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About AUS
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The creation of a new American university in Sicily represents an exciting adventure in higher education that has the potential to catapult Sicily and the rest of Italy into a new dimension of innovation that can promote lively economic and social development. Such a venture will be complex and will depend upon the vision of talented people and a strong commitment of the private and civic sectors as well as relevant government agencies at the national and regional levels.
In addition to maintaining rigorous standards for admission and graduation, American universities are noted for their commitment to definitive core values. This list below is certainly not complete, but it does provide AUS with some general concepts that the board of trustees should keep in mind as planning for AUS as it evolves as a university committed to graduate education and both basic and applied research: 1 . the traditions of academic freedom in teaching and research and freedom of expression for all members of the college/university community 2 . respect for the rights and dignity of individuals of all races, political associations, religions and ethnic backgrounds, gender or sexual orientation 3 . transparency, integrity, and accountability to university and public stakeholders in all aspects of university policies and operations 4 . participatory governance that welcomes input from students, faculty, staff and stakeholders in their role as advisors 5 . continuous planning, self-assessment and constant improvement to improve programs and services 6 . A commitment to students and providing a rich variety of services to support their success 7 . dynamic and highly interactive relationship with the many communities they serve: local, regional, national and international; and dedication to service that makes university resources easily available to the communities it serves 8 . creative and dynamic partnerships with the government, the private sector, non-profit organizations, and civic groups to enhance teaching, research and to benefit communities 9 . Investment in both basic and applied research to enrich teaching as well as to contribute to knowledge and technology transfer to benefit their community 1 0 . English as the primary language of instruction and research
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