“Zayed University shall become the leading university in the region, embodying the same rigorous standards and intellectual elements found in major universities throughout the world.”

- His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan
President of Zayed University

Zayed University joins this year in generous joint sponsorship of this Common Word event. Zayed University was established in 1998 as a federal institution of the United Arab Emirates.  It is now open to all UAE Nationals as well as international students. It has campuses in Abu Dhabi and Dubai led by a single administration, and offers similar programs on both campuses. Zayed University currently enrolls approximately 4000 students.

Zayed University is based on an international model of higher education. It is organized academically into five colleges—Arts and Sciences, Business Sciences, Communication and Media Sciences, Education and Information Technology —and the primary language of instruction is English. The University expects its graduates to be fully bilingual in English and Arabic, proficient in the use of computing technology, and strong in quantitative and research skills. It expects them to achieve significant intellectual and social development. It also expects its graduates to be well-prepared professionals ready to become leaders in government, business, civil society, and family life. The graduates of Zayed University will help shape the future of the United Arab Emirates.

Since it opened in 1998, the University has progressed remarkably. It has graduated six classes. It has instituted—and continues to develop—a broad undergraduate program. It has established an efficient administrative structure and effective academic and operating policies and procedures. It has instituted a unique Academic Program Model which focuses on learning outcomes and incorporates them throughout the curriculum. The University was accredited in 2008 by the US-based Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and it has established an external Board of Visitors to provide additional guidance. Zayed University also has established a number of outreach centers and institutes designed to promote the development of public and private sector institutions in the United Arab Emirates.