Recognition of a private university in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region is the first by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Baghdad. February 23, 2017 - Sulaimani (KRG, Iraq): The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) today announced that it has been awarded full accreditation by Iraq’s Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. AUIS is the first private university in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq to receive such accreditation and had worked for several years to meet the Ministry’s accreditation standards. The accreditation opens up new employment and graduate education opportunities for AUIS alumni in Iraq and other countries. “We thank the Ministry for its decision, which reflects the University’s devotion to excellence in learning, teaching and research,” said President Bruce Walker Ferguson. “The Iraqi Government’s support of innovation in higher education sends a strong message of hope and progress. The AUIS community will continue its efforts to meet the highest academic standards in Iraq and abroad, as we build bridges from the University, its graduates and the region to the rest of the world.” AUIS is also accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region. The AUIS English language program is the only one in the region accredited by the U.S. Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA). With this new development, AUIS hopes to welcome an even more diverse student body leading to a more open, competitive and inclusive environment on campus. The University plans to open an admissions office in Baghdad this year to assist prospective students living outside the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Established in 2007, AUIS is an independent, not-for-profit university dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching and research. Its comprehensive liberal arts education develops leaders who make a difference in Iraq, Iraqi Kurdistan, and the wider region. Reflecting Sulaimani’s location at an international crossroads, the University’s 1,600 students and 240 faculty and staff include Kurds, Arabs, Turkmen, Sunni and Shi’a Muslims, Ezidis and Christians, who live and study together in a culture that fosters critical thinking, tolerance, and community involvement. Academic freedom is a principle guaranteed in teaching, learning, and research in a manner identical to that found at regionally accredited colleges and universities in the United States. Follow AUIS on Twitter and Facebook for latest news and updates. For more information, please contact Bzhar Ali Boskani, Media and Public Relations Adviser, at [email protected] or 964(0)770-152-1893. #Excited to share #news that #AUIS has been awarded full #accreditation from #Iraqi Ministry of Higher Education. https://t.co/fL53yeWgPM pic.twitter.com/kwEQhWURlH — AUIS (@AUIS_NEWS) February 23, 2017 Congrats to @AUIS_NEWS for receiving full accreditation, opening new horizons for brilliant & diverse student body. https://t.co/e2UUvDYw6G — Brett McGurk (@brett_mcgurk) February 24, 2017 Excellent news, many congratulations! Better late than never. https://t.co/HL9gTYiheT — Hayder al-Khoei (@Hayder_alKhoei) February 24, 2017 Well done, another success and joyful chapter in @AUIS_NEWS story book. https://t.co/POhbjKBLLU — Lukman Faily (@FailyLukman) February 24, 2017 Congratulations, AUIS. Decision long in the making and long overdue. Opens good opportunities for the brilliant AUIS students. https://t.co/tVUpCMO8GC — Ahmed Ali (@IraqShamel) February 24, 2017 MASSIVE news for our university! Great step going forward. https://t.co/JUuP49XQRq — AUIS Voice (@TheAUISVoice) February 23, 2017
April, 2015 - The American University in Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) is proud that the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) has granted the University’s Academic Preparatory Program (APP) a five year accreditation, from April 2015 to April 2020. CEA is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accrediting agency for English language programs and institutions in the U.S. APP Director Rachel Laribee has been leading the accreditation process since 2012. She emphasized that “For APP, the news for accreditation was wonderful. But the real gift of accreditation was the process that we have gone through the past three years, to make sure our program really is giving the quality instruction that we say we are giving.” She continued, “I hope our students realize that this process is for them. So that when they decide to come to AUIS, they are enrolling in a program that not only strives to follow best practices, but works to deliver quality instruction.” APP operates with a high level of quality, with an approved program of study, qualified instructors, adequate resources, and approved recruitment and admissions policies. And through the hard work of the APP staff and instructors, APP has acquired public recognition with this accreditation which indicates that it fully meets US and international standards set by the US Department of Education. “For APP students, accreditation ensures that they receive a high standard of education. This also gives them a competitive advantage in jobs requiring English skills,” explained Laribee. “For AUIS, this represents a first step towards accreditation for the university as a whole. University accreditation is important for the acceptance and transfers of credits earned, and is a prerequisite for many graduate programs.” Talking about some of the trials they faced during the accreditation process, Laribee said, “The main challenges we faced were finding the time to write the self-study and to formalize all of our policies and procedures, while still having to run the day to day functions. During this time, our program also doubled in size, so it was quite challenging to get everything finished within a few years.” Although she was leading the process, Laribee acknowledges the hard work of the APP staff and instructors in ensuring accreditation for the program. “Without the work of all APP teachers, this could not have been done. Stacie Long was a great help in writing the self-study, and along with the program’s Deputy Director, Katherine Yaw, all APP Faculty - those currently here and those who have since left- were a huge part of the process,” she said. The Interim President of AUIS, Dr. Esther E. Mulnix, was delighted to hear of the accreditation. She stated: “AUIS strives to implement its mission and live its vision to deliver quality education at every level. The community of trustees, faculty, staff, and students have all come together to obtain the accreditation of the English Program that APP delivers.” The Director of Enrollment Paul Craft added, “AUIS focuses on quality. APP’s accreditation by CEA certifies that our program is equal in quality to English language programs in the US, Europe or the Gulf States. Students can get a high quality education at Iraqi tuition rates and without leaving Iraq, the KRG or Sulaimani!” For further information about this accreditation, please contact CEA, 801 North Fairfax Street, Suite 402A, Alexandria, VA 22314, (703) 665-3400, www.cea-accredit.org.