LTU partners with American University of Sharjah in UAE for engineering opportunities

SOUTHFIELD—Officials at Lawrence Technological University and the American University of Sharjah (AUS) in the United Arab Emirates announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding on Feb. 5 that will facilitate AUS engineering students to pursue graduate studies at LTU and introduce collaborative academic and training programs.

The AUS campus. American University at Sharjah photo.

Based on the agreement, AUS engineering students can benefit from a 4+1 program where those who have completed four years of their undergraduate engineering studies at AUS can earn a master’s degree from LTU in just one year. AUS students will benefit from an expedited admission process, provided that they meet LTU’s standard entry requirements. Successful candidates will also benefit from a partial scholarship of $10,000 to attend LTU.

The agreement also stipulates collaboration towards establishing one or more programs, potentially featuring double or dual degrees. Both institutions will also cooperate in designing training programs for research and development projects, explore shared areas of interest and design exchange or study abroad initiatives.

The MoU was signed by AUS Chancellor Tod Laursen, Chancellor of AUS, and LTU President Tarek Sobh on the AUS campus.

Students studying in an AUS academic building. AUS photo.

“This agreement holds immense potential to enhance the university experience for engineering students at AUS,” Laursen said. “The introduction of a 4+1 program allows students to seamlessly transition from their undergraduate studies at AUS to pursue a master’s degree at LTU, providing them with an accelerated and comprehensive educational pathway. This agreement does not only facilitate accessibility but also recognizes and rewards academic excellence. The collaboration between the two institutions also creates a rich academic environment that goes beyond traditional boundaries. The provision of diverse opportunities, from accelerated education paths to collaborative research endeavors, ensures a multifaceted and enriching university experience for our students.”

Added President Sobh: “We welcome this transformative partnership with AUS, leveraging LTU’s defining pillars of technological eminence, industry immersion, professional excellence, interdisciplinary agility, and a focus on research and creative practices, to empower students on a global scale. This collaboration will offer valuable opportunities for international research efforts, as the scope and diversity of the Lawrence Tech research portfolio continues to grow rapidly. The work between these two great institutions signifies a commitment to academic excellence and propels our mission to shape future leaders equipped with the skills to drive innovation and positive change in the world.”

The AUS College of Engineering (CEN) places a strong emphasis on forging partnerships with leading industrial and academic entities through its many programs, including its AUS Engineering Al Nukhba program, facilitating faculty research and student scholarship. CEN offers 10 undergraduate programs and 12 graduate programs including a PhD in Engineering Systems Management and a PhD in Biosciences and Bioengineering. AUS is ranked third in the UAE in the category of engineering and technology, according to QS World University Rankings by Broad Subjects (2023).

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For further information, contact Nurhan Abdulaziz, content manager, strategic communications and marketing, American University of Sharjah, +971 6 515 2210 or

American University of Sharjah (AUS) was founded in 1997 by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, member of the Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Sharjah. Sheikh Sultan articulated his vision of a distinctive institution against the backdrop of Islamic history and in the context of the aspirations and needs of contemporary society in the UAE and the Gulf region. Firmly grounded in principles of meritocracy and with a strong reputation for academic excellence, AUS has come to represent the very best in teaching and research, accredited internationally and recognized by employers the world over for creating graduates equipped with the knowledge, skills and drive to lead in the 21st century. AUS values learners not driven only by academic success, but by those that embrace our dynamic campus life and embody our ideals of openness, tolerance and respect. This combination of academic excellence and community spirit ensures AUS is filled with world-class faculty and students, poised to become the innovators, thinkers, contributors and leaders of tomorrow.

Lawrence Technological University is one of only 13 private, technological, comprehensive doctoral universities in the United States. Located in Southfield, Mich., LTU was founded in 1932 and offers more than 100 programs through its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Business and Information Technology, Engineering, and Health Sciences, as well as Specs@LTU as part of its growing Center for Professional Development. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 11 percent of universities for alumni salaries. Forbes and The Wall Street Journal rank LTU among the nation’s top 10 percent. U.S. News and World Report list it in the top tier of the best Midwest colleges. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus include more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.

Left to right in the photo above are, from left to right: Mohamed El-Tarhuni, Interim Provost and Chief Academic Officer at AUS; Tod Laursen, Professor and Chancellor at AUS; Tarek Sobh, President of LTU; Fadi Aloul, Dean of Engineering at AUS.

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