x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 16 January 2018

Crown Prince of RAK congratulates graduates

The American University of Ras Al Khaimah holds its second graduation ceremony since its establishment in 2010.

Mohammed bin Saud attends the graduation ceremony.WAM
Mohammed bin Saud attends the graduation ceremony.WAM

A second batch of students has graduated from the American University of Ras Al Khaimah.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud Al Qasimi, Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah, attended the ceremony on Friday and congratulated the 22 bachelor's of arts graduates, praising the university for its "academic revolution".

The institution was established in 2010 to fill a void left by the closure of the George Mason University's outreach campus.

The Virginia-based United States university left the emirate during the credit crunch in 2008, even though the project was being funded by the Government of RAK. Some of its students were able to transfer, but many were left without a university to attend.

This prompted the emirate's Rulers to create the American University of RAK on the same site.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud said the move was in line with RAK's plans for development, which focus on advancing higher education and attracting prestigious universities from around the world.

Noting the various specialisations offered by the American University of RAK, the Crown Prince said it was one of the best universities in the emirate and that it would help meet market demands in RAK and across the country for a qualified workforce.