Today we are at a pivotal moment in our history. We are making a major investment in a new campus, in our innovate research centers, and in the community of AUP students and faculty who make AUP a model for what all universities are seeking to become: a learning laboratory in which students and professors from diverse backgrounds learn, innovate and create across cultural borders. The AUP Ascending Campaign will resource our strategic priorities.
AUP’s overarching strategy for 2015–20 has three key objectives:
Successfully supporting all three pillars of our capital campaign will not only bridge our past and our future, it will also set AUP’s course for the next five decades. Support for the AUP Ascending Campaign will advance our mission-critical work of producing graduates who belong to the world, and whose leadership is profound and lasting.
Thanks to wise and committed presidential and board leadership, we are currently well placed to achieve our ambitions. But the reality is that AUP, like most American universities abroad, has a modest endowment and is still largely reliant on tuition revenues. In order to maximize our long-term stability, to broaden our academic reach and raise our academic profile, and to take advantage of our opportunity to purchase a new building in the 7th arrondissement that will be connected to our renovated Combes Student Life Center, forming the core of our permanent campus, we have embarked on our first-ever capital campaign to raise €26 million.
We thank the parents, trustees, friends and foundations whose generous contributions have enabled us to move forward with the early phases of our campus renovation and develop the economic diversity of our students through better-funded scholarships and travel study grants. We have been able to reopen the renovated Grenelle Teaching and Mentoring Center and to set up four new research centers, along with a Civic Media Lab, so that our students and professors can collaborate on advanced interdisciplinary inquiry. We will continue to rely on our growing worldwide community to provide our teaching and learning community with the resources necessary to support its continued diversity in thought, culture and experience.