American University in Dubai
The American University in Dubai (AUD) is a private higher education institute located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The University has both US and UAE accreditation for all of its programs. AUD prides itself for being the first University outside the United States and Latin America to be directly accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
The University is organized into Schools and Departments:
School of Business Administration (offering BBA and MBA degrees)
School of Engineering
Mohammed bin Rashid School of Communication (offering a Bachelor of Communication and Information Studies)
Department of Information Technology (offering BIT Degree)
Department of Visual Communication (offering BFA Degree in Visual Communication)
Department of Interior Design (offering BFA Degree in Interior Design)
Division of Liberal Arts
Center for English Proficiency
The campus is located in the west suburbs of Dubai, UAE, in Dubai Media City near Dubai Internet City.
In December 2007, AUD received accreditation as a separate unit (independent of the American InterContinental University) by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award Bachelors and Masters degrees. AUD is the first and only institution outside of the US and Latin America to be granted this honor by SACS.
Previously, from its founding in 1995, and until December 2007, AUD was only accredited by SACS as a branch campus of American InterContinental University (AIU). SACS later granted AUD separate unit accreditation as a testimony to AUD's progress, both in terms of its faculty and student achievements. This newly-found independence puts AUD in the best position to become the "school of choice" for students who wish to receive a top-notch US education in the Middle East. [*]
The American University in Dubai, through its School of Business Administration, has the following degree programs accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE):
Bachelor of Business Administration with concentrations in Accounting, e-Business, Finance, Management, Marketing and Marketing Communications;
Master of Business Administration
Furthermore, the University's concentrations in Marketing Communications and Advertising (Creative) have been accredited by the International Advertising Association (IAA) in New York.
The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the United Arab Emirates has accredited the University's programs in Business Administration, Engineering, Information Technology, Interior Design, Communication / Information Studies and Visual Communication.
The university enrolls both international and domestic students.
In 2005, Bill Clinton visited with the Clinton Scholars at the university and had a book signing session at the library.