SHARJAH, 20th August, 2016 (WAM) — More than 1,200 freshmen and their parents were welcomed to an orientation session held at the American University of Sharjah (AUS) on Friday night, August 19, 2016.

The event was aimed at enabling new students to gain a comprehensive understanding of the university and to familiarise them with life at AUS. The new students, who come from the top 20 percent of their high school graduating class, will begin their undergraduate academic journey when classes commence on August 28 for the Fall semester.

In his opening remarks made during the session that marked the start of the university’s Orientation Week, AUS Chancellor, Dr. Bjorn Kjerfve stated that students joining the university will experience a challenging and stimulating academic environment in a supportive campus.

He welcomed the parents and new students on behalf of the university’s founder and president, H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah.

“I would like to take this opportunity to welcome our new freshman class of 1,250 young men and women who are joining us this semester. You are among a select group, embarking on an exciting academic journey that will culminate with your graduation, and you becoming our new alumni, equipped with the knowledge and skills that will bring you success in the workplace and make you productive members of society,” said Chancellor Kjerfve.

He expressed his appreciation of the hard work the freshmen had put in to join the university, stating that they are among the top percentile of their high school graduating class. The chancellor urged the students to take advantage of the facilities available at the AUS and to seek help from the faculty members and departments whenever needed. He encouraged students to explore and sample the many academic choices that the AUS provided and for them to challenge themselves academically by participating in the many student activities available beyond the classroom.

Dr. Kjerfve also assured parents that the university takes its responsibility of their children’s education seriously.

The incoming freshmen cohort for the semester comprises 1,250 bright and talented young men and women ready to begin their university life. As part of its mandate, the university is set to offer them a challenging and stimulating academic environment along with increased financial assistance and support in the form of grants and scholarships to help them through their academic journey.

This year more than 32 international exchange students from countries as diverse as Canada, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Japan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sweden, China, the United Kingdom and the United States among others will also be joining the university. The AUS is known throughout the region for its multicultural campus environment, with more than 99 nationalities comprising its student body.