American University of Kuwait

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American University of Kuwait
الجامعة الأمريكية في الكويت
American University of Kuwait.svg
Motto تعلَّم، فكِّر، تُصبِح
Motto in English
Learn • Think • Become
Type Private
Established By Amiri Decree 139 in 2003
President Dr. Tim Sullivan
Academic staff
Undergraduates 2100
Location Salmiya, Kuwait
29°20′38″N 48°4′59″E / 29.34389°N 48.08306°E / 29.34389; 48.08306Coordinates: 29°20′38″N 48°4′59″E / 29.34389°N 48.08306°E / 29.34389; 48.08306
Campus Urban
Newspaper The Voice
  garnet and gold
Mascot Wolfpack

The American University of Kuwait is a private liberal arts institution based on the American model of higher education in Kuwait City, Kuwait. Although established in 2003, the University opened to students, faculty and the general public in September 2004. It is sister colleges with Dartmouth College, in Hanover, New Hampshire. Professor Dr. Nizar Hamzeh currently serves the office of the President.


The AUK campus is located at the intersection of Salem Al Mubarak Street and Amr Ibn Al 'As Street, a major intersection in the upscale shopping and residential district of Salmiya. It is located near several major malls, including the famous Marina World and Al Fanar Mall, as well as neighboring the Symphony Style Hotel Kuwait and the Olympic Council of Asia Headquarters.

Formerly a public high school, the campus was completely rehabilitated, renovated and rebuilt. New buildings and facilities were added in order to bring the University up to standards for its September 2004 opening; and in 2006, a five-story building for the Liberal Arts department was opened.

The design of the University campus is open, with large square gardens enclosed by buildings and classrooms for the Intensive English Program. The Library and Administrative facilities, a four-story building for the Sciences department, and a five-story building dedicated to the Liberal Arts department make up the administrative and academic parts of the University campus.

A small building near the main gate on Salem Al Mubarak Street, known as The Hangout, offers students HD televisions, pool tables, PS4 console as a place to interact and relax, as well as a high-speed internet connection. Also available are an American-style diner and Starbucks Coffee.

Athletic facilities include tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, as well as a soccer field and fitness center. There are also respective prayer rooms for men and women located near The Hangout.

Faculty and staff[edit]

The American University of Kuwait boasts a large number of accomplished professors hailing from Canada, US, UK, among other parts of the world. Unique to other universities, AUK also offers a Student Worker Program, where students are hired in various departments to perform tasks from administrative work to assisting in the development of departmental missions. This experience helps students to develop their work ethics, professionalism, and experience which would benefit them in future employment.

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