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Top 10 best universities in Dubai

Top X best universities in Dubai

A list of Dubai's most preferred universities and colleges

Words by Ankita Bhowmick in The Guides · Jan 23rd, 2019

The Middle Eastern business hub of Dubai hosts a wide selection of international universities, branch campuses, private as well as government-owned colleges. They offer a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs for the students. 

Let's have a look at the top 10 universities of Dubai that are certified by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA).

1. American University In Dubai

Established in 1995, American University of Dubai (AUD) hosts an average of 2000 students from over 100 nationalities. The university offers both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees along with Certificates in Middle Eastern Studies and Professional Teaching.

AUD offers programs that include Architecture, Interior Design, Visual Communication, International Study, Psychology, Middle Eastern Studies, Business Administration, Communication and Information Studies, Education, Professional Teaching, Engineering and Construction Management.

The university's campus hosts three academic buildings, a Student Center, an administration building, residence halls, a cafeteria area, and a range of open-air sports facilities.

Location: Exit 32, Sheikh Zayed Road

Call: +971 4 399 9000

2. Zayed University

Established in 1998, Zayed University is one of the three government-sponsored higher education institutions in the UAE. It is also the first federal university in the UAE to be internationally accredited. 

The university hosts colleges that offer undergraduate and postgraduate programs in Arts and Creative Enterprise, Business, Communication and Media Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences, Natural and Health Sciences, Education, Technological Innovation, amongst others.

Location: Dubai Knowledge Park

Call: +971 4 402 1111

3. University Of Wollongong In Dubai

One of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Dubai and also that of the UAE, University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) was founded in 1993. The campus hosts over 3,500 students from over 108 countries. UOWD is the first foreign university to open a campus in the country and also the first Australian tertiary institution in the GCC. 

The university offers undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programs in Finance and Accounting, Business Management, Engineering and Information sciences, Humanities, Social Science and Health.

Situated in Dubai Knowledge Park, the campus of UOWD features administrative buildings, the library, student lounge, multipurpose room and a cafe.

Location: Dubai Knowledge Park

Call: +971 4 278 1800

4. Sp Jain School Of Global Management

Located in Dubai International Academic City (DIAC), SP Jain's Dubai campus is a part of SP Jain School of Global Management, an Australian business school with campuses in Sydney, Mumbai, Singapore and Dubai. The school offers undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral business courses.

The campus of the school occupies a stand-alone building, covering an approximate area of 60,000 sqft and is spread over three floors. It features hi-tech learning centres, mock trading rooms, a library, video conferencing facility, a Reuters terminal and more.

Location: Dubai International Academic City

Call: +971 4 561 6700

5. Manipal Academy Of Higher Education

Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) was established in 2000 and currently hosts over 2000 students from over 40 countries. 

MAHE offers undergraduate and postgraduate programs in Arts and Humanities, Engineering, Information Sciences, Management, Media and Communications and Life Sciences.

Located in Dubai International Academic City, their campus spreads over 850,000 sqft and features a sprawling library, laboratories in Engineering, Biotechnology and Information Technology, cafeteria, indoor & outdoor sporting facilities and studios & workshops for programmes in Media & Communications & Interior Design.

Location: Dubai International Academic City

Call: +971 4 429 0777

6. Middlesex University Dubai

Middlesex University Dubai is a branch of Middlesex University, UK and was established in 1992. Located in Dubai Knowledge Park, the university hosts over 3000 students from over 100 nationalities. 

They offer undergraduate and postgraduate programs in Law, Science and Technology, Health and Education, Film and Media, and Business.

Middlesex Dubai Campus has on feature a library, Information Technology and sports facilities. 

Location: Dubai Knowledge Park

Call: +971 4 367 8100

7. Emirates Aviation University

The education arm of The Emirates Group, Emirates Aviation University, offers a wide selection of carefully designed programs.

The university offers undergraduate and postgraduate in fields like Engineering, Business Management, Mathematics and Statistics, Avionics Technology, Aviation Technology, HR Management, Accounting and Finance, General Management, Unmanned Aeroscape Systems Design and Psychology. They also have on offer a selection of professional training programs.

The campus facilities of Emirates Aviation University include classrooms equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment, access to wireless and local area networks, plus online resources, library and labs.

Location: Dubai International Academic City

Call: +971 4 605 0100

8. Bits Pilani Dubai Campus

BITS (Birla Institute of Technology & Science) Pilani Dubai Campus was established in 2007 and was inaugurated by the Indian industrialist Dr. K.K. Birla. They offer undergraduate, postgraduate and research programs in Engineering, Science and Management. 

BITS Dubai offers Engineering programs in the fields of Computer Science, Chemical, Electrical & Electronics, Electronics & Communication, Electronics and Instrumentation, Mechanical, Biotechnology, Civil, Design, Microelectronics, Software Systems and Biotechnology. They also have on offer business management programs in Engineering and Technology, and Information Technology.

Location: Dubai International Academic City

Call: +971 4 275 3700

9. Heriot Watt University Dubai

Heriot-Watt University Dubai was established in 2005 and was the first campus of a foreign university in Dubai International Academic City. Offering top quality British Education, they host more than 4500 students from more than 90 countries.

The university offers undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programs in Accountancy and Finance, Architecture, Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, Business Administration, Information Management, Business Psychology, amongst many others.

In 2013 Heriot-Watt opened its phase 2 campus extension that features a 700-seater auditorium, male and female onsite accommodation, food court, gymnasium, indoor games room, food court, convenience store, and beauty salon.

Location: Dubai International Academic City

Call: +971 4 361 6999

10. Amity University Dubai

Amity University Dubai is located in Dubai International Academic City and hosts more than 22,000 students.

The university offers undergraduate and postgraduate programs in Management, Engineering and Technology, Science, Architecture and Design, Law, Arts and Humanities, and hospitality and tourism.

The campus also has on offer sports facilities, eateries, state-of-the-art labs, auditorium and library.

Location: Dubai International Academic City

Call: +971 4 455 4900