Governing Board Approves 2015-2016 Budget and Strategic Plan
The American University in Dubai (AUD) Governing Board held its bi-annual meeting recently, coinciding with the university’s eighteenth commencement exercises. The agenda of the Board meeting included the approval of the university’s strategic plan, new programs and future expansions. The Board also reviewed and approved the AUD annual budget for 2015-2016, with 32 million dirhams in scholarships for the upcoming academic year.
“On behalf of the AUD Governing Board we are extremely pleased to announce that over AED32million of academic scholarships will be awarded this coming year to attract and provide for students from around the world to attend our university,” announces Dr. Stephen Franklin, Chairman of the AUD Governing Board.
Since 1995, with the continuous stellar support and patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai, AUD has granted over 200 million dirhams in scholarships to deserving students.
Inspired by His Highness’ deep commitment to education as the driving force in the accomplishment of Dubai’s and the UAE’s public agenda, the scholarships granted at AUD have been conceived with the objective of rewarding academic excellence and responding to financial need; as such, they act as an incentive and reward superior scholastic performance, as well as an economic contribution to the acquisition of an American-accredited university degree.
AUD has graduated around 5,000 students, since its inception 20 years ago, who have received degrees in architecture, business administration, communication and information studies, construction management, education, engineering, interior design, international studies, and visual communication. These students, many of whom have been grateful recipients of these scholarship awards, are making meaningful contributions in their respective professional disciplines around the world.
“The AUD Governing Board salutes our esteemed faculty and staff who help shape the hearts and minds of these aspiring students. You and they are making a positive difference in our dynamic global economy and society,” concludes Dr. Franklin.