HH Sheikh Mohammed's Vision and Support Lead to Harvard - AUD Collaboration

Published May 15th, 2006 - 07:00 GMT

The American University in Dubai has agreed to enter into the assessment phase of a collaborative relationship with key members of the faculty of various Schools of Harvard University. An unprecedented move for any university in the Middle East, this Agreement will be signed and administered by Harvard Medical International in Dubai and will lay the foundation for additional consultancy services.

Mr. Elias Bou Saab, Executive Vice President and Director of Admissions at AUD described the move as a "milestone in AUD's history and a consummate step in implementing the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, for a greater involvement by Harvard in influencing the academic development of the Emirate of Dubai, thus extending Harvard's role beyond the already highly successful venture in Dubai Healthcare City. We are certain that such a relationship will positively impact our community."

The initial phase of the relationship will be marked by a visit to AUD in Fall, 2006 by various Harvard faculty and administrators to conduct a needs assessment and situation analysis, to be followed by the stipulation of a comprehensive work plan. This strategic planning exercise is likely to impinge initially on the University's administrative infrastructure and the academic disciplines of Business Administration, Information Technology and English language.

Dr. Lance de Masi, AUD President, heralds the day when Harvard's services will add value to various spheres of the University's operations, including curriculum and new program design and faculty selection and development. Upon announcing the Agreement, de Masi said, “We are confident that this relationship will enhance AUD's adherence to best practices in American higher education; and hence, strengthen the accomplishment of our objective to be the Gulf's premier University."

Harvard Medical International in Dubai has acted as a catalyst in this venture and will hold the Agreement. Dr. Robert Thurer, HMI Chief Academic Officer, who represents Harvard Medical International in Dubai, commented: "This is an exciting opportunity for Harvard to positively impact the educational community in Dubai."

The American University in Dubai is a private, non-sectarian institution of higher learning founded in 1995. Fall 2005, enrolment is 2,356 students representing eighty nationalities.

AUD offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees. A four-year Bachelor’s degree is offered in Business Administration (BBA), Visual Communication (BFA), Interior Design (BFA) and Information Technology (BIT).

The AUD School of Engineering, established in 2001 through collaboration with the Georgia Institute of Technology, offers the Bachelor’s of Science (BS) degree in Civil, Computer and Electrical Engineering.

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is offered as a generalist degree, with the option to specialize in either Marketing or Finance.

Through its Center for English Proficiency, the University also conducts Intensive and Academic English programs designed to develop university-level English language skills.

The University’s faculty possesses outstanding academic credentials, and the vast majority are or have been practicing professionals of note. AUD’s multi-complex facility has been conceived with the objective of supporting the University’s programs (both academic and extra-curricular) to an American standard. The campus surroundings include Dubai Internet City and Media City. This reflects HH General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s vision for Dubai as the technological hub of the Middle East, together with the University’s role as a technological reference point.


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