AUK Kicks Off New Academic Year with eLearning Fall Semester
AUK began the 2020/2021 academic year with the fully-online fall semester; new and returning students, staff, and faculty were welcomed to the University through online meetings and a series of orientations that introduced the new online processes and platforms that will serve the campus community in academic and administrative efforts.
During her speech to the campus community, AUK president Dr. Rawda Awwad outlined the developments the University had undertaken in congruence with the current standards, “We have embarked on a process of digital transformation of our campus that aims to provide you the learning tools anytime and anywhere. We have expanded and further developed our facilities, and recently added new programs. Our cybersecurity is second to none, and our physical health measures has been expanded to minimize risks associated with the transmissions of COVID-19.”
AUK continued with the series of online orientations using Zoom with sessions for newly admitted students. Vice president for student affairs, Dr. Hanan Muzaffar started the meeting by welcoming the newcomers, “We have a lot to offer you, from support as you navigate your way through your classes and life at AUK in general, to opportunities to develop and nourish those skills and hobbies you already have.” The students were then addressed by several departments—Scholarship and Financial Aid, IT Department, Library, Writing and Tutoring Center, and the Counseling Center—that introduced all the online services and features that would help the students with their daily online interactions and studies.
The students were then divided into smaller groups in several chatrooms where they introduced themselves, played ice-breaker games, and entered a raffle for prizes. This activity served a chance for students to virtually meet each other and initiate friendships.
The start of the fall semester saw a series of online activities held by the University’s Student Life Department, Division of Student Affairs to foster open communication between staff and students, and promote campus clubs and organizations that students can join to stay active within the University.
The fall 2020 semester at AUK is fully conducted online with virtual classes, meetings with course instructors, recreational events and activities, and administrative services available throughout working days to ensure the campus community remains safe while also providing ample support to the students for a well-rounded university experience.
AUK President Rawda Awwad during her welcoming speech to the campus community
Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Hanan Muzaffar addressing the students during the virtual orientation
Student Life staff member liaising with a group of students