Education in Ras Al Khaimah
People of this area were interested in education since the ancient times. It was performed by imams in small madrasahs, and was based mainly on Quran and Hadith, in addition to teaching reading, writing, calligraphy and mathematics. The modern formal education was popularized by the late Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, after the opening of Al Qasimiyah School in 1955. Since the tenth of February 1972, Ras Al Khaimah witnessed the major breakthrough of education after joining the Federal State of the United Arab Emirates.
The Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah pays great attention to education under the unremitting patronage of His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member, Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah. The Government of Ras Al Khaimah offers scholarships to outstanding students to complete their higher studies outside UAE in the most important specialties, and provides them with comprehensive care during the study period. Sheikh Saqr Program for Government Excellence undertakes managing and planning the scholarship program and overseeing all administrative, financial and academic aspects for graduate and undergraduate scholarships, in addition to supplying the different sectors in Ras Al Khaimah with eligible elements of leadership at all levels.
Ras Al Khaimah is home to a number of distinguished universities at UAE level and officially recognized by Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, including Ras Al-khaimah Medical and Health Sciences University, which includes the Faculties of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, and Nursing. Another distinguished university in Ras Al Khaimah is the American University of Ras Al Khaimah, which grants the Bachelor of Biotechnology, Bachelor of Business Administration (International Business, Marketing, and Finance), Bachelor of Computer Engineering, Bachelor of Electrical Engineering and Communication Engineering. In addition, Itihad University grants Bachelor of Arts in English and Translation, Bachelor of Education in English Language Teaching, Bachelor of Education in Teaching Arabic and Islamic Studies, Bachelor of Accounting, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Business Information Systems, Bachelor of Computer Engineering, and Bachelor of Computer Science.
The Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah sponsors RAK Award for Creativity and Educational Excellence, which encourages creative and talented students and graduates, administrative, educational and technical authorities, institutions and important personalities who have contributed in the field of education in order to achieve a balanced growth between the human resources available and the requirements of sustainable development.