Information on AURAK
Information on AURAK
The American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) is a 100 percent government owned, not-for-profit, public university located in the Emirates of Ras Al Khaimah (RAK). It is ideal in terms of location, environment, and traditional cultural exposure. RAK boasts a picturesque locale with the sea, the desert, and the mountains, and here you will connect with a rich Arabic cultural experience unlike any other. RAK has a smaller town feel allowing one the chance to meet both locals and other citizens of the world, and yet is only an hour away from the hustle and bustle of Dubai and only forty minutes to the country of Oman. It is also one of the safest countries in the world.
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 in candidacy 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.
Our student body is comprised of many nationalities. Students hail from the United Arab Emirates, Russia, India, Nigeria, and many Middle Eastern and African countries such as Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Sudan, and Malawi just to name a few. We take pride in our AURAK students as they speak many languages and have a progressive worldview. At the same time they respect their heritage and history. All are united by a common desire to gain knowledge and experience in their chosen fields in order to be productive and model members of society. They value this time of growth and learning and are very interested in sharing their lives and learning about cultures not their own. They are committed to expanding their global experience and to critically analyzing the world around them. We seek to encourage this development through the hosting of incoming study abroad and exchange students and by assisting current students in their study abroad and exchange goals.
Our faculty, like our students, come from many different countries around the world. Whether they hail from the United States, Canada, Jordan, or any other countries, they all bring their dedication and expertise to their teaching and research disciplines. They add to the truly international aspect of this institution.
The president of AURAK, Professor Hassan Hamdan Al Alkim, received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Political Science from Seattle University in the United States. His Masters of Arts and Doctorate of Philosophy in International Relations were received in England at the University of Exeter. Through his leadership, the University has seen an expansion of programs, students, faculty, and the campus proper. His diligence has enabled the University to begin offering study abroad and exchange agreements for incoming and out-going AURAK students.