Equal Opportunity

Since inception, Ahlia University has championed equal opportunity and women empowerment. This is manifest in the University’s core values: Excellence, inclusiveness, integrity, collegiality, ambition, and engagement.

Equal Opportunity What do we do about inclusiveness?

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.

In 2017, Ahlia University established an Equal Opportunity Committee as part of the university’s formal governance structure. The committee is chaired by the President and oversees/advises on all issues relating to the principle of equal opportunity.

EOC Purpose

To mainstream the culture and practice of equal opportunity, diversity, and inclusivity across the University in line with the Bahrain Vision 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goal 5.

EOC Membership

Equal Opportunity Committee

Current Members of the Committee


Prof. Mansoor Alaali

President (Chairperson)


Prof. Bakr Hassan

Senior Advisor for Academic Affairs


Dr. Faisal Al Showaikh

Dean of Student Affairs


Prof. Muneer Almubarak

Dean of Graduate Studies and Research


Prof. Fouad Shehab

Senior Faculty Representative


Dr. Ahlam Hassan

President Assistant for Quality Assurance and Planning


Dr. Thaira Alshirawi

President Assistant of Media, Marketing and PR


Mr. Ammar Al-Hawaj

Director of International Relations


Ms. Luma Jassim

Director of Human Resources, Minuting Secretary

United Nations Sustainability Initiative – Partnership Platform

Ahlia University (AU) considers social responsibility and sustainability to be cornerstones of all university operations and strategies. Sustainability, in particular, is embedded across the entire university Strategic Plan 2021-25, covering all core functions from teaching-learning, research, to community. AU is committed to working towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through knowledge discover and dissemination in various research domains including quality education, equal opportunities and sustainable growth. We aim to inculcate and integrate SDG concepts in all our curriculua and programmatic provision. In order to create a substantive and meaningful impact, Ahlia welcomes partnership with national and international organisations tackling UNSDGs.

To find out more about Ahlia’s progress on actions related to UNSDGs, visit our page on the United Nations Partnership Platform:


WTUN Gender Equality Pledge

As a founding member of the World Technology Universities Network, Ahlia University is proud of playing a key role in the development of a gender equality pledge for the network of 20+ members from across the World.

Equal Opportunity Plan 2016-2020

Equal Opportunity Plan Aims:

  1. To promote the principle of equal opportunity through gender-responsive policy design that achieves coherent linkage with the national legislative/policy framework within the context of multilevel (international, nationally, organisational) policy frameworks on inclusion, equal opportunity and women empowerment.
  2. To empower women by integrating their needs in development programmes.
  3. To foster a safe and supportive work environment that ensures work-life balance, life-long learning, and competitiveness for women.
  4. To collaborate with allies and partners to mainstream the culture of equal opportunity to society at large.
  5. To support national strategies as a progressive and model organisation for women.


Initiative 1: Develop a systematic and sustainable approach to equal opportunity and women empowerment through institutionalisation of practice.

  • Create a centralised advisory body to oversee progress and institutionalise practice
  • Employ a targeted approach vis-à-vis professional development, capacity-building, and up-skilling programmes to redress gender imbalance issues


Initiative 2: Leverage partnerships for knowledge sharing and exchange of best practice in the areas of equal opportunity and women empowerment.

  • Organise conferences/symposia with a focus on equal opportunity and/or women topics
  • Develop a common understanding and framework with local and international partners on topics related to equal opportunity and women in STEM


Initiative 3: Champion the principle of equal opportunity through awareness campaigns, activities, and events.

  • Plan and organise women-focused events for students and staff
  • Develop gender-responsive policies that foster work-life balance and life-long learning
  • Develop and utilise data collection instruments to gauge and measure awareness/impact