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AUS holds Board of Trustees meeting
The Board of Trustees of American University of Sharjah (AUS) met remotely on October 24, 2020 to review the university’s progress. The meeting was chaired by AUS Trustee Mr. Hamid Jafar, on behalf of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al-Qassimi, Supreme Council Member, Ruler of Sharjah and President of AUS.
The board reviewed the university’s ongoing response to COVID-19, including measures taken to support the continuation of online course delivery and the advancement of the research agenda. The board noted that AUS met Fall 2020 enrollment goals with the recruitment of highly qualified incoming undergraduate and graduate students, including students admitted to the recently launched PhD in Materials Science and Engineering, the Master of Science in Construction Management, and the Master of Science in Finance programs.
The board discussed progress on the research agenda, including the continuous improvement in key performance measures and the recognition of faculty and student work globally. From newly patented methods aimed at improving the treatment of breast cancer to leading the Middle East and Africa in the Global Undergraduate Awards for student research, AUS provides educational experiences and opportunities that promote independent learning and extracurricular engagement in research, creative activity and the development of ideas that can advance knowledge or be transformed into products and services that benefit society.
Given the importance that alumni play as members of the AUS community, the board reviewed progress on the alumni association chapters that are being launched in Jordan and Egypt, as well as new initiatives such as the alumni mentorship program. The board expressed appreciation for the many contributions that alumni make to AUS.
Speaking on the occasion, Professor Kevin Mitchell, Chancellor of AUS, said:
“Throughout the pandemic, AUS has benefitted tremendously from the ongoing support of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah, Member of the Supreme Council, and President of American University of Sharjah, and the members of the Board of Trustees. Faculty, staff and students have worked together to ensure that the university continues to advance teaching, learning, research and creative work. The many accomplishments of faculty and students continue to distinguish AUS.”
Prior to the October 2020 meeting, the board met to approve the university’s general operating budget for the Fiscal Year 2020–2021.