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AUIS Holds Fifth Annual Career Fair

  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 — 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 — 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) 

The Sulaimani Job Fair 2015

  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. 

AUIS Hosts First Intramural Basketball Tournament

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.  


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