On August 30, 2017, the Iraqi Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research awarded full recognition (accreditation) to The American University of Kurdistan. In doing so, AUK became the first and only private university in the Kurdistan Region to receive accreditation before graduating any of its students.
Governmental accreditation ensures that educational institutions meet and maintain standards of academic excellence. Colleges and universities around the world use accreditation status as a major criterion for admission to international research consortia and exchange programs. In addition, students holding degrees from accredited institutions are significantly more likely to be admitted to international graduate programs.