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Engineering Center Now Open for Student Support

The Engineering Department has established an Engineering Center aimed at supporting undergraduate students in fundamental engineering courses. The Engineering Center (EC) promotes the development and enhancement of fundamental engineering concepts and skills that are essential for an understanding of higher level engineering courses. The center will provide peer tutoring for 200 and 300 level courses each semester as well as review sessions. This semester, the tutors have all volunteered their time to provide tutoring for their fellow classmates. They also completed a two day training session last week. On the first day, the students were introduced to the learning process and how to become effective tutors. The second day was focused on dealing with different tutor-tutee scenarios. Pairs of students role-played possible interactions that may occur during the tutoring session. "The training sessions were very helpful, informative, and fun.", said Abdalla Mohammed, a tutor, "I learned multiple different ways and more effective strategies that will definitely serve me when I help my friends. I am looking forward to using what I was exposed to in these two sessions at the center." After each demonstration, students discussed the scenarios and provided feedback on how to improve. I hope this center will provide a healthy environment where students can seek the support and encouragement they need to succeed in their courses.   - Raguez Taha The Engineering Center started accepting students from Sunday, February 12, 2017. Find out more about the center, guidelines, and tutor availabilities here.

Celebrating Nali

  On November 14th, 2016, students commemorated the National Day of Sulaimani by celebrating the works of the acclaimed Kurdish poet Nali. The organizers included students from AUIS, University of Sulamani and Salahaddin University, who are all on the staff of DidiMn - a literary website.  >> یەکەم ئیڤێنتی کلتووریی دیدی من بەهاوبەشیی زانکۆی ئەمریکی بەڕێوە چوو >> ڕۆژی نالی بە وێنە The evening began with a moving and powerful recitation of the poem "Camekay Nali Bo Slemani" by Rzgar Amin. Bushra Kasnasazi, a writer and professor at the University of Sulaimani then hosted a panel discussion on Nali's work with Kurdish writer Rabwar Siwaili, and Dr. Dilshad Ali, professor at University of Sulaimani. The discussion was focused on the research and publications on Nali's work produced by both the panelists. This was followed by a lively Q&A session with the panel. The discussion was followed by some poetry reading by journalist and poet Shalaw Habiba, while AUIS student Pshtewan Babakir read from English translation of the same poem.  The evening ended with a beautiful musical performance of Nali's poetry by the talented AUIS Oriental Music Club. Students also distibuted beautiful handmade souvenirs with Nail's most famous verses. The event, Nali's Day, was attended in great numbers by the literary community of Sulaimani and the AUIS community. The program was conducted by AUIS student Shatoo Diyar Bakir. The main organizers from AUIS included students Shene Mohammed, Zhiwar Jawhar and Pshtewan Babakir.  The event was made possible with the generous contribution of our sponsors: Chalaak's Place, Ako Printing, Bahar Group, and Taha Sadiq Group.   

Leading By Example: Tackling Kurdistan's Garbage Crisis

On August 18, 2016, students of the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) lead a clean-up event at Lake Dukan in Sulaimani. The event was held in partnership with the Envrionment Keepers club and Waterkeepers Iraq (NGO). The event was covered by NRT English in this video report.  Read articles about the event in the following publications: Sulyon Sharpress Xendan    

فێرخوازانی پرۆگرامی ئامادەکاری ئەکادیمی لە پاکردنەوەی دەریاچەی دوکان پێشەنگیان کرد

ئەمرۆ،١٨ ی تەمووز بە بەشداریکردنی نزیکەی ١٠٠ فێرخواز ی پڕۆگرامی ئامادەکاری ئەکادیمی لە زانکۆی ئەمریکی  چالاکیەکیان رێکخست بۆ پاکردنەوەی دەریاچەی دوکان لە سلێمانی. هەروەها ژمارەیەک لە فەرمانبەران و مامۆستایان و تەنانەت سەرۆکی زانکۆ پرۆفیسۆر بروس فیرگسون، بەشداری هەوڵەکانی ئەم فێرخوازانەیان کرد. ئەم چالاکیە بەشێکە لە پرۆگرامی فێربونی خزمەتکردن کە لەدەرەوەی هۆلەکانی خوێندن هانی فێرخوازان دەدات بۆ فێربون و پەرەپێدانی بیرکردنەوەی رەخنەگیریانە و کارامەیی لە پەیوەندیکردندا.راچێل گرێسک بەڕێوبەری پرۆگراماکە وەک بەشداربویەکی چالاکیەکە، وتی: " زانکۆ فێری فێرخوازانی دەکات کە پرۆسەی فێربون لە دەرەوەی هۆلەکانی خۆێندنش دەبێت، ئێمە فێرخوازانمان هاندەدەین کە پەیوەست بن بە کۆمەلگاوە لە پێناو باشتر کردنی ژینگەکەیان. و باوەڕی تەواومان هەیە کە فێرخوازانی زانکۆکەمان ببنە کلیلی چارەسەر بۆ کوردستانیکی باشتر. فێرخوازان لەمساڵدا دوو ئامانجیان هەبوو لەپرۆگرامی فێربونی خزماتکردن ئەوانیش: هاوکاری کردنی ئەو ئاوارانەی کە بە هۆی ناکۆکیەکانی ناو عێراقەوە بێشون و ماڵ بوون و هەرەها پارێزگاریکردنی ژینگە. بە درێژایی وەرزی خوێندنی پێشو، فێرخوازان کۆمەکیان کۆکردۆتەوە و پەیوەندی نزیکیان بەستوە لەگەڵ رێکخراوی(NGO) بۆ ئەنجامدانی چەند کارێکی پێشەنگ .  پاکردنەوەی دەریاچەکە نوێترین کاری گروپی پارێزگاریکرنی ژینگەیە کە بە هەماهەنگی لەگەڵ رێکخراوەکە بۆبەرزکردنەوەی ئاستی وشیاری و پاراستنی ژینگەی سلێمانی و دەروبەری. فێرخوازان لە رێگەی کەمپینی کۆکردنەوەی کۆمەک بڕی ١٠٠٠$ بۆ پاکردنەوەکەی دەریاچەکە بەکارهێنا. خۆبەخشەکان دواینیوەڕۆی ئەو ڕۆژەیان بە پاکردنەوەی ئەو پیسی و خۆل و خاشاکانەی کە لە گەشتیار و سەیرانکەرانەوە بە جێما بوو بەسەربرد. عیسمایل جەمال وەک خوێندکارێکی ئەو پڕۆگرامە و سەرۆکی یانەی پاراستنی ژینگەی زانکۆکە، ووتی: " ئێمە بەشداری ئەم پڕۆژەیان کرد لەبەرئەوەی ئەمانەوێت سروشت و ژینگە بپارێزین، ئەوە ئەرکی سەرشانمانە". نەبیل مەسا لە رێکخراوی (NGO) کە یاوەری فێرخوازانی کردبوو لە پاکردنەکەدا وتی: "ئێمە هەمیشەلەم جۆرە چالاکیانە رێکدەخەین بەمەبەستی وشیارکردنەوە لە بابەتە ژینگەیەکان و رۆشنبیرکردنی هاوڵاتیان دەربارەی دەرئەنجامەکانی پیسکردنی ئاوی پاک و شوێنە سەوزەکان. هانی فێرخوازان دەدەین کە بەشداری لەم جۆرە چالاکیانە بکەن بۆ پارێزگاریکردنی سروشت. و دڵخۆشین بە هاوکاریکردنمان لەگەڵ زانکۆی ئەمریکی و شانازی ئەکەین بەوەی ئەم فێرخوازانە ئەنجامیانداوە." کۆمەڵێکی تر لە فێرخوازانی پڕۆگرامی ئامادەکاری ئەکادیمی، بەراوێژ لەگەڵ بەڕێوبەرایەتی باخچەکان لە سلێمانی کۆمەکیان بۆ ئاودانی پارکە گشتیەکان و نەمامە تازە چێنراوەکان کۆکردەوە  وەک باشترین ڕێگە بۆ هێشتنەوەی سەوزایی لە شارەکەدا. بۆ ئەم مەبەستە زیاتر لە یەک میلیۆن دیناریان بۆکڕینی ئاوی تانکەر و پلاندانان بۆ ئەنجامدانی چالاکیەک لە بەرواری ٢٧ی تەموز بۆ ئاودانی پارکەکان کۆکردۆتەوە.   

AUIS Students Lead Cleanup at Lake Dukan in Sulaimani

August 18, 2016 - Sulaimani (KRG), Iraq: Around 100 students from the Academic Preparatory Program (APP) at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) hosted an event to clean up areas surrounding Lake Dukan in Sulaimani today. They were joined in their efforts by staff and faculty members, as well as AUIS President, Bruce Walker Ferguson.  The event was part of the APP Service Learning Program for the students to encourage learning outside of the classroom, as well as to develop the young students' critical thinking and communications skills.  "AUIS is teaching our students that learning goes beyond classroom.  We want to encourage our students to engage in the community in order to change their environment for the better.  I truly believe that our students are the key to a better Kurdistan," said Rachel Gresk, APP director, who also joined the students at the cleanup.     This year, the students decided on two service learning goals: helping refugees and those displaced by conflict in Iraq, and protecting the environment. Over the course of the last semester, the students have been fundraising and developing close partnerships with local NGOs for their initiatives. The lake cleanup is the latest initiative by the environment protection group, who are partnering with Waterkeepers Iraq (NGO) to find meaningful ways to raise awareness about protecting the environment in Sulaimani and surrounding areas. The students used a crowdfunding campaign to raise $1000 for the cleanup.  The volunteers spent the afternoon clearing trash and litter left by tourists and picnickers on the lakeshore. "We took part in this project because we want to save our environment and our nature. This is our responsibility," said Ismail Jamal, APP student and president of the AUIS Environment Keepers club.    "We regularly hold such activities to raise awareness about environmental issues and to educate people about the consequences of polluting clean water and green spaces," said Mr. Nabil Musa from Waterkeepers Iraq, who accompanied the students at the cleanup. "We encourage students to participate in these activties to protect nature. We are very happy to partner with AUIS on this project and are really proud of what these students have accomplished." Another group of APP students has also raised funds to supplement the irrigation of public parks and newly-planted trees in Sulaimani, in consultation with the Sulaimani Garden Directorate, to find the best ways to preserve green space in the city. To that end, they have raised over a million dinars thus far to pay for water tankers, and are planning to host  a small event on August 27, 2016, to join in the watering of a park.    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.  

Lake Dukan Clean-Up

The students of the Level 2 Academic Preparatory Program are hosting a Service Learning Project at Lake Dukan in Sulaimani on Thursday.    All faculty, students, and staff are invited to join the Level 2 students in cleaning up Lake Dukan. Please email Chris Guajardo at [email protected] if you are interested in joining the event.   Event Info:   When: Students are leaving campus at 2pm on buses that they have organized. Event starts at 3pm and ends approximately 6pm. Some buses will arrive back to campus at 9pm. Where: See attached photos (near Hotel Ashur which can be found on Google maps).    What to bring:  Blue/white t-shirt (AUIS t-shirt if possible) Gloves for picking up rubbish 2 garbage bags large hat or sunscreen water    

Music Club Fundraising Concert

The AUIS Oriental Music Club are hosting a fundraising concert for people in the refugee camps in and around Sulaimani.  The concert is part of the APP students' Service Learning Program project, AUIS Helping Refugees (AHR), where students are arranging different activities over the next couple of months for various causes including help for refugees and environment protection.  Follow the project on social media to find out more about their activites and the cause: AHR facebook  AHR blog  AHR crowdrise Environment Keepers facebook

Third TAG Seminar

  Guest Speaker: Dr. Mariwan Kanie (University of Amsterdam)   Student Presentations: Two students from research class are going to share their works.   Poetry Slam: Finalists will read their poems. Winners of the best poetry in Kurdish, Arabic, and English languages will be announced. Certificates are going to be given to the finalists.   Music: Harem Jaafar The Oriental Music Club    Video: "I cannot unsee the problem" by Zhiwar Jwahar  An Overview about TAG Group   Students, faculty, and staff of AUIS are welcome to attend.  

Staff Appreciation Event

The AUIS Community Club is hosting a staff appreciation event on May 5, 2016 from 10-11am in the Conference hall. The students will showcase a video that they have created themselves to thank all the staff for their work.    The event is for all AUIS staff.  

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