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Education in Bahrain

The Bahrain University began to operate in this Middle Eastern country in 1986. The University of Bahrain was in operation in various forms like institutes for higher education and polytechnic colleges from the 1960s.
It was awaiting a formal recognition as a university. Bahrain University is the biggest in Bahrain and pledges to build up bright careers of students. Apart from technological education and researches the Arabic culture and Islamic traditions are also carried forward by the university. The University of Bahrain has further improved itself by working in close association with the other foreign universities.

The Bahrain University is divided into eight colleges or departments which are:
  • Department of Arts
  • Department of Business
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Science
  • Department of IT
  • Department of Law
  • Scientific research department
  • Department of Engineering
There are a number of specialized centers in the University of Bahrain which helps the students in many ways. Some of those specialized centers are, Information Technology Center, E-Learning Center, Center of German Studies, Center of Japanese Studies, French Studies Center and Center of American Studies. One of the unique departments of the University of Bahrain is the Center of Transport and Road Studies. The center for international studies carries out some important researches necessary in the current political scenario of the world. The University of Bahrain not only imparts education and gives proper training but it also makes sure that their students have bright career. The Career Counseling Office is dedicated to this cause all through the year.

Map of School, Colleges and Universities in Bahrain

Bahrain has a total population of 1,325,000 of which 94.6% are literate. It is estimated that 96.1% of the men and 91.6% of the women in the country can read and write. Schooling is free and compulsory in Bahrain with the government spending 11% of its annual revenues on education. There are 259 schools in Bahrain out of which 203 are public schools and 56 are private. The total number of students attending these schools is 163,488, out of which 83,078 are male and the rest are female. According to UNICEF, the gross enrolment at pre- primary level is 59% both of male and female children. This is followed by primary school, the enrolment rate of which is 99% males and 98% females. The dropout rate at pre-primary and primary levels is considerably high. The table below enumerates the major schools with the contact details.

Sl. No.Name of SchoolLocationAddressTelephoneEmail/Website
1Al Hekma International SchoolManamaBuilding No.1962, Road 4363
Sanad 743
PO BOX 26489,
+973 17620820 / 17623999
2Al Noor International SchoolSitraPO BOX 85, Manama+973 17736773/
3 Bahrain Bayan SchoolIsa TownP.O. Box No. 32411, Isa Town+973
4 Bahrain SchoolJuffairBahrain School PO Box 934 Juffair+973 1771-9829
5 British School of BahrainHamalaBuilding 1080 Road 1425 Block 1014 Hamala+973 17613330
6French SchoolManamaPO Box 26072 Manama +973 1732
7Indian SchoolIsa Town SitraP.O. Box 558 Isa Town+973 17684166/
8Sacred Heart SchoolIsa Town +973
9Ibn Khuldoon National SchoolManamaBuilding No. 161 Road No. 4111 Block 841 Isa Town+973 17687073info
10Asian SchoolManamaP.O. Box 1143 Manama+973 17722886 / 17728857
11Modern Knowledge SchoolsManamaP.O. Box 15826 Manama+973 17727712/ 17727838

The number of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) services is limited in the public sector. These institutes are managed by specific TVET councils. The prime TVET institutes in Bahrain are Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance, The Bahrain Training Institute, Bahrain Institute of Hospitality and Retail, NIIT Middle East WLL, and Baisan Institute of Hospitality Management. About 58,560 people attend such centers. Bahrain has about 20 universities educating the residents in a variety of disciplines. Bahrain usually does not have extensive scholarship schemes for students wishing to study abroad. The facilities in the country are, however, very advanced and equal opportunities of higher studies are provided to both sexes. The table below lists the significant higher education institutions with details.

Sl. No.UniversityLocationAddressTelephoneWebsite
1University of BahrainManamaP.O. Box 32038 Isa Town 973 17 876006/
17 876101/
17 876942
2College of Health SciencesManamaSalmaniya Medical Complex P.O. Box 12+973
3Arabian Gulf UniversityManamaP.O. Box 26671 Manama+973
4Bahrain PolytechnicIsa TownP.O. Box 33349 Isa Town+973
5Applied Science UniversityJuffairRoad 41, Block 340, Al Juffair
6Delmon University for Science and TechnologyManamaP.O. Box 2469 Exhibition Avenue Manama+ 973 17 295
7Royal University for WomenRiffaP.O. Box 37400 West Riffa+973
8The Kingdom UniversityManamaP.O. Box 40434 Manama+973
9University College of BahrainManamaP.O. Box 55040 Manama+973
10Bahrain Institute of Banking and FinanceManamaP.O. Box 2052 Manama+973 1781

Bahrain has a labor force of 660,000 out of which 44% are non-nationals. Men comprise 65.5% of the labor force and the rest are women. Out of the employed labor force industrial sector claims the largest chunk at about 79%. The services sector employs 20% and the rest is engaged in agriculture. Only 10.8% of the whole labor force of Bahrain is unemployed.

Jobs in Bahrain

The numbers of jobs in Bahrain are increasing day by day with the growth of its economy. It is not only that there is ample magnitude of jobs in Bahrain but it has to be taken into consideration that these jobs have a very heavy pay package attached to it. The recent tag of the fastest growing economy depicted on Bahrain by the UNESCO is one of the main reasons why business houses from all over the world are flocking to this island country of the Middle East. Unlike other Arab nations the economy of Bahrain is most free. Last but not the least Bahrain like other Middle Eastern nations is also bestowed with the blessing of oil. This discovery in the 20 th century is main reason behind economic boom and the huge quantity of jobs generated in Bahrain . There is a high infiltration of foreigners especially from India and Pakistan to Bahrain due to the high paying jobs in the oil sector. The comparatively easy living condition, liberal attitude and western lifestyle might also be the reason why Bahrain jobs attract so many foreigners. There are number of international employment agencies which will help in securing jobs in Bahrain . The sectors in which most of the jobs in Bahrain are concentrated are petroleum companies, banking sector, power plants and also education sectors. In the recent years jobs in telecommunication sector have become very popular in Bahrain.

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