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A Seminar Presented to University of Sulaimani Council About 2nd Partnership Meeting & WP2 Workshop of Erasmus+ APPRAIS Project Held in Pisa (Italy) on 15-17 March 2022

On March 30, 2022, Dr Ridha Hussein (President of the University of Sulaimani) and Dr Kawa Amin (Vice President for Scientific Affairs) Presented a seminar to members of the University Council about contents of the 2nd Partnership Meeting & WP2 Workshop of Erasmus+ APPRAIS Project held at the University of Pisa during 15-17 March 2022.

Things learned from the 2nd Partnership Meeting & WP2 Workshop were conveyed to university council and discussions was made on best ways of implementing the project at the University of Sulaimani with focus on experience of the European partners in Implementing the Bologna process and overcoming the challenges.


For more information on APPRAIS, visit:

https://www.appraisproject.eu/






Director of the Regional Office - Amman - of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Visits University of Sulaimani

on March 31, 2022, Benjamin Schmäling, the Director of the Regional Office of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in Amman visited university of Sulaimani and meet with Dr Karzan Khidir, the Director of International Office.

Various scholarships offered by DAAD for students and researcher as well as project funding opportunities and different programs were discussed during the meeting. Both sides also discussed possible ways of fostering academic exchange between Iraq and Germany.

A recent scholarship program "perspectives" was another topic of the meeting in which the University of Sulaimani is a partner of the program. Current projects of university of Sulaimani with the German institutions and ways of expanding cooperation through DAAD was also discussed.

Besides Jordan and Lebanon, the DAAD's regional office in Amman is also responsible for Iraq, together with the DAAD information point in Erbil.

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University of Sulaimani Participates at a Virtual WORKSHOP about NKIP9+ of Erasmus+ TIGRIS on 28 March 2022

On March 28, 2022, the manager of International Office of the University of Sulaimani participated at a follow up workshop on NKIP9+ workshop. Inter-institutional Agreement was implemented for Establishing a Network of Network of Kurdish Internationalisation Practitioners (NKIP9+) as part of the Erasmus+ TIGRIS Project .

During the workshop, which was coordinated by the Kurdistan Institution for Strategic Studies and Scientific Research, each partner gave a brief presentation on how to enter the NKIP9+ Agreement into effect, sustain the outcomes of the Erasmus+ CBHE TIGRIS Project and promote joint collaboration on the internationalisation of Higher Education in Kurdistan Region of Iraq

The workshop was concluded by Discussion and wrap-up session.





A Seminar Presented to University of Sulaimani Council About 2nd Partnership Meeting & WP2 Workshop of Erasmus+ APPRAIS Project Held in Pisa (Italy) on 15-17 March 2022

On March 30, 2022, Dr Ridha Hussein (President of the University of Sulaimani) and Dr Kawa Amin (Vice President for Scientific Affairs) Presented a seminar to members of the University Council about contents of the 2nd Partnership Meeting & WP2 Workshop of Erasmus+ APPRAIS Project held at the University of Pisa during 15-17 March 2022.

Things learned from the 2nd Partnership Meeting & WP2 Workshop were conveyed to university council and discussions was made on best ways of implementing the project at the University of Sulaimani with focus on experience of the European partners in Implementing the Bologna process and overcoming the challenges.


For more information on APPRAIS, visit:

https://www.appraisproject.eu/






University of Sulaimani Participates at a Virtual WORKSHOP about NKIP9+ of Erasmus+ TIGRIS on 28 March 2022

On March 28, 2022, the manager of International Office of the University of Sulaimani participated at a follow up workshop on NKIP9+ workshop. Inter-institutional Agreement was implemented for Establishing a Network of Network of Kurdish Internationalisation Practitioners (NKIP9+) as part of the Erasmus+ TIGRIS Project .

During the workshop, which was coordinated by the Kurdistan Institution for Strategic Studies and Scientific Research, each partner gave a brief presentation on how to enter the NKIP9+ Agreement into effect, sustain the outcomes of the Erasmus+ CBHE TIGRIS Project and promote joint collaboration on the internationalisation of Higher Education in Kurdistan Region of Iraq

The workshop was concluded by Discussion and wrap-up session.




 University of Sulaimani Participates at the 2nd Partnership Meeting & WP2 Workshop of Erasmus+ APPRAIS Project in Pisa (Italy) 15-17 March 2022

University of Sulaimani Participates at the 2nd Partnership Meeting & WP2 Workshop of Erasmus+ APPRAIS Project in Pisa (Italy) 15-17 March 2022

On March 15-16-17, 2022, a team from the University of Sulaimani participated at the 2nd Partnership Meeting & WP2 Workshop of Erasmus+ APPRAIS Project held at the University of Pisa. In the beginning University of Pisa welcomed representatives from European HEIs, from 8 Kurdish Universities and the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the Kurdistan region of Iraq. Several seminars were held during March 15th, including WP2- Definition of a roadmap for a better university governance and implementation of Bologna process at KRI HEIs, Presentation of the Bologna process implementation at the European universities: good practices, lessons learnt, obstacles and solutions- in which the European partners shared their experience on Implementing the Bologna process and overcoming the challenges; Presentation of the needs analysis and state of the art about the implementation of Bologna process at the Kurdish HEIs, Presentation of the roadmap of the University of Evora as an example for Kurdish universities, Presentation of the roadmap of the University of Evora as an example for Kurdish universities, Working groups to discuss and brainstorm about the APPRAIS roadmap for Kurdish universities, Working groups to discuss and brainstorm about the APPRAIS roadmap for Kurdish universities, Restitution phase in plenary session and QA sessions.


On March 16th the University of Pisa hosted a public conference titled “Priorities and challenges for a cooperation framework with Kurdish universities: Dialogue with the University of Pisa and local stakeholders” opened by the Rector of the University, Professor Paolo Maria Mancarella, and with the participation of representatives from the Regional Council of Tuscany, the Deputy Major of Pisa, the Research services of the University of Pisa. The conference was opened by a speech from the Rector of the University of Pisa, Professor Paolo Maria Mancarella. Second speaker of the day was Dr. Mohammed Hussein Ahmed, Director General and Head of the Apparatus of Supervision and Quality Assurance of the MOHESR of the Kurdistan region of Iraq. Third on stage to open the public conference was Marcello Scalisi, Director of UNIMED, coordinator of the project APPRAIS: “The way to avoid conflict (as it is unbelievably happening in Europe) and support mutual understanding is to improve our relations, working together to define future strategies for international cooperation, listening to each others priorities and responding to common needs and challenges”.

The day was also the occasion to commemorate the deaths occurred due to the chemical attack in Halabja in 1988, during the closing days of the Iran–Iraq War. Professor Mahabad Abdullah, President of the University of Halabja, asked the audience to join the Kurdish colleagues with a minute of silence.

The discussion was then split into two round tables, the first one was titled Priorities, needs, strategies and challenges for a cooperation framework with Kurdish universities, chaired by Professor Marco Abate, Vice-Rector for Teaching at the University of Pisa. Dr. Hussein opened the discussion with a speech on enhancing the level of quality of the HE system as the top priority for the Kurdish universities. The will to enhance the dialogue between universities in the region was reiterated by Marcello Scalisi. Antonio Mazzeo, President of the Regional Council of Tuscany and President of AICCRE Toscana (the Italian Association for the Council of Municipalities and Regions of Europe) centered his speech on the importance to promote initiatives of mutual knowledge and collaboration, exchanges and twinning, between the local and regional authorities of the different countries of Europe and outside Europe. On the conference panel also the President of Duhok Polytechnic University, Professor Aree Adel Abdulqader who highlighted the fact that the Kurdistan Region is rapidly growing especially from 2014 where the number of institutions has expanded dramatically. Associate Professor Jesper Eidem from the University of Pisa who praised the Kurdish academics for their activism and collaboration: “After 2004 I was able to come back to Iraq and I was very surprised by the openness, efficacy and competence of the Kurdish colleagues and partners, it is always a great pleasure to work in such environment”.

The second roundtable, titled International cooperation from different perspectives: Municipality, Region and University, was chaired by Professor Francesco Marcelloni, Vice-Rector for international cooperation and relations of the University of Pisa, and started with an opening from Raffaella Bonsangue, Deputy Mayor of Pisa City. Among the priorities for the future, the Deputy Major spoke of co-development as the key for the future, being international cooperation initiatives an inalienable element of Italy’s foreign policy. Second on the floor was Filippo Giabbani from the Council of the Tuscany Region, who highlighted the great tradition of international cooperation of the Tuscany Region, more and more intense in the past 20 years, which granted it the title of the top region in Italy for international collaborations. Francesca Zampagni of the Research services Unit of the University of Pisa, presented the funding opportunities opened by Horizon Europe; Sumodip Sarkar, Vice-Rector for Innovation, Cooperation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Evora delivered a speech on the relevance for universities to engage in collaborations with firms, local authorities, the municipalities, the private sector, for employability through internationalisation; Professor Dr Ridha Hassan Hussein, President of University of Sulaimani presenting the priorities of its university as an example of a starting point for factual collaborations in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.

In the afternoon of March 16, a seminar was held on WP3 - Strategic Planning, Management and Quality Assurance: Capacity Building action was given by Professor Marco Abate from University of Pisa and Dr Karzan Khidhir from University of Sulaimani which focused on WP3 work plan and the next steps (setting the calendar for the trainings and field visits, target groups, main content of the training). Then University of Murcia & Zakho University presented a seminar about WP4 - Bologna process implementation at KRI Universities: Recognition of credits and learning mobility.

The last day 17 March 2022 included several seminars about overview of the transversal WPs: WP8 Management (operational, financial and administrative aspects) + a session dedicated to the software purchase; WP7 – Dissemination and Exploitation by Duhok Polytechnic University & UNIMED which focused on the progress of the WP and next steps; WP6 – Project Quality and Evaluation was presented by University of Salaheddine & University of Halabja. External evaluation exercise with the partners was presented by the APPRAIS External Evaluator, Roberto Righi. The day was concluded by Wrap up about the main decisions of the partnership meeting and conclusions.

Then certificate of participation was awarded to the participants. University of Sulaimani President thanked UNIMED and University of Pisa for organizing and hosting the event.

For more information, visit:

https://www.appraisproject.eu/








European-Kurdish Cooperation in University Reform Is Seen as a Model for Iraq

Al Fanar Media published an article about APPRAIS project - University of Sulaimani President contributed to the article which can found on:

https://www.al-fanarmedia.org/2022/02/european-kurdish-cooperation-in-university-reform-seen-as-a-model-for-iraq/

by Gilgamesh Nabeel / 21 Feb 2022


Kurdish and European university leaders have held the first face-to-face meeting in a three-year project to improve higher education in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Held on November 29 and 30 in the regional capital of Erbil, it brought together participants in the Apprais project, started by the Mediterranean Universities Union (Unimed) early last year.

Unimed, a Rome-based organisation grouping 140 universities from 23 countries, sees Apprais as a model for university reform in other parts of Iraq.

Staff members from eight Kurdish universities (Salahaddin University, University of Sulaimani, University of Duhok, Halabja University, Duhok Polytechnic University, University of Garmian, University of Zakho, and Charmo University) met with colleagues from four universities in Italy, Norway, Spain, and Portugal.


Previous meetings and webinars took place online because of the Covid-19 pandemic and intermittent lockdowns.

“Unimed and representatives of European and Kurdish universities met in Erbil to share and disseminate the first-year work results,” Salah Saeed, president of Charmo University, in Sulaymaniyah in Iraqi Kurdistan, wrote to Al-Fanar Media.

Modernising Institutional Governance

The Apprais project aims at rebuilding and modernising the governance of higher-education institutions in Kurdistan, with a focus on strategic planning, quality assurance, and implementing the Bologna Process.

The Bologna Process is a series of agreements between 49 member countries of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) to ensure comparability in higher-education standards and promote recognition of credits and learning mobility.

According to Mohammed Hussein Ahmed of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Iraqi Kurdistan, the Apprais project is part of a new strategy of radical reform adopted by the ministry in the past seven years to meet the challenges of globalisation.

Ahmed, who is head of Apparatus of Supervision and Quality Assurance at the ministry, described the project as “an opportunity to make academic partnerships with quality universities in Europe.” The aim, he said, was “to convey the academic excellence of European universities to Kurdistan universities, in particular through implementing the Bologna Process, quality assurance and good governance.”

Silvia Marchionne, a project manager at Unimed, believes that bringing good governance practices to Kurdish higher education means enforcing institutional values such as autonomy, accountability, participation, and quality assurance.

“The project will contribute to the modernisation of the Kurdish higher-education system and support higher-education institutions in meeting international standards,” she said. It will also “empower university staff to effectively manage and implement changes.”


Marchionne added that the Apprais project went hand in hand with the Kurdish government’s agenda to reform university governance.

Jawhar Fattah Saeed, a former president of Salahaddin University, in Erbil, said that the project would strengthen the monitoring of universities.

Ridha Hassan Hussein, president of the University of Sulaimani, in Sulaymaniyah, said he hoped Apprais would “improve strategic planning and implement well-structured management systems”.

Future Cooperation with Central Iraq

The Kurdistan region has largely escaped the negative effects of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the ensuing conflict.

Unimed’s consultation with local universities found, however, that they faced difficulties in equalising certificates, transferring professors to European universities, and implementing the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System, or ECTS, the standard means for comparing academic credits in the European Higher Education Area.

“This is why Unimed selected this region for implementing a feasible reform project that, in the near future after the Apprais project ends, can be easily transferred to other Iraqi Kurdish universities or other universities in Baghdad or Basrah,” said Marchionne.


Salah Saeed, of Charmo University, said dozens of meetings had been held in which “we have focused on the needs of quality assurance departments, conducted surveys on decision-making processes in Kurdish universities, and have shared those results with our partners.”

He added that “Charmo University’s department of international relations has also translated the bulk of higher-education legislation and laws from Kurdish into English.”

Marchionne expects 56 university leaders (presidents, vice-presidents, heads of international relations offices, and quality assurance officers) at the eight Kurdish universities to benefit from training in strategic planning, quality assurance, and credits recognition.

The project “will also upskill 80 administrative staff on university administrative management, quality assurance, and internationalisation strategies,” she said. “Further, 160 university staff (20 people from each institution) will benefit from the institutional training of trainers.”

The Bologna Process

Saeed was particularly proud of the part played by Charmo, the region’s smallest and youngest public university, in implementing the Bologna Process.

The Bologna Process was designed in part to establish the European Higher Education Area. For member countries, the main goal of the EHEA is to increase staff and students’ mobility and to facilitate employability.


Charmo University, set up in 2014, is working with the University of Evora in Portugal. “We are conducting surveys on the implementation of the Bologna Process in Kurdistan, addressing the challenges and shortcomings, and identifying the needs for improvement as well,” said Saeed.

Hussein, of the University of Sulaimani, said implementing the Bologna system and ECTS will facilitate credit recognition and equalising of certificates. “This project also enhances chances of participation in more mobility programs with European partners resulting in more student and staff exchanges,” he explained.

Exchange Opportunities

Achieving quality education and innovative governance practices can make Kurdish universities more attractive for international students, Saeed said.

European-Kurdish cooperation “will promote reciprocal learning and exchange of good practices,” he added.

“Due to the staff’s rare international exposure, study visits in the E.U. will represent an added value for their career and will expose them to a different system. They need a stronger practical training and to develop soft skills like problem-solving, entrepreneurship attitude, and critical thinking.”

Salahaddin University teaching staff have participated in training workshops and joint research at European universities, Jawhar Saeed said.

“A number of students were also sent to complete their postgraduate studies in European universities. Erasmus programmes have been useful in this regard, even for undergraduate students.”

The Erasmus programme is a European Union initiative to encourage students to do part of their studies abroad, getting credits which contribute to their degree.


More information about APPRAIS project can be found on:

https://www.uni-med.net/en/university-staff-from-kurdistan-region-of-iraq-together-with-the-ministry-of-higher-education-and-their-eu-colleagues-discuss-about-governance-strategic-planning-quality-assurance-and-bologna-proces/


https://www.appraisproject.eu/








University of Sulaimani Participates at the 1st Partnership meeting of APPRAIS Project in Erbil on 29-30 November 2021

For the first time since the Erasmus + APPRAIS project started in January 2021, the Partners meet in Erbil on November 29 and 30, 2021.

During the welcoming speeches, Dr. Mohammed Hussein Ahmed, Director General and Head of the Apparatus of Supervision and Quality Assurance at the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research KRG, highlighted the importance of a quality Higher Education system for the advancement of the Kurdish region and the willingness to reform the HE framework as well as changing the culture of education in Kurdistan, to meet international standards and implement new practices of mobility, learning and recognition.

Then Professor Isaacs from the University of Pisa and member of the Bologna Follow-up Group explained that the conference is part of the fundamental reflection on the quality of Higher Education.

Marcello Scalisi Director of UNIMED added that internationalisation is a key tassel for cooperation, dialogue and advancement.

Then a round table discussion took place to showcase experiences and hear the voices of Kurdish universities on the reform process, sharing good practices and experiences about autonomy, quality assurance and good governance. The discussion was organized in two sessions:

· Panel 1 Bologna process implementation and Higher Education Governance System in Kurdistan: perspectives and challenges

· Panel 2 Strengthening good governance and institutional autonomy for a more accountable, innovative and responsible university

Participants of the meeting came from the APPRAIS project partners and other Kurdish universities, involving Presidents, Vice-Presidents, Directors of International Relations offices and Directors of Quality Assurance offices, and other strategic figures at the university.

During the 1st day University of Sulaimani shared its experience in Bologna process implementation.

During the 2nd day University of Sulaimani as co-leader of WP3 with University of Pisa presented the aims of this work-package which is about: Strategic Planning, Management and Quality Assurance: Capacity Building Action. Then Prof. Marco Abate from University of Pisa explained the trainings covered in the wP3 and debated scheduling them.

For further information about APPRAIS please consult www.appraisproject.eu.







University of Sulaimani Participates at self-assessment exercise within Erasmus+ APPRAIS Project


Several managers of University of Sulaimani held a self-assessment session on 29th June 2021 with UNIMED as one of the requirements of Erasmus+ APPRAIS project.

This was one of the tasks of WP1 of the project about self-assessment led by HEIs in Kurdistan through an evaluation tool that will allow to better identify needs, weakness and constraints and also to be aware of priorities and strengths of each HEI in Kurdistan involved in the project.



Delegation from Autonomous University of Madrid Visits University of Sulaimani


Professor Fernando Camacho Padilla from the Autonomous University of Madrid accompanied by Darya Monastyrskaya, Institutional Relations Director at the Kurdistan Regional Government-Iraq Representation to Spain, visited University of Sulaimani on 1 April 2021.


The delegation was welcomed by Dr Ridha H. Hussein, President of University of Sulaimani, the vice-presidents, deans of different faculties and the director of international office of UoS.


During the meeting both sides discussed the possible ways of academic cooperation including student and staff exchange, joint research and other areas of mutual interest.




University of Sulaimani Participates at self-assessment exercise within Erasmus+ APPRAIS Project


Several managers of University of Sulaimani held a self-assessment session on 29th June 2021 with UNIMED as one of the requirements of Erasmus+ APPRAIS project.

This was one of the tasks of WP1 of the project about self-assessment led by HEIs in Kurdistan through an evaluation tool that will allow to better identify needs, weakness and constraints and also to be aware of priorities and strengths of each HEI in Kurdistan involved in the project.



Delegation from Autonomous University of Madrid Visits University of Sulaimani


Professor Fernando Camacho Padilla from the Autonomous University of Madrid accompanied by Darya Monastyrskaya, Institutional Relations Director at the Kurdistan Regional Government-Iraq Representation to Spain, visited University of Sulaimani on 1 April 2021.


The delegation was welcomed by Dr Ridha H. Hussein, President of University of Sulaimani, the vice-presidents, deans of different faculties and the director of international office of UoS.


During the meeting both sides discussed the possible ways of academic cooperation including student and staff exchange, joint research and other areas of mutual interest.




American Corner - University of Sulaimani Activities



American Corner in Sulaimaniyah holds a leadership in Management training course for 4 days starting on 17 August 2021.

American Corner in Sulaimaniyah organizes an online workshop on 21 April 2021 in collaboration with Rwanga foundation about: CV writing and job interview preparation

The Career Development Center (CDC) in the University of Sulaimani and American Corner in Sulaimaniyah collaboratively with the lecturer (Dr. Choman Othman Abdullah) in the College of Education at the University of Sulaimani held a workshop on Google workspace via Zoom. The workshop was delivered in 3 days on the 3rd, 4th, and 5th of April to improve the lecturer’s skills in G-Apps. In the 1st day, the speaker focused on the use of Google Classroom, then the Google Forms were presented. In the 2nd and 3rd days, the Google Quiz and Google Drive were introduced to the participants to use them effectively in the academia. Throughout this workshop the audience was gained many strategies in G-Apps. During this workshop the speaker highlighted the G-Calendar, and demonstrated how to share a file and folder in the G-Drive with others for blended learning.

A workshop on

Improve your skills in Google workspace (Google Classroom, Google Forms, Google Quiz and Google Drive) to deliver the blended learning effectively on: 3rd April 2021

American Corner in Sulaimaniyah held a training course on media, journalism and videography in collaboration with the Iraqi Cultural Media Center starting on 20 February 2021. The course studies the following topics:

a. Comprehensive media study:

-Preparing and presenting TV programs, TV reporters and editing

b. Department of Television and Photography

c. TV program Montaging

d. Department of journalism, writing and publishing

The course will start on February 20, 2021, 3 times a week.

The course will be held on-site under strict health safety measurements at American Corner Sulaimaniyah seminar hall inside University of Sulaimaniyah.

American Corner in Sulaimaniyah held a training course on leadership

American Corner in Sulaimaniyah organized Yoga classes for 15 days

American Corner in Sulaimaniyah organized a training course on marketing on 24 December 2020

American Corner Sulaimaniyah in a collaboration with IFMSA, hosted a webinar session to raise awareness about HIV virus and AIDS. The presenters will be discussing the roots of the virus, its source and its prevention. The webinar will take place online on Zoom!

Date and time: Dec. 10, 2020 — Thursday at 8:00PM

American Corner in Sulaimaniyah will be hosting a workshop titled (Design Thinking Factory). The workshop will be delievered by Ms. Shan Sherwan, a professional trainer and it will conducted completely online via Zoom program. The workshop will last for 2 days, each day from 7:00Pm - 9:30Pm, certificate of participation will be awarded to successful candidates.

Last week, american corner in Sulaimaniyah started a new program under the name of Stay Healthy and Develop with Larissa. Its a weekly health program with Larissa Popp who is certified health coach and functional nutrition counselor. The program is conducted in English, and Kurdish translation is available during the program. Each Tuesday Larissa talks about a different health related topic and advises the attendees.

If you missed the first episode of the program, do not worry! you can now watch the recording on our YouTube channel. Please subscribe to our YouTube channel to always be updated about our new programs and features. 24 /06/2021