Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

Mr. Mohammed Omran Al Shamsi

Mr. Mohammed Omran Al Shamsi

Chairman

Engineering degree in electronics and communications, Cairo University, Egypt, 1977.  Former CEO of Etisalat. On the board of the Emirates Foundation, Khalifa University, RAK Properties and RAK Bank.

Mr. Salem Ali Al Sharhan

Mr. Salem Ali Al Sharhan

Member

Bachelor’s degree in accounting, UAE University. Former CFO of Etisalat, advisor to H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, and member of the Supreme Council. Board member of RAK Bank, RAK Insurance, and Dubai International Financial Centre.

Professor Abdelrahman Al Sharhan

Professor Abdelrahman Al Sharhan

Member

Ph.D. in Geology from University of South Carolina, United States, 1985. Chairman of RAK Cement and the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture. Former Professor of Geology at UAE University. Also a consultant for petroleum geology in the Middle East and North Africa.

Dr. Mohamed Khalifa

Dr. Mohamed Khalifa

Member

Ph.D. in Management from the University of Southern California, United States, 1994.  Director of the Sheikh Saud Foundation for Policy Research, the Sheikh Saqr Program for Government Excellence, and Civil Service Department of Ras Al Khaimah. Board member of the Federal Authority

Dr. Naceur Jabnoun

Dr. Naceur Jabnoun

Member

Naceur Jabnoun, chair of the Board of Trustees academic committee, is currently serving as senior advisor at the Sheikh Saqr Program for Government Excellence. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of RAK Academy. He has served as panel chair and reviewer of academic programs for the QQA in Bahrain,

Dr. Ateeq Abdul Aziz Jaka Al Mansouri

Dr. Ateeq Abdul Aziz Jaka Al Mansouri

Member

Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom. Currently an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at UAE University. Also director of the UAE University Center for Public Policy and Leadership. Research interests include

Dr. Nedal Mohamed Bin Shurbak Al Tenaiji

Dr. Nedal Mohamed Bin Shurbak Al Tenaiji

Member

Ph.D. in Leadership and Educational Development from Colorado State University, United States, 2005.  Member of the Federal National Council and General Director of Zayed House for Islamic Culture, Abu Dhabi Government.  Previously a member of the Arab League’s Arab Parliament.

Prof. Hassan Hamdan Al Alkim

Prof. Hassan Hamdan Al Alkim

Ex-officio Member

Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Exeter, United Kingdom, 1986.  Current president of the American University of Ras Al Khaimah. Previously Director General of the RAK Economic Development Department, Chair of the RAK Research and Follow Up

Message from the President

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the American University of Ras al Khaimah.

We at the American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) are very proud to be a public, non-profit institution of higher education. This means that we care more about our students and their learning, growth, and success than we do about profit.

Our mission is to give you, our students, all that you require to succeed in your professional lives. As a liberal arts university, however, we aim to give you far more than mere knowledge and learning about only your chosen majors. Our students must take many required General Education courses outside of their chosen majors, courses designed to produce successful, ever-learning and ever-adapting, happy human beings and global citizens who can caringly and ethically contribute to the betterment of their communities and countries and who can also educate their children to do the same for all future generations, especially in the Middle East.

In our goal to give our students all this and even more, AURAK, of course, depends upon highly qualified and committed support staff and faculty from around the world who know how to best serve our students.

We welcome your interest in AURAK. Please browse our website.  Should you need any further information, please feel free to contact us by e-mail, phone, or visit our campus.

We truly want to help you achieve your goals and dreams, and promise to do so.

Sincerely,

Professor Hassan Hamdan Al Alkim
President

Prof. Al Alkim’s biography

 

 

 

Board of Trustees

Mr. Mohammed Al Shamsi

Mr. Mohammed Omran Al Shamsi

Mr. Mohammed Omran Al Shamsi

Chairman

Engineering degree in electronics and communications, Cairo University, Egypt, 1977.  Former CEO of Etisalat. On the board of the Emirates Foundation, Khalifa University, RAK Properties and RAK Bank.

Mr. Mohammad Omran Al Shamsi was born in Ras Al Khaimah in 1953. After graduating from Cairo University, specializing in telecommunications and electronics engineering, he joined Etisalat in 1977, one year after its formation. Starting his career in the Engineering Department, by 2004 he had risen to the position of Chief Executive Officer. He became chairman and CEO in 2005. As chairman and CEO, Mr. Al Shamsi led Etisalat to its position as the Middle East’s largest operator and the third largest corporation in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), with operations in fifteen countries in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

During his time with Etisalat which lasted 34 years until 2012, when he decided to retire, Mr. Al Shamsi participated in various project, including the digitalization of Etisalat networks, the establishment of satellite and submarine cables, extensive fiber optic networks, pre-GSM and GSM mobile networks, in addition to establishment of the ‘Thuraya’ satellite system where he was also chairman until his retirement.

Mr. Al Shamsi represented Etisalat at various regional and international forums including Arabsat, GCC committees, Arab League Committees, and ITU conferences and committees.

He has been awarded numerous times for his personal contribution to the telecommunications sector, including lifetime achievement awards from CEO Middle East, Abu Dhabi Economic Forum and the Middle East Business Leaders’ Summit, along with many more prestigious awards of recognition.

Mr. Al Shamsi is also chairman or a board member of the Emirates Foundation, Khalifa University, Ras Al Khaimah Properties Company, and RAK Bank.

In April 2013 a federal decree from the president of UAE was issued, appointing Mr. Al Shamsi as chairman and chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology.

Mr. Al Shamsi holds an engineering degree in electronics and communications from Cairo University, Egypt, which he received in 1977.

Mr. Salem Ali Al Sharhan

Mr. Salem Ali Al Sharhan

Mr. Salem Ali Al Sharhan

Member

Bachelor’s degree in accounting, UAE University. Former CFO of Etisalat, advisor to H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, and member of the Supreme Council. Board member of RAK Bank, RAK Insurance, and Dubai International Financial Centre.

Mr. Al Sharhan has previously served as an advisor to His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah.

He currently serves as a board member at RAK Bank, RAK Insurance and Dubai International Financial Centre. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting (minor in business administration) from United Arab Emirates University, UAE.

Prof. Abdelrahman Al Sharhan

Professor Abdelrahman Al Sharhan

Professor Abdelrahman Al Sharhan

Member

Ph.D. in Geology from University of South Carolina, United States, 1985. Chairman of RAK Cement and the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture. Former Professor of Geology at UAE University. Also a consultant for petroleum geology in the Middle East and North Africa.

MEGE is a consulting company that produces exploration and production studies for the hydrocarbon industry in the Middle East. The company offers comprehensive petroleum geology reports on each country in the Middle East and North Africa, and can also provide basin data, as well as evaluation packages and studies on reservoirs and source rocks. These reports should prove invaluable to explorationists who require a comprehensive review and understanding of the potential of the area. The writers use all available open-file geologic data, representing the most comprehensive regional study available for the areas. The results of each study are synthesized into a comprehensive text and a series of figures.

Dr. Mohamed Khalifa

Dr. Mohamed Khalifa

Dr. Mohamed Khalifa

Member

Ph.D. in Management from the University of Southern California, United States, 1994.  Director of the Sheikh Saud Foundation for Policy Research, the Sheikh Saqr Program for Government Excellence, and Civil Service Department of Ras Al Khaimah. Board member of the Federal Authority for HR Employment and Development, the Emirates Association for Social Development, and RAK Ceramics.

Dr. Mohamed is the director of the Sheikh Saud Foundation for Policy Research, the Sheikh Saqr Program for Government Excellence, and the Civil Service Department of the Ras Al Khaimah government.

His expertise spans organizational excellence, organizational design and restructuring, human resources management and policy analysis, among several others. He has written extensively in his field and has been published in international journals. His research interests include human resource management, managerial decision making, quality management, performance measurement and management, organizational innovation and change, entrepreneurship, organizational behavior, and business strategy.

Mohamed Khalifa is a member of the board of trustees of the Federal Authority for Human Resource Employment and Development, and a member of the board of directors of RAK Ceramics.  He is also vice chairman of the Emirates Association of Social Development.

Dr. Naceur Jabnoun

Dr. Naceur Jabnoun

Dr. Naceur Jabnoun

Member

Naceur Jabnoun, chair of the Board of Trustees academic committee, is currently serving as senior advisor at the Sheikh Saqr Program for Government Excellence. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of RAK Academy. He has served as panel chair and reviewer of academic programs for the QQA in Bahrain, and as a jury member for a number of excellence awards. Dr Naceur has led the development of several strategies, and has trained hundreds of excellence assessors in the UAE and Tunisia. He served as a faculty member and academic administrator in a number of universities, including IIU Malaysia and the University of Sharjah. He worked as advisor for the Sharjah economic excellence award where he developed a value-based excellence model. He developed an Islamic economic excellence model for the Dubai Economic Department, and has been involved in training and consulting in many countries including the U.S. and Malaysia. He also previously served as coordinator for the Management Research Group.

Dr. Naceur has received a number of awards including the regional (Arab) Shoman Award, three best paper awards at academic conferences, and a university and community service excellence award.

Dr. Naceur has authored books, including ‘Islam and Management’ and ‘Strategies: Bad, Good, and Innovative’, and has over 1,200 research citations. He has published extensively on TQM, service quality, and quality assurance in education. The international journals in which he has published include ‘Quality Assurance in Education’, ‘Quality Management Journal’, ‘International Journal of Quality and Reliability Management’, ‘Software Quality Professional’, ‘TQM Magazine’, ‘Managing Service Quality’, ‘International Journal of Management’, and ‘Knowledge Management Research & Practice’. His most recent publications were on knowledge management and quality of higher education, and government performance. He has reviewed research papers for many journals such ‘Management Decision’, ‘Quality Assurance in Education’, ‘TQM Journal’, and ‘The International Journal of Education Management’. He holds a master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota. He is included in Marquis Who is Who in the world and in Scholar Universe.

Dr. Ateeq Al Mansouri

Dr. Ateeq Abdul Aziz Jaka Al Mansouri

Dr. Ateeq Abdul Aziz Jaka Al Mansouri

Member

Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom. Currently an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at UAE University. Also director of the UAE University Center for Public Policy and Leadership. Research interests include public policy analysis, development of public administration, and quality of government.

Dr. Ateeq completed his M.A. in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and a B.A. from UAE University. He is currently the director of the UAEU Center for Public Policy and Leadership. He has also held other academic positions; assistant dean for research and graduate studies at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and director for the Ph.D. program. His research interests includes public policy analysis, the development of public administration, and quality of government.

Dr. Nedal Al Tenaiji

Dr. Nedal Mohamed Bin Shurbak Al Tenaiji

Dr. Nedal Mohamed Bin Shurbak Al Tenaiji

Member

Ph.D. in Leadership and Educational Development from Colorado State University, United States, 2005.  Member of the Federal National Council and General Director of Zayed House for Islamic Culture, Abu Dhabi Government.  Previously a member of the Arab League’s Arab Parliament.

Dr. Nedal is currently a member of the Federal National Council and general director of Zayed House for Islamic Culture, Abu Dhabi government. Previously, Dr. Nedal served a member of the Arab League’s Arab Parliament. Between 2000 and 2006, she was a faculty member at UAE University and was a member of the accreditation committee, the technology development committee and the assessment and evaluation committee. Having obtained her Bachelor of Science in Computer Sciences at UAE University and a Master of Arts in Information Technology at Colorado State University, Dr. Nedal has also been published for her research on the role of technology in learning, and equal job opportunities between men and women within the GCC region.

Prof. Hassan Al Alkim

Prof. Hassan Hamdan Al Alkim

Prof. Hassan Hamdan Al Alkim

Ex-officio Member

Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Exeter, United Kingdom, 1986.  Current president of the American University of Ras Al Khaimah. Previously Director General of the RAK Economic Development Department, Chair of the RAK Research and Follow Up Authority and advisor to the government of Ras Al Khaimah.

Professor Hassan Hamdan Al Alkim is a UAE national and received his Bachelor of Arts in political science from Seattle University, USA, in 1981 with magna cum laude.

Professor Hassan Hamdan Al Alkim is a UAE national and received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Seattle University, USA, in 1981 with magna cum laude.

Prof. Al Alkim joined the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) in January 1982 as a teaching assistant before acquiring his Ph.D. He joined the University of Exeter, UK, for his graduate studies where he finished his Master of Arts and Doctorate of Philosophy in International Relations in 1986.  He became a faculty member in September 1986. During his years at UAEU, Prof. Al Alkim taught international relations courses as well as some general requirements offered by the Political Science Department. He served the university through his membership in the different academic committees, becoming a head of department and engaged in the process of development.

Prof. Al Alkim spent part of his academic life visiting other academic institutions, including UCLA in the spring of 1991 on the Fulbright program, the School of Oriental & African Studies at the University of London from 1992 to 1993, and the University of Reading from 2009 to 2011. He enjoys academic and social membership of a number of the local, regional and international associations and societies. He is also a member of the Institute for International Research.

Prof. Al Alkim has an extensive list of publications in both Arabic and English. His books include: The Foreign Policy of the United Arab Emirates (1989), The GCC States in an Unstable World: The Foreign Policy Dilemma of the Small States (1994), and The Dynamic of the Arab States Foreign Policy-Making in the Twenty-First Century (2011). He has more than 26 articles published in internationally abstracted or refereed journals.

Prof. Al Alkim had previously served in a number of official positions before being appointed as the president of the American University of Ras Al Khaimah. These positions include chair of the RAK Research and Follow-Up Authority, the director-general of RAK Economic Development Department, chairman of the Department of Political Science, UAEU, and an advisor to the Ras Al Khaimah government.

 

Our Leadership

Prof. Hassan Al Alkim

Prof. Hassan Hamdan Al Alkim

 

Prof. Hassan Hamdan Al Alkim

PRESIDENT

Professor Hassan Hamdan Al Alkim is a UAE national and received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Seattle University, USA, in 1981 with magna cum laude.

Prof. Al Alkim joined the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) in January 1982 as a teaching assistant before acquiring his Ph.D. He joined the University of Exeter, UK, for his graduate studies where he finished his Master of Arts and Doctorate of Philosophy in International Relations in 1986.  He became a faculty member in September 1986. During his years at UAEU, Prof. Al Alkim taught international relations courses as well as some general requirements offered by the Political Science Department. He served the university through his membership in the different academic committees, becoming a head of department and engaged in the process of development.

Prof. Al Alkim spent part of his academic life visiting other academic institutions, including UCLA in the spring of 1991 on the Fulbright program, the School of Oriental & African Studies at the University of London from 1992 to 1993, and the University of Reading from 2009 to 2011. He enjoys academic and social membership of a number of the local, regional and international associations and societies. He is also a member of the Institute for International Research.

Prof. Al Alkim has an extensive list of publications in both Arabic and English. His books include: The Foreign Policy of the United Arab Emirates (1989), The GCC States in an Unstable World: The Foreign Policy Dilemma of the Small States (1994), and The Dynamic of the Arab States Foreign Policy-Making in the Twenty-First Century (2011). He has more than 26 articles published in internationally abstracted or refereed journals.

Prof. Al Alkim had previously served in a number of official positions before being appointed as the president of the American University of Ras Al Khaimah. These positions include chair of the RAK Research and Follow-Up Authority, the director-general of RAK Economic Development Department, chairman of the Department of Political Science, UAEU, and an advisor to the Ras Al Khaimah government.

Prof. Bilal Akash

Prof. Bilal Akash

Prof. Bilal Akash

ACTING PROVOST, VICE PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS AND STUDENT SUCCESS / DEAN PROFESSOR – MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

Professor Bilal Akash obtained his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 1992 from Southern Illinois University. He was promoted to full professor of mechanical engineering in 2003.

During his 23 years of academic experience he has worked in various universities; he was dean of the College of Engineering at Dhofar University (Oman), professor of mechanical engineering at King Faisal University (Saudi Arabia), Hashemite University (Jordan), Qatar University (Qatar), and Applied Science University (Jordan). Prof. Bilal is the author and coauthor of more than 100 papers in international journals and conferences with a Scopus h-index of 20 and Google Scholar h-index of 24. His work includes thermodynamic analysis of internal combustion engines, combustion, pyrolysis, liquefaction of solid fossil fuels, heat transfer, sustainability, energy analysis and engineering systems, solar distillation, renewable and alternative energy desalination. Currently, he is the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Thermal and Environmental Engineering and the associate editor of Sustainable Water and Environmental Systems Journal. Also, he is an editorial board member of a number of international journals. He has chaired a number of international conferences.

Prof. Claudette Williams

Prof. Claudette H. Williams

Prof. Claudette H. Williams

VICE PRESIDENT OF QUALITY ASSURANCE, INSTITUTIONAL EFFECTIVENESS AND ACCREDITATION

Professor Claudette H. Williams currently serves as vice president for quality assurance, institutional effectiveness and accreditation at the American University of Ras Al Khaimah.

Immediately before assuming this position, she served as vice president at the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), the southern regional higher education accrediting agency in the United States. Among her duties and responsibilities with the commission was preparing applicant institutions to obtain membership in the organization after their application for membership had been accepted by the commission.

Prof. Williams has also held other positions in the academy to include, but not limited to college president, faculty member, department chair, director of service learning, director of distance education, director of institutional planning, research and effectiveness, and executive vice president.

Prof. Williams received her bachelor’s degree with distinction from the University of the West Indies and her master’s and doctorate degrees from Clark Atlanta University. She also attended Harvard University Graduate School of Education Institute for Educational Management as a Bush Hewlett scholar.

Throughout her career, Prof. Williams has been an advocate for educational reform and accountability, and for students with learning disabilities. She embraces the concept of servant leadership and has made service the hallmark of her life. She deems it a privilege to be able to help make a difference in the lives of other people as they strive to fulfill their potential.

Prof. Williams has received numerous accolades and awards. However, her most cherished awards are the Outstanding Service and Dedication to the College Community Award presented by the Bennett College Student Government Association; the Outstanding Contribution and Commitment to Service Learning Award and Pioneer Faculty Award from Clark Atlanta University, Outstanding Graduate Award from the University of the West Indies School of Education, the BBEO Community Service Award, the Black Trailblazers Award from Onyx Magazine and the 2009 Woman of the Year Award from the Bob Hayes Committee.

Mr. Abdulla Al Shahin

Mr. Abdulla Abdullatif Al Shahin

Mr. Abdulla Abdullatif Al Shahin

VICE PRESIDENT OF ADMINISTRATIVE AFFAIRS

Mr. Al Shahin was appointed vice president of the Office of Administrative Affairs in March 2014. He received his Master of Public Administration in Developing Management of Governmental Institutions from Cairo University in 2005 and his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Public Administration from Al Ain University in 1983.

Mr. Al Shahin served the banking industry in his early years. From 1990 to 1994 he was assistant manager of the central bank of United Arab Emirates for the Banking Supervision Department. He has also been part of the Dubai Islamic Bank in Ras Al Khaimah as branch manager from 1994 to 1997.

From 1997 to 2007, Mr. Al Shahin took on international roles and responsibilities to support the UAE government as medical attaché for the UAE embassy in Washington D.C., USA (1997-2000) and the UAE embassy in Cairo, Egypt (2000-07). He has also served the Ministry of Health of Ras Al Khaimah as medical district director from 2007-10.

Mr. Abdulla Al Shahin is an active advocate of good governance and administration having served various sectors.

Vision and Mission

Vision

The American University of Ras Al Khaimah will be a leading institution of higher education through the impact of its education and research on the region.

Mission

The American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) is an independent, public, state-owned, non-profit, coeducational institution that offers undergraduate and graduate degrees. AURAK is an institution of higher education that provides comprehensive academic programs based on the North American model and the cultural characteristics of the Gulf region. Its undergraduate programs combine a strong grounding in the major subject with a broad general education, and its graduate programs prepare students for the demands of professional life.

AURAK is committed to the highest standards of teaching, research, ethics, and service to the community, and its graduates are prepared to be knowledgeable, thoughtful, creative, and responsible individuals.

Strategic Goals

Develop innovative, challenging and high quality academic programs that are relevant, demand-driven, and set the University at the forefront of education in the UAE and the region.

Build a student-centered learning environment that promotes advanced critical thinking skills, fosters creativity, and instills a commitment to lifelong learning.

Create an environment that values diversity, promotes cultural understanding, and fosters civic responsibility.

Maintain a student life program that focuses on students’ needs: one that renders them capable of adapting professionally to multicultural, global environments, and of becoming responsible citizens.

Support and promote the personal and professional development of faculty and staff to realize their potential and contribute to the mission of the University.

Establish linkages and liaisons with regional and international businesses and educational institutions to meet mutually beneficial needs and respond to emerging trends.

Develop the capacity to advance knowledge and create sustainable environments through relevant research that serves the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, the greater region, and the world.

Develop and maintain a quality assurance and institutional effectiveness system that engages the University in ongoing, integrated, institution-wide, research-based activities which result in the improvement of institutional quality and demonstrate the effective accomplishment of the University’s mission through its strategic goals.

Promote dynamic professional development for clients and community service to meet the needs of business, government, and schools within Ras Al Khaimah and the Emirati community.

Values

People

To create a student learning environment that develops social and cultural understanding for individual growth and concern for others; to build skills of independence, self-direction, critical and reflective thinking, innovation, and entrepreneurship; to recruit high quality faculty and staff by capitalizing on and recognizing their contributions.

Quality

To offer high quality academic and professional programs that build mastery and commitment to life-long learning.

Scholarship and Research

To advance knowledge through discovery, dissemination and application.

Cultural Authenticity

To serve as a center for cultural dialogue and understanding, promoting cultural heritage, and as a community resource for language development.

Engagement

To enable students, faculty, and staff to contribute to the solution of local, regional, and global problems, and offer opportunities to engage with the community; to maintain partnerships with schools, higher education institutions, local and regional governments, business and industry.

Improvement and Productivity

To seek continuous improvement through reflection, assessment, and quality enhancement, setting and rewarding high standards, and being proactive, efficient, and effective within the context of high quality.

Academic Freedom

To create an environment of open, critical thought, enquiry, and exchange of ideas, of tolerance for divergent views and beliefs.

Integrity

To maintain the highest standards of integrity and instill those standards as an important value for sustaining humankind.

Enterprising

To value innovation and entrepreneurship in teaching, research, service, and other enterprises.

Global

To promote multicultural understanding, knowledge, and citizenship to promote world peace and prosperity for a sustainable future.

 

History

With the support of His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah, the University was initially established as George Mason University, Ras Al Khaimah campus (GMU-RAK) in 2005. After George Mason University decided to discontinue its operations in Ras Al Khaimah in 2009, the Crown Prince decreed the establishment of the American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) in the same location. Students who had enrolled in GMU-RAK were given the opportunity to continue at AURAK, transfer to GMU’s main campus in Virginia, USA, or transfer to another institution.

Following the short-term presidencies of Professor Sharon Siverts (2009-10) and Dr. Shaukat Mirza (2010-11), AURAK’s Board of Trustees appointed Professor Hassan Hamdan Al Alkim as vice chancellor. Subsequent changes in organizational structure saw Professor Al Alkim named as president in 2014.

Over the past three years, the University has developed new academic programs, attracted new faculty and staff, and significantly increased its student enrollment. This rapid change has required an adaptable organizational structure to accommodate the effective and efficient delivery of programs and services. Consequently, in 2013, vice president positions were added. As part of the same process, the Office of International Programs, the Teaching and Learning Center, the Development Office, and the Center for Continuing Education were all established. The new organizational structure also included the creation of four academic schools: the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering, the School of Business, and the School of Graduate Studies and Research.

Today, AURAK’s strategy is to focus its efforts on cultivating excellence within existing curricular offerings while improving policies and procedures across the institution. Student enrollment is projected to grow at an average annual rate of 35% over the next five years. It is also expected that, with an increasingly strong global economy, AURAK will capture the attention of educators, economists, business entrepreneurs and other professionals who want to take advantage of the programs and services the institution offers, meeting national and regional workforce needs and earning the University regional and global recognition.

 

Ten Reasons to Attend AURAK

Accreditation

All of AURAK’s 22 academic programs are accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the UAE’s Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MOHESR). The University is also working towards institutional accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), while individual programs are also in the process of gaining international accreditation from bodies such as ABET and AACSB.

American Education

AURAK provides an integrated North American-style, undergraduate and graduate education, with a strong focus on the local indigenous culture. The North American model of higher education not only emphasizes the cultivation of specific skills in a variety of academic fields, but promotes general education courses through which students encounter new ideas and are encouraged to think critically about local and global issues.

English Language

AURAK gives students the opportunity to become fluent in English, as it is the medium of instruction. By the time of graduation all of our students have developed a full professional proficiency in English, thus maximizing their prospects in terms of professional careers and further studies.

Faculty

AURAK boasts a world-class, vastly-experienced and highly-accomplished faculty from all corners of the globe, ensuring that students receive the highest possible standard of education, equipping them to become leaders in their field of study, and preparing them to enter the working world as well-rounded, global citizens.

Affordable Fees

AURAK offers affordable fees in comparison to competitors in other emirates.

Location

Nestled between the picturesque Hajar mountain range and the warm waters of the Arabian Gulf, the American University of Ras Al Khaimah is a great place to study. There is always something to do.

Take a trip to the UAE’s highest point, eat out at the mall and watch the sun set on one of Ras Al Khaimah’s several public beaches, all in one day. Ras Al Khaimah is also just a 45-minute drive from Dubai.

Multicultural

AURAK is extremely proud of its diverse student body. A total of 42 nationalities from five continents mean that learning does not only take place in the classroom.

Ownership

AURAK is a not-for-profit, public university, 100% owned by the government of Ras Al Khaimah.  As a government institution, AURAK has a secure and stable future.

Safe, Supportive Environment

The United Arab Emirates, Ras Al Khaimah, and AURAK offer an environment that provides personal security and safety. You will study in English and live in the comfortable, culturally fascinating and diverse region of the world.

Study Abroad

Thanks to agreements with numerous international institutions, you will have the opportunity to spend a semester, year, or summer session abroad. AURAK has partner universities in the US, Canada, the UK, France, Germany and Korea.

 

Accreditation and Licensure

The American University of Ras Al Khaimah has been officially licensed by the UAE’s Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MOHESR).  All of the University’s 22 academic programs are accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA).

AURAK is also working towards institutional accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), a regional body for accreditation of degree-granting institutions of higher education in the United States.

In August 2016, the School of Engineering’s  B.S. in Computer Engineering and the B.S. in Electronics and Communications programs received accreditation from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Additional programs are currently in the process of gaining ABET accreditation.

The School of Business has become a member of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) which is the first step towards gaining accreditation.

 

Last updated Jan. 1, 2017

About Ras Al Khaimah

Located at the mouth of the Gulf, Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) was once the historical capital of the region. Translated literally from Arabic to English, ‘Ras Al Khaimah’ means ‘Head of the Tent’.

RAK is an outdoor paradise, with plenty of places for leisure, water sports, mountain climbing and other sports, all within a safe and family-oriented environment. Away from frenzied traffic and rush of the larger cities, but still well-developed, RAK is a quiet but vibrant Emirate. It is an ideal location, for both those who want to relax and those who are more ‘on the go’.

The beauty of Ras Al Khaimah is reflected in its traditions and diverse landscapes — its white sandy beaches, the majestic Hajjar Mountains, the expansive desert and its sands dunes, and the many historical sites from times gone by. RAK may be the only destination where you can go to the beach, mountains and desert within ten minutes driving time!

AURAK thus offers students a high quality education, in an enjoyable and relaxing environment amidst both natural and man-made beauty.

The RAK economy has also witnessed significant development across several sectors. GDP has more than tripled in the last decade. The industrial sector is the main contributor to RAK’s GDP, representing 23% of the total in 2010. Tourism represents another key sector in RAK’s burgeoning economy, with a number of hotel chains choosing to open branches in the area, including Hilton, Rotana, Banyan Tree and Waldorf Astoria.

To learn more please visit the official website for tourism in Ras Al Khaimah – http://www.rasalkhaimahtourism.com/

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