American University of Palestine - AUP

American University of Palestine (AUP)

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The American University of Palestine is a nonprofit institution of higher learning. Its mission is to enhance the cause for Peace in the Middle East via equitable opportunities for all to education and subsequently to the economic gain that education provides. The American University of Palestine is a unique new university that embodies and combines the values, priorities and policies that have contributed to the success and efficacy the higher education system in the United States.

The University will initially concentrate on developing professional programs in four major areas: business and entrepreneurship, engineering and technology, law and allied health professions. The programs will range from non-credit certificates to prepare students for entry into degree programs at the associate (2 years) and bachelor’s degree (4 years) levels. They culminate in the appropriate professional degree in each area: Master of Business Administration, MS in engineering, MS in technology, MS in allied health and doctor of laws.

By design, three areas distinguish The University’s curriculum. First, each program will involve substantial interaction with the professions that they represent. Graduates will have practical experience in both the theoretical and applied dimensions of their field. Second, students will be exposed to the methods and materials of research, with an emphasis on applied research directly related to their field of study. Third, The University will provide students with a variety of opportunities to work in public or private organizations or companies as paid or unpaid interns or part-time employees.

A robust program of career services and placement will ensure the transition from The University into employment and meaningful career.

The University is designed to be substantially different from existing educational bodies, and its success will be driven by this differentiation.

  • First, programmatically it will not duplicate the offerings of programs already operating in the region.

  • It will immediately begin the accreditation process from both the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AAACSB). No Palestinian universities have these designations and only 5% of the business programs in the world have AAACSB.

  • Graduate (MA/PhD) programs will be undertaken in the first phase of development in consultation with major stakeholders in the region. These graduate programs have been identified as in short supply in the region.

  • The University will partner with some of the best colleges and universities in the United States to offer joint programs and exchanges.

  • The University will have a dynamic program of applied research as a core component of the academic curriculum. This program will involve faculty, research staff, students as well as professionals from the Palestinian community at large.

These components create a unique offering in the region, and the promise of hope for the students it will serve.