Established in 2003 as an independent, private, coeducational institution, American University of Kuwait (AUK) offers a liberal arts education based on an American model developed as a result of AUK’s long-standing collaboration with Dartmouth. It is the Gulf nation's first and only liberal arts university.
Dale Eickelman '64, the Ralph and Richard Lazarus Professor of Anthropology and Human Relations and department chair, facilitated the partnership's creation and he continues to serve as the Relationship Coordinator (Director). Over the course of this collaboration, Dartmouth and AUK faculty and students have traveled between campuses to participate in cross-cultural internships, fellowships, and research. AUK students can earn a dual-degree in engineering, in which they study at AUK and at Thayer School of Engineering.
In April 2018, Sheikha Dana Nasser Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah, the founder and chair of the board of trustees of AUK, signed a memorandum of understanding with Dartmouth in a ceremony hosted by President Phil Hanlon ’77. This document extended their institutional partnership for another five years with an agreement that deepens and expands the academic experience on both campuses. It was the fourth such agreement between the College and AUK.