More than 1,100 new students, who will be joining American University of Sharjah (AUS) as freshmen this fall, attended a welcome session held at the university on Friday. The event preceded orientation week and is aimed at giving the incoming freshmen a comprehensive understanding of the university and a chance to acclimate to life at AUS.
The newly enrolled students comprise the top 20 per cent of their high school classes.
During the welcome session, AUS Interim Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Professor Kevin Mitchell congratulated the new students and welcomed them on behalf of His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, and President of American University of Sharjah.
“Perhaps one of the most significant challenges will be adjusting to approaching questions in an independent and analytical manner,” said Professor Mitchell addressing the transition from high school to life as a university student.
“AUS encourages intellectual discovery and promotes an appreciation of the various modes of human enquiry through exploring questions that are fundamental to enhancing understanding and advancing knowledge,” he added.
Meanwhile, Ali Shuhaimy, Executive Director for Enrollment Management, congratulated the students on beginning the next phase of their academic career.
“We appreciate the confidence you have shown in our university by choosing to enroll your daughter or son at AUS. Our commitment to the success of our students is evidenced by their achieved stature in the community,” he said.
He referred to AUS graduates over the years, underlining that they “enjoy the advantage of being in the forefront of employers’ selection.”
Shuhaimy also told the newly admitted students that representing the top 20 per cent scorers of their schools was an achievement that proved their academic competence and that AUS would provide all support needed to pave the way for them to continue achieving their goals.
To emphasize the importance of academic integrity, new students made a commitment to ethical responsibility, honour, and mutual respect by signing the university’s Academic Integrity Pledge.
This semester, over 40 international exchange students from universities located in Argentina, Austria, Finland, France, Italy, Morocco, Uruguay and the USA, will also be joining the university. AUS is known throughout the region for its multicultural campus environment, with 95 nationalities comprising its student body in academic year 2017-2018.
A week-long schedule of on and off campus festivities and events has been organised for the new students, including a dinner reception and library tour, Sharjah and Dubai city tours, games at the Student Center and awareness sessions for parents and students.