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Barham Salih

A new political and economic settlement for Iraq: Barham Salih/Financial Times

"...dialogue among Iraqis will not succeed without the support of regional powers — Saudi Arabia, Iran and Turkey — and, most importantly, the US and other global actors including Russia and the EU, who share an interest in eradicating the scourges of terrorism and extremism." Read Dr. Barham Salih's perspective on reforming and resettling Iraq's political and economic crisis - a template that he thinks can go a long way in resolving the problems of the Middle East - for the Financial Times. 

AUIS Board of Trustees Elects New Chair

November 6, 2016 - Sulaimani (KRG), Iraq - The Board of Trustees of the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) elected Dr. Jill Derby as the new Chair at the annual Board meeting on November 1, 2016 in Washington D.C. The Board held the election as the former Chair,  Dr. Barham Salih, stepped down from the position after completing his term according to the bylaws of the University. He had held the position since the founding of the University in 2007. “Founded just ten years ago, AUIS is a remarkable success story of diversity, openness and education at its best. In an article for the New York Times, Thomas Friedman once called AUIS Iraq’s best hope, “an American university that is teaching the values of inclusiveness.” We owe this remarkable success to the visionary leadership and dedication of our founder Dr. Barham Salih. I will strive to carry forward his commitment to excellence which AUIS embodies, and his devotion to the students the University serves,” said Dr. Derby, who has been a member of the AUIS Board of Trustees since September 2012 and was previously serving as the Vice Chair. Congratulating Dr. Derby on her new appointment, AUIS President Bruce Walker Ferguson said, “Dr. Barham’s contributions to the University, as founder and as a visionary force, have been crucial to the introduction of modern liberal arts education to the region.  Dr. Jill’s long experience in American higher education will help AUIS attain the next level of high-quality, affordable undergraduate education.  I look forward to continuing to work with both of these remarkable trustees and commend their commitment and dedication to the students and faculty of AUIS.” During the meeting, the Board expressed its appreciation and gratitude to Dr. Barham Salih in a resolution: “The Board of Trustees, on behalf of the students, staff, faculty, alumni, and other members of the community at The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani, conveys to Dr. Barham Salih its deepest respect and gratitude for the inspiration, visionary leadership and tireless effort he has provided for more than a decade as our founder and Chair.” The Board also elected Dr. Bakhteyar Shamsadeen as the new Vice Chair, re-elected Azzam Alwash as the new Secretary, and elected Mr. Mohammed Ali as Treasurer. In another resolution, the Board acknowledged its gratitude and respect for the “troops in the Kurdistan’s peshmerga, Iraqi military and security forces, the U.S. armed forces, and other coalition military and security units fighting to defend a peaceful and just society in the Kurdistan region and across Iraq.” For more information about the AUIS Board of Trustees, please visit Jill Derby is a governance consultant with the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB), where she has worked for more than ten years to enhance governance effectiveness and performance among American and Canadian higher education boards. She served on two Nevada college faculties before transitioning to a policy role on the Nevada Board of Regents. She was appointed to the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity by the U.S. Senate in 2011. She received her PhD from the University of California, Davis with a concentration on the Arab Middle East. Read full profile. 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. As a non-profit institution for the public good, the University and its assets are not owned by any individual or group of individuals. The growing student body at AUIS represents the region’s diverse ethnic and religious landscape as the University continues to 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. As a non-profit institution for the public good, the University and its assets are not owned by any individual or group of individuals. Follow AUIS on Twitter @auis_news and Facebook @auisofficial for latest information and news. For media enquiries or interview requests, please contact Mehr Zahra, director of communications, at [email protected] or 964(0)772-3399-305.

Italian Diplomatic Mission to Iraq and KRI Visit AUIS

The Italian diplomatic mission to Iraq headed by Ambassador Marco Carnelos and the newly appointed Consul General in Erbil Dr. Alessandra Di Pippo arrived on campus for a short visit on Monday, January 11, 2016. They met with AUIS Founder and Chairman of the Board Dr. Barham Salih and other members of the AUIS community. During the meeting Dr. Barham and Ambassador Carnelos spoke about the university's mission to prepare students for the pressing challenges facing the region. The Italian government has been extremely supportive of AUIS's mission in the past. In the fall of 2013, the university was able to build an additional academic building with high quality lab facilities and equipment thanks to a generous donation made by the Italian Government and the work of AUIS board of trustee member and Goldman Prize recipient Dr. Azzam Alwash. The Italian delegation were given a tour of the campus before leaving. They expressed their interest in continued cooperation and returning to the university to participate in upcoming conferences of AUIS's Institute for Regional and International Studies and its different centers.

Charitable Foundation to Support AUIS Launched in the United States

Sulaimani, Iraq – December 18, 2013 – A non-profit charitable organization incorporated in the United States, the American University of Iraq Foundation (AUIF), has been established to support the mission of the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS). As a registered 501(c) (3) organization, AUIF will be able to receive tax deductible donations in the United States on behalf of AUIS. To mark the occasion, AUIS and AUIF held a reception in Washington, DC, attended by more than 150 distinguished guests, including high ranking officials from the US Government, three former ambassadors to Iraq, as well as prominent businesspersons and academics. AUIS Chairman Barham Salih, President Dawn Dekle, the trustees of AUIS and AUIF, and Iraq’s Ambassador to the United States Lukman Faily were also in attendance. Speaking at the reception, Ambassador Faily reminded the audience that the Strategic Framework Agreement between the United States and Iraq calls for the “establishment of universities and affiliations between Iraq and American social and academic institutions” and “strengthening development of Iraq’s future leaders.” “The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani is a remarkable educational institution – and a tribute to the reconstruction of Iraq and the partnership between Iraq and the United States,” the ambassador said. “One of the University’s essential endeavors – strengthening the higher education ties between Iraq and the United States – is central to the partnership between our countries,” Faily said, commending the work of the University for bring such high-quality American-style education to Iraq in such a short period of time. The Foundation will help AUIS raise funds in the United States as it seeks to expand teh campus and strengthen curricular offerings that provide a high quality American-style liberal arts education to all Iraqis. The Foundation's Board of Directors includes President Emeritus of AUIS, Athanasios Moulakis; former Iraqi Ambassador to the United States and CEO of the Iraq Foundation, Rend al Rahim; formder Chief Financial Officer of AUIS, Johan Brongers; Hudson Institute Senior Fellow, Eric Brown; President of the Institute of International Education, Allan Goodman; and Washington DC-based attorney, Newman Halverson and JP Schnapper-Casteras, both of whom also service on the University's board of trustees. For more information about the Foundation, and how to make a donation to AUIS, please visit 
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