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University of Bahrain


The Establishment and Development

The roots of the University go back to the late sixties when the Higher Institutes for male and female teachers were established. These institutes later developed into the University College of Arts, Sciences, and Education in accordance with the Amiri Decree no. 11 for 1978. The Gulf Technical College was established in 1968. It was later renamed the Gulf Polytechnic by the Amiri Decree no. 2 of 18th February 1981. These two colleges remained independent and offered Bachelor’s degrees in the various disciplines of Arts, Science, Education, Business Administration and Engineering. On 24th May 1986, His Highness the Amir issued Decree no. 12 for 1986, establishing the University of Bahrain by merging the two colleges. The funds, assets, and liabilities of the two aforementioned colleges were transferred to the University. On 18th April 1999 an Amiri decree no. 18 was issued, amending some provisions of the decree no. 12 for 1986.

The Academic Year

The Academic Year is divided into two semesters (fall and spring) and a summer session. The duration of each semester is 16 weeks. The first semester starts in the first week of October and ends in the first week of February. The second semester starts in the third week of February and ends in the last week June. The summer session starts at the end of June `and finishes at the end of August.



College of Arts

College of Buisness

College of Education

College of Information Technology

College of Engineering

College of Law

College of Science

English Language Center

French Center

Library: a brief description

Established in 1986, the University of Bahrain emerged from two separate institutions, The Gulf Polytechnic and The University College of Arts, Sciences, and Education.  Comprised of two campuses, Isa Town campus located approximately 10km from the capital of Manama.   The Sakhir campus is located just 15 minutes drive south of the Isa Town campus.  The University’s student enrolment numbered a robust 20,000 in 2004.

The Library strives to improve both the relevance and effectiveness of its collections and its services in order to support and promote high academic standards in undergraduate and postgraduate courses and in research.  The University of Bahrain Library is made up of two libraries and a number of specialised branch libraries:

The Isa Town Library accommodates materials and services to support the Colleges of Engineering and Science, the Deanship of Scientific Research, and the Evening Programme.

The Sakhir Library, at the Sakhir campus, serves the staff and students of the Colleges of Business, Arts, Law, Education and Information Technology, and the English Language Centre.

Specialised branch libraries include the American Studies Centre Library, the French Studies Centre Library, the Japanese Studies Centre Library, the German Studies Centre Library, the College of Law Library, and the Centre for Transport and Road Studies Library. 


The Library is fortunate to be the depository for World Bank and United Nations publications, which are housed in both libraries depending on the subjects.  Both of the libraries have study seats for nearly 1600 persons.  Library holdings exceed 160,000 items, and the library receives approximately 600 current journal titles.  The library lends 62,000 loans annually.  Membership of the Library is open to the staff and students of the University of Bahrain and to other persons upon special request.

The library also subscribes to 20 electronic databases that include over 8000 full-text academic journals that are made available to students and faculty from the digital library site.

In 1999, working with a donation from the National Bank of Bahrain, the Library selected the Horizon system as its library computing system.  The Library provides some 146 computing workstations for use by staff and students of the University.

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