AUIS Awards

Awards will be given out to students for academic performance and community service in spring 2017 in the following categories:  Undergraduate: President's Award, Dean's List, Community Spirit APP: Attendance Awards, Teacher's Awards, Director's Awards, Top Grades Service Learning Program The awards will be followed by an AUIS 10th anniversary photo and student party outside building A.  The event is open to all AUIS community. 

Guest Lecture: State-building and Nationalism with Dr. Faleh Jabbar

The Institute of Regional and International Studies (IRIS) hosted a lecture and discussion with Dr. Faleh Jabbar on "State-building and Nationalism in the Middle East," with particular reference to the recent events here in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.  Dr. Jabbar is one of the leading experts on Iraq, Kurds, Nationalism and has written extensively on these topics. His books include:  The Kurds: Nationalism and Politics The Shi'ite Movement in Iraq  Tribes and Power: Nationalism and Ethnicity in the Middle East Ayatollahs, Sufis and Ideologues A podcast of this talk is now available. Listen on SoundCloud or by clicking on link below:

U.S. & Turkish Foreign Policy, Post-ISIS Iraq & the KRG Referendum on Independence

On September 12, 2017, the Institute of Regional and International Studies (IRIS) hosted a guest lecture on foreign policy perspectives of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) referendum for independence. Speakers included Dr. Denise Natali, Distinguished Research Fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) at the National Defense University (NDU), Dr. Akeel Abbas, Assistant Professor in the Department of English at AUIS, and Dr. Barin Kayaoglu, Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Sciences at AUIS. Read the full discussion on the IRIS website.  A podcast of this discussion will be available soon on the AUIS Soundcloud channel. 

International Peace Day Festival

Come and enjoy an evening of traditional music, art and culture with the Loor Music Group and the Middle East Sustainable Peace Organization (MESPO) on the International Peace Day.  5:00 p.m. - musical performance by Loor Music Group 6:00 p.m. - music, art dsplays, food, and other activities arranged by MESPO The event is open to all AUIS community and invited guests only. About Loor Music Group: Loor is a Kurdish music group based in Sulaimani, and was formed in 2008. All the 12 members of the group are graduates from different music institutions. The group has recorded eight albums, and participated in several music videos other well-known Kurdish singers. The band has held concerts in different European countries, as well as many concerts in the Kurdistan region. The group also performed at the annual Sulaimani Forum dinner earlier this year in March.  About MESPO: MESPO is a youth-led NGO based in Kurdistan working on promoting peace and creating sustainable cultural bridges between the peoples of the Middle East. The organization was founded by AUIS students. 

Lake Dukan Clean-up

  The students of APP Level 2 are hosting a cleanup event at Lake Dukan for the second year in a row. If you are able to participate, please contact the AUIS Environment Keepers on their Facebook page for transportation and other details. Thursday, August 17, 2017 4:30 p.m. 

A Musical Journey from Greece to Kurdistan

  The workshop, held on Monday, April 3rd, was led by internationally acclaimed Greek musicians Dr. Matthaios Tsachouridis and Dr. Konstantinos Tsachouridis. The workshop was facilitated and translated by Hajar Zahawi, and focused on explaining the roots of Greek music and how it varies based on the geography of the country, with an introduction to Greek instruments. It was attended in large numbers by aspiring students from the Fine Arts department at the University of Sulaimani and the Oriental Music Club at AUIS. The musicians also gave demonstrations during their talk, and allowed students the opportunity to play the traditional Greek instrument, the Lyra Pontos, which they later gifted to their friend Hajar Zahawi. AUIS invited members of the community, students and staff to enjoy a concert featuring a blend of Greek and Kurdish music on campus on April 4th. Renowned Kurdish artists Hajar Zahawy, Ertan Takin, and Ayub Ali joined the Greek trio Konstantinos Tsachouridis, Giannis Poulios, and Matthaios Tsachouridis to play in front of packed auditorium at AUIS. The concert lasted well over two hours and was greatly enjoyed by the audience.   The Tsachouridis brothers were born in Greece, and both hold a doctorate in the field of Performance Practice. Zahawi and the Tsachouridis brothers met and became friends as university students in the UK. Zahawi has previously performed in Greece, and recently gave a performance with the Tsachouridis brothers at TEDx Nishtiman in Erbil. Together, they share a great passion for music and to bringing cultures together through their performance. In the last two years, Hajar Zahawy has performed and given various music workshops at AUIS. He plans to continue running workshop sessions for aspiring young musicians every semester, with the hope of starting up a music school at the University in future.    Watch the concert video below.   


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