SHARJAH, 1th June, 2018 (WAM) -- The American University of Sharjah (AUS) is already beginning to implement the stages of development to become a comprehensive research university, H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, and President of AUS said during the university’s spring 2018 graduation ceremony held Thursday, at University City Hall in Sharjah.
In the presence of H.H. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah and H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Salem bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah, His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah congratulated the graduates and said: "I am proud of its internationally recognised academic excellence. I feel that the efforts I made in setting up AUS have achieved the objectives of establishing a leading institution of high-quality higher education in the region, on par in the quality of its academic programs with the top universities in the world."
"Whether you are heading for a career or want to complete graduate studies, we are confident that the knowledge you have gained and the experiences you have accumulated during your studies at the best universities - American University of Sharjah (AUS) - will reward you for success in your future lives," His Highness Sheikh Sultan added.
Sheikh Sultan shared with the audience the current plans of the university and said: "The University has established four interdisciplinary research institutes, each of which will offer specialised PhD programmes."
He expressed his confidence in the University's family and the faculty and administration of the AUS in qualifying these young people to educated and responsible cadres capable of planning for their future.
Dr. Sheikh Sultan pointed out that the university provided all the necessary elements for these institutes, such as financial resources and scientific competencies, buildings and equipment for research institutes to become the leading research university in the Arab world within five years.
He called on the graduates to stay in touch with the university and to interact with these new trends, and urged them to follow the footsteps of their predecessors in the path of success.
He concluded by thanking the members of the Board of Trustees, the University's professors and all its employees for their continuous efforts in further developing their level of excellence.
Speaking on the occasion, AUS Chancellor Dr. Bj?rn Kjerfve Congratulated the graduates for their achievement, and reviewed the University's current focus on research and innovation.
His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan honoured the students of the Masters and then the Bachelor's degree and delivered the certificates to them.
A total of 610 students graduated in the spring batch as follows: 557 holders of bachelor's degree, and 53 holders of a master's degree.