American University of Sharjah
Dr. Moza Al Shehhi
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Dr. Moza Al Shehhi came to AUS in 1998 with 25 years of experience in the field of education, ranging from teaching to executive administration in the UAE Ministry of Education. During the course of her work, Dr. Al Shehhi earned her PhD in Demography from City University in London. She began her career as a mathematics teacher, and later assumed the role of headmistress of an educational institution. Dr. Al Shehhi worked with a dynamic group of presidents, administrators, executives, founders and the board of directors at the UAE Ministry of Education, involving strategic planning and budgeting for the educational institution. In recognition of her work, she was awarded the Sheikh Khalifa Al-Nahyan Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1997, the Sheikh Rashid Al-Makhtoum Award for Scientific Excellence in 1995 and the Appreciation Award from the Ministry of Education in 1999.
Dr. Al Shehhi's distinguished contribution at AUS raised her to the position of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs in 2003. Her leadership has set Student Affairs standards that have been recognized as regional and national benchmarks by accreditation committees of the UAE and Middle States Association of Higher Education.
Under her proactive leadership, the Office of Student Affairs has earned a reputation, not just in the UAE but throughout the region, for being a trend-setter in the high quality of student services, programs, and facilities that it provides. As Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Dr. Al Shehhi received the 2010 Sharjah Voluntary Award for winning the Eighth Local and the Fourth Arab Voluntary Awards in the educational institutions category for best community services engagement and the 2011 Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education by CMO Asia.
Dr. Al Shehhi is passionate about service to humanity and the community. In addition to her service at AUS, she is personally involved in humanitarian programs and charity work that helps individuals with special needs, senior citizens and those physically challenged.
Among Dr. Al Shehhi' s writings are the thesis "Level and Patterns of Nuptiality, Fertility and Child Morality in the UAE" for the Ministry of Planning and Health in 1995; the paper "Women Leaders in the Educational Sectors," which was read in Sharjah Secondary School in 1993; and the paper "Emirates Educated Women between Work and Self Cultural Development" in 2002.
In 2008, Dr. Al Shehhi, a trained parliamentarian, was awarded a certificate by Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Al Nahyan for representing Emirati women and influencing them to think democratically.