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Zayed University
Established 1998
Type Public
President Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan
Provost Dan Johnson
Location Dubai & Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Zayed University (ZU) is a higher educational institution United Arab Emirates. It was established in 1998 and named in honor of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the country's first president.

Zayed University's mission, according to its website,[1] "is to prepare Emirati students for a meaningful and successful twenty-first century personal and professional life; to graduate students who will help shape the future of the UAE; to support the economic and social advancement of the UAE; to lead innovation in higher education in the UAE through teaching, learning, research, and outreach; and to do so in a culturally diverse, humane, technologically advanced, and increasingly global environment."

Zayed University has two campuses in the emirates of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, serving around 3,000 female students. The Dubai Campus moved to a new purpose-built location in September 2006, and enrollment is hoped to increase to 5,000. Zayed University is organized academically into five colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business Sciences, Communication and Media Sciences, Education, and Information Technology.

English is the medium of instruction except in courses in Arabic and Islamic studies. Because of this, students may need to spend up to two years in an English language preparatory program before entering the bachelor's program. The first two years in the university are in a general education program (Colloquy), providing a broad grounding in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Students then move into the majors which are housed in the colleges. Research and outreach are given particular emphasis at the university. A Research Incentive Fund provides up to US$325,000 in assistance annually to support research and scholarly and creative endeavors, stimulating ideas and interests which benefit faculty, the University and the UAE. ZU is increasingly hosting prestigious international events. In 2006, the Women as Global Leaders Conference, organized by Zayed University, attracted delegates 88 countries and leading women speakers including Queen Rania of Jordan and former President of Ireland, Mary Robinson.

The university offers a number of graduate programs in business, health care and educational leadership. On June 30, 2008, it was announced that Zayed University had been granted accreditation by the U.S.-based Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The College of Communication and Media Sciences has recently had its Public Relations and Advertising major accredited by the International Advertising Association. [2] This program has the distinction of being the only major program at Zayed University which has achieved full accreditation by an external agency.


In February 2006, Zayed University was at the heart of a major international controversy when one of its faculty members — Claudia Kiburz — distributed photocopies of a portrayal of the Prophet to encourage classroom discussion. This caused outrage among Muslims, and the person was swiftly sacked — a summary dismissal from Sheikh Nahyan, without any right to appeal.[3]

In August 2008, Zayed University came under fire for allegedly implementing a divisive pay policy. According to the Abu Dhabi-based newspaper The National, local Emirati staff are to receive a 28% pay award, whereas foreign faculty will only receive 5%. [4]


Zayed University is often referred to using the abbreviation ZU (or 'The Zoo'), a shortcut for the full name.


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Coordinates: 25°06′07″N 55°23′08″E / 25.102019°N 55.385599°E / 25.102019; 55.385599



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