Newsletter - Issue 2          Academic Excellence, Redefined          November 2016                       

Welcome to the second issue of the American University of Ras Al Khaimah newsletter!

The university was typically busy during the summer months: two programs in the School of Engineering gained ABET accreditation, a new relationship with the University of Dubai was signed, a number of our faculty and staff members bid farewell to us, and award ceremonies celebrating our top students in academics and athletics were held.

September saw the start of the fall 2016 semester and a large influx of new students, staff and faculty. Professor Hamdan Al Alkim, announced that AURAK's application for membership to SACSCOC has been accepted, and the university is expecting a site visit in early spring 2017. October saw the 5th AURAK commencement ceremony take place on campus for the first time, and we received another visit from ABET - this time to review the B.S. in Civil and Infrastructure Engineering.

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Public Relations team
American University of Ras Al Khaimah

Commencement Ceremony 2016

AURAK Celebrates 5th Commencement Ceremony

The American University of Ras Al Khaimah this evening celebrated its 5th commencement ceremony in the presence of H. H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah. A total of 77 graduates celebrated the momentous occasion, accompanied by their proud family members, in the university’s brand-new auditorium. This year’s ceremony held a special significance, as it was the first to be celebrated on the AURAK campus.

New AURAK Video Produced

Ahead of the commencement ceremony, AURAK also unveiled its new promotional video, showcasing the campus development and an exclusive interview with H. H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah.

Dignitary Visits and Memoranda of Understanding

AURAK Receives Japanese Vice Consul

The American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) this morning received the vice consul of the Consulate General of Japan, Mr. Masataka Sugimoto.

The vice consul met Prof. Hassan Hamdan Al Alkim, AURAK president, as well as Dr. Bilal Akash, Dr. Claudette Williams and Mr. Abdulla Shahin, in order to discuss potential cooperation with the university, specifically in terms of attracting Japanese students to Ras Al Khaimah and the promotion of Japanese culture.

AURAK Signs MoU with University of Dubai

The American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) has further expanded its network of local partners today, after signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Dubai (UD).

The collaboration will between the two entities supports the UAE Vision 2021 initiative, particularly in terms of further enriching its highly-educated and skilled workforce to address fundamental regional industry-relevant research problems.

ICT Fund to Support School of Engineering

The American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority’s (TRA) ICT Fund.

The agreement was signed at the GITEX technology exhibition currently being hosted at the Dubai World Trade Centre, by the AURAK president, Professor Hassan Hamdan Al Alkim and H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, director general of the TRA.

General Manager of Customs Department Visits AURAK

General Manager of the Ras Al Khaimah Customs Department, Dr. Mohammed Abdullah Al Mehrezi paid a visit to the American University of Ras Al Khaimah this morning.

School of Business Visited by DIFC Courts Delegation

A delegation from the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts visited AURAK today, in order to discuss the possibility of future collaboration between the two entities.

AURAK to Cooperate with Goethe-Institut

The American University of Ras Al Khaimah held an initial meeting with the Goethe-Institut this week, paving the way for future cooperation. The Goethe-Institut...

Quality and Accreditation

Two AURAK Programs Earn ABET Accreditation

The American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) has proudly announced that two programs within its School of Engineering were awarded with full ABET accreditation this week.

The prestigious Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, or ABET, is the leading accrediting body for post-secondary academic programs in ‘applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology’.

B.S. Computer Engineering Earns CAA Renewal

The American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) has today revealed that its Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering has had its accreditation renewed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research’s Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA).

Less than a month has passed since AURAK announced that its computer engineering program had earned ABET accreditation, yet the work continues, as the University seeks to ensure that the education it provides is synonymous with quality.


AURAK Selected to Participate in ‘Solar Decathlon’

The American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) has been selected to participate in Solar Decathlon Middle East 2018, a competition in which universities organize the construction of sustainable solar homes.

As part of the competition, AURAK has revealed its plans to construct a zero-energy house based on research carried out at the university and its Research and Innovation Center (RAKRIC), focused on sustainability and self-sufficiency.

AURAK Honors Top Students at Award Ceremony

As the 2015-2016 academic year comes to a close, the American University of Ras Al Khaimah has hosted its annual academic award ceremony, honoring the institution’s top students for their achievements throughout the year.

Professor Hassan Hamdan Al Alkim launched the ceremony, congratulating the students for their hard work, also recognizing the enormous sacrifice their parents have made for their children to have a university education.

AURAK Place Third in “Think Science” Competition

The American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) has finished third place in the 2016 ‘Think Science’ competition and fair, in the category of energy and environmental sciences.

Students Awarded for MEPRA Participation

A number of students enrolled in AURAK’s mass communication program were awarded for their participation in the 'Connect' conference, hosted by MEPRA.

AURAK to Produce 'Zero-Energy House'

AURAK today hosted the Ras Al Khaimah Zero-Energy Villa Kick-off Workshop, which will see the university produce a completely sustainable residential unit, named ‘Al Bayt Al Kamel'.

University Life

Faculty and Staff Visit H. H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi

A delegation from the American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK), has visited H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, to pay its respects during this holy month of Ramadan.

The delegation, headed by the president of the government-owned institution, Professor Hassan Hamdan Al Alkim, consisted of male faculty and staff. The female faculty members and staff were also invited to pay a visit to the wife of the Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, Sheikha Hana.

David Neild Unveils New Book 'A Soldier in Arabia'

As part of the ‘Year of Reading’ initiative commissioned by H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, David Neild spoke about his new book, ‘A Soldier in Arabia’.

AURAK Raises Awareness of Female Cyber Bullying

The Student Life Department at the AURAK organized a workshop on Sunday, which aimed to raise awareness of female cyber-bullying, an increasingly prevalent phenomenon in society.

AURAK Bids Farewell to Outgoing Faculty

AURAK hosted a farewell reception on Thursday, in appreciation of the outgoing faculty members and administrators  for their service and commitment to the university.

AURAK Hosts 2nd International Day of Yoga

AURAK hosted the 2nd International Day of Yoga on Tuesday evening. More than 300 people from around Ras Al Khaimah came to the university  in order to participate.

AURAK Volunteers with Human Appeal International

A group of students and staff from AURAK have assisted local charity, Human Appeal International, in distributing gifts to orphans in the region.

Prof. Tariq Shehab Faculty Colloquium

Prof. Shehab, a professor of civil and infrastructure engineering at AURAK, presented his research on an ‘Automated System for Inspection and Repair of Sewer Pipes’.

Reading Year: The Body as Text

The AURAK Reading Club (ARC), held its first event of new academic year, celebrating the UAE’s Year of Reading.

Dr. Khaleda Colloquium on Emirati Culture

In the latest faculty colloquium, Dr. Khaleda Al Mansoori gave a talk titled ‘Emirati Culture and Dialect’.

Dr. Sakhrieh Elected Co-president of AGYA

Dr. Ahmad Sakhrieh has been elected as co-president of the Arab-German Young Academy for Sciences and Humanities (AGYA).

Centre for Continuing Education and Community Services

RAK Teachers Earn Professional Diploma at AURAK

A number of teachers from the Ras Al Khaimah public school system have earned professional diplomas after completing a professional development program at the American University of Ras Al Khaimah’s (AURAK’s) Center for Continuing Education and Community Services (CCE&CS).

A total of 28 teachers received the diploma upon completion of the one-year program at a graduation ceremony hosted by the university. The program, which was sponsored by the Sheikh Saqr Program for Government Excellence (SSPGE)...

AURAK in the News

A comprehensive guide to AURAK's appearances in the news, both local and international, can be found in the media reports, here.

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