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The Beginning…
Following the Gulf War in 1991, a team led by Elias Bou Saab from the American College visited the Gulf to establish relationships with various ministries of higher education as well as the region’s schools.

The lack of quality private education at the university level, coupled with an appreciation of the American model of higher education, led them to conduct a feasibility study on the prospects of establishing an American university in the Gulf. The results confirmed the high level of interest and desire for a campus offering an American-accredited educational curriculum.

It also became quickly apparent that the Emirate of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, would be an ideal place to locate such an institution. Dubai was found to be a politically stable, cosmopolitan and outward-looking principality whose nearly non-existent private sector in higher education was just beginning to draw some attention.

The guiding principle underlying the university’s establishment was bringing the American educational system to the region without interfering with or challenging the culture or values of the local community. The institution achieved this goal and sees it as a key to its success.

Elias Bou Saab moved to Dubai in 1995 in order to officially establish the American University in Dubai, which in turn would not have been possible without the commitment and support from the outset of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai. To this day, His Highness continues his unlimited support for higher education in general and to the university in particular.
An American university in Dubai…
The American University in Dubai opened its doors in October 1995 as a branch campus of the American College, based in Atlanta, Georgia.

AUD’s initial enrollment was 165 students, over half of which were females. By the time former Secretary of State and Treasury James Baker gave the Keynote at AUD’s first commencement in 1998, enrollment had climbed to 499; and the Dubai government, as an expression of confidence, had decided to build a campus of 1,400,000 square feet for use by the university. AUD moved out of its initial premises to occupy this new, spacious, fully equipped campus in January 2000. Its enrollment at that time was 687.

The year 2000 was also significant because it was in that year that the university was officially licensed by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MOHE). The private sector for higher education had grown considerably since AUD’s founding, and the Ministry saw fit to establish a formal licensure and (subsequently) accreditation process. It was in 2000 that AUD’s largest academic department – Business Administration – was organizationally designated as a School.
Making History…
In December 2007, and for the third time since its opening in 1995, The American University in Dubai received independent accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), one of America's seven regional accrediting commissions. AUD is the first and only institution outside of the US and Latin America to be granted this honor by SACS. AUD is now a fully independent institution.

Today, The American University in Dubai, although still very young, is a vibrant institution which serves as a point of reference for higher education within the Gulf Region and greater Middle East. Current enrollment is around 3,000 and 95 nationalities are represented in the student body. AUD’s diverse faculty of roughly 170, possess excellent academic qualifications and professional credentials. And evidence of AUD student success both prior to and following graduation is mounting. AUD continues to maintain its focus on student learning and personal and professional success.
AUD's Timeline
January 1995 Mr. Elias Bou Saab moves to Dubai and establishes The American University in Dubai 
Fall 1995 Opening Enrollment of 165 
January 1996 Addition of MBA program 
December 1996 SACSCOC accreditation 
January 1997 IAA Accreditation (advertising programs) 
June 1997 Dr. Lance de Masi becomes President/Chief Academic Officer 
March 1998 Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Educational Commission (NPEC) issues degree-granting rights 
June 1998 First Commencement Exercises – James Baker, Keynote Speaker 
Jan 2000 Move to new premises 
Enrollment, 648
Licensure by UAE Ministry of Higher Education 
May 2000  H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum officially inaugurates AUD Campus 
April 2001 SACSCOC Substantive Change Prospectus (School of Engineering) 
June 2002 Fifth Commencement Exercises – Bill Clinton, Keynote Speaker 
Fall 2002 First Engineering student admitted 
February 2003 Dubai Quality Award, Appreciation Program 
November 2003 School of Business Administration accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) 
H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum officially inaugurates the School of Engineering 
December 2003 SACSCOC reaffirms AUD accreditation 
june 2004 Dr. Jihad Nader appointed Provost/Chief Academic Officer 
May 2005 Ministry completes accreditation of all AUD programs 
December 2006 Re-licensure by UAE Ministry 
September 2007 AUD opens School of Communication 
March 2008 Inaugural Harvard-AUD student exchange 
May 2008 Revised Mission/Purpose-related Goals ratified 
June 2008 Naming of Mohammed Bin Rashid School for Communication 
September 2008 Engineering programs (Civil, Computer, and Electrical) receive ABET accreditation 
September 2009 B.Arch. program (five year) launched 
Revised Arts and Sciences Core takes effect 
First Certificate program launched – Middle Eastern Studies 
B.I.T. (re-named, B.S.C.I.T.) program receives ABET accreditation 
Spring 2011 University completes round of Ministry reviews resulting in re-accreditation of programs in Business Administration, Computer and Information Technology, Visual Communication, and Interior Design 
September 2011 The School of Arts and Sciences is formed with the Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (B.A.I.S.) launched as its first degree program 
January 2012 ID, VC, and Architecture departments form in a new School of Architecture, Art and Design 
December 2012 Granted SACSCOC Reaffirmation (ten-year re-accreditation) 
July 2013 Ministry renews AUD license for five years
May 2014 First B.A.I.S., B.Arch., M.Ed. and M.S.C.M. degrees granted
April 2016 CIDA accredits B.F.A. in Interior Design program
March 2017 AUD unveils revised Mission and Statement of Philosophy
May 2017 AUD holds its 20th Commencement Exercises
May 2017 Visual Communication and Interior Design programs receive NASAD substantial equivalency
November 2017 The School of Business Administration receives AACSB accreditation
December 2017 UAE Ministry of Education – Higher Education grants initial accreditation to the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology