Royal University for Women

Royal University for Women (RUW) is the first private, purpose-built, international university in the Kingdom of Bahrain dedicated solely to educating women. RUW provides a comfortable environment in which to create leaders, develop vibrant personalities, dynamic decision makers, independent thinkers and community-conscious individuals. Our main focus is on academic excellence and personal development. RUW's initial degree programmes were designed in collaboration with two reputed universities, McGill University in Canada and Middlesex University in the U.K.


RUW History

The first meeting of the Educational Projects Company (EPC) to establish the Royal University for Women (RUW) Founding Committee took place in February 2002. According to the letter, No. 1/1/9 issued by the Royal Court dated 09 July 2002, and Ministerial Order No. 146/2002, dated 16 July 2002 issued by the Ministry of Education, a special university for women was licensed for operation. In letter No. 304/2002 dated 02 November 2002 issued by the Ministry of Education, the name ‘Royal University for Women’ was confirmed. RUW opened enrolments in a temporary venue in October 2005. In August 2006, the RUW permanent campus in Riffa was opened.

Board of Trustees of RUW

Mr. Fahad Abdulla Al-ZamilChairman
Dr. Gordon GeeMember
Dr. Aref Abdulla AlashbanMember
Dr. Maha Bakr Abdullah Bin BakrMember
H.E.Mrs Hala bint Mohammed Jaber Al AnsariMember
Dr. Basmah bint Suliman bin Abdulla Al ZamilMember
Dr. Mohamed Ahmed JumaanMember
Mr. Essa Mohammed NajibiMember
Professor Riyad Y. HamzahRUW President


Welcome Note From The Chairman

 Dear Royal University for Women family, students, and parents,

On behalf of the University’s Board of Trustees, I welcome you to Royal University for Women (RUW), the first private university in the Kingdom of Bahrain to achieve the esteemed HEC and BQA accreditation. 

It is my profound honor to be welcoming you as Chairman of the RUW Board of Trustees and Board of Directors. RUW was founded by the esteemed Mr. Mohammed Al Zamil whose absence will always be felt but whose vision I am proud to uphold and continue to build upon.

RUW is the first private, purpose-built, international University in the Kingdom of Bahrain dedicated solely to the higher education of women. Built on the highest academic standards, we are proud that RUW provides our students with a conducive environment in which to develop vibrant personalities, create leaders, dynamic decision-makers, independent thinkers, and community-conscious individuals. It goes without saying that our main focus is on student success achieved through academic excellence and personal development.

RUW’s curriculum is designed to meet internationally recognized standards. Our programme offering is directly linked to industry and market needs serving undergraduate and postgraduate students across cutting edge disciplines in Law, Business & Financial Sciences as well as Art & Design. We also have a range of partnerships with leading international universities to support teaching, research, and executive education.  We are especially proud of our partnership with the Supreme Council for Women and have launched the Centre for Women’s Studies in collaboration with the SCW and ESCWA which aims to be a leading Research Centre in this field in the region. 

We are blessed to have a 224,000 sqm purpose-built campus which includes ample teaching, student activity and recreation spaces to ensure the best university experience for all our students.

RUW is proud to celebrate its milestones achievements, rewards, and recognition during these years. The accomplishments of the past years are extraordinary.  In May 2022, RUW witnessed with pride, the graduation of its thirteenth cohort of students bringing our total alumni population to over 1600. These young women represent not only the aspirations of their families but also hold the key to the bright future of the Kingdom of Bahrain.

RUW commitment to quality is evidenced by HEC rating ‘good’, which is the highest grade for a private university. Further, all our programmes are listed on National Qualifications Framework, which is a significant accomplishment by the university in its endeavor for providing quality education. 

I take this opportunity to wish you all the very best for your journey with Royal University for Women –truly a place ‘Where Women Excel’.



Mr. Fahad bin Abdullah Al Zamil,

Chairman, RUW Board of Trustees and Board of Directors