AUK is a place of equal opportunity, says PM Barzani
ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani on Sunday attended the fourth commencement of the American University of Kurdistan (AUK) in Duhok.
“AUK is a place of equal opportunity. This institution reflects the values of Mullah Mustafa Barzani, in whose name the foundation building of the University was enshrined, those values are shared by my government and of the society we aim to build,” PM Barzani said.
“I’m committed to transforming Kurdistan into a knowledge nation and I’m confident that those who choose to build on their studies abroad will find ample reasons to return home when their education is complete,” he added.
He explained that the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is putting in place a transformative agenda that puts the Kurdistan Region’s economy and society on a more competitive footing and gives more sustainable foundations.
“The cost we will save from reform will be reinvested in our economy. They will help build a better society for all,” the Prime Minister reaffirmed.
The Premier told AUK students that he is offering them an opportunity to work as a team to build a stronger Kurdistan.
“The critical thinking you have learned here is an essential life skill. You should test your boundaries and speak truth to power,” he stated.
Congratulations, @OfficialAuk Class of 2023.— Masrour Barzani (@masrourbarzani) May 28, 2023
Go forth, chase your dreams relentlessly, and make the world a better place.
The future is in your hands, and I will be thrilled to bear witness to your accomplishments. pic.twitter.com/uKbhvuBIsg
Barzani also revealed that he will announce a government program to provide grants and loans later this year.
“The process will be competitive, but I encourage risk-takers and those who dare to dream” to participate, PM Barzani confirmed.
Moreover, the Prime Minister expressed his gratitude and appreciation for the leadership of Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) President Masoud Barzani for his unwavering commitment to the Kurdish people.
“He [President Barzani] is a national treasure and his support for education has played a big role in us being here tonight,” he emphasized.
The Prime Minister concluded his speech by congratulating the AUK class of 2023 and encouraging them to pursue their dreams relentlessly.
“I’m optimistic about the future of Kurdistan,” Barzani later said in an Instagram post.
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