AUS Welcomes its New Dean of Academics

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Dear AUS Community,

I am excited to join the AUS community as the new Dean of Academics and look forward to everything this year holds.

I have spent the last 20 years living abroad and traveling the world working in both the private sector and higher education. It has shaped my perspective and approach to business and experiential learning.

My passions lie at the intersection of global challenges and futures thinking. I want to know how we can use futures thinking to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges. This is a pivotal moment for the world and an exciting time for higher education institutions to rise to the challenge themselves to innovate and adapt to the changing needs of the global community. This is why I am so thrilled to be joining the AUS team.

As the Dean of Academics, it is my vision to create a transformative business education that empowers AUS students to become critical and compassionate thinkers, engaged citizens, well-rounded solutionists with international perspectives, and responsible global leaders. As a business school, we have the opportunity to nurture and develop the leaders of tomorrow. As entrepreneurs or as future managers in existing institutions, our current students will be at the forefront of tackling global challenges that impact all of us. Instilled with the values of respect, excellence, accountability, and leadership, they will leave AUS equipped to make a positive impact in your respective communities.

AUS. As we seek to grow our student body and expand our partnerships, I will work diligently to:
  • Foster a dynamic and inclusive learning community that values diverse perspectives and encourages active engagement and dialogue.
  • Provide a rigorous and engaging curriculum that helps students to develop critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills.
  • Encourage students to explore their interests and passions through experiential learning opportunities, research, and creative expression.
  • Support students in developing the knowledge, skills, and values needed to be responsible global citizens and leaders.
  • Foster a culture of continuous learning and growth for all members of our community.
  • Collaborate with partners inside and outside of academia to enhance the quality and impact of our education and research.
I believe that by pursuing this vision, we can create a business education that is truly transformative, and that prepares our students to make a positive difference in the world.

Dr. Gaidi Faraj