New ‘American’ College in Baghdad Aims to Coach Upcoming Leaders

The recently opened American College of Iraq–Baghdad, the country’s initial American-fashion, liberal arts-centered establishment of bigger schooling outside the house the Kurdish location, aspires to educate the up coming technology of Iraqi leaders.

Recognized by leaders of company, field and federal government in Iraq and the United States, the non-public, nonprofit university opened in February.

The university’s president, Michael Mulnix, has extra than 35 yrs of knowledge in higher-education management, 10 of them at establishments in the Gulf international locations, and he was founding president of the American University of Kurdistan, in Duhok.

“We will fill the training gaps in quite a few means, mostly by featuring an American design of schooling concentrating on the liberal arts,” Mulnix claimed in an interview.

“This model is new to most Iraqis, as they employed to directly start off their majors,” he included. At the American College of Iraq–Baghdad, “they will expend two years researching psychology, sociology, philosophy, entire world background and other subjects in advance of setting up their important.”

A ‘Brand’ Education

Of the 14 colleges prepared, three have begun featuring courses. They are the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Organization and the University of International Scientific studies. 5 extra, which include Schools of Wellness Sciences and Law, are prepared for the drop.

“Most of our students are taking English lessons at our English Language Academy,” Mulnix said.

The Arts and Sciences university was amongst the least complicated to open up mainly because its biology, chemistry, and physics laboratories ended up previously established, he explained.

“We are accomplishing our very best to provide brand name education and liberal arts in Iraq,” he claimed.

The new university is the most recent in a sequence of American-design educational ventures in the state. Baghdad College or university, an elite significant school for boys, was set up by Jesuit clergymen in 1932. Twenty yrs later on, the Jesuits established Al-Hikmah College in Baghdad, but in 1969 the Ba’athist government nationalized all private faculties.

Immediately after the American-led invasion in 2003, two “American” universities were established in Iraqi Kurdistan, one particular in Sulaymaniyah. in 2007, the other in Duhok in 2014. (See a similar report, “Gender Scientific studies Centre in Iraqi Kurdistan Challenges Classic Strategies.”)

Hunting to Civilization’s Roots

David Putnam, an associate professor of record at the American University of Iraq–Baghdad, explained his programs would demonstrate how the ancient civilization in Iraq contributed to European and American tradition.