It was founded in 1997 by Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qassimi Sultan bin Mohamed Al-Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah. Sheikh Sultan envisaged the university as a leading educational institution in the Persian Gulf region. Located in University City in Sharjah, American University of Sharjah is a not-for-profit, independent, institution of higher education formed on the American higher education model. It is a very diverse university that brings together more than 5,000 students from more than 82 countries and a full-time faculty of more than 350.
AUS offers 26 majors and 54 minors at undergraduate level and 14 masters’ degrees through the College of Architecture, Art and Design, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering, and the School of Business and Management.
The university is licensed by the Commission for Academic Accreditation of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (UAE) in the United Arab Emirates, which recognizes all undergraduate and graduate programs. American University of Sharjah is accredited in the United States of America by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and by the Department of Education of the State of Delaware.