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AUK Opens Doors to the Class of 2020

The American University of Kuwait (AUK) has opened doors today for the new class of 2020. Throughout the past weeks, the University has been holding several campus activities to welcome new and returning faculty and students.

The orientation week, which took place before Al Adha Holiday, featured welcome sessions and campus tours as part of a comprehensive orientation program for faculty and students. The sessions included speeches and annoucements by AUK administrators including, AUK President, Dr. Nizar Hamzeh; Vice President for Admissions and Public Affairs, Amal Al-Binali; Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Hanan Muzaffar; Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Rawda Awwad; Dean of the College of Business and Economics, Dr. Jin Wang.

During the welcome sessions, President Hamzeh revealed that 24 new professors and instructors have joined the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and Economics, and the Intensive English Program. In addition, an AUK alumnus has been hired as an instructor in the Department of Arabic and Foreign Languages after successfully completing his graduate studies in Arab and Middle Eastern Studies in the UK.

Vice President Amal Al Binali announced the issuance of several scholarships this year, among which were 2 full merit scholarships to 2 new students; in addition to 10 merit scholarships to new and existing students that covers tuition for 1-2 academic years. AUK also continues - for the 6th consecutive year - to offer scholarships granted by the Minister of Education and Higher Education. This year, 5 merit scholarships were granted to students who were on the Minister's list.

Other announcements included the anticipated opening of a new building in Spring, 2017 which will house a gym, and a lounge area for the students. AUK has also upgraded the auditorium, classrooms and laboratories with the latest technological equipment to provide the AUK community with dynamic and reliable resources during their time on campus.

The orientation week also included campus tours that introduced the class of 2020 to their new surroundings. Visited sites included the library, admissions office, the Academic Advising and Learning Support Center, and the Center for Continuing Education. The tour provided students with information and guidance that would prove useful once they embark on their journeys at the beginning of the fall semester.

Student Life's Welcome Week will be kicking off today, featuring a variety of campus activities that new students could take part in and that would further immerse them into college life.

Established in 2003, AUK is an independent, private, equal opportunity, and co-educational liberal arts institution of higher education. The educational, cultural and administrative structure, methods and standards of AUK are based on the American model of higher learning. The language of instruction is English.

AUK currently offers 14 distinct degree programs in various academic disciplines. AUK is accredited institutionally by the Private Universities Council (PUC) in Kuwait. Its business programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP); its social sciences, arts and humanities programs are accredited by The American Academy for Liberal Education's (AALE); and its Intensive English program is accredited by the Commission for Intensive English Program Accreditation (CEA).

Released by the Office of Public Affairs on the 18th September 2016

Photography by the Office of Public Affairs (C) 2016

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