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American University of Sharjah

American University of Sharjah (AUS) ( in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was founded in 1997 by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qassimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah ( The university was envisaged by His Highness as a leading educational institution in the Gulf region. Located in University City, Sharjah, AUS is a not-for-profit, independent, institution of higher education formed on the American model of higher education. It is a very diverse university that brings together more than 5,000 students from more than 82 countries and a full-time faculty of more than 350 (;

AUS offers 26 majors and 53 minors at the undergraduate level (;;;;, and 13 master’s degrees ( through the College of Architecture, Art and Design; the College of Arts and Sciences; the College of Engineering; and the School of Business and Management. These programs are designed to meet the challenges of a competitive and dynamic business and industrial environment.

As a provider of quality higher education in the Gulf, AUS is licensed and its programs are accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in the United Arab Emirates ( AUS is accredited in the United States of America by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (, and by the Department of Education of the State of Delaware (

The bachelor of science degree programs in chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering offered by the College of Engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET ( The bachelor of science degree program in computer science offered by the College of Engineering is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET ( The Bachelor of Architecture program of the College of Architecture, Art and Design is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) ( of the United States. The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) as well as the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) degrees offered by the School of Business and Management are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) (

History AUS was founded in 1997 by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammad Al Qassimi, Member of the Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Sharjah. As AUS President, Sheikh Sultan has seen the realization of his vision for a distinctive institution rooted in the region’s Arab-Islamic heritage, in the context of the aspirations and needs of contemporary society in the UAE and the Gulf region. (

Programs of Study Undergraduate degree programs ( College of Architecture, Art and Design ( • Bachelor of Architecture • Bachelor of Interior Design • Bachelor of Science in Design Management • Bachelor of Science in Multimedia Design • Bachelor of Science in Visual Communication (

College of Arts and Sciences • Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature • Bachelor of Arts in International Studies • Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication • Bachelor of Science in Biology • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

College of Engineering • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science • Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering • Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

School of Business and Management • Bachelor of Arts in Economics • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration major in Economics • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration major in Finance • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration major in Management • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration major in Management Information Systems • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration major in Marketing

Graduate degree programs ( College of Architecture, Art and Design • Master of Urban Planning

College of Arts and Sciences • Master of Arts in English/Arabic/English Translation and Interpreting • Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages • Master of Science in Mathematics

School of Business and Management • Master of Business Administration • Executive Master of Business Administration

College of Engineering • Master of Science in Engineering Systems Management • Master of Science in Mechatronics Engineering • Master of Science in Electrical Engineering • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering • Master of Science in Computer Engineering • Master of Science in Chemical Engineering • Master of Science in Civil Engineering

Governance and Administration AUS is a private institution, governed by a self-perpetuating Board of Trustees, which adheres to established bylaws ( The Board of Trustees is responsible for establishing principles of governance, as well as the direction and management of AUS, including educational programs.

The Board of Trustees ( • Chairman: His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qassimi, the UAE Supreme Council Member, Ruler of Sharjah and AUS President • Dr. Ali Abdullah Al Shamlan, Former Minister of Higher Education, Kuwait • Dr. MaryAnn Baenninger, President, College of Saint Benedict, Minnesota, USA • Mr. Joseph L. Brand, Senior Partner, Patton Boggs LLP, Washington, DC, USA • Professor Lord Alec Broers, Member of the British House of Lords, UK • Dr. Anthony George Coates, Director, Museum of Biodiversity, Bridge of Life, Republic of Panama; Senior Scientist Emeritus, Smithsonian Institution, USA • Mr. Charles Cotton, Director of Cambridge Enterprise • Mr. Abdul Jalil Yousuf Darwish, Chairman of UAE Enterprises Group, UAE • Dr. Leroy S. Fletcher, Regents Professor Emeritus, Thomas A. Dietz Professor Emeritus, Texas A&M University, USA • Dr. Roderick S. French, Chancellor Emeritus, American University of Sharjah, UAE • Dr. Peter Heath, Chancellor, American University of Sharjah, UAE • Dr. Thomas Hochstettler, Acting Chancellor, American University of Sharjah, UAE • Mr. Hamid D. Jafar, Chairman and CEO, Crescent Petroleum Company, Sharjah, UAE • Dr. Cornelius Kerwin, President, American University, Washington, DC, USA • Dr. S. Georgia Nugent, President, Kenyon College • Baroness Onora O’Neill of Bengarve CBE PBA FMedSci, Member of the British House of Lords, UK • Mr. Riad T. Sadek, Chairman, Al Habtoor Leighton Group, Dubai, UAE • Mr. Maroun A. Semaan, President and CEO, Petrofac International Ltd., Sharjah, UAE

Global Rankings In 2012, American University of Sharjah was ranked in the world’s top 450 universities by the London-based Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), one of the world's most trusted university rankings. Of more than 2,500 global institutions considered by the organization for 2012–2013, AUS was ranked in the top 401–450 bracket, a substantial climb from the previous year's 601+ bracket. (;;

The university’s Management Information Systems program, which is under the School of Business and Management, was ranked in the top 100 in information systems research productivity globally. (;;

Forbes Middle East has ranked American University of Sharjah as the best private university in the Gulf region offering an MBA degree.(;;;;

The University Campus

Location American University of Sharjah is situated in University City, which is located 16 kilometers (10 miles) from the center of Sharjah and about 25 km from the neighboring emirate of Dubai (

The City of Sharjah ( The location of the university enhances its mission. Sharjah is situated strategically between the Far East and the West, between Africa and Asia. Straddling the breadth of the UAE, the emirate of Sharjah has beautiful beaches on the shores of both the Arabian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman ( Its landscape varies from level plains to rolling sand dunes and mountain ranges.

Today, as in ancient times, Sharjah is a global trade center. Modern Sharjah is a city of learning and the arts, as confirmed by its 1998 UNESCO designation as the Cultural Capital of the Arab World ( This context facilitates the university’s intention to be an academic center at the intersection of ancient cultural traditions and contemporary intellectual currents. The city of Sharjah boasts over 16 museums ( with splendid collections of artifacts and art objects as well as exhibits on science and natural history. These institutions are sites for field trips, research and possible internships. Sharjah hosts many cultural festivals, programs, educational conferences, fairs and economic expositions, including the annual book fair and the Sharjah International Biennial art exhibition. These resources permit AUS to broaden students’ formal education in a way not possible elsewhere in the region.

Campus Life The Campus Complex AUS is the flagship institution of University City, a 1,600 acre complex that includes other educational establishments. The university offers students full-facility dormitories, a sports complex and a gym. Other amenities include a health center, a pharmacy, a bank, a post office, a barbershop, a ladies beauty salon and two convenience stores. The distinctive architecture of the domes and arches of the academic and administrative buildings is accentuated with graceful Arab motifs.

The center of the AUS campus comprises 12 academic buildings. The academic buildings house classrooms and lecture halls of various sizes; a state-of-the-art library; science, language, computer and engineering laboratories; workshops, digital studios and dark rooms; and offices for faculty, academic administrators and support staff.

The campus includes student residential halls (for men and for women) as well as a large Sports Complex and a Student Center. Approximately 40 percent of the student body lives in campus housing. Unlike most American universities, AUS requires faculty members and their families to live on campus. Thus, there is a large and continuous faculty presence at the heart of the campus, providing students with a learning and living environment that allows for on-going interaction with faculty members and their families. (

Campus Services Testing and Professional Development Center The AUS Testing and Professional Development Center serves as a central point of testing for both the AUS campus and the community. The center accommodates the placement tests for newly AUS admitted students as well as university testing. The center is part of the ETS Strategic Testing Network and offers the ETS Internet-based TOEFL as well as an institutional paper-based TOEFL in addition to other testing services.

AUS is also the sole testing center in the United Arab Emirates for the prestigious Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (FE) and Professional Engineering Exam (PE) administrated by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) in the USA. (;;

AMIDEAST, one of the region’s most prominent international testing administrators, is an AUS testing partner and has a permanent office on the AUS campus to administer TOEFL tests (paper-based) on a regular basis, as well as other recognized international tests. (;;

Library The AUS Library, an 11,000-square-meter state-of-the-art facility, provides collections, services and programs to support the curricular and research needs of the university community. The majority of the library’s rapidly growing physical collection of 125,000 items is in English; however, there are also materials available in Arabic. An online catalog system can be used to search for library materials from any location on or off campus. Using the library website, students and faculty can access e-books, online databases, full-text journals and other digital resources. The AUS library houses a collection of more than 212,000 items, including 122,000 hard-copy items (books, CDs, DVDs, etc.), 90,000 electronic books, 250 journals in print, and 50 online databases and indexes that are accessible locally and remotely. The library works in conjunction with all parts of the university to provide academic resources for all classes taught at AUS. (;

University Health Center The University Health Center (UHC) provides primary health care to all AUS students, faculty, staff members and their dependents. The center is open Sunday–Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and provides 24-hour accident and emergency care as well. Great emphasis is placed on making the campus a healthy and safe place to study, work and live through providing preliminary physical examinations to all students and employees as a mandatory part of registration/employment process, followed by continued quality care throughout their time at AUS.

The UHC is staffed with a highly qualified medical team, which includes general practitioners, a clinical counselor and registered nurses. (

University Sports Complex The Sports Complex facilities include indoor sports courts (basketball, tennis, squash and volleyball), multipurpose halls and exercise and gymnastic halls for use in both organized sports and free recreation; a 50-meter swimming pool; saunas; a fitness center with free weights and exercise machines; an exercise hall for aerobics, table tennis and martial arts events; outdoor courts (tennis, volleyball and basketball); a soccer field; a cricket ground; a cricket practice net; and a baseball field. (

The AUS athletic facilities are available for the benefit of the entire AUS community. The Student Athletics and Recreation Department fosters the continuing development of collegiate sports in the UAE through organizing and hosting athletic championships, symposia and training in sports and fitness. Students, staff and faculty members are entitled to free participation, regardless of their abilities, in a variety of sports and leisure activities including fitness training, football, basketball, badminton, handball, volleyball, table tennis, tennis, squash, track and field games, martial arts and other athletic pursuits. (

Government-Related Services/International Students Services The Public Relations Department handles all official government documents and transactions for students, faculty and staff, including passport custody, medical test assistance, the processing of visas and residence permits, driving licenses, car registration, traffic violations and accidents. It also provides official letters that might be required by various government and/or private organizations. (

Transportation AUS offers a shuttle bus service between the student residential halls and other areas of campus. The Transportation Services can also provide transportation to the cities of Sharjah, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Al Ain ( Transportation Services also provides information on local taxi and rental car services.

Other Services The university has many other services such as banking, bookstore, copy center, restaurants, hairdresser, minimarts, travel agent and a pharmacy. ( All these services are geared to improve the quality of life on AUS campus both socially and academically.

Student Life on Campus Office of Student Affairs (OSA) The Office of Student Affairs is responsible for making student life interesting and noteworthy at AUS. Student Affairs transforms student life with a purpose, engaging students in activities outside the classroom. OSA offers non-academic student support services and state-of-the-art facilities that enable students accomplish their personal and educational goals. Students are engaged in diverse programs, activities and events and provided services through Student Athletics and Recreation, the Student Clubs and Organizations Office, the Community Services Office, the Student Employment Office, the Student Multicultural Learning Program, the Student Leadership Program, Student Residential Life, Student Learning and Counseling Services, and Judicial Affairs. (

Community Services AUS Community Services is a link between students and the various needs found in society. Community Services allows students to experience first-hand the value of serving others through charity, awareness and outreach programs. It involves them personally in community events that enrich their life experiences. Community Services coordinates a variety of volunteer programs and strongly encourages students to contribute to the development of new ones. (

Residential Life The AUS residential halls offer a unique multicultural environment in which students from different parts of the world can learn from one another. (

The university offers a variety of rooms at different rates. All residential hall rooms have Internet and direct telephone connections. In addition, the residential halls offer students many resources, including study rooms, computer labs, dining areas, recreational areas, TV rooms, laundry facilities and fitness centers. (

Student Athletics and Recreation The university believes that students should have ongoing opportunities to develop their talents through a wide variety of sports. To achieve this goal, full-time and part-time coaches and trainers are available to help students develop team play, sportsmanship and healthy lifestyles. A variety of programs are available, featuring both team and individual sports, and fitness and leisure activities, which offer broad-based competitive and instructional programs for both genders. (

The university’s intramural sports program complements students’ academic, social and cultural education. Involvement in intramural sports activities allows students to develop new friendships and enjoy the benefits of exercise.

Student Center The Student Center plays an important role in the extracurricular life at the university by serving as a central hub for student activities. It is primarily dedicated to serving the cultural, social and recreational interests of the student body as well as to providing students with a comfortable and inviting atmosphere to unwind. The Student Center is more than just a place for students to socialize and relax; it provide students with non-academic support services and facilities under one roof (

Student Employment Opportunities for on-campus employment are available to all AUS students. Hourly rates vary depending on what kind of job the student is doing (i.e., clerical or computer-related) and on seniority. In addition to working in the university departments and campus outlets and facilities, students can work voluntarily off-campus during exhibitions and important events in UAE. (

Student Organizations Student-sponsored organizations are an integral part of the learning process at most institutions of higher education. The academic experience is enriched by participation in activities that allow students to pursue their personal interests outside the classroom.

The student organizations at AUS span a wide range of interests, including sports, music, literature, recreation, culture and social issues. There are also many cultural/ethnic/national organizations that reflect the varied backgrounds of AUS students. These organizations offer students opportunities for leadership development and for involvement in university life.

Interest-oriented and ethnic/national clubs represent the diversity of the AUS community’s professional and extracurricular interests and cultural backgrounds. They organize numerous professional and cultural activities throughout the academic year and play a vital role in fostering a rich multicultural environment on campus. (

Student Publications Practical writing experience is available to AUS students through three student publications, The Leopard, Realms and Arabian Leopard.

The Leopard Newspaper: “A Reason to Roar”: The Leopard is an official university newspaper and a voice of AUS students. The leopard is the official AUS mascot and was chosen because the UAE preserves and protects the Arabian leopard, which is currently on the brink of extinction.

Realms: This magazine was founded as a literary outlet for AUS students. Realms gives all students a chance to read the stories, poems and essays of their classmates, as well as to contribute their creative work. Realms aims to foster an interest in creative writing and literature and to help students view the English language as a means of expressing their thoughts and feelings and not merely as an academic tool.

Arabian Leopard: The Arabian Leopard newspaper gives students the chance to develop and proudly present their Arabic writing skills and creative writing. (

Student Educational Services Academic Support Center This center provides students assistance in academic matters through group and individual advising. The center works directly with students on academic probation, and students with other academic difficulties, such physical challenges that impede academic progress or students specific learning disabilities.

The center offers advising for students concerning majors, career paths and career interests in relation to their academic programs. The center supports the mission of the university by coordinating and tracking student retention and the progress of first-year students. (

Cisco Academy AUS hosts a Cisco networking academy in the College of Engineering. The academy trains students and professionals to design, build and maintain computer networks and prepares them for industry-standard certification. (

International Exchange Programs The Office of International Exchange Programs was established to provide AUS students and faculty with exchange opportunities, including sending and hosting visiting scholars, aiding faculty members in arranging international study tours, developing exchange agreements with universities around the world, and achieving membership in the top global exchange consortia. (

The International Exchange Office works with AUS students who wish to study at universities in other countries either for a semester or a year. The office also facilitates the admission of international students coming to AUS to study. (;

In addition to facilitating student exchanges and study abroad, the International Exchange Office also administers processes enabling faculty-led study tours, visiting scholars, visiting guests and delegations, tuition exchange programs, and the dissemination of information regarding international scholarships and internships. (;;

Learning and Counseling Student Learning and Counseling Services offers support services to enhance the success of students. These services include assisting with academic growth, educational and career goals, problem solving, decision making, understanding and appreciation of oneself, and interpersonal relationships.

Services are free, voluntary and available to all undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at AUS. (

Mathematics Learning Center The Mathematics Learning Center provides one-on-one tutorial sessions for students enrolled in all 100-level mathematics courses. Student may drop in for consultation during the weekly scheduled sessions to seek understanding of certain course-related concepts. (

Writing Center The AUS Writing Center helps students become independent and confident writers. Available to all AUS students, the Writing Center offers one-on-one writing conferences by appointment or on a drop-in basis. Consultations may include thesis development, organization, outlining, paragraph development, vocabulary, sentence structure and mechanics. The Writing Center also offers workshops on a variety of writing topics throughout the academic year. (

Research and Grants AUS supports and promotes the research and consulting activities of its faculty members. In addition, AUS offers its students opportunities to work on faculty research projects, to present papers with faculty at international conferences and to assist faculty in developing research grants. (

Research Centers AUS has established a number of research centers as part of its commitment to research and community outreach.

Earthquake Observatory The AUS Earthquake Observatory uses state-of-the art equipment and software to record and analyze the region’s earthquake activity. The Earthquake Observatory also provides expert opinions on earthquake hazards and related risk in the UAE and the Gulf region; assessment of seismic hazards at construction sites and petrochemical and industrial facilities; assessment of seismic risk of existing structures and recommendations for strengthening and retrofitting; analysis and design of earthquake-resistant structures; evaluation of local site effects; preparation of macrohazard and microhazard zonation maps; evaluation of dynamic soil properties; training workshops for engineers on the analysis and design of structures for earthquake loading; and expertise on the development of earthquake-resistant design codes. (

Institute of Materials Systems The Institute of Materials Systems was established in 2001 based on the recommendations of GCC Ministers for Public Works and Housing to promote materials research and education. It collaborates with governmental and private sectors in areas of materials research and applications, focusing on quality control, performance, sustainability, development and use of standard procedures, and quality assurance materials used in the region. Objectives of the institute are to conduct applied research focused on materials properties and applications in harsh environments; assist governmental departments in establishing local and regional codes of practice; provide independent technical evaluation and consultation services on materials-related issues; enhance education through seminars, conferences and short courses; and establish collaboration with similar centers of excellence worldwide. (

Mechatronics Center The Mechatronics Center leads research and development in advanced engineering systems to address high-tech technology transfer in the region. It promotes multidisciplinary research activities between faculty members and graduate students at AUS, and industry and governmental agencies that require extensive integration of instrumentation, control systems, electronics, intelligent software and computers. The Mechatronics Center offers excellent networking opportunity with leading industries in the region as well as top academic institutions worldwide. Areas of expertise within the center include embedded and distributed process control, remote monitoring, nonlinear and intelligent control systems, robotics and autonomous systems, unmanned vehicles and machine vision. (

Gulf Ecosystems Research Center Gulf Ecosystems Research Center is a multidisciplinary research center established to monitor and conduct research on Gulf ecosystems and offer advice on long-term solutions to ecological problems. The center provides a host of research opportunities not only for AUS faculty but it is also intended to draw the best minds globally to its doors. The university aims to make it a focal point for Gulf studies internationally. In synch with the strategic initiatives of AUS, the establishment of the AUS Gulf Studies Center is part of the university’s mission to become organically linked with society and to play a key role in helping develop answers to both national as well as regional challenges. (

Development and Alumni Affairs AUS fosters a good relationship between the university and its alumni by providing opportunities for mutual involvement that contribute to the missions and interests of both.

The university, through its Office of Development and Alumni Affairs (ODAA), promotes a spirit of unity and of possible collaboration among current and former students on current as well as future university projects. The alumni are valuable assets, and they are provided ways to aid in the further development of the university by drawing on their knowledge, skills, financial resources and their sense of deep loyalty to their alma mater.

The university also offers students and alumni comprehensive career services. It works closely with industry in the UAE and the region to promote interaction between potential employers and AUS students and alumni. It organizes corporate briefings, the AUS Business Forum, the annual Alumni Reunion and the annual Career Fair, and provides information on job opportunities, internships and summer employment. (

The university also has a strong alumni association, AUS Alumni Association (AUSAA) which is the glue that holds the university’s ever-growing alumni family together. As the official body comprising all AUS alumni, the purpose of the association is to connect and reconnect graduates with the university through popular events and experiences such as annual class reunion dinners and business forums, among many others. (

Notable alumni • Bodour Al Amiri, Head of Design Department, Sharjah Municipality • Dana Al Fardan, Vice President, Al Fardan Group of Companies • Humaid Abu Shibs, Head of Development, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) • Jamal J. Al-Musharakh, Second Secretary, The United Arab Emirates Ministry of Foreign Affairs • Khalfan Belhoul, Vice President of Engineering, Department of Civil Aviation • Mishal Hamed Kanoo, Deputy Chairman of The Kanoo Group • Mohamad Al Yousef, Vice Chairman, Al Yousef Investment • Mohamed Al Shahi, Senior Director of Media and Broadcasting, Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (du) • Mohammed Al Makhawi, Research Specialist of the Office of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi • Murtada Jawad, Head of Corporate Communications, Al Ahli Bank, Oman • Noaf Ahmed Al Naqbi, Head of Certification Bodies Accreditation Section, Dubai Municipality • Rana Ashour, Structural Engineer, Buro Happold • Saeed Ezazi, CEO & Marketing Manager, Arts and Media • Salah Al Zabin, Head of Audit Studies Department, Kuwaiti Council of Ministers • Salah Al-Shamsi, Former Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Chairman of Liwa Investment Holding • Sami Hassouneh, Flow Assurance Specialist and Royal Academy of Engineers Award Winner, Petrofac • Saud Al Nuwais, UAE Commercial Counselor to the United States • Shamma Al Nuaimi, Head of Government Service Department, Dubai Executive Council (DEC) • Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum, First Secretary at the UAE Embassy in the UK • Sheikh Mohammed Al-Thani, Director of the Office of H.H. the President of AUS • Sheikh Sultan Saud Al Qassimi, Managing Director, Al Saud Company • Sheikha Lubna Khalid Al Qasimi, UAE Minister for Foreign Trade and former Minister of Economic and Planning (2004–2008); first woman to hold a ministerial post in the UAE • Sultan Ahli, Head of Computer Network Security, Dubai Police • Terence Fernandes, Managing Director, Gulfco • Turki Al Yahya, CEO and Managing Partner, Whites • Yousef Bastaki, Vice President of Projects, Emirates Aluminium (EMAL)