The American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) hosted a visit by a University of Texas-Arlington (UTA) delegation to discuss potential future cooperation.
Prof. Pranesh B. Aswath, Vice Provost, Dr. Curtis Andressen, Vice Provost, International Affairs, and Dr. Bahram Khalili, Professor in Computer Science and Engineering, made up the group from UTA.
The initial cooperation agreement between UTA and AURAK began in 2013 with the establishment of the Bachelor of Science Transfer Articulation in Civil and Mechanical Degree, better known as the ABD Plan or the dual degree. It enabled students enrolled in either institution to get an additional Bachelor of Science degree. The UTA team visited AURAK again in May 2019 to refresh and enhance the collaboration.
The visit began with a meeting with AURAK’s Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Success and Provost, Professor Stephen Wilhite, the Associate Provost, Dr. Denise Gifford, the Associate Provost – Office of Research and Community Service, Dr. Ali Maalaoui, Interim Dean of the School of Engineering, Dr. Hamed Assaf, and Department Chair of the Computer Science and Engineering Department, Dr. Mohammed Awad.
Professor Wilhite described AURAK’s interest in developing new programs and concentrations. After that, the group met with faculty from the Computer Science and Engineering Department. The delegation also met with a group of 11 junior students from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and introduced them to the graduate programs at UTA. The UTA delegation met with AURAK’s President, Professor Hassan Hamdan Al Alkim, who is planning to travel to UTA in December with some of the upper administration.
“I am delighted to host a delegation from the University of Texas-Arlington for talks on future cooperation,” Professor Hassan said. “This relationship enhances the educational opportunities for AURAK students.”
Their trip concluded with meeting upper level Computer Science students.
UTA is the largest university in North Texas and the second largest in the University of Texas System. It is located in the heart of Dallas-Fort Worth. UTA offers state-of-the-art facilities that encourage students to be critical thinkers. Through academic, internship, and research programs, students receive real-world experiences that help them contribute to their community and, ultimately, the world.
AURAK is an independent, public, state-owned, non-profit, coeducational institution of higher learning that offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in 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. The institution is committed to the highest standards of teaching, research, ethics, and service to the community, preparing its graduates to be knowledgeable, thoughtful, creative, and responsible individuals, and it is accredited through the UAE’s Ministry of Education (MOE) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). For more information about AURAK’s programs, visit www.aurak.ac.ae.