The kingdom of Bahrain features an ancient civilization with a long history, boasts a lively present with a wonderful quality of life, and plans for a prime future for the upcoming generations. And one of the cornerstones for building such a future is establishing a variety of premium universities in Bahrain.

Being the first country in the area to create a public education system, the Kingdom of Bahrain believes in building a better future by educating the youth.

In addition to building schools, a huge chunk of the Kingdom’s GPA goes to building universities in Bahrain and also developing and improving established ones.

So let’s take a look at the best universities in Bahrain.

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Bahrain

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Bahrain

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland – Bahrain (RCSI Bahrain) is a constituent college of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, which is an esteemed institution established in 1784.

One of the best medical universities in Bahrain, this university provides both undergraduate and postgraduate education and research in a variety of healthcare fields.

Formerly known as the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland – Medical University of Bahrain, the university comprises schools of medicine, nursing, as well as a premium postgraduate program.

The mission of this university is to deliver healthcare education to the best international standards.

RCSI Bahrain features a modern complex that incorporates a six-story building with modern tutorial rooms, lecture theaters, teaching and research laboratories, and clinical simulation laboratories (CSL). The complex also features a cafeteria, a library and learning resource center and a stand-alone sports hall.

Location: Busaiteen

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Bahrain

Ahlia University

Ahlia University

Ahlia University was the first private university to be licensed by the Government of Bahrain and one of the first private universities in Bahrain to be recognized by the Kuwaiti Ministry of Higher Education.

Established in 2001, It has five colleges: College of Arts and Science, College of Business and Finance, College of Engineering, College of Information Technology, College of Medical and Health Sciences. In addition to master and Ph.D. programs.

Location: Manama

Ahlia University

Arabian Gulf University

Arabian Gulf University

The idea to build the Arabian Gulf University started with the belief in the importance of higher-level education in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region.

In 1979, the Arabian Gulf University was established to be located in the Kingdom of Bahrain, to address the developmental issues of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries through its innovative and effective educational and research programs with relevance to Arabian Gulf regional issues.

Location: Manama

Arabian Gulf University

Applied Science University

Applied Science University

Established in 2004, Applied Sciences University is a private educational institution located in the capital Manama. It was licensed by the Ministry of Education and became one of the first private universities in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Applied Sciences University seeks to become one of the best universities in Bahrain and in the GCC countries.

The University offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees in several areas of study.

The University’s programs are grounded in a pedagogical framework that aims to develop students’ understanding of key theories and concepts through knowledge acquisition and the development of practical skills and life-long learning skills, in addition to keeping pace with all developments in academic aspects, science, and technology.

Location: Sitra

Applied Science University

Talal Abu-Ghazaleh University College of Business

Talal Abu-Ghazaleh University College of Business

Talal Abu-Ghazaleh University College of Business was established in 2012, as a higher education institution located in Manama. It is one of Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Education’s global projects.

The University offers a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration program in Marketing, Entrepreneurship, E-Commerce, Human Resources, Islamic Banking, International Accounting, Management, and Logistics. These programs are of international importance and are accredited by the Higher Education Council of Bahrain.

The University offers its programs by a distinguished faculty with a strong mix of formal academic training and work experience. It aims at developing a cadre of business leaders who can’t only compete, but also succeed in a knowledge-based global economy.

Location: Manama

Talal Abu-Ghazaleh University College of Business

Kingdom University

Kingdom University

The University of the Kingdom has a good reputation in providing quality education and training services since its establishment in 2001. It has a set of goals, values, and principles that focus on serving society. Its efforts are devoted to academic excellence and the development of standards and quality of scientific research and interest in community service and continuing education. It offers distinguished bachelor’s degrees in law, architecture, design, and business.

Kingdom University is proud of gaining confidence recognition from the Education & Training Quality Authority (BQA) for almost all of its programs. The university continues to prove its commitment and aspires to exceed them and contribute towards the overall development of Bahrain To become one of the best universities in Bahrain and the region.

Location: Riffa

Kingdom University

Bahrain Polytechnic

Bahrain Polytechnic

Inaugurated by H.R.H. Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa in 2008, Bahrain Polytechnic offers technical and applied professional education.

Bahrain Polytechnic aims to address the need for a skilled Bahraini labor force; it delivers applied, professional and technical qualifications. Graduates of Bahrain Polytechnic should be work-ready; confident and competent, aware of what is expected of them in the professional world, and able to perform to their full potential.

Location: Isa Town

Bahrain Polytechnic

Arab Open University, Bahrain

Arab Open University, Bahrain

The Arab Open University (AOU) is a non-profit university. It was founded by His Royal Highness Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Chairman of the AOU Board of Trustees. In 2000, Kuwait was designated to host the Headquarters of the Arab Open University.

The university now features 8 branches, in Kuwait, Bahrain, Lebanon,  Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Oman, and Sudan.

Location: A’ali 

Arab Open University, Bahrain

To learn more about education in Bahrain see also:

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