AUS wel­comes stu­dents to ori­en­ta­tion

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SHAR­JAH: More than 200 new stu­dents who will be join­ing American Univer­sity of Shar­jah (AUS) as fresh­men were wel­comed to an ori­en­ta­tion ses­sion held at the AUS Main Au­di­to­rium, on the night of Jan 12. The event, which pre­cedes an ori­en­ta­tion week, is aimed at giv­ing the in­com­ing fresh­men a com­pre­hen­sive un­der­stand­ing of the univer­sity and to ac­cli­mate them to life at AUS. The en­rollees com­prise the top 20 per cent of their high school classes and will be­gin at­tend­ing classes when the Spring 2018 se­mes­ter com­mences on Jan. 21.

Dur­ing the ses­sion that marked the start of the univer­sity’s Ori­en­ta­tion Week, AUS Act­ing Provost and Chief Aca­demic Of­fi­cer, Pro­fes­sor Kevin Mitchell ex­pressed his ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the hard work the fresh­men had put in to join the univer­sity, stat­ing that they are among the top per­centile of their high school grad­u­at­ing class. He said: “In 1997, His High­ness Dr Sheikh Sul­tan Bin Mo­ham­mad Al Qasimi, Mem­ber of the Supreme Coun­cil of the United Arab Emi­rates and Ruler of Shar­jah, founded AUS, the re­gion’s leader in higher ed­u­ca­tion, known for ex­cel­lence and innovation in teach­ing, learn­ing, research and ser­vice.”

“The fact that you have been ac­cepted into American Univer­sity of Shar­jah is an ac­com­plish­ment to be proud of, and I hope that it is the first of many suc­cesses that you will ex­pe­ri­ence dur­ing your time at AUS.

Speak­ing about the univer­sity’s multicultural cam­pus en­vi­ron­ment, Pro­fes­sor Mitchell said, “The di­ver­sity of AUS stu­dents and fac­ulty is one of our great­est strengths, and I urge you to take ad­van­tage of all that a multicultural ed­u­ca­tional en­vi­ron­ment can of­fer to ex­pand your knowl­edge and make con­nec­tions to your fel­low stu­dents through stu­dent or­ga­ni­za­tions, sports teams, and in­for­mal in­ter­ac­tions while walk­ing to class.”

The in­com­ing fresh­men co­hort for the se­mes­ter com­prises more than 200 bright and tal­ented young men and women ready to be­gin their univer­sity life. As part of its man­date, the univer­sity is set to of­fer them a chal­leng­ing and stim­u­lat­ing aca­demic en­vi­ron­ment along with in­creased fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance and sup­port in the form of grants and schol­ar­ships to help them through their aca­demic jour­ney.

This year, nearly 40 in­ter­na­tional ex­change stu­dents from coun­tries as di­verse as Bahrain, Ar­me­nia, China, the Do­mini­can Repub­lic, Ger­many, Italy, Kyr­gyzs­tan, Mali, The Nether­lands, Swe­den, the United King­dom, and the United States among oth­ers will also be join­ing the univer­sity. AUS is known through­out the re­gion for its multicultural cam­pus en­vi­ron­ment, with more than 95 na­tion­al­i­ties com­pris­ing its stu­dent body.

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