Celebrating our Silver Jubilee | American University of Sharjah

25 Years of AUS

American University of Sharjah is the fulfillment of the vision of our founder, His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed AlQasimi, Member of the Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates, Ruler of Sharjah and President of AUS.

When His Highness raised the UAE flag to inaugurate AUS in Fall 1997, our pioneer students, faculty and staff took hold of his vision to see this new institution shape and impact society and future generations through science, education and research. 

As we mark our 25th anniversary, this continues to be lived out in our lecture halls, studios, laboratories, classrooms, and offices on campus, and indeed around the world, as proud AUSers carry out the vision of His Highness.

This page will be updated regularly as we chronicle our Silver Jubilee celebrations and initiatives, highlight our achievements over the past 25 years, and look ahead to our aspirations for the future.

Silver Jubilee Podcast

Created by student and faculty from the Department of Mass Communication in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), the AUS Silver Jubilee Podcast features interviews with key individuals who have contributed to the success of our university over the past 25 years.

Listen here, on Spotify and other platforms.

Calendar of Events

The AUS Silver Jubilee will be marked from Spring 2022 through Spring 2023.

From concerts and events to creative collaborations and academic conferences, across social media and on campus, we plan to deliver a range of activities that will celebrate faculty, staff, students, alumni, and our business and community partners.

The following schedule highlights some of the key events that are planned to celebrate our first 25 years.

Note: Schedule is subject to change.

Fall 2022

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

14:00–16:30

College of Engineering Celebrates 25 Years of Diversity and Success | College of Engineering
The College of Engineering will celebrate 25 years of success, achievements and AUS being among the top five universities with the highest percentage of international students (Times Higher Education, 2022). The event will include motivational talks by prominent speakers from academia and industry, as well as AUS alumni, to celebrate CEN's diversity and reflect on the great achievements of women and men in engineering science and technology. This colorful and engaging event will be full of fun and surprises, including quizzes and student competitions. All students, faculty and staff are welcome.

For more details about this event, click here.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

15:00–16:00

CEN Alumni Hall of Fame Series featuring Her Excellency Sarah Al Amiri | College of Engineering
In the first session of this series, CEN will host alumna Her Excellency Sarah Al Amiri, UAE Minister of State for Public Education and Future Technology. The event will take place in ESB-0037. 

For more details about this event, click here.

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

15:00–18:00

Executive Engineering Learning Day: Smart Cities Technologies from the Ground to the Cloud | College of Engineering

The College of Engineering (CEN) invites members of the general community to take part in this short course delivered by our world-class faculty members. For more information and to register, click here.

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

09:00–11:00

Executive Engineering Learning Day: Empowered Women in the Workplace | College of Engineering

For more information and to register for this free course, click here.

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

15:00–16:00

CEN Alumni Hall of Fame Series featuring Amin Al Zarouni, CEO of Bedu | College of Engineering

In second installment of this series, proud AUS alum Amin Al Zarouni will shed light on his journey at AUS and as a student in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE). In addition, he will explore some lessons he learned throughout his career path. This event will be held in the Engineering and Sciences Building (ESB) Auditorium and is open to all members of the AUS community. For more information, click here.

Thursday, October 20, 2022

09:00–11:00

Executive Engineering Learning Day: Introduction to MEMS Technology | College of Engineering

For more information and to register for this free course, click here.

Thursday, October 27, 2022

10:00–12:00

Executive Engineering Learning Day: Total Quality Management | College of Engineering

For more information and to register for this free course, click here.

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

11:00–12:15

Fireside Chat: SBA Distinguished Lecture Series - Jubilee Edition | School of Business Administration
A proud AUS alumna, Her Excellency Hanan Ahli is the Managing Director of the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Centre, a government entity affiliated with the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs in the UAE. AUS students are invited to hear Her Excellency discuss the UAE’s gender balance model and its competitiveness outlook. The event will take place in SBA - 0002

For more information about this event, click here.

Thursday, November 3, 2022

10:00 –12:00

Executive Engineering Learning Day: Lean Six Sigma | College of Engineering

For more information and to register for this free course, click here.

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

10:00 –12:00

Executive Engineering Learning Day: The Art and Science of Design Thinking | College of Engineering

For more information and to register for this free course, click here.

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

10:00 –12:00

Executive Engineering Learning Day: Fundamentals of Structural Earthquake Engineering | College of Engineering

For more information and to register for this free course, click here.

Thursday, November 17, 2022

10:00 –12:00

Executive Engineering Learning Day: Fundamentals of Fire Protection Engineering | College of Engineering

For more information and to register for this free course, click here.

Thursday, November 17, 2022

From 12:30

AUS Leopards Day: Mascot Madness! | Office of Student Affairs

As part of our Silver Jubilee celebrations, we’re starting a new annual event to ignite the AUS team spirit. AUS Leopards Day will be a fun campus-wide event involving students, faculty and staff. The event will kick off at 12:30 p.m. in the Student Center. For more information, click here.

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

TBC

National Day Celebration 
The Emirati Cultural Club from AUS will lead campus celebrations for the UAE's 51st National Day. More details to follow.

Spring 2023

Saturday, January 28, 2023

16:00–19:00

CAAD at 25: Taking Stock | College of Architecture, Art and Design

The College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD) will host the first of a two-part symposium series. Special guests will take part in a panel discussion reflecting on the successes and challenges of the past 25 years, both within the various disciplines of architecture and design and beyond. This event is open to CAAD alumni and students.

Saturday, January 28, 2023

17:00–22:00

AUS Silver Jubilee Alumni Reunion
All AUS alumni are invited to attend this special celebration on-campus where we’ll pay homage to our pioneer graduating class of 2001, announce the recipients of the AUS Silver Jubilee Scholarships, and treat guests to an exclusive concert. For more details, click here.

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

10:00–15:00

Community Service Partner Appreciation Event
In recognition of the many community service organizations we have partnered with over the past 25 years, AUS will host an event that highlights the social impact we have made together for the good of our broader community.

Thursday, February 16

09:00–18:00

The Future of Work and Well-Being: Lecture by Sir Christopher Pissarides | School of Business Administration

In this special Silver Jubilee edition of SBA's Distinguished Lecture Series, Nobel Prize-winning economist Sir Christopher Pissarides will deliver a lecture on the future of work and well-being. Click here for more information.

Thursday, March 9 to Friday, March 10, 2023

17:00

Global Day 2023
Everyone’s favorite AUS event just got better with special performances and activities to celebrate our Silver Jubilee. More details to follow.

Saturday, March 18

16:00–19:00

CAAD at 25: Preparing for the Future | College of Architecture, Art and Design 

The College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD) will host the second of a two-part symposium series. Special guests will take part in a panel discussion reflecting on the insights from the recent CAAD alumni survey and the views of other leaders in the creative economy. This event is open to CAAD alumni and students. More details to follow.

Monday, March 20, 2023

19:00

Spring Musical Concert | College of Arts and Sciences
The Performing Arts Department of the College of Arts and Sciences will host a musical evening featuring the Arabic Music Ensemble and AUS Choir. All funds raised will go towards the AUS Silver Jubilee Scholarship Fund. More details to follow. 

Tuesday, May 2 to Friday, May 5, 2023

19:00

Little Shop of Horrors presented by the AUS Performing Arts Program | College of Arts and Sciences
For a limited season only, AUS students will take to the stage to revive an AUS classic theater performance of Little Shop of Horrors. All funds raised will go towards the AUS Silver Jubilee Scholarship Fund. More details to follow. 

AUS Alumni Silver Jubilee Reunion

Under the patronage and in the presence of our founder His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed AlQasimi, Supreme Council Member, Ruler of Sharjah and President of AUS, the AUS Alumni Silver Jubilee Reunion was held on Saturday, January 28, 2023 at the AUS Main Plaza. 

This year's celebration brought the AUS community together under the theme #AUSis25, with thousands of alumni and high profile delegates attending from all over the region. 

The night's festivities included a magnificent light show highlighting the university's iconic Main Building, a performance by the AUS Choir debuting the official AUS anthem, a motivational presentation by UAE entrepreneur Anas Bukhash, and a spectacular fireworks display. His Highness also recognized several outstanding members of the AUS alumni community for their achievements and contributions to the community, which included alumni inducted in the AUS Hall of Fame 2023, and winners of the AUS Alumni Volunteer Service Award 2023 and Most Active Council Member Award 2023.

The following corporate sponsors were also acknowledged for their generous support: Alef Group, Arada, Bee’ah, Crescent Petroleum, Emaar, Etisalat, Invest in Sharjah, Petrofac, Sharjah Media City (Shams), Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Sharjah Islamic Bank, Sharjah National Oil Corporation, Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority and Commerce Development Authority, and Talabat.

AUS Gratitude Park

The AUS Gratitude Park was inaugurated on Saturday, January 28, 2023 by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed AlQasimi, Member of the Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates, Ruler of Sharjah and President of American University of Sharjah as part of the AUS Alumni Silver Jubilee Reunion.

The Gratitude Park was commissioned to mark the 25th anniversary of the university and pay tribute to the contributions AUS alumni and friends of the university have made to AUS, helping it to become one of the region’s leading institutions. The park’s design comes from two notable architects who are AUS alumni, Eman Shafiq and Samrakshana Suresh. The architects graduated from the AUS College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD) in 2019 and 2020, respectively.

The Gratitude Park acknowledges these achievements with its field of rising columns, anchored by a foundational stone wall at its center. Set in a 310 square meter space on the AUS campus, the columns rise as they radiate away from the center wall, representing the commendable work of AUS students and alumni. The timber columns display the names of notable alumni and recognizable contributors to the university’s success over the past 25 years. New columns will be added in future years to mark the new contributions alumni and other supporters will inevitably make to the university.

The surrounding park celebrates the educational standards and methodologies of AUS as it celebrates a quarter of a century of outstanding education. Employing a non-invasive landscape strategy with a landscape palette consisting of plants suited to the environment of Sharjah, the park has a reduced environmental impact, consistent with AUS’ position as an international leader in sustainability. 

Watch this video to meet the architects and to learn more about their vision.

AUS Commemorative Silver Coins 

In celebration of AUS’ Silver Jubilee, American University of Sharjah (AUS) in collaboration with the Central Bank of the UAE (CBUAE), has issued 1,000 commemorative silver coins.

The issuance of these commemorative coins aims to celebrate 25 years of achievements since the establishment of AUS in 1997, in fulfillment of the vision of our founder, His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed AlQasimi, Member of the Supreme Council of the UAE, Ruler of Sharjah, and President of American University of Sharjah.

AUS alumni were able to acquire the commemorative coins, and the proceeds were allocated towards the Silver Jubilee Scholarship Fund, which aims to provide the equivalent of 25 scholarships for 25 students in celebration of AUS’ 25th anniversary. The coins were sold out within 24 hours of announcing this initiative.

Each coin weighs 40 grams. The front side includes an image of AUS with the year of its establishment in 1997, surrounded by the name of the university in Arabic and English. The reverse side of the coin includes the official AUS Silver Jubilee emblem with the name of the Central Bank of the UAE written in both Arabic and English.

Thank you to everyone who took part in this initiative and contributed in making a positive impact in the lives of others.

Celebrate With Us

Give to the AUS Silver Jubilee Scholarship Fund

As part of our Silver Jubilee celebrations, the Office of Advancement and Alumni Affairs is spearheading the #AUS25for25 initiative, which aims to raise the equivalent of 25 scholarships for 25 AUS students. 

By participating in some of the initiatives and events in our Silver Jubilee calendar, friends and supporters of AUS community will be able to contribute to AUS Silver Jubilee Scholarship Fund—an unrestricted non-endowment fund that will be used to address the critical needs of our students. The students who benefit from this fund will be selected for their good academic standing and demonstrated financial need as determined by the university’s financial grants and scholarships review process. 

For more information about how to contribute to the AUS Silver Jubilee Scholarship Fund, please email [email protected].


 

Buy AUS Merchandise

Did you know that by purchasing any of our official AUS merchandise, you help support AUS students with financial needs? For every purchase, 8 percent of the total purchase price will be donated to the AUS General Student Support Fund.

A great selection of apparel, gifts, accessories and more is available through the online AUS Merchandise Shop. 

The online store is the only place to get official, licensed merchandise, so check it out today!

 


 

Enter a Competition

In celebration of our Silver Jubilee, the College of Engineering (CEN) is hosting three multimedia competitions. 

The competitions are open to all AUS students, alumni and employees with monetary prizes awarded to the winners. 

Learn more about the competitions and how to take part by clicking the links below.


 

Share Your AUS Memories

As we look back at how our campus has changed over the past 25 years, we also acknowledge the students, faculty and staff who made their own personal mark on the university and made it what it is today.  

If you have any old photos of AUS, or stories about how the university has impacted you personally or professionally, we'd love you to share them with us via email at [email protected].

You can also tag us on social media using #25yearsofAUS.

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