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The American University of Kuwait Commences New Academic Year

The American University of Kuwait officially opened its doors to the class of 2021 on the 10th of September, 2017. In preparation for the new academic year, AUK held a series of orientations for faculty and staff to introduce the newcomers to campus and provide various curricula and administrative updates. AUK President Tim Sullivan gave a speech during the meeting in which he emphasized the importance of a liberal arts education to the new generation of students as a vital role in their growth and prosperity beyond their educational journeys. The President also highlighted some new facilities on campus such as the newly opened student center and the multipurpose building that is currently under construction. AUK Provost Dr. Rawda Awwad also gave a speech on the University's continued strive toward development-stating, "What is compelling in this is the sturdiness of this institution: it truly knows itself and understands on a very fundamental level the importance of growth and development."

The meeting concluded with a panel discussion presented by a group of AUK professors on the best practices for education in the 21st century, which include increased student engagement in the classroom.

Orientation week kicked off on campus to welcome new students to the academic year with a series of events and activities organized by the Office of Student Life, Division of Student Affairs. The orientation started with an informational session to introduce students to the various services and academic departments at AUK. This allowed students to familiarize themselves with the campus and socialize with their fellow new and existing community. Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Hanan Muzaffar expands on this point as she states, "On Sunday, we conducted the New Student Orientation that welcomed new students to AUK, introducing them to the University dynamics and to campus life, and providing them with an opportunity to meet and greet their fellow classmates. The week continues with activities that encourage the students to take part of college life outside of the class, starting with BBQ Monday, and ending with Ice-Cream Social Thursday, with sports and activities throughout the week, among them a staff/faculty/student sports matches." Among the activities this week will also be a visit from the Private Universities Council and a club fair where students can find an array of clubs and honor societies to join.

Established in 2003, the American University of Kuwait (AUK) currently offers 14 distinct degree programs in various academic disciplines. According to Ms. Amal Al Binali, Vice President for Admissions and Public Affairs, AUK has offered admissions to 350 students to the undergraduate and Intensive English programs for the fall 2017 semester.

AUK is accredited institutionally by the Private Universities Council (PUC) in Kuwait. The College of Business and Economics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP); the College of Arts & Sciences is accredited by the American Academy for Liberal Education (AALE); The B.E. in Computer Engineering is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology (ABET); and its Intensive English program is accredited by the Commission for Intensive English Program Accreditation (CEA).

AUK President Dr. Tim Sullivan welcoming the New students

Provost Dr. Rawda Awwad welcoming the New students

General photo for Faculty and Staff orientation

Student Life team assisting new students

(from left to right): Provost Dr. Rawda Awwad; AUK President Dr. Tim Sullivan and Dean of Student affairs, Dr. Hanan Muzaffar

General photo of the Faculty and new students

Group photo of the students

Group photo of the students

Released by the Office of Public Affairs on the 13th September 2017


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