The American University of Ras Al Khaimah was initially established as George Mason University, Ras Al Khaimah campus (GMU-RAK) in 2005 with the support of His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah, the University. After George Mason University decided to discontinue its operations in Ras Al Khaimah in 2009, the Crown Prince decreed the establishment of the American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) in the same location. Students who had enrolled in GMU-RAK were given the opportunity to continue at AURAK, transfer to GMU’s main campus in Virginia, USA, or transfer to another institution.
The American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) is a Public Nonprofit independent co-education institution of Higher Education that provides an integrated American-style, undergraduate and graduate education with a strong focus on local indigenous culture. All programs of AURAK are accredited by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. The American model of higher education ensures not only imparting skills in specific academic fields, but also a general education curriculum that exposes students to new ideas and new ways of doing things, and thinking more critically about local and global issues.
AURAK has handpicked a top class faculty from all over the world, ensuring that students receive the highest possible standard of education, equipping them to become leaders in their field of study, and preparing them to enter the working world as well-rounded, global citizens. The vision of American University of Ras Al Khaimah is to become a leading institution of higher education through the impact of its education and research on the region. The Mission of AURAK is committed to the highest standards of teaching, research, ethics, and service to the community, and its graduates are prepared to be knowledgeable, thoughtful, creative, and responsible individuals.