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AUIS Career Fair 2018

AUIS Career Fair 2018 April 12, 2018 | 9am - 4pm | Conference Hall   The seventh annual Career Fair will take place April 12th, starting early in the morning until late afternoon at the University's Conference Hall. This event provides a unique opportunity for graduating students and alumni to engage with top employers in the region. In 2015, AUIS held the largest Career Fair in the region, Sulaimani Job Fair 2015, in collaboration with Foras/USAID. The two-day event attracted 47 employers and 1,400 job-seekers. A year later, the University held its most exclusive fair, only open to AUIS graduates. Despite the ongoing financial crisis, 36 private and non-private sector companies and organizations registered for the event, as well as a number of NGOs and international development organizations. Check out highlights from the AUIS Career Fair 2016. In 2017, the University hosted another successful Career Fair, open for both AUIS and regional university graduates. See highlights of the Career Fair 2017 here.  AUIS hopes to continue the tradition of providing a unique platform for both employers and job-seekers to meet and discuss employment opportunities, and for employers to network and promote their brands. This year's Career Fair is open to both AUIS students and graduates, as well as graduating students from top universities in the Kurdistan Region. Employers will not be limited to AUIS students, but will get the chance to meet a variety of graduates from other universities in Kurditan seeking jobs from different backgrounds and fields of study.  To register for the AUIS Career Fair 2018, please fill this form. Deadline for registration is April 5, 2018. Please note: Non-Profit Organizations can register free of charge.                            

Roundtable on the State of the IT Industry

Did you miss it? A very interesting and useful IT event took place on October 24, 2017, at The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS), discussing the state of the IT industry, both locally and globally. Many topics were shared and discussed including the demand for IT jobs, new IT trends, and reviews on digital transformation. The speakers included Mr. Yad Kamal, CEO of Avesta Group, and Mr. Raed Bou Hamdan, co-founder of Click Iraq. The event was introduced by Dr. Hemin Latif, chair of the IT department at AUIS. He emphasized the importance of these events and how they can bring insight and knowledge for students. Hearing from IT experts with industry experience, students can be better informed on the IT job market and its changing dynamics. Dr. Latif announced that the IT department has established a board of advisers with professionals from the local industry. Mr. Yad Kamal discussed the state of the IT market in Kurdistan Region of Iraq, both public and private. He said that the government organizations are using simple IT techniques and tools, therefore it’s a good opportunity for new graduates. Mr. Yad then gave a presentation on the jobs with the highest demand in the IT market. He mentioned that the standard jobs in the market include network administrators and help desk support. The jobs in high demand are web and mobile development. He also encouraged and concentrated on technical sales as it is in high demand. Professionals should have a technical background, product information, and good marketing skills: “Avesta Group and many others pay very good salary for people with this skill and experience, and they are rarely found in the market,” he said. Our other speaker, Mr. Raed, showed clear statistical information on how the digital transformation has progressed so rapidly in a short period of time.  He stated that the digital transformation allows connecting people, access to information, and most importantly, creating new jobs. Mr. Raed discussed how data analysis has become something that many IT companies invest in and there are many careers for anyone interested in that field. He also discussed how people are using and reacting to digital technology according to their ages, “The younger generation is more into product and visualization, while the older generation wants the experience. Most of the new products that are released match the desires and mentality of the new generation,” said Mr. Raed. This was the first IT roundtable discussion in Fall 2017. There was a good turnout of IT faculty, students, and alumni. Attending the event, Professor Katongo Lukwesa commented, “I believe this is a great opportunity for the AUIS community to interact with employers and innovators who will give meaning to a lot of things that are studied in the classroom.” Article by IT Department communications intern, Mr. Aran Kamaran.

AUIS Career Fair 2017

AUIS Career Fair 2017 April 20, 2017 | 9am - 4pm | Conference Hall   The sixth annual Career Fair will take place on April 20th, starting early in the morning until late afternoon at the university's conference hall. This event provides a unique opportunity for graduating students to engage with the top employers in the region. Review or download our catalog to see what companies are participating in the Career Fair this year.  In the past, AUIS held the largest Career Fair in the region, Sulaimani Job Fair 2015, in collaboration with Foras/USAID. The two-day event attracted about 47 employers and 1400 job seekers. In the year after, it held its most exclusive one, only opened to AUIS graduates. Despite the ongoing financial crisis, 36 companies from private and non private sectors registered for the event, as well as a number of NGOs and international development organizations. See the highlights of the AUIS Career Fair 2016. AUIS hopes to continue its efforts in providing this unique platform for both employers and job seekers -- an opportunity for the job seekers to meet and discuss job possibilities, and for employers to network and promote their brand amongst others. This year's Career Fair is open to both AUIS students and graduates, as well as graduating students from top universities in Kurdistan. Employers will not be limited only to AUIS students, but will get the chance to meet variety of graduates from other universities in Kurditan seeking jobs from different backgrounds and fields of study.                      *This year, the Career Fair theme design, is created by Communications intern, Hawta Ali   Review our catalog to see what companies are participating in this year's fair. 

After ISIS: Politics, Deal-Making, and the Struggle for Iraq’s Future

On July 21, 2016, the Middle East Program of the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC  and the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) organized a panel discussion on the political and social challenges for Iraq after the defeat of the so called Islamic State (ISIS). The dynamics of the intra-Kurdish politics and Baghdad-KRG relations, challenges of governance and rehabilitation in liberated areas, poor state of the oil economy, as well as the possibilities of new political deals and power sharing were discussed at the event. The speakers on the panel included AUIS faculty and board members.  What about Mosul? Mina al Oraibi, member of the AUIS Board of Trustees and senior fellow at the Institute of State Effectiveness, discussed the humanitarian angle of the conflict, beyond counter-terrorism considerations. Oraibi, originally from Mosul herself, stressed the strategic importance of the city for Iraq, ISIS, the U.S., as well as the neighboring region. She argued that finding solutions to the political crisis will be key to ensuring lasting military success and a peaceful future of the city and its inhabitants. Highlighting the importance of strengthening state-civil society relations and citizenship, she claimed: “It is not only the Yezidis, Turkmen, Christians as minorities who are underrepresented; the Iraqi government has been failing to represent and support all of its citizens.” Oraibi also talked about the tribal links between Kurds and Arabs within the province. Building trust and reorganizing communities, Oraibi argued, is the most important factor for the long term success of the Mosul liberation operation. The other strategic dynamic is the relationship between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Baghdad, and the composition and co-ordination of the military forces to retake Mosul. Regional dynamics also play into strategic planning for the Mosul operations, Oraibi stated, referring to Syria, Turkey, and Iran. Most directly, the unravelling of the war against ISIS within Iraq heavily impacts the crisis in Syria. Turkey also has historical ties to Mosul, and President Erdogan has expressed his government’s will to play a role in the liberation operation, perhaps to deflect from Turkey’s own internal problems. There is also the Iranian component, whereby some active and effective militias within Iraq are supported and guided by Tehran. Oraibi stressed the importance of reconstruction and humanitarian support following the liberation of Mosul for returning communities, “In the first hundred days there should be immediate support for the stabilization and the long-term recovery of the city. Ensuring security, creating jobs, and rebuilding trust between communities will be essential post-ISIS.”   Identity Conflicts and Narratives AUIS Professor Akeel Abbas, speaking next, presented a new narrative for the conflict. “It was a dramatic moment for the Shi’a political elite in Iraq when Mosul fell under ISIS control: an exclusively Shi’a-led Iraq would collapse.” Abbas argued that a compromise could arise out of the acknowledgement by political elite that the pre-ISIS model is no longer possible for Iraq. He also however warned that, when it comes to the actual details of the new political arrangement, “nothing concrete is currently being seriously discussed.” Abbas also shed light on the ethno-sectarian divisions within Iraq. He brought a new perspective to the discussion, saying, “the primary conflict that has organized Iraq’s political and cultural life throughout history is the urban-rural divide. It has not been the Sunni versus Shi’a divide.” This Iraqi Sunni-Shi’a dichotomy currently prevailing in discourse and analysis is in fact, according to him, a constructed concept that started to surface in the late 1950s in Islamist parties’ political literature. Following the fall of Saddam Hussein, during the aftermath of sanction years that saw the rise of religious rhetoric in mainstream politics, two forms of identities in Iraq emerged: the Iraqi identity, and the religious identity. Abbas argued, “when the debate is removed from the Sunni-Shia narrative setting, and framed in terms of state-citizen relations, one finds a different kind of dynamic; there is a lot more understanding and sympathy among Iraqis than public discourse would lead to think.” Kurdistan and post-ISIS Iraq AUIS Professor Bilal Wahab mainly focused on the role of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) and the dynamics of Kurdish politics in the conflict. He shed light on the economic aspect of the conflict, which he argued does not get enough attention. “Post-ISIS stability and reconciliation requires economic reforms: reducing the grip of the government on the economy, justice in oil revenue sharing schemes, and the translation of oil wealth into sustainable economic development.” The KRG followed the Gulf countries model of heavy public sector employment supported by oil revenue, argued Wahab, which seriously hindered private sector growth. “It is difficult for the private sector to hire locals. The majority of the companies hire international and imported labor because there is a higher incentive for the locals to work for the government.”  He estimates that about 75 percent of KRI labor is employed by the government, and a large portion of the budget goes into paying for those salaries. Wahab also expanded on the central role of oil revenue in the KRG’s economic development strategy. The KRG has been producing more than half a million barrels per day, and this production is expected to increase in the future. A memorandum of understanding has recently been signed between the KRG and the Iranian government for the construction of a second pipeline, through which crude oil will be flowing eastward to feed Iranian refineries. Wahab concluded his discussion with comments on alleged land grabs by Kurdish forces (Peshmerga) following the liberation of some areas from ISIS, adjacent to the KRI. The Kurds currently have de facto control over Kirkuk and its oil fields, but the city’s de jure status has yet to be determined. These situations lead to more instability and tension, which at times result in violence, among the different factions present on the ground. The big question is: how will the different political groups negotiate and settle the question of “disputed areas,” once ISIS is defeated? Localized Conflict and Iraq’s Disputed Areas IRIS Director Christine van den Toorn discussed some of the local dynamics and drivers of conflict in areas liberated from ISIS, highlighting the importance of political deal-making at the grassroots level. Social cohesion and community reconciliation will be crucial, as the work of organizations such as USIP and UNDP has recently shown, for communities to return to the liberated areas. Most importantly, she emphasized the ways through which intra-community dynamics can drive “local conflict” and impact prospects for reconciliation. She mentioned the intra-Kurdish power struggles in the disputed areas of Diyala, Sinjar, and Tuz Khurmatu, that has led to constant challenging of local authorities, in a manner that is counter-productive to stabilization. Similar patterns can also be observed among Shi’a militias, who have different allegiances and try to assert themselves as legitimate governing powers where they control territory. Van den Toorn also touched upon inter-tribal dynamics within the broader Sunni community in Iraq. Who should return, and who should authorize that return? Such contentious questions have created serious local tensions in Salahaddin, Anbar, and Diyala, for example. Finally, addressing the case of Sinjar, she discussed the danger of a security and political vacuum, which has in this instance been filled by local forces that challenge the state authority.  Foreign forces, she claimed, also fuel local conflicts in critical ways, and that is tangible in Sinjar, where both the PKK and Iran are exerting influence. Foreign actors pushing for a particular political agenda can complicate deal-making on ground between local communities. She concluded by arguing that political compromise, to be achieved through dialogue at the local level, is the best way to avoid the resurgence of violence in post-ISIS areas. Given the multitude of security actors and political groups active in the country, bottom-up, grassroot-supported agreements including cooperative efforts for stabilization and reconstruction seem to be the most effective tools in the short run. The panel was moderated by Henri Barkey, member of the AUIS Board of Trustees and director of the Wilson Center's Middle East Program.  Speakers: Akeel Abbas Professor, American University of Iraq, Sulaimani Mina al Oraibi Senior Fellow, Institute of State Effectiveness Member, AUIS Board of Trustees   Christine van den Toorn Director, Institute of Regional and International Studies American University of Iraq, Sulaimani   Bilal Wahab Professor, International Studies, American University of Iraq, Sulaimani Director, Center for Development and Natural Resources Moderator   Henri J. Barkey Director, Middle East Program, Wilson Center Member, AUIS Board of Trustees View event on Wilson Center's website.  

Russia's New Role: Implications for Iraq and the KRG

Podcast now available for this talk below:    Institute of Regional and International Studies (IRIS) will host an event to discuss and analyse recent Russian expansion in Syria and Iraq. The event will host IRIS fellow Ahmed Ali, AUIS Professors Bilal Wahab and Akeel Abbas.  Russia's recent intervention in Syria and intelligence sharing alliance with Iraq, Iran and Syria will have a huge impact on the Middle East. Many of you have been wondering about the implications for Iraq and the Kurdistan Region.  Russia has just changed the regional balance of power. It deployed air power and military assets to Syria. It has started an alliance with the federal government of Iraq to reportedly share intelligence in the war against ISIS. These developments represent a direct competition to the United States and have implications for Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). What does the Russian role mean for Iraq and the KRG? What does it mean for the war against ISIS? Are Iraq and the KRG going to be beneficiaries of Russia's new role? What does the new role mean for U.S. Iraq and KRG policy? What will the U.S. do to counter Russia's aggressive role? Will Russia start playing a role in Iraq's and KRG's political affairs? How will the regional countries react to Russia's new role?  Please join us for what promises to be a lively discussion and debate about the changing geopolitics of the region.   

The Role of IEEE in Enhancing Scientific Activities in Iraq - Guest Lecture by Dr. Sadkhan

On April 8, 2015, the AUIS Department of Information Technology invited Dr. Sattar B. Sadkhan, chair of IEEE Iraq Section, to deliver a presentation about The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and its role in enhancing scientific activities in Iraq. Dr. Sadkhan talked about the benefits of scientific cooperation with the Institute through their representatives in Iraq like the IEEE Iraq Section, IEEE Iraq CIS Chapter and IEEE WIE Iraq Affinity Group etc. He also discussed the scientific activities undertaken and sponsored by these organizations within and outside Iraq since 2009. Dr. Sadkhan is Professor of Wireless Digital Communication and Information Security at the University of Babylon, Iraq. In addition to IEEE Iraq Section, he is also the chairman of IEEE ComSoc Iraq Chapter, IEEE Computational Intelligence Iraq Chapter and URSI (International Union of Radio Science) Iraq Committee. Dr. Sadkhan has published over 200 papers in international journals and conferences. Last year he co-authored and published a book: Multidisciplinary Perspectives in Cryptology and Information Security (IGI-Global). He received his Ph.D in Detection of Digital Modulation Signals from the Czech Republic in 1984.   The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) was formed in 1963 from the amalgamation of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers and the Institute of Radio Engineers. Today it is the world's largest association of technical professionals with more than 400,000 members in chapters around the world. Its objectives are the educational and technical advancement of electrical and electronic engineering, telecommunications, computer engineering and allied disciplines. Listen to the podcast of the lecture below. You can also listen to the Q&A and discussion with the audience. 
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