Gulf University is to be widely recognized for its contribution in both quality education and research with an impact on community in the Kingdom of Bahrain and in the region.  Therefore, the University is seeking to expand its partnership and cooperation within local community that includes both government and private sectors.

The Research Council is established to provide expert support to research as one of the core activities at Gulf  University. This includes building research capacity as well as sustaining excellence and critically reflecting on GU systems and procedures. The Council is responsible for planning, implementing and administering all activities related to research at the University.

The mission of the University Research Council is to develop and implement a research strategy with a sound impact both on academia and community. The Council provides support and resources to promote and enhance research activities at the University.

The overall aim of the University Research Council is to manage the implementation of research activities at the University, and advise Colleges, Departments, staff and students on matters relating to research standards, policies and procedures. Also, the Council promotes effective research collaboration and partnership with industry and scientific research centers and organizations.

In compliance with “HEC Regulations of Scientific Research at HE Institutions”, Research Council shall:

  • guide the development of the University’s strategic research priorities and objectives and monitor research performance within the framework of the University’s Strategic Planning.
  • propose, in collaboration with Colleges, the annual “University Research Plan” with the necessary budget, and seek University Council and BOT for its approval.
  • develop and implement the annual research funding mechanism at the University.
  • issue decisions and take measures that regulate research activities at the University.
  • approve proposals of research projects and studies, and follow-up on its implementation, dissemination and funding.
  • collaborate with local, regional and international scientific research centers.
  • coordinate, supervise and follow-up on research funded from other sectors outside the University.
  • follow-up on establishing and updating the database of ‘research achievements and publishing’ at the University.
  • issue the scientific  refereed journals of the University.
  • prepare the annual report of scientific research at the University along with the mechanism and items of disbursement of research budget.
  • follow-up on any other matters related to scientific research.

GU provides support for staff and students research. This includes, but not limited to, the following resources:

  1. Database:

 The following databases are available (subscription renewed annually), which serve the various disciplines at the University:

* EBSCO Database in Interior and Architecture Design: provides more 370 periodicals , 220 e-Books and more than 63000 Graphics.

* EBSCO Complete Database in Business and Accounting: provides more than 5200 Journal and Periodicals in different fields of Management, Accounting, Economy, Public Relations, Entrepreneurship, Banking, Investments, etc.

* Arab Organization for Administrative development: provides a wide range of periodicals and publications in the field.  /

* PROQUEST Database ( provides the following:

ABI/INFORM Collection (ABIC)                             

-  Link:

Art, Design and Architecture Collection (ARTARCPKG)                  

-  Link:


eBook Central Database                          

 - Link:


Additional Resources include but not limited to:

Engineering 77088
Education 127529
Architecture 71395


PROQUEST e-Books No. of eBooks
Interior Design 65770
Media 108621
Human Resources 123558
Accounting 78570
Finance 64696


  1. Scientific Journals and Periodicals

In addition to all the electronic scientific journals available in above databases, the University has provided the annual subscription in a number of paper scientific journals related to the offered disciplines at the University, including the following:   

*  International Journal of Design Creativity and Innovation.

*  Journal of Interior Design.

*  Journal of Interiors : Design/Architecture/ Culture.

*  Journal of Media and Communication Studies.

المجلة المصرية لبحوث الإعلام – كلية الإعلام، جامعة القاهرة

*  International Journal of Accounting.

*  Journal of “Accounting Review.

*  Journal of “Accounting Forum.

*  Journal of Human Resource Management Review.

*  Human Resource Management Journal.

*  Advancement in Developing Human Resources.

  1. Digital Library: e-Books - Academic eBook Collection
  1. Additional Links for Further Resources:

* Springer Link:

 * CERN Document Server:   Link:

 * Directory of Open Access Journals: Link:  https://doaj.orh

* European Union Law Link:

* Arab World Research Source: provides:

- More than 420 full-text resources, including more than 300 academic journals,

- Nearly 160 full-text titles in Arabic,

- Coverage from 1972 to the present,

- More than 60 full-text country reports.

  1. Laboratories and Workshops:

These include General Computer Labs equipped with various software to serve researchers and students, as well as a number of Electrical, Electronic, Mechanical and Civil Engineering labs (such as: Engineering Materials Testing Laboratory, Thermo-Fluid Laboratory, Communication Lab, Electrical Machine Laboratory, Control Laboratory, Electronic Laboratory, Mechanical and Electrical Workshops). These laboratories are equipped with Scientific Devices, Tools, Measuring Instruments, etc., which provide various facilities and services for researchers.

  1. Financial Support: 

GU is committed (in alignment and within the context of directives from HEC) to provide financial support to researchers within the framework of the University Research Plan and Budget. The support covers publications in recognized and indexed journals, participation and presentation of research articles at recognized International, regional and local conferences, and participation as international/ regional keynote speakers.


Research Policy: Click here to view

Conduct of Research Procedures: Click here to view

Researcher Handbook: Click here to view