The American University of Duhok has been officially opened in a ceremony held on Tuesday.
The ceremony was attended by Kurdistan Region President, Masoud Barzani, Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani, Chancellor of Kurdistan Region Security Council and Honorary President of the American University of Duhok, Masrour Barzani, a number of foreign diplomatic representatives and KRG and Iraqi ministers and political parties’ representatives.
Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani said:
“Opening a university during this challenging period is the right message to our enemies that no matter how hard they try, they will not be able to stop our path to prosperity and growth. It is also a sign that the love of our people for life, development, and building a brighter future cannot be eliminated by difficulties facing our region.”
U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Stuart Jones, accompanied by U.S. Consul General for Erbil Matthias Mitman, reiterated U.S. support for higher education in Iraq, specifically noting the University Linkages Program, which currently connects over a dozen Iraqi and American universities, with another fifteen partnerships planned for this year.
(Sources: KRG, U.S. Department of State)