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Orientation

AUIS administration welcomes new and returning faculty for 2018-2019 academic year orientation

  President Bruce Walker Ferguson, JD, Dean of Faculty Dr. Mazen Bou Khuzam, Director of Academic Administration and Accreditation Rachel Gresk, and Dean of Students Geoffrey Gresk at American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) welcomed new and returning faculty to the University campus on August 30, 2018 for orientation ahead of the start of the 2018-2019 academic year.   The orientation marked the first session of a two-week-long set of workshops for faculty and staff to introduce new members of the University community, discuss new and updated policies, as well as review lessons learned from the previous semesters.   Workshops over the next two weeks will discuss professional development topics, including those related to library services, teaching methods, grant proposal writing and more.  

Welcoming Spring 2018

Undergraduate students are back on campus to start the Spring 2018 semester! Last semester presented a number of challenges for students, faculty, and staff but we all look to 2018 with great optimism and joy. Students in our Academic Preparatory Program (APP) are also on campus and entering their second week of classes. Regardless of the program, however, we all look forward to having a productive and successful semester together. As always, Spring will be a busy semester with classes and exciting events, including Clubs Day on 4 February and the AUIS Awards on 21 February, as well as Art Week, the Career Fair, and Less Stress Week, all in April. Be sure to stay connected with the AUIS community through our social media accounts – Facebook: AUIS Official, AUIS Student Services, AUIS Dean of Students Twitter: AUIS News Instagram: AUIS Eagles, AUIS Student Services Student Services will also continue to send weekly newsletters via email on Sundays (events) and Mondays (Career Services). Thanks to feedback from you, we are working to update the newsletters’ format. University can be stressful, but there are resources available to help promote a healthy semester. Reach out to Student Services to learn more! Work hard, get involved, and remember the AUIS motto: Learn today, lead tomorrow.

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.
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