|Melani Standish - AUI-S Voice's photo|
This year, only four students from the American University of Iraq-Sulaimani were accepted by Iraqi Young Leaders and Exchanges Program remarking a failure to the International Programs and Exchanges Office at AUI-S.
While dozens of AUI-S students were accepted by the program while applying by themselves, AUI-S's interference in the applications this year led to a fewer number of participants.
The restrictions put by the IPE office prevented all the EWPLI students from applying for IYELP. AUI-S doesn't have the right to censor its students' participation in programs such as IYLEP, but IPE prevented hundreds of EWPLI students from participation.
The direct role of Melanie Standish, the director of IPE office, is another cause for the small number of AUI-S students participating in the IYELP.
Melanie Standish was present in the first round of the interviews sent a wrong message to the IYLEP managers.
The International Exchanges Office should let its students free to apply for programs such as IYLEP. While offering help in writing recommendations and giving instrcutions could be helpful to the AUI-S applicants, meddling in the applications process leads to big failures.