The American University of Bahrain (AUBH) Finalizes Academic Partnership with California State University, Northridge (CSUN)

The American University of Bahrain (AUBH), the first comprehensive, purpose-built, American-style university in the Kingdom of Bahrain, is proud to announce the forging of its academic partnership with California State University, Northridge (CSUN). The University is part of the 23-campus California State University system, which is the largest in the United States with nearly 500,000 students and more than 50,000 faculty and staff.

Located in Los Angeles, CSUN is one of the largest universities in the United States enrolling nearly 40,000 full- and part-time students in Fall 2020. It consists of nine colleges: the Mike Curb College of Art, Media, and Communication; David Nazarian College of Business and Economics; Michael D. Eisner College of Education; College of Engineering and Computer Science; College of Health and Human Development; College of Humanities; College of Science and Mathematics; College of Social and Behavioral Sciences; and the Tseng College for Graduate, International and Midcareer Education.

Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), CSUN employs more than 2,000 faculty members teaching courses across 69 disciplines, master’s degrees in 69 fields and three doctorates. CSUN is widely recognized for impacting the lives of students and preparing them for leadership roles. For more information about CSUN, visit www.csun.edu.

Through the academic partnership with CSUN, AUBH students have access to a robust curriculum focused on forefront preparation for academic success, as well as for careers in the regional and global marketplace, opportunities to study abroad, and a pathway to finish their studies in California. CSUN has many discipline- and field-specific additional accreditations. AUBH is collaborating with CSUN to align its high-quality curricula and create opportunities for students to experience a broad range of new programs and international experiences, including attending summer programs in California, and receiving a CSUN degree through completing one, two, or three years of coursework enrolled at CSUN, and vice versa at AUBH, for CSUN Students who wish to study in Bahrain. Moreover, the academic partners are in the process of developing opportunities for visiting professorships, industry collaborations, and internship opportunities between Bahrain and the United States.

Dr. Susan E. Saxton, AUBH Founding President commented: “This partnership is an incredible milestone for Bahrain in its continued efforts to elevate the quality of education in the Kingdom and create new opportunities for the next generation of local and international students to experience a world-class higher education.”

Dr. Erika D. Beck, CSUN President, commented: “CSUN educates more international students than nearly any other master’s university. Having a diverse, international student body enriches the student experience and is a hallmark of a CSUN education. This partnership is a true win-win as it will bring highly qualified students into our academic community and in turn deliver a world class education for AUBH students.”

Offering a growing base of programs across AUBH’s Colleges from a modern campus in Riffa, AUBH embraces a unique approach to learning, giving students access to real world scenarios and practical, case-based lessons. AUBH is adopting the latest in learning technology, library, labs and sports center facilities, and strives to keep its vibrant campus bustling with academic and extra-curricular life among its multi-cultural student body.