Our Story - Ajman University

Ajman University: Making Things Happen Since 1988

Established in 1988 as the first private university in the GCC, Ajman University (AU) also was the first university in the UAE to admit expatriate students. Our institution continues to be a pioneer for inclusion, innovation, and social impact. In 2020, Ajman University became one of the first six higher education institutions in the world to receive global accreditation from the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), UK’s independent body and a global leader in quality assurance for higher education.

The 2021 QS World University Rankings lists AU as one of the top 750 universities globally with the 3rd most international students and 5th most international faculty among institutions worldwide! The “Top 50 Under 50” QS Rankings names AU as one of the top 150 young universities anywhere. Even our distinct location is ranked by QS as the 60th best student destination on the planet. In 2019, we were awarded “Five QS Stars” in the categories of Social Responsibility, Inclusiveness and Learning Environment. 

Each of AU’s 22 undergraduate and 14 graduate programs offer academic rigor as well as hands-on experience. Our 9 colleges are focused on putting imaginations into action for the greater good. Our multinational faculty are experts in their fields, with ever-increasing research capacity. Over the last two years, six AU programs have earned prestigious international accreditations. Read about all our rankings and accreditations here.

In addition to conferring valuable degrees that lead to meaningful careers, we believe our role is to foster every student’s innate sense of curiosity and to inspire lifelong learning. Our global network of 38,000+ alumni is inventing the future right now.

AU is a global university in a local community with constant mobility! Our diverse and inclusive cohort of students and faculty travel across the UAE – and around the world – to learn, teach, and make a positive impact.

What sets us apart from other institutions is this unique culture of innovation and compassion. We make a difference with our hearts as well as our minds. 

Our motto is “Make it Happen” and we deliver on that message every day!