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AUS welcomes students to orientation
By a Staff Reporter January 14, 2018
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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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