Khalifa University

Khalifa University

Khalifa University Details

  • Country : United Arab Emirates
  • City : Abu Dhabi
  • Acronym : KU
  • Founded : 2007
  • Students (approx.) : 2000
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Khalifa University is an independent, non-profit, coeducational institution inaugurated in 2007 as part of an Abu Dhabi Government initiative. Khalifa University is supported by the UAE government and owned entirely by the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

With campuses in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, Khalifa University is dedicated to the advancement of learning through teaching and research and to the discovery and application of knowledge. It endeavors to be an internationally recognized research university, with a world class reputation for interdisciplinary teaching and research and a tradition of partnering with leading academic institutions from around the world.

The University is modeled around the American system of higher education and is actively developing an international network of partners, faculty members, and research programs to advance regionally relevant research and innovation in the UAE and the region at large.

The Emirate of Abu Dhabi has embarked on a bold vision to develop a vibrant and regionally relevant knowledge economy. With a strong emphasis on science, technology and innovation, Khalifa University will align its academic offerings, research programs and mission very closely with that economic transformation. Specific strategic sectors of the UAE economy that the university is focusing its efforts around are Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Aerospace, Transport & Logistics, Energy & the Environment, Healthcare and Security.

Currently, Khalifa University enrolls over 1300 students studying in several specialized engineering programs, all of which have been accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education, UAE.

Khalifa University is dedicated to providing the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the UAE, the region and the world with highly qualified engineers, technologists and scientists, capable of making major contributions to the UAE as leaders and innovators of industry and society.

Schools / Colleges / Departments / Courses / Faculties

Khalifa University offers 8 undergraduate degrees through its College of Engineering:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Communication Engineering
  • Computer Engineering (with optional concentration in Software Systems)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering (with optional concentration in Power Systems)
  • Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

There are 7 postgraduate programs of study under the College of Engineering and the Institute of International & Civil Security:

  • International and Civil Security
  • Information Security
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Research in Engineering (Electrical and Computer)
  • Engineering (with the option to specialize in Electrical and Computer, Mechanical, Aerospace, Biomedical, Nuclear, or Robotics Engineering)


Originally established in 1989 as the Etisalat College of Engineering (ECE), the school’s main campus was built in Sharjah, and aimed to supply the Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat) with technologically trained workers.

Khalifa University’s current president, Tod A. Laursen, was appointed in August 2010. As of 2013, KU faculty and staff come from over 40 countries, and its student body is internationally diverse and co-educational.

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