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AUIS Appoints New Dean of Faculty and Director of Academic Administration and Accreditation

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 mehr.zahra@auis.edu.krd or 964(0)772-339-9305. For Kurdish and Arabic media requests, please contact Bzhar Boskani, Media and Public Relations Adviser, at bzhar.ali@auis.edu.krd or 964(0)770-152-1893.

AUIS Welcomes New Faculty Members

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.

دەستەى ئەمیندارانى زانکۆى ئەمریکى لە سلێمانی سەرۆکی نوێی هەڵبژارد

سلێمانى، ڕۆژى ٦ى تشرینى دووەمى ٢٠١٦  دەستەى ئەمیندارانى زانکۆى ئەمریکى لەعێراق، سلێمانى، لە کۆبونەوەى ساڵانەى خۆیدا كه لە ڕێکەوتى ١ى تشرینى دووەمى ئەم ساڵدا لە واشنتۆن بەڕێوەچوو، د. جیل دێربى وەک سەرۆکى نوێی دەستەکە هەڵبژارد. ئەم هەڵبژاردنە پێويست بوو بە هۆى تەواوبوونی ماوەی كاری د. بەرهەم ساڵح وەك سەروكی دەستەی ئەمينداران بە پێی ياسا و ڕێسای زانكۆ.   تۆماس فریدمان، نوسەر و بيرمەندی ناسراوی ئەمريكا،  لە ووتارێکی ڕۆژنامەى نیۆرک تایمز دەربارەى زانکۆى ئەمریکى سلێمانی نوسیویەتى: " نزیکەى دە سال دەبێت زانکۆى ئەمریکى لەعێراق، سلێمانى وەک پێگەیەکى پێشەنگ  لە کرانەوە وداهێنان و خوێندن لە باشترین ئاستدا دامەزراوە و ئێستا باشترين ئۆمێدە  بۆ عێراق و ناوچەكه"  د. جیل دێربى وەک سەرۆکى نوێى دەستەى ئەمیندارانى زانکۆ لە باسى سەرۆکى پێشوى زانکۆدا وتى:" زانکۆى ئەمریکی سلێمانی زانکۆیەکی نايابە بە ئاڕاستەی گەشەپێدانی كۆمەڵگەى كوردستان و عێراق، و خويندكاران به تيزەكانی كرانەوە و  فرەچەشنی پەروەردە دەكات. و ئەو سەرکەوتنە بەرچاوەی زانكوش بە هۆی دەستپێشكەری  د. بەرهەم ساڵح و هاندانى بەردەوام و  تێروانینی بۆ ئایندە بووە، و جێگەى پێزانين و ڕيزلێنانە. منیش هەوڵى تەواوى خۆم دەدەم  بو گەشەپێدانى زانکۆ بۆ بەرزترین ئاست و خزمەتكردنی خوێندكارەكانى."  شایەنى باسە د. دێربى لە ئەیلولى ٢٠١٢ ەوە ئەندامى دەستەى ئەمیندارانى زانکۆیە و پێشتریش لە پۆستى جێگرى سەرۆکى دەستەکەدابووە.  سەرۆکى زانکۆى ئەمریکى پرۆفیسۆر بروس فیگرسون پیرۆزبایى ئاراستەى د. دێربى کرد وەک سەرۆکى دەستەى ئەمینداران و وتى "هەوڵەکانى د. بەرهەم بۆ زانکۆکە وەک دامەزرێنەر و خاوەن روئیا زۆر گرنگ بوون لە ناساندنى خويندنى لیبرال لە ناوچەکەدا. هەروەها ئەزمونى دوورودرێژى د. دێربی لە بوارى خوێندنى باڵادا یارمەتیدەر دەبێت لە گەیاندنى زانکۆى ئەمریکى بە ئاستێکى تر لە کوالێتى بەرزی خوێندن. بەخۆشحاڵیەوە چاوەروانى کارکردنم لەگەڵ سەرۆكی نوى و دەستەی ئەمیندارن بۆ بەجێگەیاندنى ئەرکەکانیان لە خزمەتکردنی فیرخوازان و مامۆستایانى زانکۆ." لەمیانەى کۆبونەوەکەدا دەستەى ئەمینداران لە پەیامێکدا سوپاس و پێزانینى خۆیان بۆ د.بەرهەم دەربڕى " بەناوى کارمەندان و مامۆستایان و فێرخوازان و دەرچوان و ئەندامانى ترى زانکۆى ئەمریکى لە عێراق ،سلێمانى دەستەى ئەمینداران  دەستخۆشى و سوپاسى بێ پایانى ئاراستەى د. بەرهەم ساڵح دەکات بەرامبەر دەستپێشكەری و  تێڕوانین و ڕابەرایەتى کردنی بە درێژایى دە ساڵى رابووردوو لە پێناو زانکۆ، و دەوری وەک دامەزرێنەر و سەرۆکى دەستەى ئەمینداران لە ماوەی ڕابوردوو مایەی پێزانین و رێزلێنانە" هەروەها دەستەى ئەمینداران بەڕێز د. بەختیار شەمسەدینیان وەک جێگرى سەرۆک هەڵبژارد. لەپەیامێکى تردا دەستەى ئەمینداران سوپاسى هێزى پێشمەرگەى کوردستان و هێزى سەربازى عێراقی و هێزەکانى ئاسایش و هێزى سوپاى ئەمریکى هێزى هاوپەیمانان و یەکەکانى ترى ئاسایشیان کرد لە پارێزگارى کردن لە سەلامەتى و سەرو ماڵى هاوڵاتیانى کوردستان و سەرتاسەری عێراق.   زانكوی ئەمريكی دامەزراوەیەکی ئەکادیمیە بە شێوازی فێرکردنی زانکۆکانی ئەمریکا خوێندکاران پەروەردە دەکات. لەساڵی ٢٠٠٧ دامەزراوە لە سلێمانی. زانکۆ موڵکی کەس نیە، پشکی کەسی تیا نیە، داھاتی بۆ ھیچ کەس و لایەنێک نیە، ھەموو چالاکی و کارەکانی بۆ ئامانجی زانکۆ تەرخانە، ئامانج و پێناسەی خزمەتی بەرژەوەندی گشتیە. تەنانەت لە حاڵەتی ھەڵوەشاندنەوەشی، بە پێی پەیرە و وپێناسەی زانکۆ، مومتەلەکاتی زانکۆ و کارەکانی دەگەرێتەوە بۆ حکومەتی ھەرێم یا دەزگایەکی خزمەتی گشتی.   بۆ زانیارى زیاتر سەبارەت بە دەستەى ئەمیندارانى زانکۆى ئەمریکى تکایە سەردانى ئەم لینکە بکەن www.auis.edu.krd/board-trustees چەند زانیاریەک لەسەر د جیل دێربى: ڕاوێژکاری پسپۆڕی دەستەى ئەمیندارانى زانکۆ و خويندنى بالايە ، بۆ ماوەى زیاتر لە دەساڵ هاوکاری بەڕیوەبردنی دەستەى ئەمینداران بووە لە خوێندنى باڵاى ئەمریکا و کەنەدا. د. جیل دێربى لە دوو زانکۆی نیڤادا کاری کرددوە پێش ئەوەى بچێتە بوارى بەڕێوەبردنی سیاسەتى خويندنی بالا لە ويلایەتی نیڤادا. هەروەها لە ساڵى ٢٠١١ بە بریاری ئەنجومەنی سێناتی ئەمریکا، د. دێربى وەک ئەندامی ئەنجومەنى ڕاوێژکارى نیشتیمانی بۆ کوالیتی ئاستی خویندنی باڵا دەستبەکاربووە. خاوەنى بڕوانامەى دکتۆرایە لە زانکۆى کالیفۆرنیا، داڤیس و شارەزایە لە ئەنترۆپۆلۆجی ڕۆژهەڵاتى ناوەڕاست.   

الجامعة الأمريكية تنتخب رئيساً جديداً لمجلس اُمناءه

السليمانية / إقليم كوردستان العراق - 6 من شهر تشرين الثاني 2016، إنتخب مجلس اُمناء الجامعة الأمريكية في العراق، السليمانية د. جيل ديربي كرئيسة جديدة للمجلس خلال الإجتماع السنوي لمجلس اُمناء الجامعة الأمريكية في العراق، السليمانية المنعقد في الأول من شهر تشرين الثاني سنة 2016 في العاصمة الأمريكية واشنطن. و قد عقد المجلس الإنتخابات بعد إستكمال فترة ولاية الدكتور برهم صالح كرئيساً لمجلس اُمناء الجامعة وفقا للنظام الداخلي للجامعة الأمريكية في العراق، السليمانية حيث شغل منصب رئيس مجلس الاُمناء منذ تأسيس الجامعة سنة 2007. و قد عبرت د. جيل ديربي، و التي كانت عضوة في مجلس اُمناء الجامعة منذ شهر أيلول 2012 و شغلت منصب نائب رئيس مجلس الاُمناء:  "تأسست قبل عشرة سنوات، حيث تمثل الجامعة الأمريكية قصة نجاح رائعة للتنوع و الإنفتاح و التعليم في أفضل حالاتها. ففي مقالة في مجلة نيويورك تايمز، وصف الكاتب توماس فريدمان الجامعة الأمريكية في العراق، السليمانية بأنها:  أفضل أمل للعراق، جامعة أمريكية تُدرس وفق القيم العلمية الرصينة. نحن ندين هذا النجاح المذهل لتفاني مؤسسها الدكتور برهم صالح و سأعمل جاهدة  لمواصلة تفانيه في الحفاظ على التمييز المتجسد في الجامعة الأمريكية في العراق، السليمانية و إخلاصه لطلبة الجامعة". تهانينا للدكتورة جيل ديربي لمنصبها الجديد، حيث عبر البروفيسور بروس والكر فيرغسون، رئيس الجامعة الأمريكية في العراق، السليمانية "لقد كانت مساهمات الدكتور برهم صالح كمؤسس للجامعة و قوة بصيرته بالغة الأهمية لإدخال التعليم الليبرالي الحديث للمنطقة. ستساعد خبرة الدكتورة جيل ديربي في مجال التعليم العالي في الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية، الجامعة الأمريكية في العراق، السليمانية في البلوغ الى المستوى التالي من التعليم الجامعي العالي الجودة و جعل التعليم الجامعي في متناول الجميع. إنني أتطلع الى مواصلة العمل معهم و الثناء على التزامهم و تفانيهم للطلاب و أعضاء الهيئة التدريسية للجامعة الأمريكية في العراق، السليمانية". ففي خلال الإجتماع، أقًرً أعضاء مجلس اُمناء الجامعة عن تقديرهم و إمتنانهم للدكتور برهم صالح بالقرار التالي: "نيابة عن طلبة و موظفي و أعضاء الهيئة التدريسيسة و خريجي الجامعة الأمريكية في العراق، السليمانية، عبر مجلس الاُمناء عن بالغ إحترامهم و إمتنانهم للدكتور برهم صالح لإلهامه و قيادته الحكيمة و جهوده الدؤوبة المتواصلة التي قُدمت لأكثر من عقد من الزمان كمؤسس للجامعة و رئيس لمجلس الاُمناء". و قد إنتخب المجلس الدكتور بختيار شمس الدين نائبا لرئيس مجلس الاُمناء. و في قرار آخر، أقًرً مجلس اُمناء الجامعة عن بالغ إمتنانهم و إحترامهم " لقوات البيشمركة الكوردستانية،  و القوات العسكرية و الأمنية العراقية، و القوات المسلحة الأمريكية، و الوحدات العسكرية و الأمنية للتحالف و التي تقاتل في سبيل مجتمع مسالم و عادل في إقليم كوردستان و العراق برمته". للمزيد من المعلومات عن مجلس اُمناء الجامعة الأمريكية في العراق، السليمانية، الرجاء زيارة موقعنا الإلكتروني: www.auis.edu.krd/board-trustees تشغل جيل ديربي منصب إستشارية في إتحاد مجالس إدارة الجامعات و الكليات و المعاهد (AGB) ، حيث عملت لأكثر من عشر سنوات لتعزيز فعالية الإدارة و الأداء بين مجالس التعليم العالي الأمريكية و الكندية. حيث عملت في كليتي نيفادا قبل الإنتقال الى إدارة السياسة التعليمية في مجلس ولاية نيفادا. تم تعيينها في اللجنة الإستشارية الوطنية للجودة المؤسسية و النزاهة من قبل مجلس الشيوخ الأمريكي في عام 2011. حصلت على شهادة الدكتوراه من جامعة كاليفورنيا، دافس مع التركيز على الشرق الأوسط العربي. قراءة الملف الشخصي الكامل حول الجامعة الأمريكية في العراق، السليمانية تأسست الجامعة في عام ٢٠٠٧ كمؤسسة غير هادفة للربح، و توفر الجامعة تعليم شامل في الدراسات الليبرالية للشباب والشابات في العراق، و كردستان العراق، والمنطقة على نطاق واسع. تسعى الجامعة لتخريج طلبة لديهم المهارات المهنية والاجتماعية. يتم تدريس البرنامج الأكاديمي باللغة الانجليزية من قبل أعضاء هيئة تدريس دولية، ويهدف البرنامج إلى تطوير القوة في التفكير النقدي، والقدرة على التواصل بشكل جيد، و تعليم أخلاقيات العمل القوية، المواطنة الصالحة والسلامة الشخصية. إنّ الجامعة الأمريكية مؤسسة ذات نفع عام غير مملوكة لأي شخص أو جهة. يمثل التنامي الطلابي في الجامعة الأمريكية في العراق، السليمانية المشهد العرقي والديني المتنوع في المنطقة، كما تسعى الجامعة لتكون الوجهة المفضلة لأكثر من ١٦٠٠ طالب وطالبة. و يعكس موقع السليمانية على مفترق طرق دولية للأكراد والعرب والتركمان، المسلمون السنة والشيعة، الايزيديين والمسيحيين للعيش والدراسة معا في ثقافة منفتحة تعزز التنوع والتسامح. الحرية الأكاديمية هي مبدأ مضمون في التدريس والتعليم والبحث بطريقة مماثلة لتلك الموجودة في الكليات والجامعات المعتمدة إقليميا في الولايات المتحدة.

AUIS Board of Trustees Elects New Chair

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 mehr.zahra@auis.edu.krd or 964(0)772-3399-305.

Fall 2016 Scholarship Awards

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.   

Students Discuss Media and US Presidential Elections with Sam Seder

  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. 

AUIS professor attends water conference in Istanbul

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. 

Renewed Challenges for the Middle East

Ahmed Ali, senior fellow at the American University's Institute of Regional and International Studies reviews the immense challenges facing Iraqi Kurdistan, Iraq and the Middle East as we gear up for hosting the fourth annual Sulaimani Forum on March 16-17, 2016. The annual Forum aims to convene prominent leaders, intellectuals and practitioners to the cultural hub of Sulaimani, Iraq to engage in meaningful dialogue and tackle the most complex issues facing the region.   "One hundred years after the 1916 Sykes-Picot agreement, there are serious questions about the current political structure of the Middle East. There are challenges of figuring out identities and governance systems. The old guard in Egypt, Yemen, and Tunisia has changed. The new leaders are yet to succeed in setting an agreeable collective direction for their countries. Syria is staring into the abyss of its status as a nation-state. It has become a base for the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) and it witnesses ongoing violence. This new regional order places Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan at a crossroads that is familiar yet is uncharted territory. Mosul is still under ISIS control, both the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and federal Iraq are in dire financial shape, and the distrust among all communities is at a peak. With these ongoing developments, the Institute of Regional and International Studies (IRIS) at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) is holding its fourth Sulaimani Forum in March of this year. This year’s Forum takes on extra significance given the 100 year anniversary of Sykes-Picot and it will seek to cover the myriad of national and regional challenges..." Read full article.       More about the upcoming Sulaimani Forum. 

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