The official newsletter of AUSSTIR February 2019
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Welcome from the Chancellor

The warmest greetings from American University of Sharjah, and welcome to STIR, the first edition of what will become the university’s quarterly newsletter.

It is an exciting time to be living in the UAE, and a very exciting time to be part of the AUS community. As the UAE continues to embed its place as a global powerhouse for innovation and entrepreneurship, AUS is fostering a new generation of ambitious scientists, business people and leaders, ready to contribute to the country’s ambitious goals. There are many good news stories generated by the achievements of our students, faculty and alumni. This newsletter is a forum through which the world can learn of our community’s successes, and the positive impact our community is not just having in the Middle East, but across the world.

Our digital world ensures we are inundated with a steady stream of content. I trust that this newsletter stands out for its engaging, relevant and important stories, and that it becomes a highlight of your regular reading.

Happy reading.

Björn Kjerfve, PhD, Chancellor

The warmest greetings from American University of Sharjah, and welcome to STIR, the first edition of what will become the university’s quarterly newsletter. It is an exciting time to be living in the UAE, and a very exciting time to be part of the AUS community. +Read More- Minimize
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Spotlight: AUS sets itself ambitious research agenda

As featured in a recent edition of Nature, AUS is advancing its research goals, with the university aspiring to be the region’s leading research university within five years.

Four new interdisciplinary PhD-granting research institutes have been established to realize AUS’ research agenda: the Biosciences and Bioengineering Research Institute (BBRI), the Materials Science and Engineering Research Institute (MSERI), the Gulf Environments Research Institute (GERI), and the Smart Cities Research Institute (SCRI).

The centers will be supported by two advanced research centers: the High-Performance Computing Center (HPCC) and the Geospatial Analysis Center (GAC); along with a Genomics Sequencing Research Laboratory (GSRL). These institutes and centers will allow AUS to address critical global issues in health sciences, materials science, marine sciences and city planning, and to explore the effects of climate change on the environment.

As featured in a recent edition of Nature, AUS is advancing its research goals, with the university aspiring to be the region’s leading research university within five years.

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AUS high-flier: Cancer researcher making headlines

Dr. Ghaleb Husseini, Associate Dean of Graduate Affairs and Research in the AUS College of Engineering, has been named one of 20 outstanding professors and researchers granted a 10-year UAE residency visa.

The first batch of long-term visas issued by the UAE were awarded to scientists who have received the Mohammed bin Rashid Medal for Scientific Distinction. Dr. Husseini, who has been widely recognized for his research into the effectiveness of nano-sized carriers and ultrasound in enhancing the effectiveness of chemotherapy, was made aware of the news in mid-January. It follows Dr. Husseini’s nomination in 2018 for the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Global Award—one of the highest accolades in the chemical engineering community. Dr. Husseini says of his new visa status: “I want to see the UAE be a top-tier country, a pioneer in scientific research. I believe the UAE is doing it the right way. I want to thank my parents, and my family, my sisters, and my wife, who’s been very patient with long hours at the lab and at work, and my kids. I would like to thank AUS for giving me the opportunity, for funding me, for supporting me when I needed support. I cannot forget about the amazing students at AUS and having the chance to work with them and facilitate this research.”

Dr. Ghaleb Husseini, Associate Dean of Graduate Affairs and Research in the AUS College of Engineering, has been named one of 20 outstanding professors and researchers granted a 10-year UAE residency visa.

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A word from our blog: Fulbright Scholars and Raphael re-enactment

The AUS blog has had a facelift, with a new look, and new focus on telling the stories of AUS staff, faculty and students. We invite you to bookmark the blog so you can stay up-to-date on what is happening on and off campus. Don’t miss recent articles on AUS architecture professor Marcus Farr’s journey to China as part of the Fulbright Scholar Program, and the widely acclaimed live artwork Redressing the Renaissance (a student-led, choreographed a reunion of Raphael’s School of Athens).

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In the press: SBA students “leaders of the future”

Dr. Jörg Bley, Dean of the AUS School of Business Administration, has told Arabian Business: ““At SBA, we not only concentrate on giving our students an outstanding academic basis for their future career, but also focus on equipping them with the 21st century skills today’s top employers demand: team work, critical thinking, effective communication and inspirational leadership, among others.” The article also quotes Dr. Bley on the value of a business school’s accreditation: “Our programs, including our MBA and MSA, are internationally accredited and recognized. We are one of a very small number of institutions in the region to have been awarded accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the most prestigious international accreditation a business school can receive. US News ranked SBA the top business school in the Arab world. Such recognition gives employers assurance that our students truly have been given the very best business education possible.”

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Around campus: New psychology program on offer

As demand increases across the Arab world for highly trained psychologists, AUS has launched a new program that will help fill the region’s skills gap in the expanding field of psychology. With the region continuing to experience rapid population growth and economic development, it is expected that there will be concurrent growth in psychology-related fields, in both the public and private sectors. The new Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (BAPSY), which will be offered through the AUS College of Arts and Sciences beginning in Fall Semester 2019, will see the first cohort of students graduating in 2023, filling much-needed positions in a variety of sectors from mental health services, to education to human resource management, among others.

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Two minutes with... Dr. Ilias Visvikis, Director of AUS Executive Education

  • What is special about AUS Executive Education?

We are able to offer our partners a unique combination of academic knowledge, combined with hands-on business experience and new learning technologies. Our experts have deep insight of the region, but have also worked in business and academia around the world.

  • What has been the greatest achievement of AUS Executive Education over the past year?

We are so glad that we have achieved high rates of learners and partners’ satisfaction through our programs. Also, we have established and grown partnerships with some of the region’s most respected organizations, including Crescent Group, Etisalat, SEWA, International Coach Federation, and others. We have also launched our Mini-MBA for executives, which has received a great response.

  • Tell us something exciting AUS Executive Education has planned for the year ahead.

We plan to offer new technologies and course delivery methods to enhance our course participants’ learning experience. We expect to expand the breadth and number of our partnerships, locally and globally, working with existing and new partners to realize real change in their organizations. We also hope to bring new experts to the team, offering our partners insight and expertise in new areas.

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About AUS

American University of Sharjah (AUS) was founded in 1997 by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Sharjah. Sheikh Sultan articulated his vision of a distinctive institution against the backdrop of Islamic history and in the context of the aspirations and needs of contemporary society in the UAE and the Gulf region. Firmly grounded in principles of meritocracy and with a strong reputation for academic excellence, AUS has come to represent the very best in teaching and research, accredited internationally and recognized by employers the world over for creating graduates equipped with the knowledge, skills and drive to lead in the 21-first century. AUS values learners not driven only by academic success, but by those that embrace our dynamic campus life and embody our ideals of openness, tolerance and respect. This combination of academic excellence and community spirit ensures AUS is filled with world-class faculty and students, poised to become the innovators, thinkers, contributors and leaders of tomorrow.

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