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Distinguished Institutions in the UAE

by Eddie Rayner

1) Building a Better World One Student at a Time with Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi

Opening in 2006, Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi (SUAD) shares a close and unique association with the mother institution in Paris, which is acknowledged as one of the finest higher-education institutions in the world. Students can be safe in the knowledge that they’re attaining a truly world-class education at SUAD.

Sorbonne University was established as the Collège de Sorbonne during the Middle Ages in 1253. In 1971, it was named Paris-Sorbonne University following the closure of the University of Paris. In 2018, following the merger between Paris-Sorbonne University and the Pierre and Marie Curie University, it was renamed as Sorbonne University.

Number of Graduates at SUAD: 2,000+

Bachelor’s Degree Annual Fee: AED 215,100 for three years

As one of the oldest universities in the world, Sorbonne University has achieved a remarkable legacy of academic excellence having educated some of the most celebrated thinkers throughout history including 32 Nobel Prize winners. The university is consistently ranked as one of the finest academic institutions globally, and the number one university in France.

Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi has graduated over 2,000 students including more than 600 Emirati citizens. Click here to read the interview with Dr Laurence Renault, who gives us an insight into the rich history of Sorbonne and what makes it distinguished. She is the Acting Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director or Academic Affairs at Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi. She specialises in modern philosophy and her research focuses on Metaphysics, Theory of Knowledge and Ethics.

Tel: +971 2 656 9555
Web: www.sorbonne.ae
Email: [email protected]

Al Reem Island
Abu Dhabi

2) ESMOD Dubai

The only institute fully dedicated to fashion in the Middle East, ESMOD Dubai is a branch campus of ESMOD International Fashion Institutes & Universities Group, the oldest fashion school in the world, founded in 1841 in Paris, France.

ESMOD Dubai has contributed to the UAE economy with over 40 fashion brands established by its graduates since opening in 2006. 98% of graduates secure full-time employment within three months of graduating. It is the first fashion school in the world to have its own integrated Incubator retail store, which helps to support the brands of its graduates, as well as its own garment production facility. ESMOD DUBAI was presented with the Best Achievement in Fashion Education award by the UAE Minister of State in 2017.

Specialist courses include, Ready to Wear, Luxury Ready to Wear, New Couture, Haute Couture, and Creator Costume.

Tel: +971 4 429 1228 
Web: www.esmod-dubai.com
Email: [email protected]

Block 4, Dubai International Academic City,

3) The American University in the Emirates (AUE)

Founded in 2006, AUS is known for providing an active American educational system, with six creative colleges, namely Media and Mass Communication, Business Administration, Law, Fine Arts and Design, Computer Information Technology, and Education. Students can choose from various specialisations, many of which are completely unique to the GCC region.

What sets AUE apart is the aim to create leaders spearheading their respective fields of study. AUE graduates are leaders, not followers, CEOs not employees, thinkers and problem solvers, not just average students, who contribute to the continuous advancement of the UAE.

AUE caters to the current and future needs of all of the dominating and niche markets in the world today. It is set apart by its goals, which ensure that every student becomes a creative, effective, and productive leader in the community.

Tel: + 971 4 4499 000
Web: www.aue.ae/en
Email: [email protected]
Block 6 and 7, Dubai International Academic City,

4) SAE Dubai

First established in Australia in 1976, SAE today has 51 campuses in 25 countries, with SAE Dubai being launched in 2005.

SAE Dubai provides expert training and education in the fields of new media to aspiring and creative individuals across the Middle East. It works closely with industry professionals, employs specialist teachers with real-world experience, and delivers personalised education in world-class facilities.SAE Dubai proudly offers Tertiary Education and Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA) accredited Bachelor’s Degrees across five disciplines – Animation, Audio, Design, Film, and Games Development, in addition to short course certificates. SAE Dubai prides itself on delivering exceptional programmes in world-class facilities. It ensures students receive an outstanding education, internationally recognised qualifications, and industry-relevant skills in order to develop a competitive edge. Almost 93% of graduates obtain full-time employment, become entrepreneurs or start postgraduate studies within their first year after their graduation.

Tel: +971 4 360 6456
Web: www.dubai.sae.edu
Email: [email protected]
Ground Floor, Block 2B, Dubai Knowledge Park,

5) American University of Sharjah (AUS)

The UAE’s top-ranked private university, AUS offers a range of merit-based scholarship and need-based financial grant opportunities for qualified students. Two-thirds of AUS students receive scholarships or financial grants.

Firmly grounded in principles of meritocracy and with a strong reputation for academic excellence, AUS has come to represent the very best in teaching and research. It is accredited internationally and recognised by employers around the world over creating graduates equipped with the knowledge, skills, and drive to lead in the 21st century. For students seeking to study in the region, AUS offers an American-accredited education taught by committed full-time faculty who are recognised in their respective fields. AUS is committed to the success of its graduates, with the 2017 AUS Graduate Survey finding that of those completing the survey, 88% were engaged in either full-time work or study. The top 20 employers of AUS graduates include highly prestigious organisations such as Deloitte, Proctor & Gamble, Etihad Airlines, and Emirates Airlines.

Tel: +971 6 515 5555
Web: www.aus.edu
Email: [email protected]
University City,

6) Zayed University

With just over 10,000 students within its two campuses in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Zayed University offers 17 undergraduate programmes, several of them majors and 11 minors, thereby providing students with a wide range of study areas. There are also eight Master level programmes.

The university has institutional accreditation both nationally, through the Ministry of Education, and internationally through the Middle State Commission for Higher Education (MSCHE), one of six regional accreditation bodies recognised by the Department of Education in the USA.

In 2018, it established a new Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship that includes a business incubator for students working on their start-up businesses during their college studies. This academic year will witness the first batch of around 10 start-up companies for students trained or mentored within the centre through a program called the Founders Programme.

Tel: +971 2 599 3111
Tel: +971 4 402 1111
Web: www.zu.ac.ae/main
Email: [email protected]

Abu Dhabi Campus: Zayed City
Dubai Campus: Sheikh Zayed Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street