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‏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     

AUIS Ranked Among Top Private Universities in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

December 10, 2015 - Sulaimani, Iraq: The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) has officially been ranked as one of the top private universities in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The official rankings were announced by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the Kurdistan Regional Government earlier this week. This is the first national ranking within the KRG conducted in accordance with international ranking standards. Out of 13 private universities in Kurdistan region, only three were placed in the Group B ranking; AUIS, Cihan University of Sulaimani and the University of Human Development in Sulaimani. AUIS came out on top of the three universities within Group B, while no university, public or private, was considered for Group A this year. The universities were assessed on various criteria, including facilities, research, quality of libraries, student and lecturer evaluation, infrastructure and laboratory standards, among others. The evaluation for ranking is conducted separately for public and private universities in the region.   AUIS Interim President, Dr. Esther Mulnix said, “We are very proud and congratulate the entire community of the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani. All members in this community have contributed to achieve this important and significant academic goal. I am certain the satisfaction this produces will help us renew our efforts to continue developing our institution for the benefit of the region, the state, and the world.”         About American University of Iraq, Sulaimani AUIS was established as a not-for-profit institution in 2007, dedicated to providing a comprehensive liberal arts education for the benefit of Kurdistan, Iraq and the wider region. The University’s objective is to produce graduates of responsible character with the necessary knowledge and skills for professional and national leadership. The educational program of the university is designed to develop strength in critical thinking, the ability to communicate well, a strong work ethic, good citizenship and personal integrity.   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. The university does not discriminate on the basis of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, occupation, politics, economic standing, or any other common human demographic factor in its admission of students or administration of the University or its policies. Further information Follow AUIS on Twitter @auis_news and Facebook Visit our official website www.auis.edu.krd for latest information and news Media enquiries Contact Bzhar Ali Boskani, Media and Public Relations Manager, at [email protected] General enquiries: [email protected] 

PDI and Cisco Combine the Power of the Internet and Education at New Cisco Academy

 PDI Director Dr. Robert Ritchie explained the motivating factor in creating this partnership was to provide much needed employment opportunities for the region and country. The ever increasing use of IT technology in Kurdistan and Iraq through social networking, e-commerce, cloud computing, web conferencing and desktop visualization has created new economic opportunities for individuals. All of these capabilities are powered by networks and organizations around the world are experiencing a shortage of qualified IT personnel to design, install and manage those networks. Students who gain IT knowledge and hands-on training through the Networking Academy courses can earn Cisco career certifications and increase their employment opportunities. PDI will begin offering courses in February 2015 with the introduction of the Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) course and then continuing with Cisco Certified Networking Professional (CCNP) and other advanced courses. The course materials were developed by Cisco and a team of global educators and offer features such as network exercises, labs, and assessments that provide remedial feedback to help reinforce important concepts. Certified instructors provide hands-on support in specially equipped labs to facilitate learning and track student progress. The Professional Development Institute complements the educational objectives of the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani by providing opportunities for lifelong learning through programs and services that enable participants to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve personal and professional goals, improve the productivity of organizations, and provide leadership and service to their communities. Working collaboratively with individuals, businesses and both government and non-governmental organizations, PDI seeks to identify and develop value-adding programs and services. PDI firmly believes that by providing consistent, ethical and quality programs and services it can play an important role in human capacity development for the community.

AUIS Establishes Student Chapter of Association for Computing Machinery

“I encourage all AUIS students who are interested in a future career in IT to join ASITA and the student chapter of ACM,” said Yad Faeq, the president of ASITA.  “We can help students access all ACM resources and the opportunities it presents.  There is a lot to offer an enthusiastic IT student.” The ACM’s mission is to promote the science of computing and support computing-related careers and industries.  As a member of the ACM, the AUIS chapter will have access to the ACM’s digital library, which is the world’s premier electronic computing library collection.  ACM also offers members access to conferences, computing-related research and publications and numerous career resources. “The student cohort has something new to be pleased and proud about,” said Professor Cook, an Information and Systems Technology professor at AUIS and a member of ACM.  “Once again the students from the ASITA club have achieved a first. We are now officially the first and currently the only ACM student chapter in Iraq. There are many good things which come with this membership including internships, software, magazines and the opportunity to have international speakers at their meetings.  We will be entering teams into two competitions which are exclusive to ACM student members this year.” In addition to the resources available to all ACM members, AUIS’ student chapter will have access to programs and scholarships designed specifically to support IT students, such as the ACM’s Distinguished Speakers Program, which provides student chapters with access to over 250 IT-related lectures, and the Student Chapter Scholarship Award, which provides two $1,000 awards to students demonstrating academic excellence in computing. AUIS offers an Information and Systems Technology major for its undergraduate students. For more information about AUIS academic programs, please visit our website.

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