In 1997, AUS was founded by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Sharjah.
AUS had 285 students on the first day of classes, taught by 30 faculty members.
Architecture student Omran Al Owais, a UAE national, was elected the first Student Council President.
The Master of Business Administration program opens to new graduate students, offered by the School of Business and Management.
The first graduating class of AUS celebrated commencement at University City Hall, with 82 students receiving their degrees.
The late Nelson Mandela, former South African President, gave a lecture on "Education and Its Challenges" at American University of Sharjah at the invitation of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed AlQasimi, Ruler of Sharjah.
CAS student Sarah Al Shammari from Saudi Arabia was elected by her peers as the first female president of the AUS Student Council for the 2007–2008 academic year.
The AUS Performing Arts Program debuted its first student production, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, on April 29, 2008. Read more.
The fund provides AUS alumni the opportunity to impact a new generation of AUS students in the form of financial scholarships.
The Bachelor of Architecture program offered by the College of Architecture, Art and Design becomes the first outside of North America to earn US National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) accreditation.
His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed AlQasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, inaugurated the new 90-million AED state-of-the-art School of Business and Management (SBM) building on June 13, 2011. His Highness also unveiled a plaque expressing AUS’ sincere appreciation to the Government of Sharjah and Crescent Petroleum Company for their generous support toward the construction of the SBM building. The school was later renamed the School of Business Administration.
AUS tops the Times Higher Education (THE) list of universities with the highest percentage of international students globally.
Mustafa Al Tekreeti, Taha Anjamrooz and Hasan Saleh Mahmoud awarded the PhD in Engineering - Engineering Systems Management (PhD-ESM). Read more.