It is a recognized fact that the medical and
healthcare professions in Kurdistan require significant development and capacity building.
Establishing the medical school and teaching hospital is our top priority. In this endeavor, AUK
focuses on building partnerships with international medical and accreditation institutions to
provide specialized educational programs that integrate the study of human biology, clinical
sciences, and medical services in an interdisciplinary educational package. In addition to providing
medical services and state-of-the-art facilities, the teaching hospital’s residency program will
provide medical students with a forum to practice their healthcare and clinical skills. It will
focus on in-service training for physicians, nurses and allied healthcare professions. The AUK has
allocated 2 dunums of land for the building of the College of Medicine and University Hospital.
Fundraising needs cover design, engineering and construction costs, equipment procurement, and the
hiring and training of faculty and staff.
The AUK is currently establishing an Innovation and
Entrepreneurship Lab. This facility promotes creative innovation across the campus community, with a
focus on product/business development and social entrepreneurship. The lab works to support the
establishment of student start-ups in partnership with AUK’s teaching/research programs and foster
direct linkages with the private sector. Student start-ups require support from a diverse array of
venture capital and angel investment funds. Donor capital allows students to build and launch their
product/business ideas, using the lab as a technical resource-base that provides them with a wide
array of technology to build their business service/product. If you are interested in investing in
high-potential, student-pioneered start-ups.
Building partnerships with higher education
institutions in the U.S. is crucial to the professional development of our faculty. At AUK, we would
like to host U.S. faculty to teach three-credit hour courses for an entire semester or over an
academic year. Conversely, faculty members at AUK can visit facilities at institutions in the U.S.,
to observe and learn from American-style best practices. A typical fellowship spans one or two
semesters. The AUK faculty members can pursue academic specializations that are of priority to the
enrichment of the academic programs provided at AUK. In the longer term, such exchanges can lead to
collaborative programs and joint research projects, further boosting the academic quality and global
reputation of AUK. Philanthropists who wish to support this need can provide support (and contacts)
to assist in establishing partnerships with international institutions.
Currently, 38% of our students receive scholarship assistance. Through these
scholarships, AUK attracts talented, young people from a wide range of backgrounds, providing them
with an American-style learning environment that better prepares them for the professions of the
21st century, and a democratic mindset that will further their chances of success. Merit
scholarships are awarded to students at the onset of their academic careers at AUK. Scholarship
monies are paid to students at two different levels of support:
Full tuition scholarship (for 5 years): $40,000
Full tuition and living expenses scholarship (for 5 years): $50,000
Contributions to scholarships can be of any financial amount (partial scholarship), dedicated to any
number of students, and for any length of time. You may also earmark your scholarships to students from
a specific demographic. Naming opportunities are available for donors who wish to dedicate their
assistance to deserving students, with a named, academic scholarship.
Students from low-income, minority, and vulnerable
families deserve an accessible and affordable university experience. Sometimes, continuing students face
unforeseen challenges in meeting their financial obligations. With your support, they will have a better
chance at completing their studies, and thereby ending the cycle of intergenerational poverty and
marginalization. This financial assistance is unique in that such students are typically the first in
their families to enroll in higher education, giving them the chance to build financially sustainable
futures for themselves and their families.
Click here to read more about AUK’s Endowment and Naming Opportunities.