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AUIS hosts ministry workshop for university language instructors

  American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS), in collaboration with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MoHESR) of the Kurdistan Regional Government, hosted a training workshop May 6-7, 2019 focusing on enhancing university-level English-language teachers' experiences. Some 35 instructors from universities across the Kurdistan Region attended the two-day workshop held at AUIS.   Those in attendance represented Garmian University,  University of Kurdistan-Hawler, University of Sulaimani, Koya University, Charmo University, Sulaimani Polytechnic University, Dohuk Polytechnic University, Raparin University, Lebanese French University, Hawler Medical University, and University of Zakho.   Through the workshop, the Ministry aimed to elevate current teaching practices in English departments of government universities, using AUIS faculty and classes as examples. Participants engaged in workshops led by AUIS staff and faculty that covered teaching methodologies and techniques, adapting text from outside resources, and multiple intelligence surveys. Lecturers from AUIS's Academic Preparatory Program (APP) welcomed the participants into their classes to observe topics addressed during the workshop.    APP at AUIS is the only English-language program accredited by the United States' Commission on English Language Accreditation (CEA) in Iraq and Kurdistan.   More photos from the workshop can be found on our Flickr page.

Iraqi government officials, academics, and business leaders participate in leadership training at AUIS

  American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) hosted the second Leadership Academy for Development-Iraq (LAD-IQ) training program focusing on development of the private sector for Iraqi government officials, academics, and members of the business community at its campus from August 26-30 2018.   The program was offered in partnership with the Leadership Academy for Development (LAD) at Stanford University, the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), and National Endowment for Democracy (NED). The training featured lectures by Dr. Francis Fukuyama, Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) and the Mosbacher Director of FSI’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL), as well as Professor Erik G. Jensen who holds joint appointments at Stanford Law School and the CDDRL.   Titled, “The Role of Public Policy in Private Sector Development,” the five day training included some 31 participants who took part in case study learning, group study, lectures, and a final assignment. Case study topics included “The Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (India),” “Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission,” “Yogyakarta Bus Terminal: The Private Provision of Municipal Infrastructure,” “Legal  and Judicial Reform in Bangladesh,” and “Administrative Decentralization in Peru.”   Participants were also treated to a guest lecture by AUIS alumni and business leaders Zring Faruk Mustafa and Bayad Jamal Ali on their work in Iraq’s private sector.   The training ended August 30, 2018 with final group presentations and a certificate ceremony.  

AUIS hosts leadership academy training for Iraqi professionals

  American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) hosted the first class of the Leadership Academy for Development-Iraq (LAD-IQ) training program from July 1-6.   The program is a partnership with Dr. Francis Fukuyama’s Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) at Stanford University and the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), funded by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). Thirty Iraqi participants -- mid- and high-level government officials, business and civil society sector leaders from all over the country -- were selected through a competitive application process. The instructors -- Associate Professor of the Practice, Mary E. Hilderbrand, from the George H.W. Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University, and economist, social entrepreneur and policy innovator, Elena Panaritis -- are leading experts in their fields with decades of experience conducting such trainings.   The four-day intensive program focused on addressing how government can encourage and enable the private sector to play a larger, more constructive role as a force for economic growth and development. It provided participants with an analytical framework to build these leadership abilities and operate effectively under adverse conditions. Major themes additionally covered during the training were: 1) the state and institutions as catalysts for private sector development and economic growth, 2) reforms to strengthen the quality of government, including anti-corruption initiatives and decentralization, 3) strategies for addressing informality, and 4) public-private partnerships in infrastructure.   The last day of the training featured group presentations for which the participants were asked to prepare since the beginning of the training with their respective groups. In short, the groups were required to create powerpoint presentations that addressed an issue in their community and approached that issue using the analytical framework learned during the training. Some major issues addressed by participants in their presentations included plastic waste management in Babil, the unemployment rate among university graduates across Iraq, and women’s rights in the job market. Participants were awarded with certificates for their participation in the training.  

Workshop: Teacher Training Series Program

Grade 10-12 teachers are invited to participate in a two-day series of professional development training workshops aimed at helping local educators in the classroom.    Courses offered:   -       Modern Management Techniques for Principals   -       Time Management   -       Active Listening   -       Utilizing Technology in Teaching   -       Teaching English and Assessment   Registration to attend this teacher training workshop is free of charge, however, participants must cover their own transportation and accommodation costs.   Please note: Courses will be conducted in English and Sorani Kurdish

AUIS Partners with CIPE on Training for Iraqi Academics

  The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS), in partnership with the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) held a seminar for high-level trainers in Iraq. The training, provided by the Leadership Academy for Development (LAD-IQ), was designed for faculty and trainers at policy-focused universities or institutions. The six-day course took place from March 11-17, 2018 in Amman, Jordan, and focused on developing case study teaching methods and equipping faculty with skills to effectively incorporate case studies into their classes. The costs were fully covered by CIPE and AUIS, with generous support from The National Endowment for Democracy (NED). The course was attended by 20 faculty and trainers from all over Iraq, including AUIS faculty member Mamilan Hussein, a lecturer in the Department of Business Administration. At the end of the course, participants were required to give a presentation on teaching a case study. AUIS will host the next training seminar on its campus in Sulaimani this summer. 

Call for Participants: Training of High-Level Trainers on Case Teaching and Case Study Writing for Public Policy

The Leadership Academy for Development – Iraq (LAD-IQ) is receiving applications from Iraqi academics and trainers to attend a seven-day training in Amman, Jordan from March 11-17 on case study-focused teaching methods and their application in learning environments. Participants can expect to engage in discussions on teaching strategies and case writing, present and evaluate pilot case studies, as well as learn new skills in delivering trainings. The cost for participation will be fully covered by the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) and the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani with generous support from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). Applications and inquiries should be sent to the following email addresses: [email protected] by February 18, 2018 with “Training of Trainers” in the email subject line. You will receive a confirmation of receipt within 48 hours following the submission of the application. Should you not receive a confirmation email, please contact a LAD Representative at +964 771 774 2718. Download the application here: 
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