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AUS wins two awards at Imagine Cup Microsoft UAE in collaboration with the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) held the Imagine Cup 2014 semifinals for the UAE region, which was won by the students of the American University of Sharjah (AUS). After meticulous assessment of the five 20-minute presentations, Team I Connect - from AUS was announced as the winners. Published on: 22/04/2014 Name: The Gulf Today Page: 4


AUS team in Jeddah to orient students The American University of Sharjah (AUS), ranked as one of the top 440 universities of the world by QS World University Ranking, is hosting an open session for high school graduates who want to enroll there. The sessions started on Sunday and will last until April 24 in Jeddah to orient the students and their parents of the university’s accredited programs, tradition of academic excellence and its multicultural campus life. AUS admission counselors are available to meet the students and the parents at Jeddah’s Crown Plaza Hotel from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The university’s admission counselors has just ended a 4-day meetings in Riyadh at the International Exhibition and Convention Center from April 15 to 18. AUS is accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in the United Arab Emirates and by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools in the United States. Published on: 21/04/2014 Name: The Saudi Gazette (Jeddah Edition) Page: 9


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An ominous warning on climate change | GulfNews.com

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An ominous warning on climate change Our exponential production of carbon dioxide has not only increased the globe’s average temperature but has resulted in local and regional changes of the climate By Nidhal Guessoum | Special to Gulf News Published: 20:00 April 20, 2014

Scientists have failed to influence the public and the policymakers of the harsh and immediate reality of climate change. First, remember that for many years, they were (correctly) speaking of “global warming”, but most people were not convinced that the effect was real. Indeed, people often retorted: “how can they talk about ‘warming’ when we experience ‘deep freezes’ and floods aplenty?” Scientists then switched to saying “climate change”, whereby it was argued that our exponential production of carbon dioxide not only increased the globe’s average temperature but more importantly resulted in local and regional changes of the climate – with devastating effects. http://gulfnews.com/opinions/columnists/an-ominous-warning-on-climate-change-1.1321902#.U1ScIPHkcFI.twitter

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Still, after years of factual presentations, scientists realised that their message was not getting through. Just two weeks ago, the UN-appointed Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its third big report on the problem. It hardly appeared at all on the public’s radar, despite being hailed in many corners as an alarm-ringing document. Indeed, it detailed the effects that climate change is going to have on our planet and on humans’ lives; in fact, it stated clearly that the effects are already being felt quite severely. But the report produced almost no reaction from policymakers or the civil society. Indeed, social studies have shown that issues are addressed not when experts push for them, but when the media puts them squarely in front of the public. That is why media personalities have decided to take charge of convincing the public and officials of the reality and costs of climate change at the local and national levels. Two weeks ago, the National Broadcasting Company (NBC), one of the main TV networks in the United States, aired a one-hour show titled Our year of extremes: Did climate change just hit home? And last week, Showtime, a cable TV network in the US, aired the first episode from a nine-part big-budget series titled Years of Living Dangerously co-produced by James Cameron (of Titanic, Avatar, and other blockbuster movies) and with the active participation of Hollywood celebrities (Harrison Ford, Matt Damon, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and others) and some media personalities, including Thomas Friedman of the New York Times and Lesley Stahl of the CBS TV network. In fact, the main development here is not just the change http://gulfnews.com/opinions/columnists/an-ominous-warning-on-climate-change-1.1321902#.U1ScIPHkcFI.twitter

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of public strategy from “let’s assemble hundreds of scientists to produce well-documented reports” to “let the celebrities address the public”. The main change is from “let us tell you how the planet will suffer due to global warming” to “let us show you how the lives of people like you are being broken right now due to climate change…” I watched both documentaries, and they were indeed jaw dropping. In Years of Living Dangerously, in particular, we are shown stories from different parts of the world that are rarely told, including, most strikingly, the important role that droughts in Syria between 2005 and 2011 played in the start of the armed rebellion. Friedman interviewed many Syrian refugees in Turkey and even made a brief incursion into Syria to talk to some rebel leaders, and they all told him that droughts left them hungry and destitute, which led them to take up arms when the government failed to assist them and even repressed their protests. Similarly, stories were shown of communities being destroyed in Indonesia, where entire forests are decimated (for greedy profits), with immediate ecological effects on the land and the people. In the American southwest, towns are affected when farming and cattle raising are destroyed by droughts, forcing the closure of meat and food factories, making families sell their homes and move in search of new jobs and lives. In the NBC documentary, unprecedented wildfires are shown to have increased in frequency and intensity lately, with extraordinary destructive effects, from the death of 19 firefighters in Arizona in June 2013 to the migration of thousands of people who lost their houses or lands. http://gulfnews.com/opinions/columnists/an-ominous-warning-on-climate-change-1.1321902#.U1ScIPHkcFI.twitter

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But there is one important aspect of the message that communicators, whether scientists or media celebrities, have to be very careful about. Recent studies have shown that the public tends to react negatively when shown extreme effects and no practical solution. It is thus imperative to explain to the public that there is much that can be done, at all levels: the individual, the company, the city, the country and the world. Indeed, the latest IPCC report presents a number of reasonable solutions as it invites everyone to start implementing solutions which revolve around two main ideas: a) reducing carbon dioxide emissions by adopting cleaner energy sources; and b) modifying our lifestyles — housing, transportation, etc.— to reduce energy consumption. The IPCC recommends adopting natural gas and shunning oil and coal, in addition to renewable energies such as solar and wind power. Nuclear energy, however, remains a divisive issue among scientists and environmental activists. Individuals can help by changing their own lifestyles and pushing for policy changes. But it’s really at the national and international levels that real progress can be made, by imposing policies that will lead to a “decarbonisation” of our world. Climate change is, along with poverty, oppression, and crime, one of the main issues of our times. We must make everyone fully aware of its impact, today and tomorrow and of what can and must be done about it. Nidhal Guessoum is a professor and associate dean at the American University of Sharjah. You can follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/@NidhalGuessoum.

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Printed books, ebooks exist in harmony, publisher says If you’re a book lover, an author or both, you have probably pondered whether books are dying out as a result of technological advances such as the Kindle, iPad and smartphones. In light of World Book Day on Wednesday Gulf News spoke to publishers, authors and book lovers to find out if they think books are still in demand or if they have been replaced by their electronic counterparts. April 23 marks the birth and deaths of great poets and authors such as Shakespeare Maurice Druon and Haldor K.Laxness, and has been celebrated worldwide since 1955. Tamara Junaid, a 20-year-old Yemeni student studying at the American University of Sharjah, who has read around 80 books in her lifetime, said she would never read an e-book. Published on: 22/04/2014 Name: Gulf News Page: 5


Former UAE student launches anonymous online chat app A former American University of Sharjah student who has been compared with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has helped launch an anonymous online chat app that could become a hit in the region. Mohammed Nour, 24, from Syria, said concerns about surveillance of chat and social-media apps had motivated the development of tell M. The app offers a public messaging board, but the twist is that users’ identities are never disclosed, even to the people they chat with. “It’s perfect for the Middle East because people here are normally more conservative about what they say,” said Mr Nour, who was one of the developers of the app. “This allows people to freely speak their minds without fear of being socially accountable for that.” Published on: 23/04/2014 Name: The National Page: 6


Top ranking THE SECOND edition of the Product of the Year Gulf Awards with GMR as its official media partner - honoured a range of FMCG brands across all categories at a recent awards ceremony in Dubai. Recognising excellence in innovation, the winners are voted for by consumers. The Product of the Year is selected by an independent jury that vets the consumers' choices; it included representatives from The Dubai Chamber, The French Business Council, The Gulf Organization for Industrial Consulting and the American University of Sharjah. Each judge studies the entries, fills in supporting questionnaires and finalises the participants' list. The Product of the Year Gulf 2014 Awards applauds innovations in FMCGs. Cheesy grins: Mondelez celebrates victory for Kraft Cheddar cheese's new easy-to-use cans. Published on: 14/04/2014 Name: Gulf Marketing Review (GMR) Page: 30


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AUS to hold annual Awareness Day

AUS to hold annual Awareness Day : Monday, April 21 - 2014 @ 10:38 Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qassimi, Supreme Council Member, Ruler of Sharjah and President of American University of Sharjah (AUS), the university will hold its annual Awareness Day on April 22, 2014. The special campaign aims to spread health, social, environmental and safety awareness among students and the general public. Renowned governmental and private organizations will participate in the event which will be open to the public. The event is organized by the Office of Student Affairs’ Community Services division at AUS. Your usual cooperation is appreciated, and we look forward to your presence at this event. For more information, please contact: Nazzal Yousuf Director of Media Relations AUS Tel: +97165152157

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Young Emiratis seek a fulfilling career Both the private and public sectors have their advantages and disadvantages and joining one or the other depends on the job applicant’s goals and preferences, young Emiratis said on the sidelines of Careers UAE. Gulf News spoke to Emiratis already working or looking for jobs at the career fair, which offers Emirati youth a platform to meet recruiters for employment and traineeship opportunities. Zahra Al Fardan, 20, studied finance at the American University of Sharjah. She wants to work in the public sector, but is particular about the kind of government department it will be. Published on:4/04/20141ame:*ulf News Page:4


Sultan inaugurates group of new projects in Dibba Al Hisn next month H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah , has revealed opening group of new services and development projects in Dibba Al Hisn next month , and said that total cost to develop College of Engineering at the American University of Sharjah (AUS) , reach AED273 million . HH also announced inaugurating Al Noor Island in celebrating Sharjah Capital of Arab Tourism . This came during an radio interview through Direct Line Program on Sharjah Radio . Published on: 24/04/2014 Name: Al Khaleej Page: 1, 10


Sultan inaugurates group of new projects in Dibba Al Hisn next month H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah , has revealed opening group of new services and development projects in Dibba Al Hisn next month , and said that total cost to develop College of Engineering at the American University of Sharjah (AUS) , reach AED273 million . HH also announced inaugurating Al Noor Island in celebrating Sharjah Capital of Arab Tourism . This came during an radio interview through Direct Line Program on Sharjah Radio . Published on: 24/04/2014 Name: Al Ittihad Page: 4


AUS wins two awards at Imagine Cup Microsoft UAE in collaboration with the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) held the Imagine Cup 2014 semifinals for the UAE region, which was won by the students of the American University of Sharjah (AUS). The judging panel comprises of knowledgeable industry experts like, Abdulla Mohammed Saleh, ConsultantGovernment, Customer Services Transition Chairman Office, Department of Municipal Affairs, Government of Abu Dhabi, Lt Colonel Faisal Mohammed Al Shimmari, Director Ministry of Interior/Abu Dhabi Police Child Protection, Centre General Secretariat of the Minister’s office, Alexandar Williams, Director Strategy and Policy Division Dubai SME, Noor Al Nouman, Executive Director Department of Information and Government, Sharjah and Samer Geissah, Vice President, Consumer Home and Multimedia Services, Du. Published on: 22/04/2014 Name: Al Khaleej Page: 15


American University of Sharjah wins Imagine Cup 2014 UAE semi-finals Microsoft UAE in collaboration with the Higher Colleges of Technology held the Imagine Cup 2014 semi-finals for the UAE region on April 21, 2014. Team I Connect from the American University of Sharjah was announced as the winner out of five 20-minute presentations. The judging panel comprised renowned industry experts such as Alexandar Williams, director of strategy and policy division for Dubai SME, and Samer Geissah, vice-president of consumer home and multimedia services for du. Published on: 22/04/2014 Name: Al Bayan Page: 18


AUS visits 30 schools in Saudi Arabia American University of Sharjah (AUS) held an open session for secondary school graduates. The event will take place next April 20-24 at Crown Plaza Jeddah. Published on: 23/04/2014 Name: Al Sharq (Al Riyadh Edition) Page: 9


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Conference on Literature Translation Under patronage of Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs , The Cultural and Media Office for the Supreme Council for Family Affairs , will organize next Tuesday the Literature Translation Conference .Professor from American University of Sharjah will speak at the conference . Published on: 20/04/2014 Name: Al Ittihad Page: 4


Sharjah Tatweer Forum organizes a debate Sharjah Tatweer Forum is organizing at the American University of Sharjah (AUS) a debate tackling the UAE and the road to Knowledge Economy Published on: 23/04/2014 Name: Al Bayan Page: 10


Sharjah Tatweer Forum organizes debate Sharjah Tatweer Forum is organizing at the American University of Sharjah (AUS) a debate tackling the UAE and the road to Knowledge Economy Published on: 23/04/2014 Name: Al Ittihad Page: 12


' Sharjah Executive Council' holds weekly meeting The Sharjah Executive Council held yesterday morning its ordinary weekly meeting, chaired by Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah , Chairman of Sharjah Executive Council , during which the council has discussed number of issues and affairs ,among which the English Program for Human Resources Department cadres , supervised by the Department in cooperation with American University of Sharjah . Published on: 23/04/2014 Name: Al Ittihad Page: 6


"A Smoke Free University" Sharjah Police has launched an awareness campaign on the dangers of smoking, under the theme of “A Smoke Free University� at the American University in Sharjah. Published on: 23/04/2014 Name: Al Khaleej Page: 6


"A Smoke Free University" Sharjah Police has launched an awareness campaign on the dangers of smoking, under the theme of “A Smoke Free University� at the American University in Sharjah. Published on: 23/04/2014 Name: Al Ittihad Page: 31

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