About The University

About the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS): 

The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani was established in 2007 to be a catalyst for innovation in higher education in the country. In 2006, the Board of Trustees of the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani set out to establish a not-for-profit institution dedicated to providing a comprehensive liberal arts education for the benefit of Kurdistan, Iraq and the wider region. This new university would be designed to develop strength in critical thinking, the ability to communicate well, a strong work ethic, good citizenship and personal integrity. They sought to create an institution not only innovative in its teaching methodology, but also unique in its role as an establishment of learning unaffected by sectarian divides and affiliations, where talented students from across the country and region would come to learn, regardless of their ethnic, sociopolitical or economic background. Students at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani has to enter the Academic Preparatory Program (APP) before choosing their majors. 
Mission Statement 
It is the objective of the University to produce graduates of responsible character with the necessary knowledge and skills for professional and national leadership. Students will be prepared for successful careers in a modern, pluralistic society and a global environment. The educational programs of the University will be designed to develop strength in critical thinking, the ability to communicate well, a strong work ethic, good citizenship and personal integrity. Broad-based education, rooted in the American liberal arts tradition, as well as skill development will be achieved at the University through teaching excellence, quality scholarship and caring student services. 

Mission and Values 
The Mission and Core Values of the University are centered around creating a cadre of graduates who have the knowledge and skill set needed for success.
Core Values 
The core values of the University are freedom and responsibility, democracy, free expression and inquiry, equal opportunity, individual rights, tolerance, and honorable personal and professional behavior. These values apply equally to all members of the University community including students, faculty and staff members, administrators, persons invited to participate at the University, and members of the Board of Trustees and advisory bodies. The University is, by design, an institution that is non-governmental, non-partisan, non-sectarian, independent, notfor-profit and guided by the highest ethical standards. It is committed to integrity and the rule of law in all of its dealings with public officials and private interests. 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.