Founded in 2014 as a non-profit institution of higher learning by Masrour Barzani, the American University of Kurdistan is dedicated to preparing future generations of leaders through curricular and co-curricular excellence in an American style education focusing on transformative knowledge, innovative research, ethical community service, respect for inclusion and diversity, global connectedness, and life-long learning, all aiming to ensure economic, environmental, social and political advancement- regionally, nationally and globally.
The Institutional Mission of the American University of Kurdistan focuses on the holistic development of its students who after graduation shall become the future leaders and change agents of Kurdistan. This development occurs within and outside the classroom with the University supporting students both academically and personally. The University defines “student success” as the student/individual’s achievement in academics, level of engagement, contribution to campus activities, acquisition of skills and professional dispositions, persistence to graduation, and post-graduate performance.
As the institution constantly aligns its academic programs with workforce needs and the economic development of the nation, upon graduation students are equipped with knowledge of the latest technologies and global trends ensuring their employability and/or ready entry to graduate programs at universities around the world. While at AUK, students are tracked for persistence to graduation, academic standing, and satisfaction of their respective programs’ student learning outcomes. After graduation, alumni are tracked for their job attainment rates, promotion history, and the realization of their career ambitions. The attainment of graduate degrees and certificates evidences the alumni’s desire for further professional development as well as adoption of the principle of life-long learning.
In respect to the contribution of AUK’s co-curricular and extra-curricular programming, student engagement levels in student government, clubs, sports, leadership roles, and campus/community volunteerism are measured. These activities support the students’ soft skills development, including communication, problem solving, creativity, collaboration, and leadership.
Institutional Learning Goals
The American University of Kurdistan’s Institutional Learning Goals reflect the mission of the University though a focus on four areas of student learning. The Division of Academic Affairs, the Colleges and Office of Student Affairs provide opportunities, as appropriate, for students to attain the skills and dispositions identified below.