Since it opened in 2003, Abu Dhabi University has been dedicated to the intellectual development of individuals who will graduate to be leaders, making a positive contribution to national and global betterment and prosperity. This mission, however, is not limited to educating students: it is extended to the University’s proactive participation in the national development process that will transform the UAE into a knowledge-based economy.
Although a young institution, in 2018 we had 7000 students enrolled in our undergraduate and postgraduate programs, our alumni numbers had reached over 9000, and in the three consecutive years
the employment rate of Abu Dhabi University graduates had averaged an impressive 90% within a year of graduation.
You will be joining an institution recognized internationally for the quality and relevance of its education and research. This is evident in our global rankings: we are in the top 2.8% of world universities and in the top 150 universities under 50 years of age (QS World University Rankings 2018). Diversity
of cultures and talents underpins the success of the world’s top universities as well as the most successful cities. The QS rankings show us to be among the world’s elite universities for the diversity of our faculty (top three) and students (top nine). With most of the world’s nations represented among our students and staff, you will meet with, learn from, and form friendships with talent from across the world.
The quality of our programs is also evident in the accreditations we hold. Colleges of Business and Engineering have achieved the prestigious AACSB, EQUIS and ABET international accreditations. All of the University’s programs are internationally accredited by the Western Commission of Schools and Colleges (WASC). You can rest assured that your Abu Dhabi University degree will be recognised and respected by employers and higher education institutions internationally.
Abu Dhabi University’s success stems from clarity
of vision and values. We regard students and faculty as a community of scholars, together pursuing knowledge, supported by great professional staff and excellent estate and facilities. We continue to invest in our facilities: in 2017 we added a new building to expand our laboratory provision for engineering and science, completed an extension to the student dormitories, and updated our facilities overall. In September 2017, we opened our Dubai Campus, located in an iconic building in Dubai Knowledge Park, and early 2018 saw the launch of our Al Dhafra region campus.
Students and faculty make a university what it is. My job is to harness this collective talent to further enhance the University’s reputation and to contribute to the economy and society in and beyond the United Arab Emirates. Above all, I want to ensure that your time at Abu Dhabi University is a memorable one, not only for helping you achieve your full academic potential and providing you with the skills and qualifications for productive careers,
but also for supporting your personal growth as a well-rounded and productive citizen.
I look forward to welcoming you to Abu Dhabi University.
Professor Waqar Ahmad FAcSS PhD BA
Chancellor, Abu Dhabi University