American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) will offer a new Bachelor’s degree in law after receiving approval from the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, University President Bruce Walker Ferguson announced today. The new AUIS Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Law degree will be awarded to students completing a rigorous five-year course of study that includes advanced language study in Arabic and English together with extensive practical experience from internships. Building on the popular law minor at AUIS, the new major will offer university-level law courses in both English and Arabic, as well as a broad array of courses in the natural and social sciences that are part of the University’s renowned Core Curriculum. The legal studies program at AUIS has been in development in collaboration with Stanford Law School, the number two law degree program in the United States. Last spring, students from AUIS represented Iraq in the final round of the international Jessup Moot Court competition, held in Washington, D.C. “We thank the Ministry for approving this innovative new academic program, and look forward to continuing our longstanding collaboration with Stanford,” President Ferguson stated. “The new major is designed to provide our graduates with excellent employment opportunities in Iraq and its Kurdistan region, particularly with employers who require their lawyers to have a solid understanding of international law as well as national and regional law.” Employers value the English language proficiency and work ethic of AUIS graduates, resulting in a high percentage (81%) of AUIS graduates who are in graduate school or employed, predominantly in the private sector. Professor Erik G. Jensen, Director of the Rule of Law Program at Stanford Law School and faculty member of Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL), welcomed the news of the law major. “We’re delighted,” he said. “We’ve been working in partnership [with AUIS] for the last six or seven years, first offering a couple of classes, then offering a minor in law, and now a major in law.” Jensen added that his students at Stanford Law School have already begun writing working papers to support the curriculum design of the new B.A. at AUIS. Applications for the new law degree are now being accepted. Prospective students may contact the AUIS admissions department at [email protected].
Recognition of a private university in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region is the first by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Baghdad. February 23, 2017 - Sulaimani (KRG, Iraq): The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) today announced that it has been awarded full accreditation by Iraq’s Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. AUIS is the first private university in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq to receive such accreditation and had worked 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. “We thank the Ministry for its decision, which reflects the University’s devotion to excellence in learning, teaching and research,” said President Bruce Walker Ferguson. “The Iraqi Government’s support of innovation in higher education sends a strong message of hope and progress. The AUIS community will continue its efforts to meet the highest academic standards in Iraq and abroad, as we build bridges from the University, its graduates and the region to the rest of the world.” AUIS is also accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region. The AUIS English language program is the only one in the region accredited by the U.S. Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA). With this new development, AUIS hopes to welcome an even more diverse student body leading to a more open, competitive and inclusive environment on campus. The University plans to open an admissions office in Baghdad this year to assist prospective students living outside the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Established in 2007, AUIS is an independent, not-for-profit university dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching and research. Its comprehensive liberal arts education develops leaders who make a difference in Iraq, Iraqi Kurdistan, and the wider region. Reflecting Sulaimani’s location at an international crossroads, the University’s 1,600 students and 240 faculty and staff include Kurds, Arabs, Turkmen, Sunni and Shi’a Muslims, Ezidis and Christians, who live and study together in a culture that fosters critical thinking, tolerance, and community involvement. 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 and Facebook for latest news and updates. For more information, please contact Bzhar Ali Boskani, Media and Public Relations Adviser, at [email protected] or 964(0)770-152-1893. #Excited to share #news that #AUIS has been awarded full #accreditation from #Iraqi Ministry of Higher Education. https://t.co/fL53yeWgPM pic.twitter.com/kwEQhWURlH — AUIS (@AUIS_NEWS) February 23, 2017 Congrats to @AUIS_NEWS for receiving full accreditation, opening new horizons for brilliant & diverse student body. https://t.co/e2UUvDYw6G — Brett McGurk (@brett_mcgurk) February 24, 2017 Excellent news, many congratulations! Better late than never. https://t.co/HL9gTYiheT — Hayder al-Khoei (@Hayder_alKhoei) February 24, 2017 Well done, another success and joyful chapter in @AUIS_NEWS story book. https://t.co/POhbjKBLLU — Lukman Faily (@FailyLukman) February 24, 2017 Congratulations, AUIS. Decision long in the making and long overdue. Opens good opportunities for the brilliant AUIS students. https://t.co/tVUpCMO8GC — Ahmed Ali (@IraqShamel) February 24, 2017 MASSIVE news for our university! Great step going forward. https://t.co/JUuP49XQRq — AUIS Voice (@TheAUISVoice) February 23, 2017