Quality Assurance measures at American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) work to ensure high levels of academic standards and institutional performances. Our efforts are monitored by the Ministry’s Quality Assurance Committee to regulate and standardize ways to promote academic quality throughout the entire Kurdistan region and federal Iraq.
To support its mission of bringing American-style, liberal arts higher education to Iraq, AUIS has set American regional accreditation as a key institutional goal. The Accreditation Steering Committee, in pursuit of this goal, will coordinate all committees, oversee all record keeping, and produce all reports related to accreditation.
The Accreditation Steering Committee:
Dr. Wolfgang Hinck, Vice President, Academic Affairs
Rachel Gresk, Assistant Dean, Academic Administration and Accreditation
Raz Jaff, Director of Protocol
AUIS was awarded full accreditation by Iraq’s Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MoHESR) in February 2017 and is the first private university in the Kurdistan region to receive such accreditation after working for several years to meet the Ministry’s accreditation standards. The accreditation opens up new employment and graduate education opportunities for AUIS alumni in Iraq and other countries.
Under the laws and regulations of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), which is an “organized region” according to Article 114.6 of the Iraqi constitution, AUIS is a fully recognized university and indeed classed as the best of its kind under its jurisdiction. This jurisdiction is decisive for national and international recognition, since under the Iraqi constitution (cf. Article 115), regulation of the education sector is not reserved to the federal government, and regional regulation and recognition has priority.
AUIS also complies with the rules and regulations of the KRG's Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MoHESR). In addition to AUIS admissions standards, all enrolled AUIS students must meet the basic enrollment criteria and standards of MoHESR. Likewise, in addition to rigorous internal quality assurance, all academic programs at AUIS are subject to the quality assurance standards laid out by the KRG MoHE.
The United States
Academic programs, taught in the English language, are designed to meet or exceed accreditation standards set by regional accreditation organizations in the United States.
The Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) granted the University’s Academic Preparatory Program (APP) a five year accreditation, from April 2015 to April 2020. CEA is recognized by the US Secretary of Education as a national accrediting agency for English language programs and institutions in the US.
APP operates with a high level of quality, with an approved program of study, qualified instructors, adequate resources, and approved recruitment and admissions policies. Through the hard work of the APP staff and instructors, APP has acquired public recognition with this accreditation which indicates that it fully meets US and international standards set by the US Department of Education.
The self-study documents can be found in the APP Administration Office in the Academic Block (Building-B) of the campus and consist of a regular, yearly program review incorporating course/assessment reviews, student/faculty feedback, and other data is conducted at the end of every academic year.
In June 2019, APP completed its self-study for re-accreditation. APP is seeking a 10-year re-accreditation and will host a CEA team site visit during the fall 2019 academic semester. The CEA decision for re-accreditation will be released at the end of the spring 2020 semester.
AUIS has been consistently ranked among the top private universities in the Kurdistan region and was was ranked number 1 in December 2015 by the KRG Ministry of Higher Education Scientific Research.
The University was again recognized as a leading institution by the KRG's MoHESR in November 2018. The ranking committee recognized AUIS as the region's top university for alumni employment. In the 2019 Alumni Report, 85 percent of AUIS graduates reported they were employed full- and part-time, or pursuing graduate studies. That figure is well above the national average and an overwhelming number of alumni are employed in the country's growing private sector.