Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani Encourages Education and Transformation at American University of Kurdistan's Commencement Ceremony
Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani attended the fourth commencement ceremony of the American University of Kurdistan (AUK) in Duhok on Sunday, emphasizing the institution's commitment to equal opportunity and its reflection of the values of Mullah Mustafa Barzani.
The Prime Minister expressed his dedication to transforming Kurdistan into a knowledge nation and encouraged students to consider returning home after completing their studies abroad.
Barzani commended AUK for reflecting the values of Mullah Mustafa Barzani, after whom the foundation building of the university was named. He emphasized that these values are shared by his government and the society they aspire to build. The Prime Minister expressed confidence that students who choose to pursue their studies abroad will find compelling reasons to return home and contribute to the development of Kurdistan.
Barzani highlighted the Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) transformative agenda, which aims to enhance the region's economy and society, creating a more competitive environment and sustainable foundations. He reassured the audience that the cost savings resulting from these reforms would be reinvested in the economy to benefit all citizens.
During his address, the Prime Minister extended an opportunity to AUK students, calling on them to work as a team to build a stronger Kurdistan. He emphasized the importance of critical thinking as an essential life skill acquired through education, urging the graduates to push their boundaries and fearlessly speak truth to power.
Barzani announced his plans to unveil a government program later in the year that will provide grants and loans. He encouraged risk-takers and dreamers to participate, highlighting the competitiveness of the process.
Expressing his gratitude and appreciation, the Prime Minister acknowledged the leadership of Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) President Masoud Barzani. He commended President Barzani for his unwavering commitment to the Kurdish people, particularly emphasizing his support for education, which played a significant role in the success of the ceremony.
In conclusion, Prime Minister Barzani congratulated the AUK class of 2023 and encouraged them to relentlessly pursue their dreams. He expressed confidence in their abilities to make a positive impact on the world. Additionally, he took to Twitter to share his message: "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."