Deanship of Graduate Studies and Research

Ahlia University

About Us

The Deanship of Graduate Studies and Research at Ahlia University is dedicated to fostering a dynamic and inclusive research environment that supports the intellectual growth of the learners and faculty members.

The deanship offers a range of postgraduate programs, including Master’s and PhD degrees that are designed to meet the diverse interests and career aspirations of the learners.

These programs are tailored to provide learners with a comprehensive understanding of their chosen field, as well as the skills and knowledge necessary to excel in their chosen profession.

The deanship places a strong emphasis on research, and faculty members are actively engaged in cutting-edge research projects that contribute to the body of knowledge in their respective fields furthermore Ahlia library allows to access for 128 academic international databases in order enhancing the universal access to knowledge.

The deanship also provides learners with access to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, as well as opportunities for collaborative research initiatives.

The academic environment is further enriched by a strong research culture that values intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and scholarly rigor.

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

Dean's Message

Prof. Mahmoud Abdelat

Acting Dean of Graduate Studies & Research

At the Deanship of Graduate Studies and Research, we are dedicated to nurturing a culture of academic excellence, research innovation, and intellectual growth. Our mission is to provide a transformative learning experience for graduate students and to foster a vibrant research environment that contributes to the advancement of knowledge and addresses societal challenges. Research is the one of the three pillars that Ahlia University aspires and appreciates. These three pillars will enrich the knowledge and be in line with Bahrain economic vision 2030. 


Our distinguished faculty members, who are renowned experts in their fields, are committed to providing high-quality education and mentoring to our graduate students. They are passionate about their research and are dedicated to guiding and inspiring students throughout their academic journey. Through close interaction with faculty members, there is some opportunities to engage in cutting-edge research and contribute to the advancement of knowledge in your chosen field. 


We understand the importance of research in driving innovation and making a positive impact on society. The Deanship of Graduate Studies and Research actively supports and promotes research initiatives through various means, including research grants, collaborative projects, and partnerships with industry and community organizations. We believe that by fostering a research culture, we can empower our students and faculty members to address complex challenges and make meaningful contributions to their respective fields. As a graduate student at Ahlia University, the students will have access to state-of-the-art facilities, well-equipped laboratories, and extensive research resources. We also provide comprehensive support services to ensure that students have a rewarding and enriching experience during the time with us. Our dedicated staff is here to assist the students with academic advising, research funding opportunities, publishing and presenting the required work, and career development. 


We invite students to explore the diverse graduate programs offered by the Ahlia University and discover how they can shape their future and unlock your potential. Whether the student’s passion lies in business, engineering, information technology, or any other field, we are committed to providing them with the knowledge, skills, and support necessary for success in academic and professional endeavors. 

Graduate Studies and Research Council


The Events include among other activities:

  • Workshops
  • Conferences
  • Forums

AU Internal Research Course

Research Contributions

Published Books
Digitalisation: Opportunities and Challenges for Business 2023
From Industry 4.0 to Industry 5.0 2023
Sustainable Finance, Digitalization and the Role of Technology 2023
Innovation of Businesses, and Digitalization during Covid-19 Pandemic 2023

The Implementation of Smart Technologies for Business Success and Sustainability 2023

Technological Sustainability and Business Competitive Advantage 2023
From the Internet of Things to the Internet of Ideas: The Role of Artificial Intelligence 2023
Centering Gender in the Era of Digital and Green Transition 2023

Annual Research Forum

March 28 - 29, 2016
4th Annual Research Forum
March 28 - 29, 2016
March 22 - 23, 2017
5th Annual Research Forum
March 22 - 23, 2017
April 22 - 23, 2018
6th Annual Research Forum
April 22 - 23, 2018
June 12 - 13, 2019
7th Annual Research Forum
June 12 - 13, 2019
March 23, 2021
8th Annual Research Forum
March 23, 2021
December 4 - 6, 2022
9th Annual Research Forum
December 4 - 6, 2022

Goals: Research Plan 2016-2020:

Goals: Research Plan 2016-2020:


Goal 1: to enhance the research culture at the university through lectures and seminars as well as support activities and other resources.
Goal 2: to undertake high quality research in line with the highest ethical standards.
Goal 3: to produce research that informs the curriculum at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Goal 4: to develop and implement multidisciplinary research in the four niche (focus) areas of Entrepreneurship, Islamic Banking and Finance, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), and community-based research which has a focus on the development and growth of the Bahraini community, and beyond.
Goal 5: to achieve high quality outputs which have impact.
Goal 6: to establish and grow research consultancy as a source of third-stream income.
across all operations

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

Research Focus Groups

Ahlia University developed a research frame work to in line with its research plan 2016-2020 regarding the Niche research areas. To this extent, four focus groups were developed and there is an opportunity of internal, external, and interdisciplinary research collaboration. The research groups along with their champions are as followings:

1. Entrepreneurship

  • Champion: Dr Dalia Mohamed Kamel.
  • It is one of the major foci on community engagement in the AU Strategic Plan 2016-2020. A country’s ability to produce, and support successful entrepreneurs is seen as a good measure for economic and social prosperity.
  •  For further details, contact

2. Islamic Banking and Finance

  • Champion: Prof Amer Al Roubaie.
  • There is an increasing need globally for high quality, accessible Islamic banking and finance. ‘Finance that complies with Islamic law has been one of the fastest growing segments of the global financial system and sales of Islamic bonds have grown considerably’ (National Research Strategy).
  • For further details contact

3. Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

  • Champion: Dr Wasan Awad.
  • ICT is one of the focus areas in the National Research Strategy. AU has two colleges that offer academic programs in this area and is thus well placed to develop ICT as a niche area that encompasses Information Technology, Communication Engineering and Networking.
  • For further details, contact

4. Community-based Research (ICT) – National needs.

  • Champion: Prof Shawqi Al Dalal.
  • AU is committed to undertake socially responsible research with a particular emphasis on ICT that has a positive impact on local challenges, and which meets national needs.
  • For further details, contact

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