Ahlia University Bahrain


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 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.


Why Study at AU

1. Highest Quality Teaching and Learning

It’s not only us that believes we have the highest quality teaching and learning in Bahrain, the Quality Assurance Agency constantly review our programmes and report that we are the top private University in Bahrain.

2. Our International Research

Our academics and graduate students are continuously undertaking research. Published in hundreds of international journals, research has been carried out in subjects as diverse as ‘Women and the Politics of Military Confrontation’ and ‘Building Knowledge Capacity for Sustainable Development in the Arab World’.

3. An Amazing Location

Blue skies, beautiful landscapes, every type of sport, the Formula One racing circuit, an open and diverse culture, great shopping, central to Europe and Asia and the most breathtaking sunsets; what more could you ask for.

4. Wide Range of Programmes

With five Colleges offering PhD's and MBA’s through to Undergraduate programmes in a range of subjects from Accounting to Interior Design and Physiotherapy, there is something to suit your preferences at AU.

5. Incredible Career Opportunities

Our graduates are highly sought by the public and private sectors both internationally and regionally. Our leading internship programme allows every student to gain first-hand experience in the world of work before graduation, helping them be better prepared for employment after graduation.

6. The Best Resources and Facilities

Amongst the many resources and facilities available to our students; our library gives you access to 2.5 million e-journals, 40,000 e-books and 8,000 printed books, our labs enable you to learn and practice the technical skills required for our engineering programs and our partnership with King Hamad University Hospital gives our Physiotherapy students first-hand experience.

7. Investment in Our New Campus

In 2017 we will be opening the first phase of our new purpose-built state-of-the-art campus. The location, on a beautiful island in the northern part of Bahrain, accessible by its own causeway, will provide the best facilities, technology and learning resources available in Bahrain.

8. Our Student Diversity

At AU we believe that all students regardless of colour, race, religion, physical or learning disability have the right to the best education we can provide. At AU, we work hard to ensure that all our students are treated equally and with respect.

9. Our International Culture

Learning and knowledge sharing across the world is critical to the future. At AU, we are ever developing our international partnerships giving local and regional students opportunities to study abroad, and welcoming international students to our campus in Bahrain. Coupled with our faculty from 34 different countries with credentials from some of the best Universities in the world, this partnership ensures we continue to work with our students to prepare them for the global market.

10. The Ahila Family

Ahlia means ‘family’ in the Arabic language. At AU, the ties between faculty, students and our administrative staff, means we have been described by many as a close family. We care about our students and staff and work tirelessly to ensure that whatever your involvement with AU, we will make your experience the best it can be.

Vision and mission

Our Vision

Ahlia University aspires to become an outstanding regional and international academic institution by promoting the highest level of integrity in the achievement of excellence in education and research and within a broad range of high-quality professional services to the community.

Our Mission

As a leading institution for higher education, Ahlia University’s Mission is to move forward the frontiers of human knowledge and elevate the social and living standards of the society. In support of this mission, the University is committed to:

  • Producing graduates who are distinguished by their professional competence, humanistic outlook and uncompromising ethics.
  • Providing the facilities and support for its staff to pursue innovative research.
  • Establishing Ahlia University as an acknowledged centre of excellence in certain fields of knowledge.
  • Working in partnership with local and regional communities to support societal and economic needs.

Our Strategic Initiatives and Core Values

Ahlia has a framework of ten strategic initiatives, which serve as a framework to deliver our vision and mission. Essential to our vision, mission and strategy are our core values, covering

  • Academic Excellence
  • Educational Opportunity
  • Personal Growth
  • Social Responsibility
  • Respect
  • High Ethical and Moral Standards
  • Integrity
  • Supporting Research and Development
  • Transparency
  • Providing service of the highest quality



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