#4: Higher Education in Iraq

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This week, our focus is on higher education in Iraq and the story of the American University of Iraq – Sulaimani (AUIS) – a student-centered American-style university established in 2007.

Our executive director, Erik Gustafson discusses his recent trip to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq including an update on our current field work project, PHOTOVOICE IRAQ, and his visit to 3 Syrian refugee camps. This is followed by an interview with our special guest, Kyle Long from American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) –  focuses higher education in Iraq and the story of AUIS. Finally, an excerpt from Professor Bilal Wahab about his experiences with returning to Iraq to teach at AUIS.

Kyle Long Directoer of Communications at AUIS
Kyle Long, Director of Communications at AUIS Image Source

From the epic of Gilgamesh to recent political developments ahead of next year’s national parliamentary elections, we believe that Iraq Matters and we’re passionately interested in matters of Iraq. We also believe in the importance of raising awareness about the humanitarian needs of 3 million Iraqis who remain displaced by violence and 6 million Syrians who have been forced to flee their homes, 200,000 of whom are refugees in Iraq today.

Our campaign to put IRAQ back on the agenda continues.

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Time Index:

Lay of the Land 1:15

Interview with Erik Gustafson 4:00

Kyle Long’s interview about Higher Education 32:16

Bilal Wahab’s answers a question about his experience returning to Iraq to teach at AUIS  53:44