The American University of Sharjah (AUS) was founded in 1997 as a leading educational institution in the Gulf region. It is a not-for-profit, independent institute of higher education based on the American model. It offers 26 majors and 52 minors at the undergraduate level and 14 master’s degrees through the colleges of Architecture, Art and Design; Arts and Sciences; Engineering; and the School of Business Administration. These programmes are designed to meet the challenges of a competitive and dynamic business and industrial environment. While Arabic is the official language of the United Arab Emirates, the language of instruction and administration at AUS is English.