Quality Assurance measures at AUIS work to ensure high levels of academic standards and institutional performances. Our efforts are monitored by the Ministry’s Quality Assurance Committee to regulate and standardize ways to promote academic quality throughout the entire Kurdistan region and Iraqi Government. 

To support its mission of bringing American-style, liberal arts higher education to Iraq, AUIS has set American regional accreditation as a key institutional goal. The Accreditation Steering Committee, in pursuit of this goal, will coordinate all committees, oversee all record keeping, and produce all reports related to accreditation.

The Accreditation Steering Committee: 

Rachel Gresk, Assistant Dean, Academic Administration and Accreditation 

Ashty Qazzaz, Department of Engineering

Tobin Hartnell, Department of Social Sciences

Ramalingam Periasamy, Department of Mathematics and Natural Science


The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) was awarded full accreditation by Iraq’s Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in February, 2017. AUIS is the first private university in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq to receive such accreditation and had worked for several years to meet the Ministry’s accreditation standards. The accreditation opens up new employment and graduate education opportunities for AUIS alumni in Iraq and other countries.  

Under the laws and regulations of the Kurdistan Regional Government, which is an “organized region” in the sense of Article 114.6 of the Iraqi constitution, AUIS is a fully recognized university and indeed classed as the best of its kind under its jurisdiction. This jurisdiction is decisive for national and international recognition, since under the Iraqi constitution (cf. Article 115) the regulation of education is not reserved to the federal government, regional regulation and recognition has priority.

AUIS complies with the rules and regulations of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MoHESR) of the Kurdistan Region of the Federal Republic of Iraq. In addition to AUIS admissions standards, all enrolled AUIS students must meet the basic enrollment criteria and standards of the MoHE. Likewise, in addition to rigorous internal quality assurance, all academic programs at AUIS are subject to the quality assurance standards laid out by the KRG MoHE. More details about the MoHE can be found here.

The United States

Academic programs, taught in the English language, are designed to meet or exceed accreditation standards set by regional accreditation organizations in the United States.

The Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) has granted the University’s Academic Preparatory Program (APP) a five year accreditation, from April 2015 to April 2020. CEA is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accrediting agency for English language programs and institutions in the U.S.

APP operates with a high level of quality, with an approved program of study, qualified instructors, adequate resources, and approved recruitment and admissions policies. And through the hard work of the APP staff and instructors, APP has acquired public recognition with this accreditation which indicates that it fully meets U.S. and international standards set by the U.S. Department of Education.

The self-study documents can be found in the APP Administration Office in the Academic Block (Building-B) of the campus and consist of A regular yearly program review incorporating course/assessment reviews, student/faculty feedback, and other data is conducted at the end of every academic year. Since APP has achieved 5-year accreditation, at a specified time before the 5-year mark, another self-study will be completed & sent to CEA and a return site review will occur for re-accreditation

The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) was  ranked number 1 among the private universities in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). The ranking was announced in December 2015 by the KRG Ministry of Higher Education Scientific Research.