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Newsletter | January 2020
QS Arab Region Rankings Lists AU #45 Overall, #2 for International Students
According to the 2020 QS Arab Region Rankings, announced October 30, 2019, Ajman University is now ranked among the top 45 institutions in the region. AU earned even higher rankings in select categories: 2nd for international students, 10th for international faculty, and 30th for employer reputation. According to the 2020 QSWUR, released in June 2019, AU now ranks among the top 800 institutions globally, and is 4th in the world for international faculty and 6th in the world for international students.
What Did AU Make Happen in AY 2018-19? See Our Year-in-Review Magazine!
Ajman University is proud to announce the launch of our first “Year in Review” magazine, which showcases the major accomplishments of Academic Year 2018-2019. As evidenced by the pictures and stories in these pages, AU certainly made a lot happen in the span of 12 months! Click here to read AU's Year in Review: What We Made Happen 2018-2019.
Chancellor Serves on “Future Business Leaders” Panel at AACSB Summit
AU Chancellor Karim Seghir was invited to participate in a panel discussion at the AACSB's Middle East Summit, December 9-10, 2019, in Dubai. The session, "Developing Future Business Leaders," was moderated by Tim Mescon, Executive Vice President and Chief Officer, EMEA, AACSB International.
Dean of Humanities & Sciences Earns Shoman Award for Math Research
As part of the Abdul Hameed Shoman Awards for Arab Researchers, held October 2019 in Jordan, Dr. Shaher Momani, Dean of the College of Humanities and Sciences, received top honors for Mathematical Modeling. Established to support scientific research in the Arab world, the Shoman Awards recognize distinguished outcomes.
AU Wins First-Ever QS WOWNEWS Top Story Award
At the QS Apple Summit in Fukuoka, Japan, November 26-28, 2019, AU was honored for contributing the "Top Article" to the QS WOWNEWS website in 2019. The winning story, written by Nancy Bercaw, featured the Sense7 project for the visually impaired by Eng. Tazeen Sharif. This is the first time the WOWNEWS awards have been part of the ceremony.
AU Becomes Inaugural University to Integrate with UAE Smart Pass
Through an agreement signed on December 17, 2019, AU became the inaugural university in the nation to integrate with the new smartphone identity scheme known as "UAE Pass." The partnership will ease, expedite, and secure all federal and local government transactions for AU students, faculty, and staff.
Alumnus Invents Scanner to Improve Global Security
"It is the first scanner in the world to authenticate official documents and records in almost no time," says Emirati national and AU alumnus Amer Al Jabri '13, when describing the 7E Reader he designed to enhance safety at ports and borders. The concept earned Al Jabri first place in the UAE Federal Authority for Identity & Citizenship Security Contest.
Students Win Dyson Award for Vitamin-Deficiency Detecting App, Earns Int’l Attention
A team of students and alumni from AU's College of Engineering and Information Technology earned top place in the national competition of the James Dyson Award for their "Vita-CAM" project — a smart phone app that uses artificial intelligence to detect vitamin deficiencies.
AU Hosts Global Healthcare Conference on Innovation & Technology
Themed "Building a Culture of Innovation and Technology in Healthcare," AU was host to the 4th International Conference on Pharmacy and Medicine, November 19-21, 2019. Thousands of international participants attended more than 30 lecturers/workshops and visited more than 100 exhibits from global industry leaders.
Winter Study Tour Brings 42 International Students to AU
AU hosted an interdisciplinary Winter Study Tour, January 3-9, 2020, to showcase the UAE's rich history and future prospects as well as the institution's own legacy of inclusion and innovation. A total of 42 students from eight countries - United States, Germany, Netherlands, Croatia, Singapore, India, Vietnam, and Taiwan - participated in the program.
Chancellor Serves as Visiting Lecturer at Temple University
While touring partner universities in the United States, November 19-24, 2019, AU Chancellor Karim Seghir served as a visiting lecturer at Temple University (TU). His talk, "Perspectives on Higher Education in the Middle East," drew from personal and professional experiences in Tunisia, Lebanon, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates.
AU Hosts IEEE International Symposium on Signal Processing & IT
The 19th IEEE International Symposium on Signal Processing and Information Technology, held December 10-12, 2019 at AU, showcased the latest applications and advances in Signal Processing, Machine Learning, Internet of Things, and Biomedical Engineering, among others. The Symposium is the premiere technical forum for researchers and practitioners from academia and industry.
VCAA Serves on Internationalization Panel at India Summit
During the QS India Summit,October 20-22, 2019 in Goa, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Dr. Khaled Assaleh participated in a robust panel discussion on internationalization. For the second year in a row, AU served as the sponsor of the Gala Dinner at the Summit, which was held under the theme "Empowering Leaders in Academia for an Emergent Asia."
AU Now Offering AED 4.7 Million in Endowed Funds for Scholarships & Professorship
AU has raised AED 4.7 Million in endowed funding for six scholarships and one endowed professorship. Each is named for the distinguished donors: Fathy Afana; Faizal and Shabana; Ajman Bank; Noor Bank (which also funded the professorship); Dr. Majd Naji; and, the AU Endowment Fund.
Students Honored for Humanitarian Photography on Breast Cancer
A team of AU biomedical engineering students earned first place for their creativity and humanity during an international photography competition organized by IEEE. More than 135 global teams participated in the contest, but our talented students impressed judges in the “Humanitarian” category with their submission on breast cancer.
Thamer Fund Contributes AED 9.5 Million to 864 Indigent Students in 6 Years
Since its inception in 2013, the Thamer Fund has provided AED 9.5 Million to help 864 students undergoing financial hardship to earn their degrees. AU recently gave a facelift to the Thamer Fund website, now accessible in Arabic and English, to be more interactive and user-friendly. Contributions can be made via bank deposits, or online.
AU Lecturers Bring Comfort to Autistic Children with High-Tech Sensewear
AU Design lecturers, Emanuela Corti and Ivan Parati, received the top prize at GITEX Future Stars, September 27-30, 2019, for their line of garments that can assess stress levels and help mitigate overwhelming stimuli. Known as Sensewear, the clothing is under continuous development in cooperation with autistic children, their families and therapists.
Diverse Batch of Graduates Join Workforce as AU Alumni
Commencement Ceremonies, held in October 2019, witnessed 1,264 students – representing 42 diverse nationalities - graduate from AU. His Highness Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Member of the Supreme Council, Ruler of Ajman, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Ajman University, encouraged the new alumni to remain committed to the UAE'S values of tolerance, diversity, equality, respect, and compassion.
Honors Assembly Recognizes AU Students & Stakeholders for Distinction
With a total of 509 individuals receiving awards - 492 students for academic merit and 17 stakeholders for achievement and/or support - AU's 3rd Annual Honors Assembly, October 30, 2019, served as a spectacular showcase of excellence. Chancellor Karim Seghir recognized AU's entire faculty and staff as the "2019 Dream Team" for their commitment to the institution.
Visually Impaired Emirati Law Student Shows What is Possible
AU star-student Abdulaziz Najim Qasim Abdullah Matar believes anything is impossible. Despite complete visual impairment, Abdulaziz plans to become a lawyer in the UAE after graduation. One of the most beloved cohorts on campus, Abdulaziz - also a poet and actor - says that "blindness is a spiritual setback rather than a physical disability."
AU Concludes Year of Tolerance with Special Day for Workers
To commemorate the final weeks in the "Year of Tolerance," AU hosted a day of fun and games for 130 workers of the institution. Students helped organized the celebratory event that included a raffle draw of two air tickets. Days earlier, students contributed 150 charity boxes to local workers as part of the UAE's "Box Appeal" initiative.
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