On September 6, 2017, AUIS welcomed the Consul General of the Netherlands to Erbil, Janet Alberda, for a roundtable discussion with a group of AUIS undergraduate students and alumni. The event was an important opportunity for the two sides to exchange thoughts on the current political developments in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region. The discussion started off with the present debate on the upcoming KRG independence referendum and analysis of the regional and international reactions in that respect. The students discussed how potential changes in the country might alter their current and future plans. The Consul General also exchanged thoughts with students and alumni on opportunities to enhance European Union’s cooperation with Iraq and Kurdistan Region to support students working on interdisciplinary projects that the community needs to prosper.
The Consul General expressed her gratitude for the students’ willingness to share their honest thoughts and opinions freely and both concluded by welcoming future chances to meet and work on ways to bring Dutch and AUIS students closer.
Contributed by AUIS alumna Shajwan Imad, business studies ‘15.