American University of Sharjah is a co-educational institution of higher education in the United Arab Emirates . It was founded in 1997 by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah. Sheikh Dr. Sultan envisaged the university as a leading educational institution in the Persian Gulf region. Located in University City in Sharjah, The university is a not-for-profit, independent institution of higher education formed on the American higher education model. It is a very diverse university that brings together more than 6,000 students from more than 99 countries and a full-time faculty of more than 370. AUS offers 26 majors and 46 minors at undergraduate level and 14 master's degrees through the College of Architecture, Art and Design, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering, and the School of Business Administration.