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U.S. Secretary of State Notes Importance of AUIS in Cairo Speech

Monday, January 14, 2019 - 09:45

Press Release

During a speech in Cairo on January 10, United States Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo noted the role of American universities in the Middle East, including AUIS, as an example of the longstanding history of the U.S.’s relationship with countries in the region.
Speaking to an audience at the American University in Cairo on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, Pompeo said, “It’s not a coincidence that many other American universities like this one thrive all across the Middle East, from Beirut to Sulaymaniyah.”
“These are symbols of America’s innate goodness, of our hopes for you, and of the better future we desire for all nations of the Middle East,” he continued.
The U.S. government has provided generous support to AUIS since its founding in 2007 through scholarships to students, the Access Program, and a $5 million student support grant in 2017. This support has provided opportunities for young people from across Iraq and its Kurdistan region to study at AUIS. The University’s cultural, ethnic, and religious diversity draws all of Iraq’s communities -- Arab, Kurdish, and Turkmen; Muslim, Christian, and Ezidi -- to live and study together.   
Christine van den Toorn, Executive Director of External Relations and Policy, who is responsible for U.S. government relations, stated: “AUIS is grateful for the support from the U.S. government, which enables Iraq’s most vulnerable students -- the displaced, minorities, young women, and others affected by conflict -- to study at AUIS.”
“At AUIS, these students build bridges with other members of Iraq’s communities, become critical thinkers and learn necessary professional skills to rebuild their country,” van den Toorn continued. “Most of our graduates work in the private sector, for leading U.S. and international companies, as well as in civil society for top international NGOs that are reconstructing liberated areas.”