AUD launches study abroad programme
Dubai, November 20, 2013
The American University in Dubai (AUD) has launched a new special study abroad programme designed to provide visiting students with a snapshot of the Middle East.
The ‘AUD Semester in Dubai’ will focus on the study of language, history and culture, with specific attention accorded to Dubai through the new specialised course called ‘The UAE Experience.’
"Dubai is a modern city-state whose economic progress and broad-scale success has captured the imagination of the world," said Justin Cooper, an AUD governing board member. "With this new specialised programme at AUD, students will learn how Dubai achieved its success and the challenges it will face in the future as a global city."
Through its External Relations Office, AUD has established many exchange/study abroad programmes.
Dr Lance de Masi, president, said: "Our commitment to a broad international perspective is demonstrated through our courses; the exchange programmes available to students; the many activities and organisations that promote appreciation for cultural diversity; and the presence on campus every year of over 100 study-abroad students from across the US and around the world."
The five-course AUD Semester in Dubai programme will allow visiting students to live and study on campus. Professors and professionals, together, will provide students with a true-to-life exposure to the Middle East.
"This gives the students the unique chance to learn and experience many different cultures and to engage in an open exchange of opinions and ideas," said Cooper.
AUD developed ‘The UAE Experience’ course with a focus on Dubai. Material of a historical, geographical, cultural, political, and commercial nature is integrated so that students obtain an understanding of what Dubai is today, of how it fits into the world, and those factors that have shaped its development.
The course makes use of guest speakers from various sectors of Dubai's society and field trips will provide students with exposure to important Dubai institutions, organisations, and landmarks.
Other courses, part of the programme, include an introduction to Middle East history and a study of the historical and societal aspects of Islam. - TradeArabia News Service
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