The inception of the university dates back to 1990 when the Faculty of Education was established at Dhamar as a teaching center of Sana’a University. Departments such as English, Arabic, History, Geography, Islamic Studies, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics, were opened. In 1993 another College of Education was opened at Radaa.
Thamar University is the alma mater of some 136,000 undergraduate and graduate students, drawn from almost all over governorates of Yemen. A number of students are from abroad. On the faculty of the university there more than 520 faculty members both native and expatriate from Arab as well as foreign countries.
The number of students to be enrolled every year in each college is determined by the Students’ Affairs Council of Dhamar University and is approved by the High Council for Yemeni Universities. About three months before the commencement of the academic year, the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research announces the date of the admission and the admission test.
Dhamar University has faculties of: Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy, Engineering, Computer Science and Information Technology, Administrative Sciences, Physical Sciences, Agriculture, Veterinary Medicine, Literature and Language arts, Feqh and Shariaah, Art, Education, Tourism and Hotels.