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Since its founding 55 years ago, The American University of Paris has provided an American-style university education for degree-seeking students worldwide. Renowned as an international center for cross-cultural and interdisciplinary teaching and learning, our liberal arts education in Paris shapes global citizens to be able to take their places as responsible actors in communities, civil societies, and countries around the world.
The American University of Paris does more than provide American-style university education in Paris. Our global liberal arts heritage drives us to offer an academic experience that inspires over 1200 students, representing a record 110 nationalities and 65 languages, to cross-cultural, national, ethnic, religious, and linguistic boundaries in the AUP classroom and beyond. Our faculty of 35 nationalities uses its research and practice to fuel thought-provoking conversations in intimate and collaborative classroom settings. You will explore different academic disciplines from a variety of perspectives. You will be given every opportunity to connect your learning to professional and real-life settings in Paris and beyond, with a global liberal arts education that will help lead you to a fulfilling career or further study around the world.
As an AUP global explorer, you epitomize AUP's commitment to a world of interdependence through your passion for change, your determination to build bridges among far-flung communities, your leadership of extracurricular organizations, and your interest in our international opportunities for scholarships, volunteering, and internships. We are committed to leveraging our extensive university relationships and resources, including our worldwide alumni network, to help our students open the doors to their futures and to succeed in today's globalized world.
AUP's 19,000 alumni are currently living and working in 142 countries around the globe. Their stories demonstrate the impact of an AUP education. We expect that you, like our graduates, who often pursue their work in languages and cultures, not their own, will go on to a successful career or further study around the world.
From AUP's historical beginning in rented classrooms of the American Church of Paris and the vow of our founder to "transcend the bounds of narrow nationalisms," to today's explicit intention to provide our global explorer students with the academic, interpersonal and pre-professional preparation needed to confront contemporary global realities, our mission has not wavered.
Chartered as a liberal arts college in 1962, The American University of Paris is today an urban, independent, international university located at the meeting point of France, Europe, and the world. The University provides a student-centered, career-enabling, and transformative learning experience to the global explorers who are its Bachelor's and Master's students, empowering them to cross both disciplinary and cultural borders with ease in order to assume their places as responsible actors and leaders in over 140 countries worldwide.
AUP's mission is to educate its graduates to communicate effectively in a world of many languages to read well, listen carefully, and write intelligently in a voice of their own to become critical thinkers about the history and human societies, economics, culture, literature, the arts, science, politics, psychology, business, and communication to develop creative interdisciplinary solutions to contemporary global challenges to be digitally literate in a world of swift-paced change to understand the ethical imperatives of living in such a world and to move across contemporary cultural borders with a sense of commitment to and responsibility for a world held in common.
The University achieves its mission by providing its students with a curriculum combining liberal arts inquiry, preparation for professional life, and student-centered, active learning in small classroom settings dynamic, engaged teaching informed by both disciplinary and interdisciplinary faculty scholarship a host of opportunities for direct experience of the world and its many cultures a wealth of intellectual exchanges on campus at conferences of global reach and an integrated learning model that marries classroom learning and its application to real-world contexts, preparing students to master and to make, to reflect and to apply, to analyze and to act. In these ways, an AUP education supports professional skills development and cultural fluency—the sense of global engagement and the capacity to negotiate difference that emerges from the natural diversity of AUP's student and faculty bodies. Upon graduation, AUP students take part in and benefit from the global network that is our worldwide alumni community, creating lifelong connections to one another and the University.
By 2020, The American University of Paris aims to be internationally recognized for offering the finest and most demographically diverse American education in Europe to the global explorers. They fit their unique educational culture and flourish within it. That reputation has its origins in the continuity of the University's 55-year mission to offer a student-centered, transformative education in the heart of Paris that pushes students to transcend the confines of "narrow nationalism." AUP's future reputation will rest upon its excellent record of graduating global citizens who are successful and have an impact on the world. Upon its goal of being an internationally recognized site of disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and cross-cultural teaching, scholarship, creativity, and academic convocation. We will measure our success by our faculty and students' capacity to find empowering solutions to the pressing issues of our times, crossing, as they do, religious, cultural, ethnic, social, political, and linguistic borders.
To achieve these aims, we will put the student life and learning of our global explorers at the center of our work, tailoring our processes, programs, strategies, and spaces to enhance the student experience. We will further develop the relevance and quality of a curriculum aligned with the aspirations of global explorers that combines the best of liberal arts inquiry, integrated student-life and cultural programs, and professional preparedness—thereby creating a path from curriculum to career or graduate studies for every single student. In our curricular development, we will consider the intellectual and cultural experiences requisite to all of our student constituencies, from first-year visitors to transfer students, from degree-seeking undergraduates to graduate students. We will support the curriculum by creating an integrated advising process combining academic, career, and leadership support, promoting and providing internships, and developing the professional skills required by our students' first employers. Our students will graduate with the cultural competencies required to live personally and socially meaningful and productive lives.
As a result of steady commitment to these priorities, we will extend our recruitment reach and reputation globally, strengthen enrollments while increasing selectivity and "fit," and support our students who require scholarship aid. We make this last commitment to composing a student body as socioeconomically diverse as it is culturally and linguistically.
We will also prize the inextricable links between excellence in teaching and excellence in research, at once providing resources and expecting accountability for our faculty's scholarly and professional productivity, establishing viable career advancement steps and rewarding them appropriately. At the same time, we will provide the faculty development necessary to ensure inspiring teaching and active pedagogies and faculty engagement and intellectual renewal. We will encourage our faculty to invest in AUP's rising academic reputation by supporting the faculty's scholarship, professional activity, and conferences. As our faculty retires, we will renew the ranks with talented teacher-scholars deeply invested in AUP's mission in fields appropriately supporting the evolving curriculum.
We will create a diverse portfolio of strategic partnerships with sister institutions, consortia, and governments to leverage the University's reputation, growth, enrollments, curricular reach, and faculty development.
We will invest in the renewal of our facilities, renovating our distributed urban campus in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, creating in the process dedicated student and faculty spaces, new and refreshed learning environments, and coherent hubs of service. We will continually upgrade the learning resources and technologies that support all students, faculty, and staff.
We will continue to build on the success of the University's 50th and 55th anniversaries to create a vibrant worldwide community of alumni who support current students' career aspirations and regularly participate in the University's development and capital growth. By creating a global President's Alumni Advisory Council with annual meetings in the US, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, and a thriving virtual network of alumni worldwide, we will draw increasing numbers of alumni to join AUP's Board of Trustees, thereby taking responsibility for leadership of the University's future.
We will ensure the University's sustainability by multiple means, investing in AUP's faculty and staff and ensuring the engagement of both with AUP's mission delivering continuous development of our academic offerings and administrative functioning by strengthening our planning and assessment culture creating a robust business model that rests on appropriately expanded enrollments and reduced dependence on tuition and, resourcing the strategic plan using a capital campaign to provide both an appropriately renovated campus and endowment funds to support AUP's academic and student scholarship programs.

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