Our History

History-of-AUAt Ahlia University we are proud of our growing reputation as a provider of quality higher education in the Kingdom of Bahrain and the wider Gulf region. The high quality of education at Ahlia University is at the core of everything we do and the reviews by the Quality Assurance Agency continue to recognise the quality of our teaching and learning.

Established in 2001, Ahlia University was 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, 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 recognised by Bahrain’s Higher Education Council as well as highly reputed and distinguished leading Universities in the UK and USA. The University was amongst the first Bahraini private Universities to be recognized by the Kuwaiti Ministry of Higher Education.

Ahlia University currently consists of six colleges:

Ahlia University offers students throughout the Gulf and internationally, the opportunity to join a truly productive and challenging University to receive a technologically sophisticated education and a highly distinctive liberal arts education. All the courses are taught by leading faculty who possess outstanding academic credentials and have all the relevant practical and professional experience to ensure our students receive a first class education.

Our future is looking very bright. With the building of a state of the art campus underway, further development with our international partners ensuring students have the opportunity to study internationally and the highest quality of teaching and learning, Ahlia University can offer you the opportunity to create your future success with one of the most exciting and growing Universities in the Gulf.

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