American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) opened an English-language learning center inside the Iraqi Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MOHESR) in Baghdad on October 7, 2018 in a ceremony attended by Minister Abdul Razzaq Al-Essa; AUIS President Bruce Walker Ferguson; Assistant Dean, Academic Administration and Accreditation Rachel Gresk; and others. The center was established with close collaboration and funding by the United States Embassy in Baghdad.
The first phase of the project began with construction of the wing that would house the language center. AUIS completed the construction and purchase of equipment before starting phase two, which involved developing the center’s curriculum and policies. During phase three, AUIS staff held a series of workshops and trainings for newly-hired MOHESR staff ahead of the center’s opening. Phase four of the center’s development - implementation - will include testing for students, scheduling, as well as the establishment of an ETS-certified TOEFL center at the MOHESR.
Speaking about the center’s development, Gresk stated, “This was an AUIS-wide effort with invaluable support from numerous departments that contributed to the project, including facilities management, IT, and the Testing Center, as well as Academic Preparatory Program lecturers Chris Edwards and Alex Poppe.”
“AUIS is a not-for-profit university, established for the public good. This project furthers our mission of developing strong partnerships with key stakeholders, working to increase access to quality education here in Iraq, and playing a leading role in capacity building in communities across institutions,” she added.
Individuals interested in learning more about studying at the new center are encouraged to reach out to the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.