Sulaimani, Iraq - May 26, 2011 - The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani recently established a student chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery, the largest computer related association in the world, making AUIS the only university in Iraq with ties to the ACM. The student chapter is being coordinated by the AUIS Students IT Association and gives AUIS students, and in particular members of ASITA, access to the ACM’s many electronic magazines and research materials as well as opportunities to participate in internship programs and the ACM’s bi-annual, international competitions.
“I encourage all AUIS students who are interested in a future career in IT to join ASITA and the student chapter of ACM,” said Yad Faeq, the president of ASITA. “We can help students access all ACM resources and the opportunities it presents. There is a lot to offer an enthusiastic IT student.”
The ACM’s mission is to promote the science of computing and support computing-related careers and industries. As a member of the ACM, the AUIS chapter will have access to the ACM’s digital library, which is the world’s premier electronic computing library collection. ACM also offers members access to conferences, computing-related research and publications and numerous career resources.
“The student cohort has something new to be pleased and proud about,” said Professor Cook, an Information and Systems Technology professor at AUIS and a member of ACM. “Once again the students from the ASITA club have achieved a first. We are now officially the first and currently the only ACM student chapter in Iraq. There are many good things which come with this membership including internships, software, magazines and the opportunity to have international speakers at their meetings. We will be entering teams into two competitions which are exclusive to ACM student members this year.”
In addition to the resources available to all ACM members, AUIS’ student chapter will have access to programs and scholarships designed specifically to support IT students, such as the ACM’s Distinguished Speakers Program, which provides student chapters with access to over 250 IT-related lectures, and the Student Chapter Scholarship Award, which provides two $1,000 awards to students demonstrating academic excellence in computing.
AUIS offers an Information and Systems Technology major for its undergraduate students. For more information about AUIS academic programs, please visit our website.