The "Aurel Vlaicu" University of Arad is a state higher education institution, accredited and acknowledged by ARACIS as presenting a "high degree of confidence", continuing the tradition of university education in the Arad area which started with the:
- Theology Institute (1822),
- The Livestock and Veterinary Medicine Faculty (1947),
- The Engineering Institute (1972).
The University "Aurel Vlaicu" has developed, year after year, new specializations, with new faculties, which meet the terms of quality standards. The academic year 2010/2011 marks the establishment of the Faculty of Design and the specializations: psychology, computer science, economics, marketing, and fashion and fashion design. Thus the beginning of academic year UAV has: 38 specialties license, 27 Master programs, field IOSUD (Institution organizing PhD studies) in Philology, 12 departments.
A fundamental dimension of higher education is the scientific research. In the 2008-2009 academic year scientific research has accelerated in comparison with previous years. It can be underlined that in 2008 UAV submitted in 9 international research projects and 7 national research projects. Of these, 8 international projects and 5 international projects have won.