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Silver Jubilee Edition

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The Next Lap: Future of Knowledge and Education Forum was held on March 1, 2023.

Under the distinguished patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed AlQasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member, Ruler of Sharjah and Founder of AUS, and in the presence of Her Excellency Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, President of AUS, the inaugural forum set the stage to discuss the new dimensions of technology and its effect on the education sector. 

25 years of innovation and excellence in higher education

Marking AUS' silver jubilee, the forum brought together policymakers, decision-makers and high-profile speakers, including leading experts from academia, industry and government to share knowledge, insights and learn from best practices.  

The event focused on research agendas that enable the growth of the university, including biotechnology, medical and biomedical revolutions, supercomputers and AI.

AUS students, alumni, faculty, staff and members of the public attended the forum and were invited to participate in discussions and learn about the latest advancements in education and knowledge as well as the profound transformations the future will bring to the education sector.

"Our next generation of alumni will enter a job market that we don’t know yet. So, to ensure they follow in the footsteps of our existing alumni, we need to equip them with core skills such as critical thinking and problem solving, emotional intelligence, collaboration, adaptability and resilience, global and cultural awareness, among other skills and competencies. This will ensure that they will continue to be the top choice for employers and will be integral in shaping the future of our communities."

Her Excellency Sheikha Bodour
bint Sultan Al Qasimi
President of AUS

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Forum Highlights

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Dr. Susan Mumm, Chancellor of AUS, welcomed the attendees after which the conference heard from AUS Trustee H.E. Dr. Hisham El Sherif on the AUS vision for the future; Mr. Sultan Al Ghurair, Member of the Board of Directors of Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education on the Voices of Societal Leaders; AUS Trustee Riad T. Sadek, Chairman of RTS Investments Group.


  • Sir Richard John Roberts, Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine
  • Professor Mateo Valero, Professor of Computer Architecture, Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) and Founding Director of Barcelona Supercomputing Center
  • Dr. Osama Gaber, Chair of the Department of Surgery, Houston Methodist Hospital.
  • Dr. Ghaleb Hussaini, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Dana Gas Chair in Chemical Engineering
  • Dr. Imran Zualkernan, Professor and Head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering
  • Dr. Nidhal Guessoum, Professor of Physics and Sheikha Nama Majid Al Qasimi Chair in Education Across Disciplines.

AUS Research and Creative Work
Dr. Susan Mumm AUS Chancellor
Dr. Varkki Pallathucheril Dean, College of Architecture, Art and Design
Dr. Mahmoud Anabtawi | Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Fadi Aloul | Dean, College of Engineering
Dr. Narjess Boubakri | Dean, School of Business and Management

The Next Lap: A Vision | H.E. Dr. Hisham El Sherif
AUS Trustee | Founder, Global Knowledge Initiative

His Excellency Dr. Hisham El Sherif is a business, technology and development leader. He is a graduate of MIT. Dr. El Sherif led Egypt Digital Transformation. He was the founder of the information and decision support center(s) initiatives in Egypt and the region, leading the transformation of Egypt into the information age and modernization. Read more.

The Voices of Societal Leaders: How Businesses can Adapt to the Changing Landscape of Education | Mr. Riad T. Sadek
AUS Trustee | Chairman, RTS Investments Group

Mr. Riad Tawfik Al Sadek is a distinguished name in the Middle Eastern construction industry. A graduate of the American University of Beirut, Mr. Sadek, together with Mr. Khalaf Habtoor, founded Al Habtoor Engineering Enterprises in 1970. From a workforce of less than 100 and two projects worth AED 120,000, the company has grown to become one of the leading construction companies in the MENA region with a workforce in excess of 25,000 and work in hand worth over AED 18 billion. Read more.

The Voices of Global Leaders: The Next Disruptive Revolution in Education and Research

Dr. Susan Mumm AUS Chancellor
Sir Richard John Roberts | Biochemist and Molecular Biologist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1993
Professor Mateo Valero | Professor of Computer Architecture, Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), Founding Director, Barcelona Supercomputing Center
Dr. Osama Gaber | Chair of the Department of Surgery, Houston Methodist Hospital

A Three-Way Conversational Dialogue: Addressing New Realities and Creating a Sustainable Educational Ecosystem

Dr. Sonia Ben Jaafar | CEO of Abdulla al Ghurair Foundation
Mr. Hamid D. Jafar | AUS Trustee | Charman, Crescent Petroleum Company
Mr. Badr Jafar | CEO of Crescent Enterprises and President of Crescent Petroleum
Dr. Susan Mumm AUS Chancellor

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AUS Jubilee

The AUS Silver Jubilee is being celebrated from Spring 2022 through Spring 2023.

From concerts and events to creative collaborations and academic conferences, across social media and on campus, we are delivering a range of activities that will celebrate faculty, staff, students, alumni, and our business and community partners.  Learn more.

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