Can the American university of Iraq-Sulaimani stand on its feet alone? What will happen if the present political conflicts push its Board of Trustees to flee the country? . Will its American faculty members risk their lives for the sake of young “future Iraqi leaders”?
Is it not the time for AUI-S to think about other “sources” of “money”? These are tricky questions of the moment. We must ask, so as not to be amazed when the university warps its business here, or when we receive a message from the Student Affair’s office, bidding farewell for an undefined time.
Recent conflicts shock every one, mostly high ranked officials. Iraqis pay any attention to the fragile security concerns. They drew their conclusion, which is no more suppression or no suppressive leaders. Iraqis are aware of wasting their national wealth which being benevolently given to charity organizations while Iraqi are starving or spent on weapons aimed at Iraqis. “No” for leaders and a complete state of rejection is taking over Iraq. Signs suggest huge changes in future Iraqi forerunners which is equivalent to lose of so many “strategic projects”. Then many of our wishes are at stake.
American University of Iraq-Sulaimani was founded by Barham Salih, the Prime Minister of KRG, whose tenure is approaching the rid lines due to corruption and misadministration of powers. There are many who are accusing Mr. Salih of spending their wealth on its strategic project “AUI-S is a huge strategic academic project”, Barham Salih told Nighash newspaper in mid-2010, but what will happen when he is gone?
Thus far on many occasions the university couldn’t escape from the bondage of its Board of Trustees, and it is fully depending on their offers and policies. In other words the university’s lack of cash is its huge weakness. Where the funds come and spent on what is not of our concerns, but the moment the university runs out of cash is of a big concern.
“Keep yourselves away from the market because it not safe” this is what the university informs of its members. Seemingly, either the university is socked or refusing to admit its unpleasant condition. Again, I rather want to ask what is the university’s plan incase its Iraqi supporters lost their privileges? Can AUI-S stand on its feet all by its own?