The Arab Innovation Network (AINAC) corporate conference brings together youth from all over the Middle East every year to work together towards innovative and industry-based solutions. In December 2016, AUIS business major Maryam Nabeel attended the AINAC 2016 conference in Amman, Jordan, where she was selected to participate in the AIN Corporate Challenge. With her two Palestinian teammates, Maryam worked on a challenge to design a delivery packaging system for Aramex Logistics. The team were given two days to design and present their solution at AINAC 2016. Maryam's team won the corporate challenge, and were awarded a fully funded corporate internship with Aramex in the country of their choice. The AINAC 2016 conference also featured talks by influencers and sector leaders, business networking opportunities, and workshops for participants, "I got to know a few very well known people in the Middle East, which is always a plus to building up your network," said Maryam, who is now starting up an AINAC Society at AUIS. "A lot of our engineering students would really enjoy the experience," she said, and hopes that the new society will help establish links with AIN and ecounrage more participation from AUIS students at the annual conference. We wish Maryam all the best with her new internship at Aramex! Read more about Maryam's experience at AINAC Corporate Challenge in her blog.
Macro Economics and Fiscal Management (MFM) and Education (EDU) Global Practices cordially invite you to a joint BBL Education for Entrepreneurship: Creating Opportunities in Fragile Settings and Preparing Students for Private Sector Jobs in Kurdistan Region of Iraq Speaker: Christine van den Toorn Director of the Institute of Regional and International Studies (IRIS) at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani --- Chair: Amit Dar Acting Senior Director, Education Global Practice and Director Strategy and Operations GGHVP --- Discussant: Tomomi Miyajima Education Specialist, Education Global Practice Webex connection: Meeting number: 739 381 675; Password: JrQY5FuK Join by phone: 1-650-479-3207 (Call-in toll number) To RSVPs, please contact Ashwaq Maseeh, Economist (MFM), at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-631-9158 to request a visitor's pass. Abstract The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) is an independent, not-for-profit institution located in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region. The University opened its doors in 2007 with a student body of ten, which has now grown to over 1400, attracting students from all over the Kurdistan Region and Iraq. AUIS’s mission is to prepare students to lead Iraq’s private and public sectors through a rigorous liberal arts curriculum and progressive pedagogy focused on developing skills like critical thinking. The large majority of graduates work in the private sector -- in areas such as accounting, marketing, and investment. Considering the recent calls for reforms and a downsizing of the public sector in Iraq and its Kurdistan Region, initiatives like AUIS that prepare students for careers in business can address a need. This talk will discuss how AUIS has prepared its students for the private sector, and how the efforts might be developed and expanded. About the Speaker Christine van den Toorn has worked at AUIS for seven years, first as faculty and currently as the director of the research center. During her time at the University, she has worked to develop university programs like career services and graduate school advising. She has worked closely with students and graduates on a variety of projects, for example on studies for multi-national companies all over the Kurdistan Region and the disputed territories of Ninewa, Diyala, and Salahddin. Van den Toorn has published on local politics and on the importance of education in Iraq in leading outlets like Foreign Policy, Iraq Oil Report, War on the Rocks, Inside Iraqi Politics, Daily Beast, Niqash and Musings on Iraq. She is a member of the Atlantic Council Task Force on the Future of Iraq.