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AUIS and the University of Arizona Establish Visionary Partnership to Serve Students in Iraq

      Students in Iraq can forge a path toward a U.S. degree while staying safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.   SULAIMANI, IRAQ—The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA, and American University of Iraq, Sulaimani, (AUIS) are pleased to announce a Global Campus partnership to help students earn a U.S. degree without leaving their home country during the COVID-19 pandemic.    “Not only does Global Campus help solve the mobility challenges of today caused by COVID-19, it is a meaningful and long-term effort at meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goal of providing accessible quality education to the world,” said University of Arizona President Robert C. Robbins.   Given travel restrictions, school delays and visa moratoriums, AUIS has created flexible, affordable options with the University of Arizona to allow students in Iraq to earn a full U.S. degree – or U.S. transfer credits – with full access to the AUIS campus.   “AUIS welcomes this innovative expansion of our academic collaboration with the University of Arizona, at a time when the world needs new approaches to meet the learning needs of an entire generation of students,” said AUIS President Bruce Walker Ferguson.    Students can choose from two new options:  Complete a full U.S. undergraduate degree, graduate degree, or graduate certificate online with complete access to the AUIS campus. Enroll in a pathway program of online courses to prepare for virtually any major and for eventual study in the U.S. Both programs include in-person tutoring and academic support, as well as access to AUIS computer labs and study areas. Clubs and community activities are also included through AUIS.   These new options, offered in partnership with the University of Arizona, are in addition to a microcampus dual degree program launched earlier this year, whereby students in Iraq may enroll at both institutions simultaneously to pursue dual bachelor’s degrees in civil engineering or mechanical engineering.    A new website,, presents students with flexible degree path options and guides them to an adviser who can help create a customized plan.    “The events that caused the current situation in international education have hastened the dawn of a new post-mobility world in which physical travel is unnecessary for the creation and transmission of knowledge across borders,” said Brent White, vice provost of global affairs at Arizona.   “Almost overnight, courses have transitioned to online, and international students are continuing to study while remaining safe at home in their own countries. We want to help them achieve their dreams of a U.S. degree, no matter the circumstances.”    American University of Iraq, Sulaimani AUIS is the first non-government, not-for-profit, American-style university in Iraq. It is also the first non-governmental university in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region to be accredited by both the Federal Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government and the only university in Iraq to be a certified member of the Association of American International Colleges and Universities (AAICU). Consistently ranked among the top universities in the Kurdistan Region, AUIS welcomes students, 38% of whom are women, from diverse communities throughout Iraq and the Kurdistan Region.   University of Arizona The University of Arizona is a top-ranked public, research university in Tucson, Arizona, USA, and is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Research 1 institution. It is ranked in the Top 100 Best Global Universities by U.S News and World Report. The University of Arizona is known for advancing frontiers of interdisciplinary scholarship and entrepreneurial partnerships as a member of the Association of American Universities, the 62 leading public and private research universities in the U.S. The University has been a part of every planetary mission with NASA and is the fourth most awarded public university by NASA for research. Top 20 U.S. Public Research Institutions – Times Higher Education Top 1% of 20’000+ universities worldwide – Center for World University Rankings Top 100 in the world – U.S. News and World Report, Best Global Universities.  #11 Online Bachelor’s Program – U.S. News and World Report  

Announcement of a Dual Degree between AUIS and the University of Arizona

  SULAIMANI, June 12, 2019 – Under the patronage of His Excellency Dr. Yousif Goran, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) and the University of Arizona announced Tuesday in a joint press conference the start of a newly-approved dual degree program that will allow students to earn Iraq and Kurdistan’s highest-ranked engineering degrees at AUIS.   Under the new partnership, students can choose to pursue a dual degree with the University of Arizona in civil or mechanical engineering, with instruction by Global Lecturers at AUIS and world-renowned faculty in Arizona. A University of Arizona “micro-campus” will be established at AUIS to offer these ABET-accredited degree programs. Students will be fully enrolled at both institutions and, upon graduation, will receive B.S. in Engineering degrees from both universities.   Established in 1885, the University of Arizona is a top-rated research university ranked 52nd in the world according to the Center for World University Ranking.     “This new dual degree program with the University of Arizona is part of AUIS’s plans to build on a decade of growth and achievement with emphasis on excellence, relevance, and innovation,” said AUIS President Bruce Walker Ferguson. “Students will be able to pursue a U.S. degree in Iraq while enjoying the convenience and low cost of studying close to home. The program also furthers AUIS’s mission to produce knowledgeable and skilled graduates who are sought after by leading national, regional, and global employers.”   Professor Brent White, the University of Arizona’s Vice Provost for Global Affairs and Dean of Global Campuses and International Education, stated, “The University of Arizona has educated some of the world’s best engineers for over a century and will continue to do so with AUIS in Iraq and Kurdistan. Our institution and AUIS are committed partners in quality.”   H.E. Minister Goran stated, “This joint step taken by both universities is a significant contribution to the process of internationalizing the higher education sector in the Kurdistan Region.’’ Speaking about AUIS, he also stated, “Since the beginning of its establishment, this university has advanced towards major ways of offering the best quality education to its students and our country. It is the first university that has attempted to receive international accreditation for its educational programs, and we hope it will carry on and accomplish further success.” The Minister further thanked the University of Arizona for its contribution to this partnership.  

AUIS Announces Plan to Offer First U.S. Undergraduate Degree Program in Iraq with University of Arizona

  American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) announced today that it plans with the University of Arizona an exciting new partnership to offer the first U.S. university degrees in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region. Following today’s visit to AUIS by a University of Arizona team, approval of the program will be sought from the AUIS Board of Trustees and University of Arizona administration.   Under the proposed program, students who enroll at AUIS in Fall 2018 could pursue program degrees in Civil Engineering or Mechanical Engineering. Upon graduation, students would receive B.S. in Engineering diplomas from both universities. Degrees in other subjects are also under consideration.     Students would enroll in AUIS and University of Arizona at the same time, creating a University of Arizona “micro-campus” within the AUIS campus. As proposed, AUIS faculty will teach courses with University of Arizona faculty, applying high teaching and learning standards. Program students will need to pass University of Arizona admission and graduation requirements as well as AUIS admission and graduation requirements. Students who wish to do so may study abroad at the University of Arizona for up to one year, with the remainder of their study at AUIS. AUIS would host the University of Arizona’s only micro-campus in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region.   “We are delighted to welcome our guests from the University of Arizona, and look forward to working with them on this innovative program,” said AUIS President Bruce Walker Ferguson. “This dual degree initiative provides the academic excellence and international recognition of a degree from a leading U.S. research university, with the close-to-home convenience and much lower cost of studying in Iraq’s scenic Kurdistan Region. For our students, this education should open greater employment opportunities and offer wider opportunities for international postgraduate study.”   Professor Brent White, the University of Arizona’s Dean of Global Campuses, stated, “The University of Arizona network of micro-campuses across the world has increased access to quality academic programs at partner universities while meeting growing demand for a global education. We are excited to explore this opportunity to work with AUIS for the benefit of students throughout Iraq.” With an annual research budget of more than $600 million, the University of Arizona, established in 1885, is a leading research institution ranked among the top 25 public universities in the U.S.     For more information about academic programs at AUIS, visit the AUIS Academics page. More information on the University of Arizona microcampus program is available at Students interested in pursuing a degree at AUIS should contact the Admissions department at [email protected] or +964 (0) 770 461 5555.  
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