Thank you for your interest in Abu Dhabi University.
Ever since its inception in 2003, Abu Dhabi University has dedicated its mission 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 but 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, our student enrollment has already reached 7000 in undergraduate and postgraduate programs, our alumni have reached over 9000 and in the last 3 consecutive years the employment rate of Abu Dhabi University graduates has averaged an impressive 90%.
You will be joining an institution recognized internationally for the quality and relevance of its education and research. This is evident in our standing in the top 2.8 % of world universities; and the top 150 universities globally, 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 3) and students (top 9). With most of the world’s nations represented among our students and staff, you will meet and learn, 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). Given our standing, as a student you can rest assured that your Abu Dhabi University degree will be 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; this year alone, we have added a new building to expand our laboratory provision for engineering and science; completed an extension to the student dormitories; and updated our facilities. From September, we are opening our Dubai Campus, in an iconic building in the Dubai Knowledge Park.
Students and faculty make a university what it is. My job is to harness this collective talent to enhance further 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 giving you the skills and qualifications for productive careers, but also for supporting your personal growth as a rounded and productive citizen.
I look forward to welcoming you to Abu Dhabi University.
Professor Waqar Ahmad FAcSS PhD BA
Interim Chancellor, Abu Dhabi University