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Sumer co-authors article on economy and the Kurdistan referendum for the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies

The British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies published an article co-authored by AUIS Assistant Professor and Business Department Chair Dr. Fahrettin Sumer on February 11, 2018. Titled “The paradox of the Iraqi Kurdish referendum on independence: contradictions and hopes for economic prosperity,” the article examines the economic climate of the Kurdistan Region since 2014 and events leading up to the independence referendum in September 2017. Dr. Sumer co-authored the piece with Jay Joseph of the Department of Business and Management at the University of Kurdistan Hewler in Erbil. The article can be found at Taylor & Francis Online.  

IMMDF, AUIS Announce New Scholarship Program

  Press Release IMMDF, AUIS Announce New Scholarship Program Students to be trained in development finance relevant to the region February 6, 2017 - Sulaimani (KRG, Iraq): The Iraq Middle Market Development Fund (IMMDF) will provide two full year scholarships for students interested in and committed to development, finance, business and entrepreneurship at The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS). The partnership agreement was signed at AUIS today in a ceremony attended by officials from IMMDF, AUIS faculty members and students, and the U.S. Consulate General in Erbil. The agreement was signed by IMMDF General Manager Jorge Vila and AUIS President Bruce Walker Ferguson. The U.S. Consul General Ken Gross was also in attendance.   Through this partnership, IMMDF will deliver a five-week credit seminar on principles of development finance, free of charge, to AUIS students. The goal of the seminar is for AUIS students to learn business skills relevant to employers and for IMMDF to increase the level of development finance expertise in the region. Two students who perform exceptionally well throughout the course will receive a full scholarship, funded by IMMDF, for their final year of study at AUIS. Speaking at the occasion, Mr. Vila said, “AUIS and IMMDF have been cooperating for a long time. AUIS students were among the first to join IMMDF’s Internship Program in 2012. We are delighted at this new opportunity to increase our cooperation with AUIS and we look forward to sharing with AUIS students the lessons learnt by IMMDF through our 11 years financing Iraqi small and medium size companies to create employment and economic growth.” “This innovative university-industry partnership adds depth to the AUIS curriculum in ways that will greatly benefit the region,” said President Ferguson at the signing ceremony. “By developing our students’ skills in vitally needed areas, the new program helps to build local capabilities that address urgent development needs. We commend IMMDF for its generous support of our students and for its creative approach to meeting the challenges that confront Iraq and its Kurdistan region.” - ENDS -  The Iraq Middle Market Development Foundation (IMMDF) was created in 2004 to finance projects of Iraqi private small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) that generate employment and economic growth in Iraq. IMMDF has been financing SMEs in Iraq since 2005 to the tune of US$ 120 million, disbursing loans to a total of 53 Iraqi companies and in the process creating nearly 2,000 direct jobs and many thousands indirect jobs at suppliers and clients of IMMDF borrowers.  Established in 2007 as an independent, not-for-profit institution, AUIS is dedicated to providing a comprehensive liberal arts education for the benefit of young men and women from Iraq, Iraqi Kurdistan, and the wider region. The University’s 1,600 students develop a responsible character with the knowledge and skills needed for professional and national leadership. AUIS graduates are in high demand, with most employed in the private sector by prestigious international and local companies. More than 80 percent of our alumni are either employed or enrolled in top-tier graduate programs around the world. For more information, please contact: Bzhar Ali Boskani, AUIS Media and Public Relations Adviser at [email protected] or 964(0)770-152-1893. Jorge R. Vila, IMMDF General Manager at [email protected] or +964-770-502-4932  

AUIS Student Wins AINAC 2016 Corporate Challenge in Jordan

The Arab Innovation Network (AINAC) corporate conference brings together youth from all over the Middle East every year to work together towards innovative and industry-based solutions. In December 2016, AUIS business major Maryam Nabeel attended the AINAC 2016 conference in Amman, Jordan, where she was selected to participate in the AIN Corporate Challenge. With her two Palestinian teammates, Maryam worked on a challenge to design a delivery packaging system for Aramex Logistics. The team were given two days to design and present their solution at AINAC 2016. Maryam's team won the corporate challenge, and were awarded a fully funded corporate internship with Aramex in the country of their choice. The AINAC 2016 conference also featured talks by influencers and sector leaders, business networking opportunities, and workshops for participants, "I got to know a few very well known people in the Middle East, which is always a plus to building up your network," said Maryam, who is now starting up an AINAC Society at AUIS. "A lot of our engineering students would really enjoy the experience," she said, and hopes that the new society will help establish links with AIN and ecounrage more participation from AUIS students at the annual conference.  We wish Maryam all the best with her new internship at Aramex!  Read more about Maryam's experience at AINAC Corporate Challenge in her blog.

Education for Entrepreneurship: AUIS Guest Talk at the World Bank

Macro Economics and Fiscal Management (MFM) and Education (EDU) Global Practices  cordially invite you to a joint BBL Education for Entrepreneurship:  Creating Opportunities in Fragile Settings and Preparing Students for Private Sector Jobs in Kurdistan Region of Iraq Speaker: Christine van den Toorn Director of the Institute of Regional and International Studies (IRIS)  at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani --- Chair: Amit Dar Acting Senior Director, Education Global Practice and Director Strategy and Operations GGHVP --- Discussant: Tomomi Miyajima Education Specialist, Education Global Practice Webex connection: Meeting number: 739 381 675; Password: JrQY5FuK Join by phone: 1-650-479-3207 (Call-in toll number) To RSVPs, please contact Ashwaq Maseeh, Economist (MFM), at [email protected] or call 202-631-9158 to request a visitor's pass. Abstract The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) is an independent, not-for-profit institution located in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region. The University opened its doors in 2007 with a student body of ten, which has now grown to over 1400, attracting students from all over the Kurdistan Region and Iraq. AUIS’s mission is to prepare students to lead Iraq’s private and public sectors through a rigorous liberal arts curriculum and progressive pedagogy focused on developing skills like critical thinking. The large majority of graduates work in the private sector -- in areas such as accounting, marketing, and investment. Considering the recent calls for reforms and a downsizing of the public sector in Iraq and its Kurdistan Region, initiatives like AUIS that prepare students for careers in business can address a need. This talk will discuss how AUIS has prepared its students for the private sector, and how the efforts might be developed and expanded.  About the Speaker Christine van den Toorn has worked at AUIS for seven years, first as faculty and currently as the director of the research center. During her time at the University, she has worked to develop university programs like career services and graduate school advising. She has worked closely with students and graduates on a variety of projects, for example on studies for multi-national companies all over the Kurdistan Region and the disputed territories of Ninewa, Diyala, and Salahddin. Van den Toorn has published on local politics and on the importance of education in Iraq in leading outlets like Foreign Policy, Iraq Oil Report, War on the Rocks, Inside Iraqi Politics, Daily Beast, Niqash and Musings on Iraq. She is a member of the Atlantic Council Task Force on the Future of Iraq.
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