AUIS Partners with University of Sulaimani to Host Virtual Teaching Seminar


The Academic Preparatory Program (APP) at American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS), in collaboration with the University of Sulaimani, hosted a teacher-centered webinar titled "Online Teaching in Undergraduate Studies: Community, Equity, and Self-Guided Learning" on April 15 and 17, 2021. The webinar was a first-time collaboration between the two universities to tackle the current issues of online learning and teaching, with a strong focus on building an online community. Over two days, 80-100 active participants set goals for themselves as online teachers, and used the event to appeal for greater support from other stakeholders (institutions and society).


On the first day, the webinar kicked off by highlighting trends and challenges observed from both universities during the Covid Pandemic to discuss solutions for the future of technology in the KRG education system. On the second day, teachers from both universities took on various training sessions on how to conduct successful online classes and to promote equity among students.


The project was successfully executed by David Courtney, M.A. (APP Faculty), Zimkitha Mpatheni, M.A. (Deputy Director for APP), Dr. Shilan Ali Hamasur, Ph.D. (Faculty), and Ms. Fatimah Jalal Tahir, M.A. (Faculty and Teacher Quality Assurance Manager).  

AUIS Lecturer Yalda Razmahang Awarded Mesopotamian Fellowship for Research on Assur

  American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) Lecturer Mrs. Yalda Razmahang has been awarded the Mesopotamian Fellowship of the Committee on Mesopotamian Civilization (the Baghdad Committee) by the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) organization for the 2021-2022 academic year.     The fellowship will support Mrs. Razmahang’s proposed work in Iraq, “Assessing Cultural Heritage in Post-Conflict Iraq: The Case of Assur,” which investigates the role that ideology plays in the destruction of cultural heritage.    Her initial research measured different communities’ attachment to the world heritage site of Assur and showed that locals in post-ISIS regions are an underappreciated source of protection for cultural heritage. “Their attachment to the Assur suggests that cultural monuments can serve as bridges to unite people of different ethnic backgrounds,” Mrs. Razmahang said. The next round of research will investigate...

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