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Dartmouth and AUK Extend Memorandum of Understanding for 5 More Years

Dartmouth College and the American University of Kuwait (AUK) renewed their institutional cooperative agreement that promises to build on the success of a 15-year relationship.

The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by AUK founder and Chair of the Board of Trustees, Sheikha Dana Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, and Dartmouth College President Phil Hanlon '77 during a ceremony at Dartmouth attended by Amal Al Binali, AUK Vice President for Admissions and Public Affairs; Dr. Aseel Al-Awadhi, Director of the Kuwait Cultural Office in Washington D.C.; and Dr. Dale Eickelman, Ralph and Richard Lazarus Professor of Anthropology and Human Relations and Relationship Coordinator/Director of the Dartmouth-AUK Program.

Chair of the AUK Board of Trustees Sheikha Dana Nasser Al-Sabah commented, "We are really proud to be associated with Dartmouth and honored to have your commitment to our growing liberal arts university halfway across the globe. Our biggest challenge is to lead and not to follow as we adapt to the inevitable changes in our societies. In the 15-year partnership between the two institutions, Dartmouth has provided advice on curriculum planning, faculty hiring, and research collaboration. We look forward to continuing our cooperation with Dartmouth, a partner in our evolution and in our ongoing efforts to establish a liberal arts culture in Kuwait's higher education. Dartmouth has educated us and has educated our community in the meaning of liberal arts. I want to extend my special thanks to Dale Eickelman for his 15 years of collaboration in developing the partnership. His insight into our reciprocal complex cultures has been instrumental in creating a common ground on which we've shared our liberal arts vision and built our relationship."

Under the terms of the agreement, first signed in 2003, Dartmouth and AUK collaborate on numerous programs, including mutually beneficial faculty and student exchanges. Dartmouth experts in engineering, information technology, library sciences, communications, the arts and sciences, university governance, and other fields regularly visit Kuwait and vice versa. Dartmouth also provides a wide range of administrative and academic consulting services to AUK.

"We recognize that the young people at our institutions-the world's future leaders-face unprecedented challenges and unlimited opportunities. The liberal arts training they receive at Dartmouth and at AUK will prepare them to meet those challenges and boldly pursue those opportunities as they work to advance knowledge for the betterment of humankind," said Dartmouth President Phil Hanlon.

As part of their ongoing collaboration, the two institutions are now developing an exchange program in which students can gain academic credit. This will exist alongside the internship exchange program where students gain experience in interning at the other institution's academic and administrative units.

For her part, Dr. Aseel Al-Awadhi affirmed that this agreement between Dartmouth and AUK "is a great successful example for the bilateral relationship between Kuwait and the U.S. in higher education. This relationship enhances AUK's vision to provide high quality of education to produce future leaders and innovators for the Kuwaiti society."

This renewal marks the fourth agreement signed by the two universities during the course of their 15-year relationship.

Founded in 1769, Dartmouth is a member of the Ivy League and consistently ranks among the world's greatest academic institutions. Dartmouth has forged a singular identity for combining its deep commitment to outstanding undergraduate liberal arts and graduate education with distinguished research and scholarship in the Arts & Sciences and its three leading professional graduate schools-the Geisel School of Medicine, Thayer School of Engineering, and the Tuck School of Business.

Back Row, left to right:
Amal Al-Binali, Vice President for Admissions and Public Affairs at AUK; Dr. Aseel Al-Awadhi, Cultural Counselor and Director of the Kuwait Cultural Office at the Kuwait Embassy, Washington DC; Dale F. Eickelman '64, Lazarus Professor of Anthropology Emeritus and Relationship Coordinator, Dartmouth College-American University of Kuwait Program, Dartmouth College.
Front Row, left to right:
Sheikha Dana Nasser Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah, founder and chair of the board of trustees of AUK; Philip Hanlon '77, President, Dartmouth College

Photo courtesy of Eli Burakian, Dartmouth '00

Released by the Office of Public Affairs on the 29th April 2018


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