Mission statement submitted to A.U.K Foundation Board, November 2011
The A.U.K will be one of the leading institutions of higher education in Southeastern Europe, offering students a standard of education that allows our graduates to compete with those of leading universities anywhere in the world.
The mission of the A.U.K is to deliver a high quality American education to outstanding students from Kosovo and around the world, from diverse backgrounds and nationalities that will prepare them to be ethical, practical and socially engaged leaders of their communities.
The A.U.K was founded to support Kosovo and its neighboring countries to develop their economies, societies and democratic institutions, by providing undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs in the English language.
A.U.K’s core program is its undergraduate degree program. This will provide an excellent, career-oriented, American liberal arts education which will prepare its graduates to be leaders in their professions and communities, and to be global citizens.
A.U.K will deliver graduate degree programs, and continuing and professional education and training programs, that are needed for the region’s development and that are appropriately delivered in English by an American institution.
A.U.K is a learning community of faculty, staff and students who are committed to core values of scholarship, integrity, service, and civility.
We will foster rigorous intellectual exploration, personal growth, and vigorous debate. We are committed to diversity and the promotion of understanding and mutual respect, in an environment that welcomes people of all nationalities and communities.
We will offer academic programs that are appropriate for the region’s development, that are financially self-sustaining, and that place academic integrity ahead of financial or political influences.
In all that we teach, we seek to develop critical thinking, entrepreneurship, and technological sophistication as critical to the development of the region and its integration into Europe.
We will recruit, develop and support excellent faculty, who are encouraged to conduct scholarship and service as well as teach. Our faculty and staff will be an important resource for the development of the region.
We consider the success of our students to be the primary standard for measuring the success of our faculty and staff.