November 21 - 23: The Student Services department at AUIS held a three-day event titled AUIS vision, which focused on the topics of business in the current market, technology and innovation, and how to create your own startup. On the first day of the event, president Bruce Ferguson gave a speech and presented a video of a significant innovation in aircrafts, as students and faculty from AUIS and Komar University of Science and Technology attended. The second part of the event was a panel discussion with students from both universities. The participants debated on the economic crisis that has hit the Kurdistan region; each side presented shortcomings that they believed had contributed and led to the region’s economic failure. The second day of the event was attended by a representative from Asiacell; the deputy CEO of Asiacell and AUIS MBA graduate, Zring Faruk. He had an interactive discussion with the audience on their AsiaHawala project, a non-banking financial service with the aim of diversifying the payment procedure in the country. As part of day two's activities, AUIS alumni gave presentations on their own business and achieving success when entering the market. On the third day of the event, Five One Labs, a startup incubator based in Erbil, held a workshop for AUIS students, guiding them through the important steps to start a business. This event was organized by the Student Services department, and the university hopes to make it an annual event to help students think about entrepreneurship and innovation in the current market. Article written by communications intern Bana Aso.
This month's students' town hall meeting will take place on Sunday, September 24, 2107. Join in to share your ideas, questions and concerns. Contact: Mina Bassam, Student Services Coordinator | firstname.lastname@example.org
AUIS is pleased to host the Art Week starting this Sunday, May 7th until Thursday, May 11th. The Art Week will include different activities, art related. We will have Music, Dancing, Poetry, Photography, Paintings, and much more! Schedule: Sunday, May 7th: Music Workshop with Jerry Joseph at 5:00PM Musical Session by Students at 6:00PM outside building B and C (The Quad) Art Exhibition in the Cafeteria Monday, May 8th: Poetry Night and Open Mic in Buidling V at 4:30PM Art Exhibition in the Cafeteria Tuesday, May 9th: Music Workshop with Jerry Joseph at 5:00PM Musical Session by Students 6:00PM outside building B and C (The Quad) Art Exhibition in the Cafeteria Wednesday, May 10th: Dance performance by The Dance Club at 11:00AM Art Exhibition in the Cafeteria Thursday, May 11th: Music Workshop with Jerry Joseph at 5:00PM Musical Session by Students 6:00PM outside building B and C (The Quad) Art Exhibition in the Cafeteria See photos from the Art Week here.
The Student Services Office is hosting the Spring 2017 Week of Strength! There will be the ever popular Arm Wrestling Tournament, Push-up Contest, and a new event: Tug of War. These events will happen on the steps outside the Cafeteria at 11:30AM every day of the week. Arm Wrestling on Sunday 9th, Tuesday 11th, Thursday 13th Push-ups on Monday 10th Tug of War on Wednesday 12th There will be fabulous prizes for the winners!
Dean Gresk on why he loves the first week of the new semester! I love the first week of the semester. We kicked things off with an all-day (very all day) Orientation for new Undergraduate students on Saturday the 4th. The day was long, but we learned about the different majors offered at AUIS (English, Engineering, International Relations, IT, and Business), the policies that guide our work, and, most importantly, we got to know each other. The first day of classes is always exciting and a little bit chaotic. New professors, old professors, students who are trying to find their first class ever, students who are starting their final semester, staff members who are just trying to get their morning coffee: everybody is shoulder to shoulder and ready to go. We had hot chocolate in the cafeteria and Professor Ferguson dropped in on a few classes to welcome some of our future leaders. Monday night was the first Monday Movie Night, and we had about 40 students enjoy “Me Before You”. We do a movie night every month, led by Ms. Mina, an AUIS graduate and current Student Services Staff member. Looking forward to the Spring 2017 semester, we have a lot going on: The Lord of the Ping Table Tennis Tournament, the Week of Strength, the AUIS Career Fair, intramural sports, our very own award show, the First AUIS Art Week, and a little thing called the Sulaimani Forum. I love Spring semester. Where is my coffee? Faculty blog by Geoffrey Gresk, Dean of Students
Student Services is hosting a student versus faculty/staff soccer match this Wednesday, September 7th at 5:30 PM. Please send an email to Mr. Shad Rashed (soccer coach) at email@example.com to participate in the match.
On April 21, 2016, the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) held its fifth annual Career Fair. Despite the ongoing financial crisis, 36 companies from private and non private sectors registered for the event, as well as a number of NGOs and international development organizations. The NGOs were allowed to register free of cost at the job fair. We thank @AUIS_NEWS for organizing #AUISCareerFair & accept #KSC_KCF 's participation free of charge for 3 years now pic.twitter.com/rPz8kE7l3E — KSC-KCF (@KSC_KCF) April 21, 2016 The one-day Fair provided an opportunity for the graduating students to engage with the top recruiters in the region and have one-on-one interviews. "We are incredibly grateful for the many companies from various industries who have given their time and energy to speak with our students about upcoming job opportunities. This event is not possible without the support that our community partners give," said Oliver Keels, director of student services, "They exhibit the very best of Sulaimani, Kurdistan, and Iraq." The event opened with a short speech by AUIS Dean of Students, Geoffrey Gresk, where he explained that career fairs are essential to students' career development and advancement. This was followed by a guest talk by Mr. Ghassan Marrouche, CEO of Dilnia, one of the sponsors of the Career Fair, in which he described his comapny's line of work and the scope of career growth in the insurance industry and its importance in the Kurdistan Region. This year, the job fair was open only to AUIS students and graduates which gave an exclusive access for exhibitors to meet and interview the top talent at the University. The event also provided an opportunity to the exhibitors to promote their products and brands and to engage and network with the other organizations. “AUIS graduates are resourceful. They have strong skills and capabilities and most of our students already have some work experience through internships and summer programs. Recruiters have to spend very little time training them to adapt to their new working environment," said Hana Saida, communications associate and an organizer of the event. Click team at AUIS Career Fair! We are looking for talented AUIS students to join our team. #auiscareerfair pic.twitter.com/QdGWf4aN0K — Click (@clickiraq) April 21, 2016 Each year around 400 alumni and students participate at the fair. This year in particular, due to increased number of graduates, more than 500 participated, searching for jobs or internship programs. Many of the participating companies, such as Rabee Securities, Ericsson, Ernst & Young and Qaiwan Group have already recruited many AUIS graduates, and also offer summer training and internship programs. We would like to extend our gratitude for the generous support provided by all the sponsors of the event. The top sponsors included Qaiwan Group, the platinum sponsor of the Career Fair, followed by Dilnia insurance and Ernst and Young EY as gold sponsors. To view more photos, go to our Flickr page. AUIS Career Fair 2016 Exhibitors The following companies participated in the AUIS Career Fair 2016. View or download the AUIS Career Fair catalogue to find out more about the participating organizations. AdoKurd AlMouyasser General Trading Al Qalam University College Arch Media - Silver Sponsor AsiaHawala - Bronze Sponsor Bahar Group - Bronze Sponsor Britannia Educational Services Click Dilnia Insurance - Gold Sponsor Erbil Manpower (emp) Ericsson - Silver Sponsor Ernst and Young - Gold Sponsor Halabja Group - Bronze Sponsor Hiwa Foundation Horizon Relief Organization Huawei Technologies - Bronze Sponsor Indigo Jisr al-Furat Kurdistan Save the Children Lafarge Moonline Travel and Tourism MSelect Murad Mustachee Professional Development Institute - AUIS Qaiwan Group - Platinum Sponsor Rabee Securities - Bronze Sponsor Rwanga Foundation Save the Children International Sky Air Travel and Tourism - Bronze Sponsor U.S. Consulate General Erbil UNHCR Weatherford International - Bronze Sponsor Worlwide Business Management (WWB)
These comprehensive trainings were offered with the aim of improving attendees’ job seeking abilities, interview skills and resume writing.The training sessions took place on the University campus both in the mornings and afternoons, and in three languages: Kurdish, English and Arabic. AUIS top graduates and alumni conducted the sessions using course materials provided by Foras. Through these training sessions, job seekers gained one-on-one professional experience on how best to prepare for a job interview and improve their CV, which in turn prepared them to successfully interact with potential employers during the two day exhibition. Approximately 200 job seekers participated in the training sessions. The two-day event attracted 42 exhibitors/employers from a variety of different backgrounds, such as oil and gas, technology and telecommunication, business and investment, finance and banking, advertising, architecture and designing industry, as well as NGOs and service sectors. The Job Fair offered exhibitors and job seekers the opportunity to connect with one another in person and learn more about each other. Despite the financial and economical challenges faced by the Kurdistan region, a selective group of exhibitors sponsored the fair.These included Qaiwan Group, Asiacell, Korek Engineering System and Westeye Hospital. Click here to view the list of exhibitors and sponsors or download the Job Fair catalogue. As per USAID/Foras agreement, the first day of the event was open only to AUIS alumni and students while the second day was open for registered job seekers. On the first day of the fair, USAID Senior Development Advisor Eric Milstrey addressed the audience with an opening speech, followed by AUIS Interim President Dr. Esther Mulnix. An estimated 1,400 job seekers took part in the two-day job fair. According to a conclusive evaluation form that was provided for exhibitors and job seekers, and an AUIS comprehensive report, the majority of job seekers and exhibitors were satisfied with the outcome. Click here to see exhibitors evaluation chart. According to the report conducted by AUIS, the majority of job seekers were male, aged between 18 to 35 years old and university graduates. Around 22 individuals were identified as Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and four were identified as disadvantaged. Click here to see job-seekers evaluation chart. This event was organized by Morgan McDaniel - career service coordinator and Hana Saida - communications associate, with support from Geoffrey Gresk, dean of students, and Oliver Keels from the Office of Student Services, as well as the team at Communications Office, IT and FMD departments, who were instrumental in the organization and implementation of the Job Fair. View a photo gallery of the 2015 Job Fair on Facebook. The Fair was covered by a large number of local and regional media outlets, and some of the media representatives had the opportunity to conduct live interviews with exhibitors and job seekers. Click here for more information about AUIS Career Fair 2016.
Sulaimani, Iraq - May 17, 2011 - The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani hosted its first 3-on-3 basketball tournament this past weekend, with 37 students, faculty, and staff playing each other in twenty minute match-ups over the course of the day-long event. Four teams advanced to the semi-finals and in the end Team KAP, composed of staff members Adam Hubley, Kyle Long, and Paul Craft, beat out the Red Devils, composed of two students and one staff member, to win the championship. "There were a lot of talented teams in this tournament, so it feels especially good to come out on top,” said Kyle Long, a member of Team KAP. “The games were competitive and a high value was placed on sportsmanship. Consequently, it was a fun day for both the players and the fans. I look forward to playing again soon." The ten teams were split into two pools for round robin play, which concluded at 2:00 p.m. Afterwards, four teams, Team KAP, the Red Devils, White Mamostas Can’t Jump, and Bashiqaa advanced to the semi-finals based on the number of wins they had earlier in the day. The winners of these two games played each other in a final that was neck-and-neck until the last few minutes of play, when Long and Craft each scored two-point shots to secure the victory. This was the first edition of what the Athletics Department hopes will be an annual tournament at AUIS. Athletics Director Leah McNally hopes to organize a similar tournament later this semester for women and another such tournament for both men and women in the fall. This will serve as the foundation for an intramural sports program McNally hopes will become a staple of student life at AUIS. “The tournament was a good opportunity for everyone to have some fun,” explained Brusk Aras, from Sulaimani, one of the students in the Red Devils team. “We all work hard, whether because of our studies or our jobs, so it was a good opportunity for all of us to get outdoors and play sports.” “It doesn’t matter who ended up winning, the purpose was to have fun and make all of us come together,” Aras continued. “I think that was achieved, and I hope the Athletics Department will continue organizing these kinds of tournaments at our university.” This was the first annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament at AUIS. Athletics Director, Leah McNally, hopes to organize a similar tournament later this semester for women and another such tournament for both men and women in the fall. This will serve as the foundation for an intramural sports program Ms. McNally hopes will become a staple of student life at AUIS. “It was an exciting kick-off to intramural sport at AUIS,” said McNally. “Intramurals are a great way for students to get involved in campus life. The students are given the opportunity to try something new without the pressure of trying out for a team. Intramurals create a sense of community within the university, as they foster interaction amongst students, faculty and staff members who may not otherwise interact. There has been a lot of positive feedback surrounding the 3-on-3 tournament, which is very encouraging for the future of intramurals at AUIS.” AUIS also has a men’s and women’s basketball team, as well as several other sports, such as volleyball, soccer and ping pong.