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Creative Coding and Computing: A Course that Surprises Students and Teachers

On October 4, 2017, Dr. Hemin Latif, assistant professor and chair of the Information Technology Department at AUIS gave a guest lecture on Creative Coding and Computing to the participants of an Android bootcamp organized by Re: coded, a non-governmental organization in Erbil. The purpose of the lecture was to show how the Creative Coding and Computing course offered at AUIS differs from traditional programming courses in its design, delivery, and impact. During his speech, Dr. Latif shared the reasons why introductory programming courses fail to give a strong education in coding and computing to a generic audience. He mentioned how this course resolves major problems of traditional programming courses He mentioned how this course resolves those major problems of traditional programming courses; and the problems that cause most students to drop out from these courses. He also discussed creativity as a concept that is required for everyone, and especially for programmers. At the end of the lecture, many participants were inspired by the benefits that the course could bring. Mr. Allan Saleh, a participant, said “Dr. Hemin's speech reminded me of how creativity has a huge impact on what I want to achieve. Definitely a wake-up call to innovation.” Mr. Mustafa Alfaisal, another attendant, commented, “I hope every college includes this creative course in their curriculum.” Currently, AUIS is the only university in the region that offers this course and there is a great student demand for it. Hopefully, more unique courses like Creative Coding and Computing will be offered in AUIS that could become supportive for learning and developing the ideas about, and beyond, the main regular courses and curriculum. Article by IT Department Communications Intern, Mr. Aran Kamaran

AUIS Students Attend First Robotics Festival in Erbil

On September 16, 2017, a group of robotics students, accompanied by Dr. Hemin Latif, chair of the IT department at AUIS, and the IT Lab Assistant Mr. Berzy Bahzad attended the first Robotics Festival in Kurdistan, organized by the IT organization – TechEye.org – and under the supervision of the South Korean Consulate in Erbil. Despite the overwhelming heat and seven hours' drive from Sulaimani to Erbil and back, the students learned a lot from the trip to the exhibition, including things not related to technical or programming skills, like learning how to organize an event such as this. There were various projects on display: command-based speech recognition light project, all custom PVC-made underwater robot, an automatic pencil-drawing robot, and many more. The competitors were a group of talented and energetic students, graduates, and hobbyists. Haval Rezan, an IT junior at AUIS realized that “The competition is no longer inside AUIS where we were the only institute to teach robotics. We now have a greater challenge to stay on top of the game.” It also made the attendants realize that many people are interested in robotics in Kurdistan outside AUIS. “The event was eye-opening. Now I know that there are people who understand the language of robotics,” said Lavin Luqman, AUIS IT major. Sharing his view on the trip, Dr. Latif said, “Teaching and learning are not only limited to in-class experience and interaction. There is a lot of teaching and learning taking place out of classrooms too, something that both faculty and students need to know and can benefit from. Having a very popular course on Physical Computing and Robotics offered to our IT students, I find it very important that the students know what else is out there. Many of the projects we saw are similar or related to what we teach our students at AUIS. Some were very impressive in terms of both idea and execution. I hope the students enjoyed their experience and we are looking forward to similar events in the future.” Field trips not only guarantee a different experience, but serve as an opportunity for students to meet and get to know people. During this trip, the students, staff, and professors had the chance to get to know one another, discuss different topics, and share their interests. Students also expressed their interest in having more university-organized trips in the future and competing either on a university level or event-based levels, similar to the First Robotics Festival. Article written by Berzy Bahzad, IT Lab Assistant 

مؤسسة Mary E. Geyer توفر منحة دراسية للطالبات المتفوقات

يسر الجامعة الامريكية في العراق, السليمانية ان تعلن عن منحة دراسية جديدة لطلاب البكلوريوس في الجامعة موفرة من قبل مؤسسة Mary E. Geyer. المنحة سوف تمنح لطالبتان متفوقتان تختصان في قسم الهندسة و تكنلوجيا المعلومات. قيمة المنحة هي 1500 دولار أمريكي سوف توهب لطالبة من كل قسم ابتداءا من القصل الدراسي الخريفي لعام 2016. مؤسسة Mary E. Geyer الغير ربحية تسعى الى اعانة الطالبات المختصات في مجال تقني والى تسليط الضوء على الطالبات المتفوقات اكاديميا وخاصة في مجالات العلوم, التكنلوجيا, الهندسة, او الرياضايت. قال السيد Roger Geyer مدير المؤسسة واستاذ مساعد في الجامعة الامريكية سابقا, "نحن نعتقد ان النساء الناجحات في هذا المجال سوف يكون لهن دور فعال في السياسة والمجتمع وحتما سوف يزداد عددهم في المناصب القيادية التي تسعى الى تطوير البلد والمجتمع." واضاف السيد روجر, "اتمنى ان تنمو هذه المنحة من ناحية قيمتها وعدد الطلاب المستفيدون منها, ونعمل حاليا من اجل ان تكون هذه المنحة مستمرة في المستقبل البعيد." طالبتي الجامعة الامريكية زينب حامد وسنور صالح المختصتان في علوم التنكلوجيا كانتا اول طالبتين تحصلان على هذه المنحة, اضافة الى ذلك ما يقارب 80% من طلاب الجامعة يحصلون على الدعم المادي من جهات اخرى. اقساط الجامعة التي تعتمد على التفوق الاكاديمي تسعى الى توفير الفرصة لمتفوقي العراق للانضمام الى واحدة من افضل جامعات البلد بغض النظر عن وضعهم المادي. المتقدمين للمنحة بامكانهم معرفة المزيد عن المتطلبات وعملية التقديم هنا. اخر يوم لقبول استمارات التقديم هو 11 من سبتمبر 2016. لمعرفة المزيد عن مؤسسة Mary E. Geyer اضغط هنا.

Information Technology Day

Our IT students will be presenting creative, interactive and fun projects tomorrow from 11:15 - 12:15 in A-B1-Hallway. This event is sponsored by Dario Cafe. There will be plenty of pizzas, cakes, cupcakes, beverages and much more! You can also win unique prizes we collected just for this special event. One more thing, we have lots of stickers! You should put at least one on your laptop! 

Students Awarded ICT Training Certificates by Ericsson

  The program is a two-month course which aims to build a bridge between academic institutions and the ICT industry for students who are looking into joining companies such as Ericsson. Ericsson’s ICT Professional Foundation Program targets large groups of students from across the region to help the maximum number of individuals benefit from an opportunity to seamlessly transition from academic institutions to the ICT industry. “For the second consecutive year, Ericsson has organized a certification ceremony in Sulaimani where we had the honor to celebrate twenty-two high potential students from AUIS for passing the Ericsson ICT Professional Foundation Program,” said Ibrahim Itani, Sulaimani's General Manager at Ericsson, “This program offered the participants the chance to explore valuable information on the latest Information and Communication Technologies and their impact on the business, people and society.” The program, which first started in 2015, now covers 15 countries across the Middle East and is a gateway for students in the region to explore opportunities in the ICT industry. “Ericsson remains committed to enlightening the new generation on the latest technologies and business models that will shape their future careers,” continued Itani, “We are wishing the students that have successfully passed this program all the best in their studies and future career plans.” The online nature of the course enables Ericsson to target a large group of students at once, and is efficient in terms of cost and logistics. The course supports building a great pipeline of candidates for internship and graduate programs. Ericsson is a communications technology and service company, which provides software and infrastructure – especially in mobility, broadband and the cloud – and enables the telecom industry and other sectors to do better business, increase efficiency, improve the user experience and capture new opportunities. Ericsson operates worldwide, and currently has two offices operating in the Kurdistan region. Find out more about Ericsson here.

A Focus on Information Technology Center at AUIS

The vision of the center is to contribute to the growth and development of the government, business sector, and the society through empowering data-driven decision-making. The mission of the center is to promote research, stimulate consultancy, and provide trainings by working as a hub for all likeminded people who explore, value, and use the power of informatics and data analytics.    One of the first projects of the center is Kurdistan Data; an online platform for improving data availability and literacy in Kurdistan. The initial planning and setup of the project is made possible by the generous funds of Erbil Manpower (emp) and Choman Group.   "emp's donation for the Center for Informatics and Data Analytics is a symbolic contribution to payback for AUIS and its continuous invaluable effort to enhance and strengthen the youth education in Kurdistan Region and Iraq and to prepare a generation of leaders who will make a change in their country," commented Ms. Talan Aouny, CEO and Founder of Erbil Manpower Ltd.    Ms. Aouny continued "data availability and literacy is a strong catalyst for offering quality business service which is the core of emp's mission, hence we believe in the eligibility of this center and anticipate that the center will add enormous value to the way business is done in our country."        Talan Aouny, CEO of EMP and Choman Kareem, Manger of Choman Group   In the same regard, Mr. Choman Kareem, General Manager of Choman Group said "it is clear that information technology is influencing many aspects of our life in this era. Dr. Hemin Latif's plans for improving data availability and literacy through the Center's project is right on time and well thought off. Our society is in need of such projects. Therefore we are glad that we could contribute to the projects initial planning and setup."   Dr. Hemin Latif, Founding Director of CIDA, emphasized that the success of such projects cannot be achieved without the support of various entities and the generous donations of people like Ms. Aouny and Mr. Kareem.   Find out more about CIDA here. 

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