Celebrating Our Graduates - Fall 2020 | American University of Sharjah

Congratulations on completing your degree as a #Proud_AUSer!

In spite of the challenging circumstances that were unimaginable when you began your first semester all those years ago, you have achieved so much worth celebrating. 

While the official Commencement ceremony planned for December 26 is not possible due to the ongoing prohibition on public gatherings, we want to mark this important milestone with a virtual celebration that you can share with your family and friends.

The virtual celebration of the AUS Class of Fall 2020 took place at 10:00 a.m. on December 26. To watch the celebration, click on the relevant college or school below.

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You can also watch the full celebration here.

We do look forward to hosting a physical Commencement ceremony to recognize you and celebrate this significant achievement with your family and friends once it is safe to do so.
In the meantime, we hope you enjoy reading some of the stories of this outstanding group of graduates below.
 

Congratulations Class of Fall 2020!

Ahmed Noeman

Bachelor of Architecture
College of Architecture, Art and Design

“Congratulations to all of us. May we all embrace the challenges and the opportunities that life will throw at us in the future.”

Karim Aziz Oghly

Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication (Journalism)
College of Arts and Sciences

“[At AUS] I managed to make some of the best friends that I can think of and to connect with some incredible professors who really helped me become the best version of myself. Congratulations to all of you...Whatever you wish to do, you should do that.”

 

Fareha Khan

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
College of Engineering

"This batch has experienced some of the history-making moments of the College of Engineering. You’re leaving AUS with much more than a degree–you’re leaving with memories, friends by your side and the experience of a lifetime."

 

Saba Alkhatib

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration–Marketing (Minor in Music)
School of Business Administration

"I am definitely proud to be an AUSer and I’m so grateful for all of the memories that AUS has given me. A huge congratulations to you all and good luck on your future endeavors."

 

Our Graduates

College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD)

Bachelor of Architecture
Jad Samer Moura
Hudaa Roshan

Bachelor of Science in Design Management
Rana Essam Ablfaraj
Moshkat Ahmed Ahmed
Afra Abdulla Alfalasi
Khadija Salah Aldin Al Hamad
Salma Amgad Allam
Mohamed Shahid Firoz
Rahaf Moh'd Ghanayem
Malak Ali Ghunaim
Hind Abdelrahman Alnaqbi
Heba Jaleel
Eiman Y. Mohammad
Zeina Yasser Rabie
Maha Saker

Bachelor of Interior Design
Niyousha Manouchehri

Bachelor of Science in Multimedia Design
Alaa Altheraawi
Mentalla Essameldin Sayed
Tala Farid Touckley
Amanda Varghese

Bachelor of Science in Visual Communication
Maryam Nadhem Alhamad
Rayyan Tariq Almutawa
Afra Faysal Alzarooni
Farida Hussein Foda
Yara Majd Hamed Allah
Mirna Seddky Rashid Tanaghou

Master of Urban Planning
Dania Ajlan
Zulfa Zaher Al-Aghbari
Fatima Ahmed Alameeri
Sajida Mohsen Alshahma
Khulood Abdulla Alsuwaidi
Amnah Rashed Alyammahi
Jinan El Hajjar
Heba Helmy Hammad
Sarah Khan
Alaa Omar Kurdi
Salma Ibrahim Murad
Boshra Hassan

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature
Rubaiya Tasnim Chowdhury
Aya Mohammed Sallam

Bachelor of Arts in International Studies
Amna Khaled Alblooshi
Maryam Al Hashemi
Mariam Sami AlJamea
Maryam AlKhalifa 
Fatima Saif Almheiri
Aisha Hamad Almidfa
Saif Abdulrahman Alnuaimi
Marwa Rashid Alrasheed Almulla
Humaid Matar Alshamsi
Meera Talal Alshehhi
Hamda Nasir Alshuweihi
Eisa Mohamed Alsuwaidi
Hassan Obaid Alsuwaidi
Uroosa Ashfaq
Tia Bendaly
Ingmar Adrien Botz
Marya Jamal Buhlaigah
Lamya Ismail Bukhashm
Chahed Wadah Falhout
Khadija Mohamed Galadari
Danyah Irfan
Dona Sherif Kamel
Abdulaziz Ziad Karkadan
Lena Khalifa
Noora Ibrahim Khoory
Reema Galdo Nowfal
Maryam Saleem
Haejong Yeo

Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication
Shamma Ahmad Alayali
Lolwa Ahmed Alhamidi
Nawaf Mohamed Alhammadi
Abdulkareem Anas Alhassan
Noura Saleh Alichla 
Hamda Redha Alkhatib
Noura Hassan Almaazmi
Sara Abdullah Alzahrani
Judy Assaad
Karim Aziz Oghly
Ahmad Mahmoud El Dahhan
Ziad Essam Elmenayyir
Mariam Murtada Elsanousi
Zeina Sherif Hamouda
Hadin Hasan
Nadin Khaled Hassan
Dana Tarek Iskandarani
Safet Mesanovic
Haya Ali Misleh
Hassan Ahmed Musalli
Lara Assad Sabbagh
Suzana Saoud
Hera Shabbir
Mohammed Thanzil Shamnad

Bachelor of Science in Biology
Yara Marwan Abukhaled
Alia Abdulla Alfalahi
Amna Mohamed Al Foulathi
Sara Ibrahim Alsarkal
Fay Ahmed Alshamsi
Rawan Imad El Saleh
Akbar Hasan
Syed Faisal Kamal
Nada Ashraf Shaarawy

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
Nadine Abu-Odeh
Youssef Haysam Alemam
Badriya Saeed Alhindaassi
Shima Khalvati

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences
Hind Habib Alameeri
Yoobin Kim       
Yannick Pages

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
Saood Husain Almarzooqi

Master of Arts in English/Arabic/English Translation and Interpreting 
Amna Abdulrahman Alsaleh
Badria Eisa Hassan
Oumou Kelthoum Med

Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages 
Afra Khalifa Al Mheiri
Thoraya Abdullah Farzaneh

Master of Science in Mathematics
Alaa Tharwat Elsakran

College of Engineering (CEN)

Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering
Fajer Al Ali
Zainab Mohamed Alghareeb
Nouf Mohamed Alhammadi
Alia AlHashimi
Meirah Ahmed Alhefeiti
Mariam Hasan Alkhatib
Dina Ayman Allam
Noor Maher Mohammed Al Masri
Ahmed Obaid Almheiri
Abdullah Jamal Al-Othman
Abdalla Abdelrahman Abdalla Aljarwan Alshamsi
Eyas (Mohd Sobhi) Alshannaq
Mashael O Althuwaini
Alia Abdulrahman Bin Rafeea
Katia Faouz
Salma Hassan Pour
Fahid Hasan Jibreel
Raneem Maher Mahmoud
Asma Mohamed 
Omar Belal Nasir
Abdelrahman Samha
Roula Abdelrahman Selim
Omar Mohamed Shatry
Monica Zakhari
Samira Jihad Zeinab

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
Nada Anwar Abdul Rahman
Ahmad Adel Lutfi Abu Hajjeh 
Fatma Behzad Afghan
Mohammed Rashed Alabdouli
Khalifa Ahmad Alawadhi
Maryam Subhi Algzeary
Saleh Waleed Alhabili
Diana Amer Al-Hafi
Sultan Eisa Alhosani
Samir Al-Kharraz
Sara Al Qadi 
Ameer Alaa Al-Saadi
Shim Khaldoun Alsamman
Mahdi Muawieh Alsfarini
Nasser Humaid Alshamsi
Mohammad Kamal Alshar
Ahmed Wael Attia
Ruba Ahmad Elmootassem
Omar Hesham Abdelmonem Elrefaey
Ahmed Ashraf Hamed 
Saleh Samir Harazeen
Hamza Ali Saad Kadhim
MHD Sadek Issam Kaso
Mohamad Naser Kayali
Ahmed Sherif Madbouly
Mohamed Mohsen
Ahmed Salaheldin Ahmed Mohamed
Jaafar Mohsen
Abdullah Osman
Yahya Ibrahim Seddik
Youssef Osama Seif
Ahmed Hazem Mohamed Hosny Abdelmoneim Selim
Mohammed Ahmed Shohaib
Mohamed Nashaat Abdel Haleem Singer
Bushra Tatan
Essa Burhan Zaben
Tarek Zeyad Zayed
Mohammad Taha Zubairi

Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
Jihad Mahmoud Abdul Ale
Rami H Abuassi
Aghed Haytham Alahmad
Reem Abdalla Alameeri
Maryam Ebrahim Alhosani
Mohamed Abdelqadir Almulla
Mariam Jamal Ahmed Arshi
Hima Bijulal
Fatima Hussain Arab Darwish
Wael El Armali
Omar El Boutari
Alfarouk Hesham Elzohery
Imad Elian Gharbi
Brylle Ryan Gomez
Abdel Rahman Naser Hamdan
Ahmed Salman Kanaani
Khaldoon Mohammed Khaldoon
Mohamed Shezan Rizny
Amal Hammad-Mahmoud Suleiman
Feraas Tayeh

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science 
Omar Hesham Abdualkareem
Sheikh Abdur Raheem Ali
Sara Mohammed Almaazmi
Omar Ahmad Alsarookh
Ahmad Bin Kalban
Angie Sobhi Guirguis
Farah Hafez Ibrahim
Obada Mohamad Issa
Muhammad Abdullah Khan
Kareem Masoud
Yousuf MD Noorul Islam
Abdalla Ahmed Mohamed
Iyas Naser
Eisa Sajwani
Hussain Saifee Surti
Abdul Hafeez Usman

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
Feras Thaer Abdul Hadi
Lamis Abdul Kader
Ahmad Jamal Akbar
Mouza Abdulla Alahmed
Alia Jamil Al-Ali
Ahmed Ebrahim Albastaki
Samer Maher Al Chaar
Maitha Saeed AlFalasi
Mohamad Saeed Alhajjar
Abdulrahman Hani Almheiri
Mansour Mohamed Almulla
Shahd Abdulaziz Almutawa
Khawla Abdulrahman Alnuaimi
Layla Abdulla Alshehhi
Abdulrahman Ahmed Alzarooni
Mohamed Rashad
Hamza Jamal
Youmna Gamal Kassem
Imad Khalid
Youssef Khalil
Lamees Salah Mohamed
Abdelrahman Sherif Sabet

Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering
Omar Khaled Abdallah
Rowaida Mohamed Abdelmaksoud
Aly El Din Abdel Aziz
Hatoun Gafar Abdelrahman
Mohammed Ahmad Abdo
Ahmad Abed
Abdulla Emad Abu Baker
Muaaz Farouk Adra
Mohammed Zainuddin Ahmed
Amir Aldouri
Asma Talib Alhawai
Jude Khaldoun Al-Khalil
Saad Abdullah AlKhanbashi
Yazan Ayman Aloulabi
Ali Ben Bihi
Thuraya Mahmoud Bitar
Lamis Mahmoud Darwish
Abdullah Riad El-Halabi
Jawdat Mounir El Khatib
Mohammed Fakhraldin 
Abdul Rahman Hamad
Ameera Hamdan
Rami Burhan Hamdan
Ahmed Walid Hammad
Talah Ziyad Hamza
Alaa Hatem Ibrahim
Aya Hatem Ibrahim
Abdallah Jaziri
Tasneem Ayman Khader
Yahya Khan
Hessa Jaber Lootah
Safwan Abdulraouf Mannaa
Feras (Moh'd Abdel-Latif) Mansour
Tajaldeen Mohamed Ibrahim Mohamed
Nevin Adnan Mohammad
Mostafa Hossameldin Mostafa Abdallah Salem
Farah Eyad Shahin
Sara Sherif Shaker
Rahaf Abdulla Sheiko
Farah Ammar Taha
Dania Ahmed Younis
Zeinab Jihad Zeinab

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Seif Ayman Abdelhakm
Omar Mohamed Abdelkarim
Ghazi Amer Adawieh
Aeman Muhammed
Ayham AlAkhras
Saeed Obaid Alhathboor
Basmah Jamal Al-Khawaja
Ali Redha Alkhayat
Ahmed Saleh Alqahtani
Hilal Alsharu’
Muhammad Hammad Alvi
Noor Anbari
Nemer (Moh'dali) Atatreh
Issa Nabil Awad
Hamza Bagui
Basel Barake
Mustafa Murtuza Doriwala
Roldan Martin D Souza
Soroush Shirazi
Ahmed Moataz Elsergany
Mais Riad Hassan
Ilham Mohamed Hassan Sattar
Rami Maher Hodefa
Ghada Hussam Hussain
Abdelaziz Khalid Karrani
Abdelrahman Mahmoud Khalifa
Malak Megly
Badr Adel Naji
Tarun Pherwani
Mohamed Qaed 
Mohammed Waleed Qanbar
Abdul Rehman Abhijit Suvarna
Faisal Arafat Yousef

Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering
Nader Lutfi Almufleh
Bassam El Taher

Master of Science in Chemical Engineering
Waad Abuwatfa
Halima Ali Alnaqbi
Rana Muhammad Nauman Javed
Omar Mohamed Moussa

Master of Science in Civil Engineering
Bassant Essam Abdelrahman
Aisha Ali Al Madhloum Al Suwaidi
Eisa Mohamed Alzarooni
Mohammed Adnan El Afandi
Amina Rayan Hammodat
Alaa Yasser Ahmed Fouad Kamel
Ahmed Mohsen Khalil
Batoul Mohsen

Master of Science in Computer Engineering
Afaf Eltayeb Ahmed

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
Anfal Bahjat Alsayed Ali
Alya Musabbeh Alshamsi
Armaghan Ali Cheema
Ahmad Ibrahim Dalbah
Hanin Hassan Kabalan
Asmaa Ibrahim Tageldin

Master of Science in Engineering Systems Management
Suhail Salem Alablam
Mayyas Abdelrahman Rashid Alsalman
Mah'd GH. Al-Qawasmi
Amrah Abdulla Alyammahi
Raed Okba Al Zuabi
Ameera Inamalla Khan
Waffa Maryam
Heba Ahed Ahmad "Radwan Khlaif"
Dana Tawfiq Yazbak

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Abdullah Abou Hewelle
Basit Ali
Mohamed Hassan Dirar
Mohamed Monir Hassanien

School of Business Administration (SBA)

Bachelor of Arts in Economics
Reem Bahsoun

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration major in Accounting
Meera AlDhaheri
Shaikha Thamer Alhosani
Walid Maher Al Mofleh
Ahmad Abdel Karim Al Mughrabi
Maryam Ali Ahmed Alnuaimi
Mariam Al Qaydi
Mohammed Nur Hassan Dipcharima
Amro Mohammad Sawalha
Alina Siddiqi
Farhan Valiya Kattil
Husam Khaled Younes

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration major in Economics
Omar Abdulaziz Alnuaimi

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration major in Finance
Abdelrahman Abdelaziz
Reem Ashraf Abdulhadi
Aws Abdulqader Algailani
Hamad Saif Aljaberi
Murtadha Al Jammali 
Diala Hasan Almalik
Christine Tareq AlMaqatish
Maryam Mohamed Almarzooqi
Mohamed Humaid Alnuaimi
Aisha Humaid Alowais
Dalal AlSoufi
Fatima Khamis Alsuwaidi
Moza Mohamed Obaid Alsuwaidi
Mohammed Abdulla Al Taheri
Mohannad Ehab Anabtawi
Mohammad Maaz Ansari
Hania Azmat
Mohammed Aqil Badri
Serajeddin Abdulbaset Buruin
Arshiya Chadha
Abbas Charaf
Sara Elsayed Elgebeli
Rami El Mouradi
Basant Khaled Farrag
Shaniza Urooj Fatima
Aly Adel Ghonemy
Mohamed Tamer Gouda
Ahmed Abdelnassir Hassan
Zahir Mohamed Iqbal
Mostafa Mohamed Ismail
Abdullah Jamshaid
Pavandeep Kaur
Saud Khalid
Mohammad Mustafa Khan
Amin Eshagh Khoushno
Moksh Kriplani
Eman Mohamed Mahmoud
Mahmoud Jamal Mdallal
Muhamed Mesanovic
Nikita Mitin
Samin Shadman Mizan
Sarah Isam Mohamed
Abdul Raheman Mohamed Nazeer
Rofayda Mohammadi
Mohamed Tamer Moustafa
Hafsa Saqib Nadeem
Trevor Charles Oyoo
Louiza Rahmani
Nader Ramahi
Muhammad Haider Sarfraz
Anuja Shukla
Abdulaziz Mohammed Wali

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration major in Management
Omar Mazen AlKhatib
Hadeel Al Lahham 
Hind Mohamed Almaazmi
Dema AlMalik
Bodour Ahmad Basel Alzaim
Nada Mohamed Amiri
Ghada Chawa
Moncef Khouchane
Zuhaib Abdirahman Muhumed
Mohammed Azhar Anis Sajan
Elnaz Abdullah Tabaei

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration major in Management Information Systems
Abdullah Awadh Alzahrani
Karim Salah Ghousseini
Abreez Hashir
Abdullah Raza Virk

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration major in Marketing
Hebah Abdulraheem 
Noor Abdulmannan Abdulrahim
Usman Javed Ahsani
Mariam Husam Al-Asmar
Saba Nabil Alkhatib
Alia Ahmad Almarri
Nadin Abdulrahman Al Nimer
Sultan Al Quraini
Daniel Hammoud Atallah
Alia Hassan Bettar
Israa Walid Elakrashy
Hend Issam ElAshwal
Sara Subhi Fathalla
Mahnoor Fatima
Shatha Essam Hamzah
Nour Emad Mahmoud
Musa Musaev
Bayan Noubani
Fatma Ebrahim Rahi 
Youssef Ashraf Salem
Amir Faheem Siddiqui
Azka Tariq

Master of Business Administration
Mallak Jalal Abdelqader
Ayesha Yousuf Alansari
Saif Mohammad Al Ghurair
Hiba Al Khatib
Eman Zaid Almaazmi
Maryam Saqr Alqasimi
Azza Abdelhakim Alshamsi
Fatima Mohammed Alshamsi
Mohamed Abdalla Al Shamsi
Nouf Nasser Mohammed Al Shamsi
Fatema Mohammed Alshehhi
Rashid Saeed Alteneiji
Saud Ibrahim Al Zarooni
Ali Bashir Bashir
Ali Ghafouri
Lama S S Junid 
El-Cheikh Fadi Kais

Master of Science in Accounting
Sarah Abdullah Alenaize 
Asma Abdelnour Meer AlSarrah
Fadi Bassam Halwani
Maryam Ashraf Hanna
Abdallah Adel Sawan

Senior Spotlights

Graduate Memories

Student Stories

Our graduates have had a remarkable journey at AUS, achieving academic success and taking advantage of the many extracurricular experiences AUS has to offer. You can read about just some of the achievements of the Class of Fall 2020 below.

To share more student success stories with us email [email protected]

Bassam El Taher: Detecting mercury in marine environments

The World Health Organization considers mercury poisoning as one of the deadliest threats to humans. Environmental pollution has caused mercury to pollute 80 percent of the world’s seafood in oceans and aquatic farms, posing a global threat to public health.

Graduating with a Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering, Bassam El Taher's research has focused on developing a real-time monitoring system that immediately detects low levels of mercury in water environments. The system integrates a sensing device with a metal organic framework (MOF) coating. When exposed to water, the coated sensor instantly detects mercury at levels as low as 0.116 mg (0.000023 teaspoons) per liter. 

This video explains more about Bassam’s research, which is in collaboration with faculty and researchers from the College of Engineering at AUS. 

 

Batoul Mohsen: A solution for mass water conservation

Huge volumes of water are lost on a global scale every day as a result of leaking underground water pipes, with some cities losing as much as 60 percent of their daily water supply. In addition to its environmental impact, this water loss creates financial loss for governments and consumers. 

In collaboration with Dr. Md Maruf Morula from the College of Engineering, Master of Science in Civil Engineering graduate Batoul Mohsen has been working to address this problem and develop a solution using hyperspectral imaging system. The system detects underground pipe leakages using drones and infra-red imaging at a consistently high level of accuracy, and has drawn interest and support from local governments across the UAE.

Watch this video to learn more about Batoul’s research. 

Tia Bendaly: From international studies to study abroad

As a student of international studies in the College of Arts and Sciences at AUS, Tia Bendaly saw no better way of enhancing her learning experience than with a semester abroad at the University of Central Lancashire, England. Taking advantage of the chance to study new subjects, such as forensic science and British politics, and experience small-town English life (and a trip or two to London), Tia’s study abroad experience made a big impact on her plans for the future.

“I think having a study abroad experience is an advantage when looking for internships and jobs because it shows employers that you are able to adapt to changing circumstances, are independent and self-reliant and so on. My experience also solidified the fact that I want to continue my studies in the UK. I plan on interning in London and going to grad school at the University of Law,” she said.

Zainab Mohamed Alghareeb: Study tour becomes “trip of first times”

Chemical engineering graduate Zainab Mohamed Alghareeb had the opportunity to join the American Institute of Chemical Engineering (AICHE) study tour to Indonesia over the winter break in January 2020, just ahead of the COVID-19 pandemic. The trip was incredibly impactful for her and a major highlight of Zainab’s AUS experience.

“I can absolutely say that this trip to Indonesia was one of the best things I have ever done during my university experience. As a chemical engineering major, it was interesting to me to see university life at the University of Indonesia and work life in Halliburton Indonesia and how different it is from the UAE.”

“Not only was I able to benefit from the academic outings, but I also got to enjoy a week full of activities with an amazing group of people. I call this trip ‘the trip of first times’: I got to try rafting, ATV and the Bali Swing for the first time.”

“More than anything, I enjoyed the company I had; the people in the tour made it 10 times better. It is crazy how I was able to build amazing friendships and get attached to those who were on the trip in the span of one week! It was one week that I will forever cherish and remember, and if I could go back and repeat it, I definitely would.”

Brylle Ryan Gomez: From group project to award-winning innovation

Computer engineering graduate Brylle Ryan Gomez ends his AUS experience on a high after winning a regional Global Undergraduate Awards for a team project that will dramatically impact the work of wildlife photographers and ecologists. 

The innovative project utilizies deep learning and the Internet of Things (IoT) to develop a system that helps label camera traps used to capture images of animals in the wild. In order to capture images of animals, ecologists place camera traps in the wild for months; this is followed by a tedious and time-consuming process where thousands of images are manually analyzed. To speed up this process, the AUS team developed a system that instantly labels an image as soon as it is captured by a camera trap and sends a notification to the ecologist’s mobile application, detailing the type of animal, the time image was taken, and the location.

Brylle’s team—including computer engineering alumni Ali Reza Sajun, Lana Alhaj Hussein and Dara Sakhnini—worked together with Emirates Nature-WWF, which provided them with guidance and data throughout the process. The team worked under the guidance of Dr. Imran Zualkernan and Dr. Salam Dhou from the College of Engineering, along with Dr. Jacky Judas from Emirates Nature-WWF.

Muaaz Farouk Adra: Leaving a lasting legacy

Industrial engineering graduate Muaaz Farouk Adra has certainly made the most of his time at AUS. Over the past four years, Muaaz has taken every opportunity to build his legacy as an AUS student leader and role model across a wide range of AUS platforms.

From leading new students through orientation as a Peer Leader and Advisor, to advocating for a more sustainable campus as an EcoRep, leading the AUS Model United Nations (AUSMUN) as Secretary-General, working as CEO for a day with Jaguar Land Rover, and even representing AUS at the International Youth Leadership Conference in South Africa in 2019, Muaaz has truly embraced the AUS student experience.

Speaking of his legacy as an EcoRep, Muaaz said: “My aim as a student at AUS has always been to raise awareness about sustainability and sustainable behavior. I hope my efforts as an EcoRep can contribute to making sustainability a priority among students and faculty on campus. As an engineering student, I understand the importance of sustainability for my career path as nowadays any business and organization is focused on having a more sustainable footprint."

Watch this video see Muazz and his fellow EcoReps in action. 

Azka Tariq: Making change for good

Marketing graduate Azka Tariq leaves AUS having made a priceless impact on the Sharjah community, with plans to continue her good work beyond university.

Recipient of the 2019­–2020 Active Student Scholarship for Community Service, Azka took part in an initiative to change the life of a mother and her three children by renovating and refurnishing their home earlier this year. The project was part of the bi-annual AUS Hand-in-Hand social initiative that was started in 2009 by the Community Service and Outreach unit at the university. The initiative aims at making a meaningful contribution to the community through AUS student volunteers. The project this year was done in collaboration with the Sharjah Social Empowerment Foundation (SSEF).

“This was my fourth project working with AUS Community Service and Outreach. I got hooked the first time I worked with them. Volunteering helped me develop at the personal level and it made me more responsible. I realized that there is more to the world outside the bubble we live in.”

“I loved working with orphans before, and I am genuinely thinking about adopting or caring for one. I would encourage everyone to volunteer because it will change the way you look at life. We think sometimes that we have a hard life, but then you realize there are people who are not as fortunate as you are and you can make a positive impact in their lives.”

Hudaa Roshan: Architecture student to CEO for a Day

Architecture graduate Hudaa Roshan leaves AUS armed with an outstanding portfolio of work, as well as professional experience that is sure to impress any future employer. 

In October 2019, Huda had the opportunity to work with the CEO of Atkins as part of the Odgers Berndtson CEOX1Day program. The program offers local business leaders a chance to give back to the community by mentoring an elite group of university students for a day or more, providing them with insight into the world of leadership.

Placed with one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies, this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Huda, giving her the chance to understand the market, and learn about leadership and how to handle responsibilities at a senior level. 

“It is very important to combine that sort of experience with our education,” she said.

"The most interesting aspect was meeting the graduates from Atkins' graduate program and learning about their personal transition from academia to professional practice. This program allows for architects and civil engineers to pursue a British chartership while balancing work. It is opportunities like these that help people grow and become more accomplished in their field."

Beyond this remarkable experience, Huda has had the opportunity to work on professional projects, participate in global competitions and immerse herself in CAAD’s culture of making as part of the Bachelor of Architecture program, which is ranked number one in the UAE, according to QS World University Subject Rankings. 

Click here to view the Six Degrees exhibition of work by graduating undergraduate and graduate students from CAAD.

Join the Celebration

Calling all members of the AUS community–family, friends, faculty, staff and students! This is your chance to celebrate the achievements of the Class of Fall 2020.

Share your photos and best wishes to our graduates on social media using #Proud_AUSer and #AUSFall2020.

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