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            Our HISTORY

            The evolution of the American University in Dubai began as a fact-finding mission in 1991 and signified the beginning of what was to grow to become one of the region’s most respected institutions for higher education.

            When a team, led by Elias Bou Saab from the American College in Atlanta, Georgia, visited the Gulf to establish relationships with various ministries of higher education as well as the region’s schools, Dubai was still a developing and relatively undeveloped destination in the Middle East.

            Four years later, in 1995, Bou Saab officially established the American University in Dubai, with the full commitment and support of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai. To this day, His Highness continues his unlimited support for higher education in general and to the university in particular.

            The guiding principle underlying the university’s establishment was bringing the American educational system to the region,without interfering with or challenging the culture or values of the local community. The institution achieved this goal and, to this day, considers it a key to its success.

            In October 1995, AUD opened its doors as a branch campus of the American College in Atlanta. With 165 students enrolled, half of which were females, AUD grew progressively over the years and in 2000 the University became officially licensed by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education Affairs (MOE-HEA), while moving into its new fully equipped, purpose-built campus in an area that would soon be known as ‘New Dubai.’

            A MODERN DAY UNIVERSITY

            Today, the American University in Dubai is a fully independent, vibrant institution which serves as a point of reference for higher education within the Gulf Region and greater Middle East. It currently educates more than 2,000 students of almost 100 nationalities, and remains the first and only institution outside of the U.S. and Latin America to receive accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). 

            AUD’S TIMELINE

            January, 1995

            Mr. Elias Bou Saab moves to Dubai and establishes the American University in Dubai 

            Fall, 1995

            Opening enrollment of 165 

            January, 1996

            Addition of MBA program 

            December, 1996

            SACSCOC accreditation 

            January, 1997

            IAA accreditation (advertising programs) 

            June, 1997

            Dr. Lance de Masi becomes President/Chief Academic Officer 

            March, 1998

            Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Educational Commission (NPEC) issues degree-granting rights 

            June, 1998

            First Commencement Exercises – James Baker, Keynote Speaker 

            Jan, 2000

            Move to new premises 

             

            Enrollment, 648

             

            Licensure by UAE Ministry of Higher Education 

            May, 2000

            H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum officially inaugurates AUD Campus 

            April, 2001

            SACSCOC Substantive Change Prospectus (School of Engineering) 

            June, 2002

            Fifth Commencement Exercises – Bill Clinton, Keynote Speaker 

            Fall, 2002

            First engineering student admitted 

            November, 2003

            School of Business Administration accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) 

             

            H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum officially inaugurates the School of Engineering 

            December, 2003

            SACSCOC reaffirms AUD accreditation 

            June, 2004

            Dr. Jihad Nader appointed Provost/Chief Academic Officer 

            May, 2005

            Ministry completes accreditation of all AUD programs 

            September, 2007

            AUD opens School of Communication 

            December, 2007

            AUD becomes the first and only institution of higher learning outside the US and Latin America to receive SACSCOC independent accreditation.

            March, 2008

            Inaugural Harvard-AUD student exchange 

            May, 2008

            Revised Mission/Purpose-related Goals ratified 

            June, 2008

            Naming of Mohammed Bin Rashid School for Communication 

            September, 2008

            Engineering programs (Civil, Computer, and Electrical) receive ABET accreditation 

            September, 2009

            B.Arch. program (five year) launched 

             

            Revised Arts and Sciences Core takes effect 

             

            First Certificate program launched – Middle Eastern Studies 

            September 2011

            The School of Arts and Sciences is formed with the Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (B.A.I.S.) launched as its first degree program 

            January, 2012

            ID, VC, and Architecture departments form in a new School of Architecture, Art and Design 

            October, 2012

            ABET accredits Mechanical Engineering program 

            December, 2012

            Granted SACSCOC Reaffirmation (ten-year re-accreditation) 

            July, 2013

            Ministry renews AUD license for five years

            May, 2014

            First B.A.I.S., B.Arch., M.Ed. and M.S.C.M. degrees granted

            May, 2015

            ACEJMC accredits B.C.I.S. program

            April, 2016

            CIDA accredits B.F.A. in Interior Design program

            March, 2017

            AUD unveils revised Mission and Statement of Philosophy

            May, 2017

            AUD holds its 20th Commencement Exercises

            May, 2017

            Visual Communication and Interior Design programs receive NASAD substantial equivalency

            November, 2017

            The School of Business Administration receives AACSB accreditation

            December 2017

            UAE Ministry of Education – Higher Education Affairs grants accreditation to the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

            September 2018

            UAE Ministry of Education – Higher Education Affairs grants accreditation to the Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA)