At the American University of Ras Al Khaimah, we have as part of our mission the goal of building a student-centered learning environment that promotes advanced critical thinking skills, fosters creativity, and instills a commitment to lifelong learning. To achieve that goal, the university has attracted a talented and accomplished group of faculty members who are committed to promoting student success and transformation through high-impact educational practices. These practices encourage students to be active participants in the learning process both inside and outside the classroom.
During the 2017-2018 academic year, we will continue to enhance our eighteen bachelor’s degree programs across our School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, and School of Engineering, all accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. To further enhance the university’s reputation for academic excellence and rigor, we have secured candidacy status for accreditation by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and are proceeding with the process for achieving accreditation by that association.
To prepare our students to become global citizens, all undergraduate programs of study require completion of the General Education program consisting of coursework from fine arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and the natural sciences and mathematics. This coursework is designed to help students cultivate broad-based abilities for gaining and creating new knowledge as they navigate their professional careers and for understanding and appreciating the varieties of human experience that shape world cultures.
To further the development of a global perspective in our students, AURAK offers a number of international options for students to study for a semester or more at one of our partner universities around the world. For example, we now have the opportunity for students in the civil and infrastructure engineering program to pursue a ‘three-plus-two’ program in which they can earn a Bachelor of Science degree from AURAK and a Master of Science degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the U.S.
AURAK is also proud to be a leading provider of graduate level education in Ras Al Khaimah and the Northern Emirates. We are pleased to offer four master’s degree programs: Master of Education in Educational Leadership, M.S. in Engineering Project Management, MBA, and Executive MBA.
If you are a prospective student considering AURAK for your studies, I invite you to explore our website to discover how much we have to offer. Better yet, I encourage you to visit our campus and experience firsthand the dynamic learning environment that faculty, students, and staff have collaboratively shaped in their efforts to contribute to the solution of local, regional, and global problems.
We look forward to welcoming you to our campus.
Stephen C. Wilhite
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Success / Provost