Following are the top leading universities in Bahrain:

University of Bahrain
- Ranked No. 1 in the country according to the Webometrics rankings of Top Colleges and Best Universities of Bahrain (2010).
- The University has the following colleges: College of Arts; College of Law; College of Business Administration; College of Education; College of Information Technology; College of Science; Bahrain Teachers College; College of Applied Studies; and College of Engineering.
- The College of Engineering has a number of programs fully accredited by ABET (Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology in the USA).
- Department of Chemistry was accredited by the Canadian Society of Chemistry in 2009.
- The Business Management Program reviewed by the Bahrain Quality Assurance Authority for Education and Training (QAAET) and obtained confident status.

Arabian Gulf University
- It is accredited by the Ministry of Education, Bahrain, and governed by Gulf Cooperative Countries, and is a member of Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World.
- The University is rated 2nd in Bahrain and 4005th globally in the world university ranking 2010.

University College of Bahrain
- The University College of Bahrain is accredited and licensed by the Ministry of Education in the Kingdom of Bahrain and receives academic consulting support from the Regional External Programs/American University of Beirut.
- UCB has signed an agreement with the University of Cambridge’s Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) Education and Consultancy Services (IfM ECS) to establish a programme of work, including consultancy, education and events.

Gulf University
- The University has the following colleges: College of Engineering; College of Computer Engineering and Sciences; College of Administration and Financial Science; College of Law; College of Education. All of the colleges offer both undergraduate and postgraduate programs.
- Gulf University is accredited by the Ministry of Education in the Kingdom of Bahrain and most GCC countries.

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World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek