With the foresight of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the UAE Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, Sharjah has become one of the most important learning centres in the Middle East. One only has to visit the impressive University City to understand the vision that lies behind this achievement. A multi-dimensional education system with a wide and varied network of schools, colleges and institutions for further education has played a pivotal role in the development of Sharjah.
Sharjah’s University City comprises several magnificent buildings set within beautifully landscaped grounds. It should be visited for its Islamic architecture alone.
This huge campus development located to the east of the city in Al Mowaileh, opposite Sharjah International Airport, was founded in 1997 and contains the American University of Sharjah (AUS), University of Sharjah (UOS) – Men’s College and Women’s College, the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) – Sharjah Men’s College and Sharjah’s Women’s College. HCT is a pioneering project in the country providing students with professional training. The campus also houses the Dr. Sultan Al Qasimi Centre of Gulf Studies, Sharjah Police Academy, Institute of Training & Judicial Studies, Regional Centre for Educational Planning, College of Law and University City Hall.
American University of Sharjah
The American University of Sharjah (AUS) is a non-profit, higher education organisation owned by the Government of Sharjah. The University was founded in 1997 by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the UAE Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, who is also the President of AUS. Whilst AUS applies the American education system, it is thoroughly grounded in Arab culture and is part of a larger process of the revitalisation of intellectual life in the Middle East.
AUS is a comprehensive co-educational university based on the American model of higher education and offers 26 majors and 42 minors at the undergraduate level, and 13 Master's degree programs running through the following academic divisions: College of Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering, College of Architecture, Art and Design and the School of Business and Management. All classes and administrative functions are conducted in English.
Over 5,000 students from all over the world attend classes at the university each year.
In its formative years, AUS benefited from associations with the American University in Washington DC, Texas A & M University and the American University in Beirut.
Today, AUS is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and is licensed in the United States by the Department of Education of the State of Delaware. The University is also licensed by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, and all programs are recognized by the ministry and have been awarded either accreditation or accreditation-eligible status. All six of the Bachelor's degree programs in the AUS College of Engineering are accredited by ABET of the United States.
The University hosts a series of major productions and quality concerts throughout the year, produced by students, local and visiting artists and to which the public is welcome to attend.
For more information, please visit www.aus.edu