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About Us

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 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 five 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.

Our Vision

Ahlia University aspires to be an outstanding regional and international academic institution, and a driver for economic and social transformation, by promoting the highest level of integrity in the achievement of excellence in education and research

Our Mission

Our Goals

Goal 1: Effectiveness, Governance and Sustainability

  1. Attract, develop and retain a talented diverse student body
  2. Maintain a people- focused culture to attract, develop and retain staff dedicated to the university’s mission
  3. Maintain and develop campus infrastructure as appropriate for a 21st century modern university
  4. Sustain and institutionalise quality management, accreditation & ranking standards across all operations

Goal 2: Education Excellence and Learner Experience

  1. Provide superior learning opportunities and an outstanding learner experience
  2. Promote life-long learning skills for personal and professional development

Goal 3: Research Impact and Intellectual Contribution

  1. Promote Knowledge Transfer Partnerships in Research
  2. Sustain intellectual contribution and production of high quality research

Goal 4: Social Responsibility and Community Engagement

  1. Expand & nurture relationships with the local and regional community
  2. Promote citizenship & social responsibility towards positive societal impact

Our Core Values


We value excellence in all its forms, including academic excellence, research excellence, service and operational excellence


We champion inclusivity, diversity, and equity both within and outside the institution. We strive to mainstream the principle of equal opportunity in all our operations, and in relation to all stakeholders.


We uphold collegiality as an important core value that epitomises the aspirational organisational culture; manifest in collaboration, cooperation, trust, and partnership.


We cherish ambition, as inspired by our founders and their pioneering spirit. We strive to create a vibrant and dynamic learning environment for both our learners and staff to fulfill their ambitions.


We believe in family, community, and society, and the bonds and ties that hold us together. We strive to engage, serve, and build constructive partnerships that create a positive societal impact.


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