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AUIS President Attends AAICU Conference in Bishkek

  AUIS President Bruce Walker Ferguson was invited to attend the annual meeting of the American Association of International Colleges and Universities (AAICU) in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on April 20-22, 2017. The meeting, hosted at The American University of Central Asia, congregated presidents and administrators from more than 20 universities to discuss key issues facing university leadership and an overview of policies and legislation affecting the accreditation process.  Commenting on the discussions at the meeting, President Ferguson said, "The great diversity in language, culture, and geography of these American-style universities highlights a common interest in educating bright, well-rounded young men and women to be future leaders of their societies." AUIS is a member of AAICU; a leadership organization of American international universities, whose members provide responsible delivery and quality assurance of American higher education outside the United States. AAICU provides a distinctive forum for sharing best practices in international higher education, facilitates international and intercultural perspectives through student and faculty exchange, and promotes broader awareness of the educational, economic, social, and cultural contributions of member institutions to the regions of the world in which they are located. Click here for more information about the conference.  Photo: American University of Central Asia

Announcing the New AUIS Youth Engagement Scholarships 2016

September 6, 2016 - Sulaimani (KRG), Iraq: The American University of Iraqi, Sulaimani (AUIS) is proud to announce the new AUIS Youth Engagement Scholarships for candidates applying to the undergraduate program in the Early Admissions Round this year. The new Scholarship recognizes extracurricular achievement in leadership and good citizenship. It helps ensure that engaged and active young members of society have access to high quality education regardless of their financial resources or baccalaureate scores. The Scholarships will be awarded to three students who are accepted into AUIS during the Fall 2016 Early Admissions Round. Each Scholarship will fund 25 percent of an AUIS Youth Engagement Scholar’s tuition for the full duration of their study at AUIS. The Scholarship is open to all applicants meeting the minimum admissions requirements for AUIS programs. Announcing the new Scholarship, AUIS President Bruce W. Ferguson said, “The new AUIS Youth Engagement Scholarship recognizes that good leadership flows from energy, teamwork and wisdom as well as from academic achievement.  We hope the new scholarship program will encourage our students to think broadly about how they can use their university education to benefit their community and society.” Applicants will be required to demonstrate engagement in any area of citizenship and leadership through a personal statement or a video essay. This could include volunteering for a cause; active participation with a club or civic organization; starting a new business; public performances in sports, music, or the arts; and other activities in which the student has demonstrated individual excellence and the ability to work effectively with people outside of the classroom. Candidates will be eligible to apply for the scholarship once they have submitted their undergraduate application to AUIS. The deadline to apply for this scholarship is October 3, 2016. Click here to read more about eligibility, application and selection criteria for the scholarship.

President Welcomes Class of 2020

The new class met AUIS President, Bruce Walker Ferguson, on their orientation day. Read the full text of President Ferguson's speech to the Class of 2020 below.  President’s Welcome to The Class of 2020 Bruce Walker Ferguson, J.D. American University of Iraq, Sulaimani September 3, 2016 Welcome, Class of 2020, to the Undergraduate Program of the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani.  You already are a special class to me as my first undergraduate class here at AUIS.   Many of you have just completed our Academic Preparatory Program.  To those students: congratulations.  APP has already provided you with greater fluency in English; greater familiarity with mathematics; and an increased ability to reach conclusions based on logic and data rather than guesswork and emotion. All of you, our APP graduates and our new students, will continue to improve in these areas.  Our Core Courses in the Undergraduate Program will provide you with a strong foundation for whatever major you decide to pursue.  As you know, instruction at the University is in English.  Why is this important?  It is important because, like your smartphone, English is a useful tool for connecting with the outside world.  Like the Internet, English provides a bridge between you and many of the seven billion other people who live on our planet today.  For thousands of years and in many cultures, speaking more than one language also has been the hallmark of the educated man or woman.  Almost five hundred years ago, Roger Ascham tutored the first Queen Elizabeth of England.  Ascham wrote that: “As a hawk flieth not high with one wing, even so a man reacheth not to excellence with one tongue.” Queen Elizabeth studied six languages.  Some of you know three or even four languages.  To those lucky students I say:  Treasure your gift. Many of us, though, find it difficult to learn even a second language. Eddie Izzard, the English comedian and movie star, reportedly once exclaimed:  “Two languages in one head?  No one can live at that speed! Good Lord, man. You're asking the impossible!” Sometimes during your study here you will feel that your teachers are asking you to do the impossible.  Attending AUIS is certainly very hard, perhaps the hardest thing you have ever done in your life.   I think you will discover, though, that often it is the most difficult tasks we undertake, the tasks that make us work the hardest, the tasks that make us suffer the most, of which later we are most proud.  Today the University greets you as undergraduates.  When one day you say goodbye, I hope that you will be astonished at all you have learned and amazed at all you can do.  Universities are places where new possibilities are created.  With hard work and determination, you will create new possibilities for yourself, your family, your community, and your country.  Godspeed on this exciting journey.

‏الجامعة الامريكية في العراق، السليمانية تعلن عن تعيين بروس فيرغسون كرئيس الجامعة

قالت الدكتورة جيل دربي، نائبة رئيس مجلس الامناء للجامعة أن "لجنة البحث الرئاسية تعلن بفخر عن انضمام البروفيسور بروس ووكر فيرغسون للجامعة كمعلم  و رجل اعمال ناجح ذو خبرة و قيادي ذو انجازات".  إن انجازاته المثيرة للاعجاب و ابتكاراته البارزة ستخدم جامعتنا بشكل جيد، خلفيته القيادية المتميزة و مهاراته الشخصية اعجبت اللجنة التي قامت و بإجماع بتزكيته و ترشيحه للرئاسة. و قد رحب رئيس مجلس الأمناء الدكتور برهم صالح بالرئيس الجديد و قال: "أنا سعيد باختيار مجلس الأمناء لبروس فيرغسون كرئيس جديد. و سوف يجلب معه انجازات أكاديمية مثيرة و خلفية قوية في القيادة المؤسسية الناجحة. ستحتفل الجامعة بعشر سنوات من التميز في تدريس ما يعرف بالدراسات الليبرالية، و أنا واثق من أنه في ظل القيادة الجديدة سوف تستمر الجامعة في ازدهارها كجامعة الاختيار الاول في العراق و في المنطقة". كما تقرر تعيين البروفيسور فيرغسون رسميا من قبل وزارة التعليم العالي و البحث العلمي في حكومة إقليم كردستان. فيرغسون هو اكاديمي و رجل اعمال و مستثمر في مجال العلم و التكنلوجيا، مهاراته المتعددة ستقدم للجامعة مزيجا مميزا بين الابتكار المؤسسي و الخبرة الإدارية.وقد شغل الدكتور فيرغسون و قبل التحاقه بالجامعة، منصب أستاذ ممارسة في قسم النظم الهندسية و الإدارة. و رئيس تأسيس مركز الابتكار و ريادة الأعمال في معهد Masdar للعلوم و التكنلوجيا في الإمارات العربية المتحدة ,يعمل معهد Masdar كمركز للبحوث و الدراسات العليا بالتعاون مع معهد ماساتشوستس للتكنلوجيا. كما أنه شغل منصب المؤسس المشارك و الرئيس التنفيذي للعمليات السابق لشركة Orbital ATK، و هي شركة تكنلوجيا الفضاء المدرجة في بورصة نيويورك. كما أنه كان أحد مؤسسي و مدير تنفيذي شركة Edenspace Systems، وهي شركة خاصة بالبيئة والتكنولوجيا الحيوية و لا زال مستثمرا في أكثر من اثني عشر شركة للتكنلوجيا. و يشغل حاليا منصب نائب رئيس مؤسسة كارنيجي للعلوم، وهو  زميل سابق في مركز جامعة جورج واشنطن لسياسات التقنية و العلوم الدولية. و كان نائبا لرئيس مؤسسة أبحاث جامعة ولاية كنساس. "إنه شرف عظيم لي للمساعدة في تشكيل نمو هذا المقر للابتكار و للفضائل التقليدية للتعليم" قال فيرغسون عند قبوله للمنصب في أول مؤسسة خاصة و غير ربحية للدراسات الليبرالية في العراق. "تعليم الدراسات الليبرالية له اهمية حاسمة في عالم يجب ان يستوعب الآراء و المعتقدات المتعارضة، و ان يتعلم حل المشاكل باستخدام التحليل القائم على الواقع و تعزيز الخصال الطيبة في طبيعة البشر. اتشرف و انا متحمس بالانضمام للجامعة الامريكية في العراق, السليمانية التي هي مركز تعليمي مكرس لتعليم هذه المزايا المهمة."     في الوقت الذي تستعد الجامعة للاحتفال بالذكرى السنوية العاشرة من تأسيسها في عام 2017، يأتي تعيين البروفيسور فيرغسون في وقت مهم لهذه المنطقة لأنها تشهد تغير اقتصادي وسياسي مضطرب. "العثور على القيادة الصحيحة للجامعة كان مهم و صعب"، كما أوضحت دربي. "كقائد ناجح و مبتكر في الأكاديمية والصناعة، وكمربي دارس ويدرس في أمريكا الشمالية، وجنوب آسيا، وشرق آسيا وأفريقيا والشرق الأوسط، سيكون للبروفيسور فيرجسون حضور قوي و فعال و  إيجابي في الجامعة كما ستعزز علاقة الجامعة بداخل العراق والمنطقة وخارجها ". تلقى الأستاذ فيرغسون درجة الدكتوراه من كلية الحقوق بجامعة هارفارد، حيث كان محرر في مجلة هارفارد للقانون. حصل على درجة الماجستير في إدارة الأعمال من كلية هارفارد للأعمال، و درجة الماجستير في التربية من كلية هارفارد للدراسات العليا في التعليم. أكمل البكالوريوس في الآداب بدرجة امتياز في كلية هارفارد، حيث كان الباحث الفخري لهارفارد. و درس أيضا  في جامعة دلهي في الهند كطالب دراسات عليا في العلوم السياسية، و درس سابقا في المدرسة الأمريكية في بيروت. هو و زوجته هيذر سانديفورد لديهما طفلان. حول الجامعة الأمريكية في العراق، السليمانية تأسست الجامعة في عام ٢٠٠٧ كمؤسسة غير هادفة للربح، و توفر الجامعة تعليم شامل في الدراسات الليبرالية للشباب والشابات في العراق، كردستان العراق، والمنطقة على نطاق واسع. تسعى الجامعة لتخريج طلبة لديهم المهارات المهنية والاجتماعية. البرنامج الأكاديمي باللغة الانجليزية  يُدرّس من قبل أعضاء هيئة تدريس دولية، ويهدف البرنامج إلى تطوير القوة في التفكير النقدي، والقدرة على التواصل بشكل جيد، و تعليم أخلاقيات العمل القوية، المواطنة الصالحة والسلامة الشخصية. التنامي الطلابي في الجامعة الأمريكية في العراق، السليمانية،  يمثل المشهد العرقي والديني المتنوع في المنطقة، كما تسعى الجامعة لتكون الوجهة المفضلة لأكثر من ١٦٠٠ طالب وطالبة. و يعكس موقع السليمانية على مفترق طرق دولية للأكراد والعرب والتركمان، المسلمون السنة والشيعة، الايزيديين والمسيحيين للعيش والدراسة معا في ثقافة منفتحة تعزز التنوع والتسامح. الحرية الأكاديمية هي مبدأ مضمون في التدريس والتعليم والبحث بطريقة مماثلة لتلك الموجودة في الكليات والجامعات المعتمدة إقليميا في الولايات المتحدة.  للمزيد من المعلومات يرجى الاتصال ب مدير الإعلام و العلاقات بزار بوسكاني على [email protected] او ٠٧٧٠٤٦١٥٣٨٥  

American University of Iraq, Sulaimani, Appoints Bruce Walker Ferguson as President

   “The presidential search committee is proud to introduce to the AUIS community Professor Bruce Walker Ferguson, a highly successful educator and entrepreneur with a record of accomplished leadership,” said Dr. Jill Derby, vice chair of the AUIS Board of Trustees, as she welcomed the new president. “His impressive credentials and history of innovative prominence will serve our university well. Along with his background of distinguished leadership, his interpersonal skills impressed the committee that unanimously and enthusiastically recommended him for the AUIS presidency.” Dr. Barham Salih, chair of the AUIS Board, also welcomed the new appointment: “I am extremely pleased with the choice of the Board of Trustees in appointing Bruce Ferguson as the new president. He brings impressive academic credentials and a strong record of successful institutional leadership. As the University celebrates a decade of excellence in liberal arts education, I am confident that under the new leadership, AUIS will continue to thrive as the university of choice in Iraq and the wider region." Professor Ferguson’s appointment has also been formally endorsed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). As an educator, entrepreneur and investor with a keen interest in science and technology, Ferguson brings to AUIS a distinctive combination of institutional innovation and management expertise.  Before joining the university he served as Professor of Practice in the Department of Engineering Systems and Management, and as the founding Head of the Institute Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi, UAE, a graduate research institute operated in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He is a co-founder and former chief operating officer of Orbital ATK, a space technology company listed on the New York Stock Exchange; a co-founder and former chief executive officer of Edenspace Systems Corporation, an environmental and biotechnology company; and an early-stage investor in more than a dozen technology companies. Currently vice chair of the Carnegie Institution for Science, he is a former Fellow at the George Washington University Center for International Science and Technology Policy and former vice chair of the Kansas State University Research Foundation. “It is my great privilege to help shape the growth of this innovative home for the classic virtues of scholarship,” Ferguson said upon accepting the position at Iraq’s first private and nonprofit liberal arts institution. “The crucial importance of liberal arts education is increasingly apparent in a world that must learn to accommodate conflicting opinions and beliefs, solve problems using fact-based analysis, and foster the good that is in our human nature. I am honored and excited to join the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani, a learning-based community dedicated to meeting these needs.” As AUIS prepares to celebrate its tenth anniversary in 2017, the appointment comes at a critical time in a region that is experiencing tumultuous economic and political change. “Finding the right leadership for AUIS was a vital and challenging task,” explained Derby. “As a leader who has successfully implemented innovative change in academia and industry, and as an educator who has studied and taught in North America, South Asia, East Asia, Africa and the Middle East, Professor Ferguson will project a strong and positive presence in the university as it strengthens its connections within Iraq, the region, and abroad.” Professor Ferguson received his Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He received his Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School and Master of Education degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude in government at Harvard College, where he was an honorary Harvard National Scholar. He also attended Delhi University, India as a graduate student of political science and earlier attended the American Community School in Beirut, Lebanon as a boarding student.  He and his wife Heather Sandiford have two children. About the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani Established in 2007 as a 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 seeks to produce graduates of responsible character with the necessary knowledge and skills for professional and national leadership. The academic program, taught in the English language by international faculty, is designed to develop strength in critical thinking, the ability to communicate well, a strong work ethic, good citizenship and personal integrity. The growing student body at AUIS represents the region’s diverse ethnic and religious landscape as the University continues to the be the destination of choice of more than 1,600 students. Reflecting Sulaimani’s location at an international crossroads, Kurds, Arabs, Turkmen, Sunni and Shi’a Muslims, Ezidis and Christians, live and study together in an open culture fostering diversity and tolerance. 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 @auis_news and Facebook @auisofficial for latest information and news. For media enquiries or interview requests, please contact Bzhar Ali Boskani, media and public relations manager, at [email protected] or 964(0)770-4615-385. Inside Higher Ed The Chronicle of Higher Education     

State of the University Address

On October 6, 2015, Acting President Dr. Esther E. Mulnix delivered a ‘State of the University’ address to members of the AUIS faculty and staff. She began by emphasizing the importance of keeping the University’s mission and vision clearly in mind as we pursue our goals. In her report, she stressed that the university is undergoing a transitional phase and encouraged the entire community to continue building both capacity and effectiveness in all departments and divisions. She reviewed the goals that were achieved in the previous academic year, such as the accreditation of the English Program, the reduction of the budget deficit, and establishment of the electronic portfolio for potential donors. Dr. Esther also enumerated goals for the upcoming year and encouraged all faculty and staff to continue their excellent work. Dr. Esther engaged faculty and staff members in a Q&A session to further explain and clarify important points. The ‘State of the University’ offered all attendees the opportunity to become more thoroughly informed about the direction of the University and to engage with the acting president. 

AUIS President Emeritus, Athanasios Moulakis, Has Passed Away

President Emeritus and member of the Board of Trustees of the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS), Dr. Athanasios Moulakis, has passed away. He served as AUIS president from 2010 to 2013, and guided the young institution’s expansion to become a prominent, American-style university offering students from every area of Iraq and region a liberal arts education. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of the American University of Iraq Foundation (AUIF) in the United States. Dr. Moulakis had over forty years of experience in higher education and academia in Europe, the United States and Asia. Before joining AUIS, he had served as Chief Academic Officer and Interim President at the American University of Afghanistan, and had previously directed the Institute of Mediterranean Studies at the University of Italian Switzerland, Lugano. He held various teaching positions in political science, philosophy, and the humanities at University of Colorado, Boulder, the European University Institute, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Ruhr Universität, Bochum. He was also a Fulbright Professor of Philosophy at the University of Jena. Dr. Moulakis authored and edited numerous books on the history of political thought and liberal education. One of his books, Beyond Utility, Liberal Education for a Technological Age (1994), also won the AAC&C Frederick Ness Award for Best Book on Liberal Education and was named Choice “Outstanding Book of the Year.” Dr. Moulakis will always be remembered at AUIS for his immense contribution to the University and to provision of higher education in the region.


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