In focus


Dr. Barham Salih, founder of AUIS, and former prime minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq, participated in the first plenary session on the geopolitical transformation of the Middle East at the Global Strategic Review conference in Oslo. The conference was convened by the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS) to discuss a host of geopolitical issues with experts from around the world.
An international studies student, Biza Barzo, participated in The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) program, which took place in Czech Republic over the summer. TFAS is a challenging academic program that educates young people on individual freedom, human achievement and personal responsibilities and prepares them for lifelong leadership.
Six AUIS students, who are among the first students enrolled in the University's Department of Engineering, participated in an internship program provided by Korek Engineering System (KES). KES specializes in cost effective engineering solutions and the development of products for industrial plants, electricity, and oil and gas companies.

AUIS Blogs

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AUIS Spotlight

Esther Mulnix arrived in Sulaimani last month to join AUIS as the new vice president for academic affairs and professor of social sciences. In addition to overseeing the academic programs for the University, Mulnix will also be leading the University’s efforts to acquire accreditation in the United States.
Marie LaBrosse, a poet, translator, and member of the Department of English, came to AUIS in 2011. “When I was contemplating whether I should take the job, someone told me that the streets in Sulaimani were named after poets. That made up my mind. I had to come here,” she said. 
The goal of creating policy that can impact the future of a developing nation is a daunting one, but it’s a job that the class of 2014’s valedictorian Dina Dara hopes to take on. Dara’s next pursuit will be a master’s degree at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, one of the world's foremost graduate schools of international relations.  
Assistant Professor Loren Higbee points to the students when he explains why he is at AUIS. “A major part of why I’m proud to teach at AUIS is that the liberal arts instruction we offer ensures that our students are not only trained in a specialty. They’re educated. We give our students opportunities that they wouldn’t have at other places. We provide a forum for open discussion of ideas,” said Higbee.