Office of institutional Advancement
Via coordinated, strategically aligned communications, outreach activities, and philanthropic opportunities, the Office of Institutional Advancement (OIA) is dedicated to educating, engaging, collaborating with, and gaining financial support from a broad spectrum of audiences.
OIA cultivates lifelong relationships in which individuals contribute their time, loyalty, intellectual, and financial capital to AURAK’s aspirations and goals to serve the community. In addition, OIA facilitates securing internship placements for AURAK students and builds skills directly suited to the task of searching for jobs and career planning.
The Office of Institutional Advancement (OIA) oversees several services at AURAK including Business Development, Fundraising, Financial Aid and Partnerships. In addition, OIA is devoted to providing AURAK students with effective Internship Placements, Career Development opportunities and to assisting students in achieving their early career goals by finding the best job placement opportunities. OIA is facilitating services from the point of entry into the University through to graduation. These services are designed to help students and alumni reach their potential in preparation to join the graduate workforce and to grow both personally and academically.
The OIA provides the following seven areas of support.
Business Development, Fundraising, Financial Aid, Partnerships, Internships, Alumni Affairs Career Development and Job Placement.
Dr. Ayman Alkhanbouli
Chief Advancement Officer / Assistant Professor – Management
Location: Building A – 1st Flr.
Phone: +971 7 2210 900 Ext: 8811
FAX: +971 7 2210 300
The Business Development service was developed as part of AURAK’s push for long-term sustainability and revenue growth. This is achieved by organizing and providing high-level support for the management of new partnerships, entrepreneurship, projects, alliances and creative opportunities. In addition, throughout developing relevant materials to enhance the university’s strengths both internally and externally. Besides that we also identify emerging markets, grant and funding opportunities, and collaboration opportunities on a national and international level.
This service aims to solicit financial support for AURAK projects and activities that core funding often cannot fund. Through managed investment and fund-raising campaigns, thoughtful project plans, sound marketing campaigns and engaging stakeholders to solicit funds, resources, and assets OIA is able to create the best possible environment within which university can excel.
The Office of Institutional Advancement (OIA) oversees AURAK’s Partnerships. OIA is responsible for supporting all AURAK Programs, Departments, Offices, Faculty and Staff that seek to generate partnerships with national and international corporates, foundations, and organizations around the world.
Financial aid services supports students and their families in paying for university. This financial assistance covers educational expenses including tuition and fees. There are several types of financial aid, including grants and scholarships. These financial aids are granted by organizations such as charities, donors, and other governmental institutions. One of the most common requests from donors is to provide financial aid and bursaries for students, which help less-privileged students attend university and provide students with new opportunities to focus on their studies or pursue leadership, sports, the arts, or other activities.
Students enrolled in degree programs in the School of Arts & Sciences, School of Business, and School of Engineering, are required to complete an internship. Undergraduate students must plan for this internship during their third year immediately prior to the semester in which they intend to do their internship.
The Internship program establishes a three-way partnership agreement among the American University of Ras Al Khaimah, an approved employment site, and the intern whereby the latter receives work experience under the supervision and guidance of a qualified professional. Supervised internship experiences provide an opportunity for students to synthesize, transfer, and apply learning gained through previous study and practice to all phases of the employer’s operation. The overall goal of the internship program is to expose students to the working environment and to provide the means for each student to mature both personally and professionally.
More information about the Internship program can be found in the AURAK Undergraduate Internship Manual available with the Office of Institutional Advancement.
Career Development and Job Placement Services
AURAK is committed to providing students with a wide range of career services. Our services have been designed to assist students in all stages of career planning. Students are provided with career advising sessions, career-related workshops, internship/training search support, and employer engagement opportunities on and off campus.
Students are strongly encouraged to visit the Office of Institutional Advancement during their first year at AURAK and to continue working closely with this office to develop their career plan. Junior and Senior students are encouraged to visit this office at least twice every semester.
The Office of Institutional Advancement (OIA) oversees AURAK’s Alumni Affairs. AURAK celebrates the success of its distinguished alumni and encourages each alumnus to stay in contact with the University. AURAK’s alumni are also encouraged to utilize the University’s student support services and Saqr Library. OIA held the first AURAK Alumni Club (AAC) election in the AY 20/21. AURAK aims for its AAC Officers and their colleagues to use their educational experience at the university as a starting point for achieving their goals and promoting innovation and inspiration in their communities.