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Head of EU Liaison office in Erbil gives guest lecture at AUIS

    The head of the European Union’s Liaison Office in Erbil, Ms. Clarisse Pasztory, visited AUIS on July 2, 2018 to give a lecture to students in Dr. Fahrettin Sumer’s EU class about the organization’s structure and functions.   Pasztory’s lecture included information about the mission of EU institutions as well as integration and how member states maintain peace with one another. She described the importance, tasks, and duties of the European Parliament, European Commission, and European Council, among other institutions. Furthermore, she emphasized the importance of institution-building in developing the EU’s integration strategy and ensuring its functionality.   Pasztory went on to cover the role of the EU Liaison Office in the Kurdistan Region and EU policy towards Iraq and Kurdistan, which largely focuses on working to promote peace and stabilization. Following the lecture, students had the opportunity to ask questions about Iraqi democracy, the likelihood of an EU model in the Middle East, immigration issues, and educational opportunities in the EU for Iraqi students.   Written by Davar Mohammad Abdulla

Guest Lecture: State-building and Nationalism with Dr. Faleh Jabbar

The Institute of Regional and International Studies (IRIS) hosted a lecture and discussion with Dr. Faleh Jabbar on "State-building and Nationalism in the Middle East," with particular reference to the recent events here in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.  Dr. Jabbar is one of the leading experts on Iraq, Kurds, Nationalism and has written extensively on these topics. His books include:  The Kurds: Nationalism and Politics The Shi'ite Movement in Iraq  Tribes and Power: Nationalism and Ethnicity in the Middle East Ayatollahs, Sufis and Ideologues A podcast of this talk is now available. Listen on SoundCloud or by clicking on link below:

Kurdish Geopolitical Futures, Russia and US Middle Eastern Ambitions: What Fortunes? What Fate?

  IRIS is happy to invite you to attend a guest lecture by Dr. Kevin DeJesus​ (Johnson and Wales University​)​ on Kurdish Geopolitical Futures, Russia and US Middle Eastern Ambitions: What Fortunes? What Fate?    The lecture will take place in A-F2: Trustees Boardroom from 11:30​ ​am until 12:30​ ​pm on Monday, May 22​, 2017. A poster with more information is attached.   Professor DeJesus’s scholarly work focuses on political violence, violently divided societies, global impacts of political violence on individuals and families in non-western contexts, geopolitics and international relations, the politics of refugees and displacement, terrorism, and US/Russian policy in the Middle East. We truly hope to see you there. It will be great opportunity to learn and discuss this discourse​ in a scholarly setting.   If you'd like to RSVP, please send an email to [email protected] by Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 06:30 pm.​  

Moulakis Library Hosts Guest Talk by Kareem Abdulrahman

  The Moulakis Library hosted a guest talk by Kareem Abdulrahman, who has recently translated and published Bakhtiyar Ali’s renowned Kurdish novel "Ghazalnus and the Gardens of Imagination", into English as "I Stared at the Night of the City".  During his talk, Abdulrahman discussed the challenging translation process in detail, and also gave students advice on how to overcome challenges they face when translating important work.  The book was published by Periscope Books in London last year. It won a “PEN Promotes” grant, and PEN’s World Bookshelf describes the novel as: I Stared at the Night of the City is a trip, in more ways than one: a tale of extraordinary people travelling great distances, in their minds or with their feet. It is a lyrical interpretation of contemporary Kurdistan, so much in the news nowadays but otherwise so little understood. Told by several unreliable narrators in a kaleidoscope of fragments that all eventually cohere, the novel manages the neat trick of dipping readers into a fantasia just long enough before wrenching them back to hard, cold ‘real life’. Kareem Abdulrahman is a translator and journalist. He obtained his MA in Journalism from the University of Westminster and worked for over eight years with the BBC, where translation from Kurdish was part of his remit. In 2013, he was awarded a place on the British Centre for Literary Translation’s prestigious mentorship programme. He lives in London. 

Celebrating the Global Day of the Engineer

On April 5 the AUIS Engineering Club celebrated the international Global Day of the Engineer, an event that brought professionals and students together to share and learn about the engineering experience. A discussion was held and led by a panel of women engineers in Sulaimani with fields ranging from mechanical and electrical to site engineering. Panelists included Dlnya Abdalla,  Hawbash Osman,  Ranoo Hiwa,  Kosar Rauf, and  Nawa Shorsh. The discussion was opened by AUIS lecturer Raguez Taha who explained the themes of the day, including challenges for aspiring engineers, the necessity of skill development, and the critical role of women engineers within organizations.  Starting now #AUIS EngineeringClub celebrates #GlobalEngineeringDay @AUIS_NEWS — Raguez Taha (@RaguezT) April 5, 2017 In reflecting on their work environment, the speakers emphasized on developing communication skills and encouraging students to learn more languages as work environment is more diverse and global now. Ms. Dlnya Abdalla, electrical engineer at Gasin cement company suggested having experienced mentors as part of building practical knowledge base. Dlnya Abdalla from Gasin Cement encourages the importance of time management & asking questions #GlobalDayoftheEngineer @AUIS_NEWS — Raguez Taha (@RaguezT) April 5, 2017 Ms. Kosar Rauf, electrical project engineer at Qaiwan Group, shared information about her ongoing research on energy sustainability using solar power and wind turbine to limit environmental damage, while Ms. Hawbash Osman from Kurd Oil Refinery discussed several aspects of work related to the mechanical engineering field. Kosar Rauf from @QaiwanGroup discusses alternative fuel options to deal with energy crisis in #Kurdistan #GlobalDayoftheEngineer @AUIS_NEWS — Raguez Taha (@RaguezT) April 5, 2017 Site engineer Ms. Ranoo Hiwa from Garden City project advocated that a key learning principle is to spend more time in the field than at the desk, “I prefer working on the site, rather than working on laptop,” she said. AUI alumna and Engineer lab manager, Nawa Shorsh, discussed the competition in the private sector for aspring engineers, emphasizing that companies are in search of multi-skilled individuals who have invested their time and energy in internships and part-time jobs while studying.  Submitted by AUIS student Fawwaz Salahuddin Mohammed 

Virtual Seminar by CERN

      What is the universe made of? ​How did it start? How did the Flash get his powers? To find all those answers, join the Engineering Club on April 11 at 3:30 pm in B-B1-11 for a virtual seminar by an engineer from CERN, the largest physics laboratory in the world. The event video will be shared on the CERN website:  

The Universal Language of Business, a Guest Lecture by Gaylen Hansen

  Hansen gave a brief account about his personal background and also the beginning of his career as an accountant. The areas of discussion covered in the lecture included events shaping financial reporting, survey of financial reporting, development in financial reporting, and ethics in business. Hansen addressed the questions: "What are the major accounting credentials?” and “How can someone become a professional accountant?” He explained the importance of ethics in business, “The public expectations of all professionals, but especially those in accounting and finance are quite high," he said to business students attending his talk. Among the ethics traps that Hansen mentioned were the trap of lack of accountability, greed, and misplaced loyalty.  A podcast of the guest lecture will be available soon.  Reporting and photos by Bana Aso and Sara Aso (communications student volunteers)


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