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AUS welcomes new graduate students to Orientation Session
American University of Sharjah (AUS) organized a welcome and orientation session, Saturday, January 13, for new students joining the university’s graduate programs this Spring semester to meet with faculty and members of the AUS Graduate Students Association. A similar session was held for the undergraduate students on Friday, January 12.
The event provided an opportunity for the new students to learn about the university’s policies and registration process and help them settle in as they begin their classes.
Speaking at the event, Professor Mohamed El-Tarhuni, Vice Provost of Graduate Studies, welcomed the graduate students to the event. He said:
“Joining a reputable graduate program is a great investment in one’s future. It opens a new career path for the students by enhancing their research skills and providing them with advanced knowledge in their field of choice.
“AUS will establish more graduate programs, especially at the PhD level, to contribute to the UAE’s goals in promoting research and development and moving towards a knowledge-based economy,” he added.
Dr. El-Tarhuni also elaborated on the many benefits of gaining a graduate degree such as enabling graduates to pursue new career paths, helping them acquire new skills and qualities, expanding their professional network, and becoming a knowledge contributor in their chosen field.
The event will be followed by a week-long intensive orientation program for both graduate and undergraduate students introducing them to various university departments and facilities including the AUS Library, IT, Sports Complex, housing, health center, etc., in addition to a tour of Sharjah city and Dubai organized as part of that program.
The event was attended by senior university officials including Professor Kevin Mitchell, Acting Provost and Chief Academic Officer; Dr. Varkki Pallathucheril, Dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Design; Dr. Mahmoud Anabtawi, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Dr. Richard Schoephoerster, Dean of the College of Engineering; and Dr. Jorg Bley, Dean of the School of Business Administration.