First American-style university opened in Bahrain
Located in Riffa American University of Bahrain opened in Bahrain in September. The university is the first American style university.
The university has been designed to cater up to 4,000 students. The campus occupies a 75,000 square metre plot and features classrooms, labs, an auditorium, student common rooms and sporting facilities.
American University of Bahrain (AUBH) will feature dedicated Colleges of Engineering, Architecture & Design, and Business & Management. It will be operated by the Bahrain-based Elm Education platform, in which Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company, the country’s sovereign wealth fund, has invested.
Mahmood H Alkooheji, CEO of Mumtalakat, said: “We believe that investing in education is an investment in the kingdom’s economy and future. Education is the necessary building block for better health, employment and empowerment.”
He added, “In Bahrain, with a growing youth population, the demand for higher education continues to grow at 6 percent, but our private higher education institutions account for only one third of total enrolments. This is why we chose to invest in Elm – to address the increasing demand for education and help build a more productive and prosperous society.”
“Establishment of AUBH supports the kingdom in its quest to achieve academic excellence, and to advance its status as the educational role model for the Arab region,” added, Dr Susan E Saxton, president of AUBH.
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