AUBH is the first comprehensive, purpose-built, American-style co-educational university in the Kingdom of Bahrain, and is supported through the Elm Fund. The University offers a holistic journey for students and unique approach to education that fosters interaction and collaboration between students, faculty and the professional community.
The contemporary, 75,000 square meter campus is located in Riffa, Bahrain. The innovative and high-tech campus enhances the teaching and learning experience for both faculty and students. Along with classrooms, library and labs, the campus includes a Sports Center with indoor and outdoors courts and fields, vast Student Commons, and an Auditorium for special events.
AUBH curricula is built by experts and specialists to equip students with the knowledge and soft skills to succeed in a rapidly ever-changing environment. The AUBH quality of American-style education mirrors that of the best universities in the United States. The University’s unique academic structure enables students to find their real passions and allows them to develop their abilities, leading to long successful careers in their chosen industry.
Our leadership team continuously strives to empower a spirit of individuality and entrepreneurship in both the faculty and in turn our students, so that each develops their own passions within their career or studies. Combining a mix of the best of international and local talent, AUBH’s senior team consists of not only visionary academics, but pioneering business people in their own right. Priding themselves on respecting diversity and embracing multi-culturalism, our leadership team is directed by our Founding President, Dr. Susan E. Saxton, herself a transformational C-suite professional with a 25-year career in education.
Dr. Bradley J. Cook is the President of the American University of Bahrain (AUBH). Prior to his role at AUBH, Dr. Cook served as the 17th President of Snow College in the U.S., leading it to success, by being ranked 7th Public College in the West, with the best ranking in the state of Utah. In 2020, Snow College was also ranked number 1 nationally in its class, for student success. He was consequently identified as one of “The Most Visionary Education Leaders of 2020” by the Education Magazine.
Prior to that, he served as Provost at Southern Utah University (SUU). He had worked to establish student-centric, highly applied learning environments, and has advanced an agenda of internationalizing the university. Under his leadership, SUU has achieved record high student success rates, created over 25 new academic programs and centers, and elevated SUU’s academic reputation as one of the premier public regional universities in the Intermountain West. Dr. Cook has also served as President of the The Higher Colleges of Technology in Abu Dhabi; and worked at the American University in Cairo (AUC). Additionally, he served as a Commissioner for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, a U.S. Institutional accrediting body. Dr. Cook earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Stanford University and a doctorate from the University of Oxford.
Board of Trustees
AUBH's Board of Trustees is an appointed group of influential and respected individuals with a combined experience of higher and international education, investment, real estate, and banking and finance in the sector, from the Kingdom of Bahrain and the United States of America. The Board is ultimately responsible for the governance of AUBH, and seeks to ensure the best interests of our stakeholders in all decisions, ensuring a non-biased and objective approach at all times.
Our management team offers a rare combination of strategic vision and holistic awareness, hailing from high-level positions in educational development, academia and operational management. With diverse backgrounds, they offer international expertise from more than 20 institutions across the United States, plus regional experience in adapting and crafting programs for the Middle East market.
AUBH is proud to be licensed by the Higher Education Council of the Ministry of Education of Bahrain.
On June 3rd, 2021, a WSCUC panel reviewed the appropriate eligibility criteria and determined that the institution is eligible to proceed with an Application for Accreditation. The University is now listed as seeking accreditation.
The American University of Bahrain is a private coeducational university based on the American model of higher education. Our mission is to provide the students of Bahrain and the international community opportunities to realize their professional and personal goals through a rigorous and engaging student centric environment that is conducive to learning and fostering creativity in a multicultural setting. American University of Bahrain fosters a community that embraces diversity and is committed to the ideals of intellectual inquiry, ethical behavior and social and civic responsibility. Our aim is to produce career oriented graduates equipped with the skills and knowledge required to advance the economies and societies within which they operate.
American University of Bahrain will be recognized as a place where students can come to actualize their true potential and acquire the professional and personal skills required to be successful in a competitive global environment. We will be known for our excellence in teaching, learning, student life and focus on integrity.
Life in Bahrain
Small Nation, Big Lifestyle
Economy and Development
The island of Bahrain is renowned by the welcoming hearts of its population, a rich cultural and historical heritage, its economic diversity and endless opportunities. Lifestyle options are many and varied, and the country is known as one of the most forward-thinking and liberal in the Middle East. It is also known as the natural gateway to the Gulf due to its strategic location, with a particularly favourable access to Saudi Arabia, receiving almost 5 million visitors to its shores each year.
Bahrain, known for the friendliness and kindness of its community has been ranked as the 1st destination in MENA for personal happiness and 7th best destination globally for expats to work, live, and raise a family in 2019 by the InterNations Expat Survey. In the 2019 Expat Explorer survey from HSBC, Bahrain ranked at 5th in the world for Quality of Life and 1st for expatriates being able to reach their potential goals. With a government who actively support the development of youth and education, and who are investing in making the Kingdom an educational hub, it is the perfect location in the region for your University studies.
Bahrainis join the workforce with both an exceptional array of skills and extremely high levels of motivation, achieving the 2019 World Bank’s highest scores in MENA for human capital development. The World Bank has also recognized Bahrain’s initiatives in creating an enabling and innovative ecosystem, which allows businesses to thrive, achieving the distinction of the 4th most improved economy in 2019.
Leisure & Lifestyle
Financially, Bahrain is a great choice students on a budget, as compared to its GCC neighbors. The 2019 InterNations Expat Survey shows Bahrain as 1st in MENA for cost of living and 2nd for personal finance, job security and job satisfaction. Great short-term accommodation can be found near the AUBH Campus at reasonable pricing, and dining is something everyone on the island enjoys on a range of budgets.
Whether you are a thrill-seeker, nature-lover or foodie, you will not be disappointed by the island’s leisure scene, which is encouraged by young locals with an entrepreneurial streak, offering many home-grown brands and outlets. Outdoor spaces have seen a boom in the last few years, with many parks, man-made beaches and walking tracks popping up around the island to encouraging active lifestyles.
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