The University of Sharjah is an Emirati private national university located in University City, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. It was established in 1997 by its founder, president and chairman, the ruler of Sharjah HH Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi to meet the emirate of Sharjah's aim of educational needs. The university goals constitute of becoming a leading academic institution in the Middle East and around the world. In addition to its main campus in Sharjah City, the university has built campus facilities to provide education and training programs directly to several communities throughout the emirate. Most significantly, the university plays an important role in the socioeconomic development of the emirate of Sharjah.