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Philanthropy is Fueling a University of Exceptional Impact

Pledge your support to The American University of Kurdistan.

AUK Foundation

The American University of Kurdistan is established on a not-for-profit basis and relies on generous contributions from donors to fund many of its operations. The mission of the University Foundation is to support the University in achieving its educational objectives and thereby to play its part in providing a transformational learning experience for a new generation of Kurdish young men and women. [READ MORE]

Although only in the second year of its existence, the AUK Foundation has already achieved notable successes. We have put in place, for instance, a system of one hundred bursaries that allow talented students from less privileged backgrounds from across the region to attend the University completely free of charge. Thanks to the support of a number of notable donors, the Foundation was able to fund the development of an impressive University Library and work is under way to the construction of a College of Medicine.

By giving to the AUK Foundation you can support these objectives and thereby help provide a life-changing educational experience to the next generation of Kurdish citizens.

Make a difference through AUK Crowdfunding

AUK crowdfunding brings people together behind their favorite AUK programs and causes. You can conveniently browse campaigns from around the university to connect with one you’re passionate about.



Tuition assistance for students, particularly those from emerging countries, who need financial assistance to continue their studies


Preservation of books in our archives, and accumulation and cataloging of research literature collections in our libraries


Endowment of Academic Chairs to ensure that programs, salaries and teaching facilities remain commensurate with the schools’ status as world-renowned teaching institutions


Upgrading, restoring and renovation of equipment and buildings

Mission Statement

The AUK Foundation exists to nurture and oversee the development of a strong and positive relationship between the American University of Kurdistan at Duhok and external individuals, organizations and governments, both within Kurdistan and internationally.

In doing this, the Foundation is establishing mutually-supportive links that are helping the University to achieve its most critical objectives, principally by securing necessary donor support. The American University of Kurdistan is a non-profit organization that is reliant on external fundraising in order to finance capital and non-capital projects. Through its support for the University, the AUK Foundation will play a transformative part in raising the standard of education in Kurdistan, sponsoring a range of important educational initiatives, and thereby nurturing a new generation of Kurdish public servants, businessman and leaders of civil society. [READ MORE]

The Foundation is dedicated to advancing the cause of democracy, equal rights, tolerance and freedom within Kurdistan. As a reflection of these principles, in partnership with the University, the Foundation is providing funding for critically important relief efforts to assist displaced persons, refugees, and other groups affected by regional conflict. For example, it has launched a major project to finance the education of IDPs, and is seeking to establish a dedicated center at the University aimed at integrating the female victims of war into society, through provision of therapy, educational opportunities and employment.

As we begin 2017, Kurdistan is approaching a fundamental positive turning point in its existence. After the defeat of the Islamic State, and based on the remarkable efforts of the Kurdish Regional Government and the heroes of the Peshmerga, the people of our troubled country will have a historic opportunity to embrace the well-established principle of self-determination and build for themselves a prosperous and peaceful future, in partnership with their neighbors. The AUK Foundation has an important role to play in this process, providing essential financial support for a University that is already establishing its reputation as a leading center of academic excellence in the region.


By giving to the AUK Foundation, you will be supporting The American University of Kurdistan Consortium as they continue their mission to educate future leaders in Kurdistan


Rania Majeed

Chairwoman of  The American University of Kurdistan foundation

Baz Kareem

Chief Executive Officer KAR Company

Ahmed Ismael Nanakali

Chairman of Mass group holding co.

Saad Tayeb Hasan


Sabah Milham Molihm

Chairman of RT Bank, Board Director of Newroz Telecom, Owner/CEO of SM Group

Kawa Junaid

Chairman of Newroz Telecom and fastlink

Yaseen Qadir Ismael

Owner of Mehtab Group

Ghafoor Majid Rashid

Chairman Khoshnaw Group

Peshraw Dzaee

Chairman of Falcon Group

Khalid Khidir Khoshnaw

Founder and owner of Hemn Group Companies

Ahmed Ali Azeez Rekani

Founder of Rekan Group and the president of Kurdistan investor union

Saman Hussein Muhammad

Director General of Directorate of Health-Erbil

Valerie Cupp

Vice President of GEG, Inc.

Hemin Qazi

Director, Business Development, GEG, Inc.

Carole O’Leary

Adjunct Professor, National Defense University

How to Give

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