DubaiAl Dar University CollegeY
Al Falah UniversityY
Al Ghurair UniversityY
American College Of DubaiY
American University in DubaiYY
American University In The EmiratesY
Amity University DubaiY
Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani (BITS Pilani) Dubai CampusY
British University in DubaiY
Canadian University In DubaiY
City, University of London
Curtin UniversityY
Dubai Institute of Design and InnovationYY
Dubai Medical College For GirlsY
Dubai Pharmacy College For GirlsY
Dubai Police AcademyY
Emirates Academy Of Hospitality ManagementY
Emirates Aviation UniversityYY
Emirates College For Management And Information Technology[on probation, no new admissions]
Esmod French Fashion InstituteY
European University CollegeY
Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart UniversityY
Heriot-Watt UniversityY
Higher Colleges Of Technology – Dubai BranchY
Hult International Business SchoolY
Imam Malik College For Islamic Sharia And LawY
Institute of Management Technology – DubaiYY
Islamic And Arabic Studies College – DubaiY
Islamic Azad UniversityY
Jumeira UniversityY
London Business SchoolY
Maktoum Bin Hamdan Dental University College[on probation, no new admissions]Y
Manipal UniversityY
MENA College of ManagementYY
Michigan State University in DubaiY
Middlesex University DubaiY
MODUL University DubaiYY
Mohammed Bin Rashid School Of GovernmentY
Mohammed Bin Rashid University Of Medicine And Health SciencesY
Moscow University for Industry and Finance (Synergy)Y
Murdoch University, DubaiY
Rochester Institute of Technology – DubaiYY
Royal College Of Surgeons In IrelandY
S P Jain School of Global ManagementY
SAE InstituteY
Saint Joseph UniversityYY
Saint-Petersburg State Economic UniversityY
Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and TechnologyY
The College Of Fashion And DesignY
The National Institute for Vocational Education (NIVE)Y
The University of Manchester WorldwideY
University Of Balamand In DubaiY
University of Birmingham DubaiY
University of BradfordY
University of DubaiYY
University of ExeterY
University Of Jazeera[on probation, no new admissions]Y
University Of Modern Sciences[on probation, no new admissions]Y
University of South Wales, DubaIY
University of Wollongong in Dubai.[5]YY
Zayed UniversityY
FujairahUniversity Of FujairahY
Higher Colleges of Technology – Fujairah branchY
Ras Al KhaimahAbasyn University – Ras Al Khaimah Campus
American University of Ras Al KhaimahY
Bath Spa University Ras Al Khaimah
Birla Institute of Technology, Ras Al Khaimah
University of West London, Ras Al Khaimah
University of Stirling, Ras Al Khaimah
Bolton University of Ras Al Khaimah
Cornerstone College of International Studies, Ras Al KhaimahY
Higher Colleges of Technology – Ras Al Khaimah Men’s CollegeY
Higher Colleges of Technology – Ras Al Khaimah Women’s CollegeY
London American City College
Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne
Ras Al Khaimah Medical & Health Sciences UniversityY
SharjahAl Qasimiya UniversityY
American University of SharjahY
Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies (EIBFS) – Sharjah branchY
Exeed School of Business and Finance
Higher Colleges of Technology – Sharjah branchY
Khalifa University – Sharjah branchY
Police Sciences AcademyY
Skyline University College, SharjahY
University of SharjahY
Westford School of Management
Umm Al QuwainEmirates Canadian University CollegeY

International rankings

These are the universities’ rankings in 2019 according to THE (Times Higher Education)[6] and in 2020 according to QS (Quacquarelli Symonds).[7] 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 against rankings with ‘Western’ bias.

Institution2019 (THE)2020 (QS)
Al Falah University
University of Birmingham11681
American University of Sharjah801-1000371
United Arab Emirates University351-400329
Khalifa University301-350268
American University in Dubai601-650
University of Sharjah801-1000651-700
Abu Dhabi University701-750
Ajman University751-800
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