Duhok, Kurdistan Region of Iraq – September 25th, 2018- The American University of Kurdistan’s Board of Trustees held its biannual meetings September 23 and 24, 2018.
The two days’ meetings led to key strategic decisions, to secure a better campus life for AUK students and develop programs and activities that will boost their leadership skills, as AUK’s top priority.
On the first day, the Board committees met with relevant departments and discussed the progress AUK has made to date and future steps to be taken in order to fulfill the University’s vision and mission. The Trustees also met with students and faculty members to hear their opinion on how the learning outcomes can improve.
In the meeting on the second day, the various committees reported to the full Board with recommendations for the Board’s action. “I am pleased that several key strategic decisions were taken.” Stated H.E. Masrour Barzani, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees “We approved the AUK Strategic Plan 2018-2023, which mandates that the University aggressively move toward bringing the high quality, U.S. accredited education program to fruition, while fulfilling AUK’s social responsibilities to the people of Kurdistan as implied by the University’s vision and mission.” H.E. added.
The Board also asked that existing programs be consolidated and more faculty hired to ensure that students continue to receive the best quality education and that our existing support for the local business community be strengthened by establishing an Internship Office and a Career Services Office to enable students to get practical work experience while studying and then find jobs after graduation. In addition, as part of the strategic plan, the University will officially begin to prepare for institutional and programmatic U.S. accreditation.
Furthermore, the Board also mandated the University to prepare plans for establishing the Schools of Medicine and Nursing, to open doors to prospective students.
The American University of Kurdistan’s Board of Trustees consists of twelve members, all leading figures in government, business, and education, with the primary responsibility of guiding the long-term strategy of the University and providing oversight of its finances and operations.