About Ahlia University

At Ahlia University we are proud of our growing reputation as a provider of quality higher education in the Kingdom of Bahrain and the GCC region. The quality of education at Ahlia University is encapsulated in the logo: ‘International Education, Locally,’ and is evidenced by the excellent Institutional Review obtained from the Quality Assurance Authority for Education and Training (QAAET) released in May 2011; the impressive results displayed in the QAAET 2010 Annual Report placed Ahlia at the top of the first category of Bahraini institutions of higher education.

Established in 2001, Ahlia University is the first private university to be licensed by the Government of Bahrain. Right from the start, the founders articulated their vision of a distinctive institution of higher education to ensure that science, the humanities, business and education take their rightful place in the building and advancement of our society.

Ahlia University is an autonomous institution, independently chartered, funded and managed by the private sector. All the professional programmes offered by AU are recognized by Bahrain’s Higher Education Council as well as highly reputed and distinguished leading universities in the UK and USA. The University was among the first Bahraini private institutions of higher education to be recognized by the Kuwaiti Ministry of Higher Education.

Ahlia University currently consists of six colleges, one deanship and five centres: College of Arts, Science and Education, College of Business and Finance, College of Engineering, College of Information Technology, College of Graduate Studies and Research, College of Medical and Health Sciences, Deanship of Student Affairs, Media Production Centre, Ahlia Centre for Information and Documentation (ACID), Centre for Accreditation and Quality Assurance (CAQA), Centre for Measurement and Evaluation (CME), and the Centre of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

Ahlia University offers students throughout the Gulf the opportunity to join a truly productive and challenging institute of higher education to receive a technologically sophisticated education and a highly distinctive liberal arts education. All the courses are taught by select faculty who possess outstanding academic credentials and have relevant practical and professional experience.

Alone among Bahraini private universities, Ahlia University, in collaboration with Brunel University London, offers a Ph.D. Programme Without Residence. The Programme is fully recognized by the UK education authorities and accredited by the Ministry of Education of the Kingdom of Bahrain.