American University of Ras al Khaimah



The American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) is an independent, public, state-owned, non-profit, coeducational institution that offers undergraduate and graduate degrees. AURAK is an institution of higher education that provides comprehensive academic programs based on the North American model and the cultural characteristics of the Gulf region. Its undergraduate programs combine a strong grounding in the major subject with a broad general education, and its graduate programs prepare students for the demands of professional life. AURAK is committed to the highest standards of teaching, research, ethics, and service to the community and its graduates are prepared to be knowledgeable, thoughtful, creative, and responsible individuals.


The American University of Ras Al Khaimah will be a leading institution of higher education through the impact of its education and research on the region.

Strategic Goals

Develop innovative, challenging and high-quality academic programs that are relevant, demand-driven, and set the University at the forefront of education in the UAE and the region. Build a student-centered learning environment that promotes advanced critical thinking skills, fosters creativity, and instills a commitment to lifelong learning. Create an environment that values diversity, promotes cultural understanding, and fosters civic responsibility. Maintain a student life program that focuses on students’ needs: one that renders them capable of adapting professionally to multicultural, global environments, and of becoming responsible citizens. Support and promote the personal and professional development of faculty and staff to realize their potential and contribute to the mission of the University. Establish linkages and liaisons with regional and international businesses and educational institutions to meet mutually beneficial needs and respond to emerging trends. Develop the capacity to advance knowledge and create sustainable environments through relevant research that serves the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, the greater region, and the world. Develop and maintain a quality assurance and institutional effectiveness system that engages the University in ongoing, integrated, institution-wide, research-based activities which result in the improvement of institutional quality and demonstrate the effective accomplishment of the University’s mission through its strategic goals. Promote dynamic professional development for clients and community service to meet the needs of business, government, and schools within Ras Al Khaimah and the Emirati community.


People To create a student learning environment that develops a social and cultural understanding for individual growth and concern for others; to build skills of independence, self-direction, critical and reflective thinking, innovation, and entrepreneurship; to recruit high-quality faculty and staff by capitalizing on and recognizing their contributions. Quality To offer high quality academic and professional programs that build mastery and commitment to life-long learning. Scholarship and Research To advance knowledge through discovery, dissemination, and application. Cultural Authenticity To serve as a center for cultural dialogue and understanding, promoting cultural heritage, and as a community resource for language development. Engagement To enable students, faculty, and staff to contribute to the solution of local, regional, and global problems, and offer opportunities to engage with the community; to maintain partnerships with schools, higher education institutions, local and regional governments, business and industry. Improvement and Productivity To seek continuous improvement through reflection, assessment, and quality enhancement, setting and rewarding high standards, and being proactive, efficient, and effective within the context of high quality.

Academic Freedom

To create an environment of open, critical thought, inquiry, and exchange of ideas, of tolerance for divergent views and beliefs.


To maintain the highest standards of integrity and instill those standards as an important value for sustaining humankind.


To value innovation and entrepreneurship in teaching, research, service, and other enterprises.


To promote multicultural understanding, knowledge, and citizenship to promote world peace and prosperity for a sustainable future.


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