On the fifth of February 2017, I assumed the position as president of AUM. I came to my new post with the conviction that AUM must carry forth its aim to provide its students with a comprehensive and balanced education, enabling them to become people of good will, ready to help others before self, dedicated to contributing to the advancement and well-being of Jordan, the region and the world.
Since its establishment in 2011, AUM has proudly held two graduation ceremonies for a total of 327 students. These graduates, I believe, are proof that AUM is fulfilling its duty to produce well-rounded leaders and critical thinkers who can solve problems in an increasingly complex, dynamic and global society. In the coming years, I look forward to being part of many graduation ceremonies of our students, who will also contribute to fulfilling AUM’s core mission.
AUM has been able, during this short period of time, to establish eighteen programs accredited by the Jordanian Higher Education Accreditation and Quality Assurance Commission (HEAC-QA), and authorized to grant degrees for all eighteen programs by the New Hampshire Higher Education Commission (NHHEC). A significant part of my mandate is to work with AUM stakeholder to carefully monitor and develop these programs in order to make sure they offer our students a rewarding educational experience as well as stay up-to-date with market demand.
As an American university incorporated in New Hampshire, we will next seek international accreditation and increase the number of Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with US and European universities. NEASC accreditation is our priority. Obtaining such US accreditation will undoubtedly advance our efforts in establishing fruitful working relationships with other American and European universities, for the purpose of drawing more exchange students, widening our endeavors to promote research and establishing joint academic programs.
As for community engagement, AUM will help in developing the innovation spirit for high school students, 9th to 12th grades. We will help high school students to develop their ideas into projects based on scientific research methods. These projects will be entered into a national competition organized annually by the Jordanian Ministry of Education. Successful projects will be submitted to the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), which convenes annually in the USA and is supported by the Intel Corporation. There are additional multiple fairs, which convene in many parts of the world, in which the students may also participate.
Professor Nabil Ayoub, AUM President
19 February 2017