6 فبراير 2017 - السليمانية (اقليم كردستان العراق): تقدم مؤسسة (IMMDF) منحتين لسنة كاملة من الدراسة للطلاب الراغبين والملتزمين بالدراسة في مجال التنمية ، والتمويل ، والأعمال التجارية ، وريادة الأعمال ، في الجامعة الأميركية في العراق – السليمانية . وقد تم التوقيع اليوم في الحرم الجامعي على اتفاقية الشراكة هذه بين AUIS وIMMDF ، في حفل حضره كبار المسؤولين من IMMDF وأعضاء هيئة التدريس في الجامعة وعدد من طلابها والقنصلية العامة الأمريكية في أربيل وأعضاء بارزين من قطاع الأعمال ، حيث وقع الاتفاقية كل من مديرعام IMMDF - خورخي فيلا ، ورئيس الجامعة الأمريكية في السليمانية بروس ووكر فيرغسون. وقد حضر الحفل القنصل الأمريكي العام كين غروس. من خلال هذه الشراكة سوف تقدم مؤسسة IMMDF دورة لمدة خمسة أسابيع حول التنمية والتمويل لطلاب الجامعة الأمريكية في السليمانية ، والهدف من تقديم هذه الدورة لطلاب الجامعة هو تمكينهم من مهارات العمل ذات الصلة ، وفي نهاية الدورة يتم انتخاب اثنين من الطلاب الممتازين للحصول على المنحة الدراسية كاملة بتمويل من IMMDF. وبهذه المناسبة قال السيد خورخي " تم التعاون لفترة طويلةو كان طلابAUIS أول من انضم الى برنامج التدريبIMMDF في عام 2012. ونحن سعداء في هذه الفرصة الجديدة لزيادة تعاوننا مع AUIS ونحن نتطلع إلى التبادل مع الطلا ب من خلال الدروس المستفادة لفترة 11 عاما من تمويل المشروعات الصغيرة والمتوسطة لخلق فرص العمل والنمو الاقتصادي". "هذه الشراكة بيننا وبين الجامعة تضيف عمقا في مناهج AUIS وهي تفيد المنطقة كثيرا" ، ومن جانبه قال رئيس الجامعة فيرغسون في حفل التوقيع. "هذا البرنامج الجديد يساعد على بناء القدرات المحلية التي تلبي احتياجات التنمية الملحة ، ونحن نقدّر IMMDF ونشكرها على دعمها السخي لطلابنا ومواجهة التحديات التي تواجه العراق وإقليم كردستان ". هذا وقد تم إنشاء مؤسسة (IMMDF) في العام 2004 لتمويل مشاريع المؤسسات العراقية الخاصة الصغيرة والمتوسطة الحجم (المشاريع الصغيرة والمتوسطة) التي توفر فرص العمل والنمو الاقتصادي في العراق ، وقامت المؤسسة بتمويل شركات صغيرة ومتوسطة في العراق منذ العام 2005 بمبلغ اجمالي وصل مقداره إلى 120 مليون دولار . ولابد من الإشارة الى ان الجامعة الأمريكية جامعة غير ربحية مستقلة ، أنشئت في العام 2007 ، هدفها هو توفير تعليم شامل وفق نظام التعليم الأمريكي الليبرالي للطلبة الأعزاء في العراق وإقليم كردستان العراق والمنطقة بشكل عام ، حيث تحتضن في الوقت الراهن ما يقارب 1600 طالبا من مختلف الاختصاصات الاكاديمية ، كما لابد من الإشارة الى ان ثمة طلب متزايد على خريجيها في القطاع الخاص وأن أكثر من 80٪ من خريجيها إما حصلوا على وظائف وإما إلتحقوا ببرامج الدراسات العليا من الدرجة الاولى في جميع أنحاء العالم . للمزيد من المعلومات يرجى الاتصال : بزار بۆسکانی ، مدير الاعلام و العلاقات العامة، AUIS / firstname.lastname@example.org أو 07701521893 خورخي ر فيلا، IMMDF مدير العامة / email@example.com 07705024932
ی فێبرایەری ٢٠١٧ – سلێمانی / هەرێمی کوردستانی عێراق: دامەزراوەی (IMMDF) دو (٢) مینحەی خوێندن بۆ ماوەی یەک ساڵی تەواو ، بۆ ئەو فێرخوازانەی زانکۆی ئەمریکی لەعێراق سلێمانی دەستەبەر دەکات کە ئارەزوی خوێندنیان هەیە لەبواری : پەرەپێدان و پارەدارکردن و کاروباری بازرگانی . هەر ئەمڕۆش لەکۆبونەوەیەکی تایبەتیدا لەحەرەمی زانکۆ کە گەورە بەرپرسانی دامەزراوەی (IMMDF) و ئەندامانی دەستەی وانەبێژیی زانکۆ وژمارەیەک لەفێرخوازانی زانکۆکەو قونسوڵی گشتیی ئەمریکا لەهەولێرو هەندێێک وەبەرهێنی دیارو ناسراو ئامادەی بون ، رێکەوتننامەیەک لەوبارەیەوە لەنێوان زانکۆو دامەزراوەی ناوبراودا ئیمزا کرا . رێکەوتننامەکە لەلایەن خۆرخێ فێلا – بەڕێوەبەری گشتیی (IMMDF) و بروس ووکر فیرگسون - سەرۆکی زانکۆی ئەمریکیی لە عێراق سلێمانییەوە ئیمزا کرا ، بەئامادەبونی کین گروس – کونسوڵی گشتیی ئەمریکا لەهەولێر. دوای ئیمزاکردنی ئەم رێکەوتننامەیە ، دامەزراوەی (IMMDF) کۆڕێکی پێنج هەفتەیی لەزانکۆی ئەمریکی لەعێراق سلێمانی بۆ فێرخوازانی زانکۆکە بەڕێوە دەبات کە تایبەت دەبێت بەبنەماکانی پڕۆژەکە ، لەکۆتاییدا دوان (٢) لەنایابترین فێرخوازانی بەشداربو هەڵدەبژێردرێن بۆ ئەوەی مینحەکەیان پێ ببەخشرێت و دەست بکەن بەخوێندن لەبواری دیاریکراودا . ئەم شەراکەتەی نێوان ئێمەو زانکۆی ئەمریکیی سلێمانی ، قوڵاییەکی زیاتر دەبەخشێتە مەنهەجەکانی زانکۆکەو ناوچەکەش زۆر لێی سودمەند دەبێت. هاوکات سەرۆکی زانکۆی ئەمریکی لەعێراق سلێمانی رایگەیاند : ئەم پرۆگرامە نوێیە یارمەتیدەر دەبێت لەبنیاتنانی توانای ناوخۆییداو سوپاسی (IMMDF) دەکەین بۆ ئەم هاوکارییە سەخاوەتمەندانەیەی کە پێشکەشی فێرخوازانمانی دەکات . دامەزراوەی (IMMDF) ساڵی ٢٠٠٤ ، بەمەبەستی پارەدارکردن و پشتگیریکردنی دامەزراوە عێراقییە بچوک و مامناوەندییەکان دامەزراوە کە یارمەتیدەرن لەڕەخساندنی هەلی کارو بوژاندنەوەی ئابوریدا لەعێراق ، ئەم دامەزراوەیە (واتە : IMMDF) لەساڵی ٢٠٠٥ ەوە تا ئێستا ، هاوکاریی چەندین پڕۆژەی بچوک و مامناوەندیی لەعێراقدا کردوەو بڕی ئەو پارەیەی کە تا ئێستا لەو پێناوەدا بەخشیویەتی گەیشتۆتە ١٢٠ ملیۆن دۆلار . پێویستە ئەوەش بگوترێت : زانکۆی ئەمریکی لەعێراق - سلێمانی دامەزراوەیەکی سەربەخۆی قازانج نەویستە ، ساڵی ٢٠٠٧ دامەزراوە ، ئامانجی ئەوەیە خوێندنێكی نوێ (لەسەر بنەمای سیستمی خوێندنی ئەمریکی کە سیستمێکی فێرکاریی لیبراڵانەیە) بهێنێتە ئارا ، حاڵی حازر ١٦٠٠ فێرخوازی لەبوارە جۆراوجۆرەکانی خوێندندا هەیە ، زۆربەی دەرچوەکانی دەستیان لەئیشی باش گیربوە لەکەرتی تایبەتداو بەردەوام داوا دەکرێن بۆ دامەزراندن ، بەڕادەیەک کە هەشتا دەرسەدی دەرچوەکانی یان خەریکی کارن لەبازاڕی کاردا یان خەریکی خوێندنی باڵان لەوڵاتانی جۆراوجۆری دنیادا. بۆ پەیوەندی و زانیاریی زیاتر : بزار بۆسکانی ، مدير الاعلام و العلاقات العامة، زانکۆی ئەمریکی لەعێراق - سلێمانی firstname.lastname@example.org / ۰۷۷۰۱۵۲۱۸۹۳. خۆرخێ فێلا - بەڕێوەبەری گشتیی IMMDF / ۰۷۷۰۵۰۲٤۹۳۲ / email@example.com
Press Release IMMDF, AUIS Announce New Scholarship Program Students to be trained in development finance relevant to the region February 6, 2017 - Sulaimani (KRG, Iraq): The Iraq Middle Market Development Fund (IMMDF) will provide two full year scholarships for students interested in and committed to development, finance, business and entrepreneurship at The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS). The partnership agreement was signed at AUIS today in a ceremony attended by officials from IMMDF, AUIS faculty members and students, and the U.S. Consulate General in Erbil. The agreement was signed by IMMDF General Manager Jorge Vila and AUIS President Bruce Walker Ferguson. The U.S. Consul General Ken Gross was also in attendance. Through this partnership, IMMDF will deliver a five-week credit seminar on principles of development finance, free of charge, to AUIS students. The goal of the seminar is for AUIS students to learn business skills relevant to employers and for IMMDF to increase the level of development finance expertise in the region. Two students who perform exceptionally well throughout the course will receive a full scholarship, funded by IMMDF, for their final year of study at AUIS. Speaking at the occasion, Mr. Vila said, “AUIS and IMMDF have been cooperating for a long time. AUIS students were among the first to join IMMDF’s Internship Program in 2012. We are delighted at this new opportunity to increase our cooperation with AUIS and we look forward to sharing with AUIS students the lessons learnt by IMMDF through our 11 years financing Iraqi small and medium size companies to create employment and economic growth.” “This innovative university-industry partnership adds depth to the AUIS curriculum in ways that will greatly benefit the region,” said President Ferguson at the signing ceremony. “By developing our students’ skills in vitally needed areas, the new program helps to build local capabilities that address urgent development needs. We commend IMMDF for its generous support of our students and for its creative approach to meeting the challenges that confront Iraq and its Kurdistan region.” - ENDS - The Iraq Middle Market Development Foundation (IMMDF) was created in 2004 to finance projects of Iraqi private small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) that generate employment and economic growth in Iraq. IMMDF has been financing SMEs in Iraq since 2005 to the tune of US$ 120 million, disbursing loans to a total of 53 Iraqi companies and in the process creating nearly 2,000 direct jobs and many thousands indirect jobs at suppliers and clients of IMMDF borrowers. Established in 2007 as an independent, not-for-profit institution, AUIS is dedicated to providing a comprehensive liberal arts education for the benefit of young men and women from Iraq, Iraqi Kurdistan, and the wider region. The University’s 1,600 students develop a responsible character with the knowledge and skills needed for professional and national leadership. AUIS graduates are in high demand, with most employed in the private sector by prestigious international and local companies. More than 80 percent of our alumni are either employed or enrolled in top-tier graduate programs around the world. For more information, please contact: Bzhar Ali Boskani, AUIS Media and Public Relations Adviser at firstname.lastname@example.org or 964(0)770-152-1893. Jorge R. Vila, IMMDF General Manager at email@example.com or +964-770-502-4932
December 07, 2016 - Sulaimani (KRG), Iraq - The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) today announced the appointment of Dr. Mazen Bou Khuzam as the new Dean of Faculty and Rachel Laribee Gresk as the Director of Academic Administration and Accreditation. The two positions were created after the Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Esther Mulnix, earlier in the year announced her decision to leave AUIS. Dr. Bou Khuzam, who will take up his position as Dean of Faculty on January 1, 2017, has served at AUIS since 2013 as Assistant Professor and Chair of the Mathematics and Natural Sciences Department. On accepting the new position, he said, “I am truly honored to be appointed as Dean of Faculty at AUIS. During the past three years, my main role as the Chair of the Mathematics and Natural Sciences Department was to focus on quality and excellence in teaching. I now look forward to working with the entire faculty to continue to promote educational excellence in the Kurdistan Region and in all of Iraq." Dr. Bou Khuzam has taught at the university level for more than thirteen years in the Middle East. He holds a doctorate in mathematics from the University of Cambridge, where he was President of the Cambridge University Middle East Society. Congratulating Dr. Bou Khuzam on his appointment, AUIS President Bruce Walker Ferguson noted with gratitude the important contributions made to the University by Dr. Mulnix, and his appreciation for the new Dean’s ongoing service to AUIS. “Dr. Mazen embodies much of what is best at AUIS: excellence in teaching and research, dedication to student learning, and productive collaboration with his colleagues. We have admired his work as department chair and look forward to his academic leadership as Dean of Faculty. " AUIS has also appointed Rachel Laribee Gresk as the new Director of Academic Administration and Accreditation, who will report to the Dean of Faculty. “As a member of the AUIS community since 2009, I am honored to move into this new position. I look forward to continuing to work with our dedicated and hardworking team to make AUIS a premier institution for our students,” said Gresk, who formerly headed the AUIS Academic Preparatory Program where she led the highly acclaimed program to US accreditation, the only such program internationally accredited in Iraq. Mrs. Gresk is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. A Selection Committee comprised of members of the AUIS Board of Trustees and senior management advised President Ferguson on the appointments. About The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani Established in 2007 as a not-for-profit institution, AUIS is dedicated to providing a comprehensive liberal arts education for the benefit of young men and women from Iraq, Iraqi Kurdistan, and the wider region. The University seeks to produce graduates of responsible character with the necessary knowledge and skills for professional and national leadership. The academic program, taught in the English language by international faculty, is designed to develop strength in critical thinking, the ability to communicate well, a strong work ethic, good citizenship and personal integrity. The growing student body at AUIS represents the region’s diverse ethnic and religious landscape as the University continues to be the destination of choice of more than 1,600 students. Reflecting Sulaimani’s location at an international crossroads, Kurds, Arabs, Turkmen, Sunni and Shi’a Muslims, Ezidis and Christians, live and study together in an open culture fostering diversity and tolerance. Academic freedom is a principle guaranteed in teaching, learning, and research in a manner identical to that found at regionally accredited colleges and universities in the United States. As a non-profit institution for the public good, the University and its assets are not owned by any individual or group of individuals. Visit the AUIS website and connect with us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest information and news. For English language and international media, please contact Mehr Zahra, Director of Communications, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 964(0)772-339-9305. For Kurdish and Arabic media requests, please contact Bzhar Boskani, Media and Public Relations Adviser, at email@example.com or 964(0)770-152-1893.
Engineering Dr. Hayder Abdul-Razzak is the new Chair of AUIS’ Department of Engineering. He has over 25 years of academic and industrial experience. He received both his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and M.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology and has previously taught at Texas A&M University-Kingsville and Illinois Institute of Technology. He is the author of Atmospheric Aerosols – Regional Characteristics – Chemistry and Physics. Dr. Abdul-Razzak will be teaching Thermodynamics in Fall 2013. Dr. Sarbast Rasheed, Dr. Header Haddad, and Dr. Norman J. Armendariz also join the Engineering Department. Dr. Rasheed will be teaching Circuits I, Circuits I Labs, and Engineering Computing this Fall. He earned his Ph.D. in Systems Design Engineering – Biomedical Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo, where he also conducted postdoctoral research on Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) Modeling. He received his M.Sc. in Computer and Control Engineering – Computer Graphics from the University of Baghdad. Dr. Rasheed previously taught at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Applied Sciences University in Amman, and the University of Baghdad. He is the author of Diversity-Based Hybrid Classifier Fusion: A Practical Approach to Motor Unit Potential Classification for Electromyographic Signal Decomposition. Dr. Haddad comes to AUIS from Swinburne University of Technology in Australia where he taught Advanced CAD/CAM and Moldflow. He also taught at the Australian College of Kuwait (ACK). He received both a PhD and Master of Engineering degree in advanced manufacturing technology from Swinburne University of Technology. He also received a masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from Babylon University. He will be teaching Mechanics I and Engineering Drawing this semester. Rounding out the engineering department is Dr. Armendariz, who became the engineering and sciences laboratories manager and will teach Materials Science. He received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from New Mexico State University and his M.S. in Materials Science Engineering from the University of Illinois. He is a multi-disciplinary engineer and scientist with extensive experience in the semiconductor and electronic industries. Before AUIS, he was Prob/Contractor Development & Integration Engineer Manager at Texas Instruments, Inc. Mathematics and Natural Sciences Dr. Erik S. Lotfi, Dr. Nasseer Idrissi, and Dr. Mazen Bou Khuzam join the Mathematics and Natural Sciences Department. Dr. Lotfi earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in Physical Chemistry from Rice University, where he also served as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Laser Spectroscopy. He previously worked at the University of Tabriz-Bonab Branch in Iran. At AUIS, he will be teaching Chemistry I, Physical Science, and Physical Science Labs. Dr. Idrissi received his Ph.D. from the State University of New York in Environmental Science and Forestry and M.S. from the Marine Science Center, University of Basrah in Marine Biology. He will teach Life Science and Life Science Labs in Fall 2013. Dr. Idrissi previously taught at the University of Virgin Islands (UVI). Before joining AUIS, he was the subregional coordinator of the Virgin Islands region of the Caribbean Regional Association of the Integrated Coastal Ocean Observing System Program and was the Campus Champion Fellow: Liaison between UVI and NSF-funded Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) Program. “I think AUIS gives Iraqi and regional students a great opportunity to immerse themselves in an American-style liberal arts college education while living in Iraq and at minimal cost,” said Dr. Idrissi. “This type of education gives the AUIS graduate the best knowledge-base to be competitive in the 21st century global workforce.” Dr. Khuzam received his Ph.D. in Mathematics and the Certificate of Advanced Study in Mathematics from Cambridge University. Additionally, he earned an M.S. in Mathematics from the American University of Beirut. Before AUIS, Dr. Khuzam taught at Kuwait University and Notre Dame University. He will be teaching College Algebra, Mathematical Concepts, and Business Calculus this semester. English-Journalism Dr. Akeel Abbas, Taryn Schwilling, and Elliot D. Woods joined the Department of English-Journalism. Dr. Al-Khakani received his Ph.D. in English from the Purdue University and his M.A. in English from Gannon University. He has ten years of experience teaching college English, both literature and composition, in three U.S. universities: Old Dominion University, University of Houston-Downtown, and Purdue University. Before AUIS, he was the senior outreach development and communications specialist at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for the Iraq mission. He will teach Research and Film in the Fall. Schwilling will teach Argument, Critical Thinking, and Research. She received her Master of Fine Arts Degree in Poetry from Iowa Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. Before AUIS, she was a Fulbright Fellow at the Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia to conduct an independent research-based project in Cambodia to culminate in a poetry collection. She also has a poetry collection forthcoming from YesYes Books. Schwilling previously taught Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Iowa and was the TA Coordinator there for one year. “I chose AUIS because both the university and the region are in an exciting state of development that I believe will make teaching and living here a challenging and rewarding experience,” said Schwilling. Woods will teach Argument, Reporting, Photography, and Photojournalism. He has been a freelance writer, photographer, and multimedia producer for Businessweek, Outside, Granta, VQR, Time, Newsweek, The Sun, Daily Beast, GlobalPost, Mother Jones, Outside, Le Journal du Dimanche, Maclean’s Magazine, and the New York Times. His photography is represented internationally by Redux Pictures. Before joining AUIS, he was a Contributing Editor for Virginia Quarterly Review and an Advisory Board Member for StoryCorps for their project called Military Voices Initiative (MVI). Business Administration Michael Steele is the newest member of the Business Administration department. He will teach Principles of Financial Accounting and Intermediate Accounting I. Steel is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). He received his MBA from Capella University and a BBA from Temple University. He taught accounting for five years at Peirce College. He also developed and led CPE (Continuing Professional Education) seminars for CPAs. For most of his career, he practiced public accounting and computer systems consulting, independently and as a partner in a public accounting firm. Remarking on what he most looks forward to about teaching at AUIS, Steel stated, “I look forward to being a part of bringing to Sulaimani the type of professional accounting education one would normally have to travel very far from here to obtain.” Social Sciences Dr. Joy Samad and Dr. Volodymyr A. Pihenko joined the Department of Social Sciences. Dr. Samad received his Ph.D. from Boston College and his M.A. from University of Dallas, both in Political Science. He has previously taught at East West University and North South University in Bangladesh. He also taught at the University of Massachusetts and Framingham State College. This semester he will teach Civilization 1 – Ancient and Political Philosophy. Dr. Pihenko will teach Politics and Government and American Government at AUIS. He received his Ph.D. in Public Policy at Indiana University and Master of Public Administration from Bowling Green State University. Before AUIS, Dr. Pihenko taught at Mariupol Institute of Interregional Academy of Public Management and Human Resources and Indiana University.
A delegation of the Iraqi Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research visited the AUIS Campus on Saturday November 5, 2016.
November 6, 2016 - Sulaimani (KRG), Iraq - The Board of Trustees of the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) elected Dr. Jill Derby as the new Chair at the annual Board meeting on November 1, 2016 in Washington D.C. The Board held the election as the former Chair, Dr. Barham Salih, stepped down from the position after completing his term according to the bylaws of the University. He had held the position since the founding of the University in 2007. “Founded just ten years ago, AUIS is a remarkable success story of diversity, openness and education at its best. In an article for the New York Times, Thomas Friedman once called AUIS Iraq’s best hope, “an American university that is teaching the values of inclusiveness.” We owe this remarkable success to the visionary leadership and dedication of our founder Dr. Barham Salih. I will strive to carry forward his commitment to excellence which AUIS embodies, and his devotion to the students the University serves,” said Dr. Derby, who has been a member of the AUIS Board of Trustees since September 2012 and was previously serving as the Vice Chair. Congratulating Dr. Derby on her new appointment, AUIS President Bruce Walker Ferguson said, “Dr. Barham’s contributions to the University, as founder and as a visionary force, have been crucial to the introduction of modern liberal arts education to the region. Dr. Jill’s long experience in American higher education will help AUIS attain the next level of high-quality, affordable undergraduate education. I look forward to continuing to work with both of these remarkable trustees and commend their commitment and dedication to the students and faculty of AUIS.” During the meeting, the Board expressed its appreciation and gratitude to Dr. Barham Salih in a resolution: “The Board of Trustees, on behalf of the students, staff, faculty, alumni, and other members of the community at The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani, conveys to Dr. Barham Salih its deepest respect and gratitude for the inspiration, visionary leadership and tireless effort he has provided for more than a decade as our founder and Chair.” The Board also elected Dr. Bakhteyar Shamsadeen as the new Vice Chair, re-elected Azzam Alwash as the new Secretary, and elected Mr. Mohammed Ali as Treasurer. In another resolution, the Board acknowledged its gratitude and respect for the “troops in the Kurdistan’s peshmerga, Iraqi military and security forces, the U.S. armed forces, and other coalition military and security units fighting to defend a peaceful and just society in the Kurdistan region and across Iraq.” For more information about the AUIS Board of Trustees, please visit www.auis.edu.krd/board-trustees Jill Derby is a governance consultant with the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB), where she has worked for more than ten years to enhance governance effectiveness and performance among American and Canadian higher education boards. She served on two Nevada college faculties before transitioning to a policy role on the Nevada Board of Regents. She was appointed to the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity by the U.S. Senate in 2011. She received her PhD from the University of California, Davis with a concentration on the Arab Middle East. Read full profile. About the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani Established in 2007 as a not-for-profit institution, AUIS is dedicated to providing a comprehensive liberal arts education for the benefit of young men and women from Iraq, Iraqi Kurdistan, and the wider region. The University seeks to produce graduates of responsible character with the necessary knowledge and skills for professional and national leadership. The academic program, taught in the English language by international faculty, is designed to develop strength in critical thinking, the ability to communicate well, a strong work ethic, good citizenship and personal integrity. As a non-profit institution for the public good, the University and its assets are not owned by any individual or group of individuals. The growing student body at AUIS represents the region’s diverse ethnic and religious landscape as the University continues to be the destination of choice of more than 1,600 students. Reflecting Sulaimani’s location at an international crossroads, Kurds, Arabs, Turkmen, Sunni and Shi’a Muslims, Ezidis and Christians, live and study together in an open culture fostering diversity and tolerance. Academic freedom is a principle guaranteed in teaching, learning, and research in a manner identical to that found at regionally accredited colleges and universities in the United States. As a non-profit institution for the public good, the University and its assets are not owned by any individual or group of individuals. Follow AUIS on Twitter @auis_news and Facebook @auisofficial for latest information and news. For media enquiries or interview requests, please contact Mehr Zahra, director of communications, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 964(0)772-3399-305.
The Faculty and Staff Scholarship Committee at AUIS has recently announced scholarships for 3rd and 4th year undergraduate students for Fall 2016. In the academic year of 2013 – 2014, the AUIS staff, faculty and the then AUIS president, Dr. Dawn Dekle, raised funds to provide financial support to AUIS students in need. Given the current difficult financial situation in the region, the Faculty & Staff Scholarship Committee has decided to award these funds to be used in Fall 2016 semester. A number of single scholarships of between $1,000 and $2,000 will be awarded based on students need and proven commitment to study at AUIS. The Faculty & Staff Scholarship Committee members include: Raguez Taha, Dr.Elizabeth Campbell, Dr. Maria Saldarriaga, Dr. Tara Fadhil, Dr. Bahzad Rasheed, Dr. Donald Cruickshank, Dr.Tobin Hartnell, Habyl Sadik, and James Hart. Please follow the directions detailed in the attachment to submit the application. The final deadline for submitting the application is May 12, 2016 at 5:00 PM.
On Monday, April 4, 2016, a group of AUIS students had a conversation with Sam Seder, an MSNBC contributor and a political talk radio host, via Skype, concerning the role of the media in the U.S. presidential elections. The media has changed a lot, he said, it used to function purely as a source of information for the people, and was not expected to make a profit. Now, however, “the population is not as educated about important issues, not even issues they care about.” And this, he explained is because the media has an incentive to get higher ratings, and therefore more profit. But when being more specific about this year’s presidential elections, he mentioned that the reason Donald Trump, the Republican frontrunner candidate, is getting so much coverage, is because he drives ratings, “he is an incredible showman, and people who want to vote against him are just as compelled to watch”, said Seder. On the democratic side however, he talked about Bernie Sanders, who is not getting nearly enough media coverage compared to his popularity. @SamSeder speaking to #AUIS students of @djenebajalan 's class about #US #media pic.twitter.com/vT5WoDSQPH — Sara Bajalan (@SBajalan) April 4, 2016 After Sam Seder’s talk, Dr. Djene Bajalan, AUIS professor who organized this talk for his American History class, opened the discussion to Q&As. Some of these questions were about Sam Seder’s own opinions and expectations for the elections, and others about the extent to which the media is influenced by political affiliations. Sam Seder had questions for the students as well, which also included questions from his live audience. Will be speaking via skype with some college students in Sulaimani, in Iraqi Kurdistan in a few minutes- send me any questions you may have — Sam Seder (@SamSeder) April 4, 2016 These questions ranged from students’ perspective on the American invasion of Iraq in 2003; what life was like in Iraq; women’s rights and if they had improved since 2003; and what students thought of their American-style education at AUIS. The dialogue between Sam Seder and the American History students was very engaging and interesting to say the least and students expressed their interest in participating in such lectures in the future. Story and photos contributed by communications intern Lana Jabbar.
Experts: Women must be involved in water management Daily Sabah MidEast Assistant Professor at the AUIS Mathematics and Natural Sciences department, Maria Saldarriaga, recently attended the "Women, Water and Peace" conference in Istanbul on March 18-19, 2016. Highlighting the challenges that must be faced to overcome the mismanagement of water resources, Saldarriaga said: "Gender-sensitive policy implementation must be bottom up, but there is no time for it as the country [Iraq] is always in a state of emergency." Read full article. Saldarriaga recently contributed a chapter on water scarcity in the refugee camps in Iraq in the report, "Women, Water and Peace: Crisis of Survival in the Middle East, 2015", published by the Strategic Foresight Group.