The journey began in 2000 with the development of the Charter of Abu Dhabi University by his Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. After three years of planning - and following accreditation for all programs by what is now known as the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA), UAE Ministry of Education - we opened our doors to 1,000 students across two campuses in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain.
We initially launched with our College of Business and College of Arts & Sciences. The College of Engineering was opened in 2007, with the College of Law expanding our portfolio in 2016. 2017/18 saw the launch of our new campuses in Dubai and Al Dhafra Region. With our program offerings, we strive to anticipate the future needs of the United Arab Emirates, as well as global trends.
The founders of the University envisioned an institution that would be among the best in the United Arab Emirates, the Arabian Gulf region, and the world. We are constantly evolving, building upon our strengths to realize this vision.