Office of the President


from the President

Welcome to The American University in Dubai (AUD)…Dubai’s true American University.

Located in one of the world’s most cosmopolitan, diverse and competitive urban markets for higher education. AUD is truly an American University in design and scope with Emirati spirit.

Annually recognized by QS World University Rankings as one of the top 4 world’s most diverse universities, AUD is representative of the dynamic city of Dubai. Founded in 1995 as the first private university in Dubai, AUD is one of the most accredited university in the UAE – with both UAE and US accreditations (SACSCOC) for the institution as well as the most prominent professional accreditations for all of our academic programs, such as ABET, AACSB, and NAAB.

This, coupled with the #1 Employability ranking of our graduates, is what makes AUD the university of choice in the United Arab Emirates and internationally.

With our embrace of academic excellence, we prepare students who are able to adapt to and lead us into the changing job markets of 2026 and beyond.

I hope that AUD will be your university of choice. I am confident it will prove to be the most memorable and significant period of your life. It will strengthen the person you already intrinsically are and will further define the person you will become.

My very best regards,

Dr. David A. Schmidt picture
Dr. David A. Schmidt