After ten weeks of participation in the “2019 Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge” program, on Wednesday the 18th of December, 2019 Erbil Polytechnic University received the certificate of honor as it reached the top 4 in a competition among 13 university teams of America, Iraq, and Jordan. The challenge included ten weeks of standards-aligned curriculum, a virtual challenge with binational teammates, investigation of the impact of global issues on local communities, creation of a prototype, and the final submission of a video and business plan describing the final presentation.
Three universities of Iraq attended the competitions, which are Erbil Polytechnic University, Sulaymaniya Polytechnic University, and Anbar University. EPU teams consisted of three groups; among them, two teams reached the final. The team of Erbil Polytechnic University has been chosen among 13 university teams of America, Iraq, and Jordan as the best one. EPU, alongside with Florida Keys Community Challenge of the U.S.A, created one team under the name of (Team 5). These teams have spent at least ten weeks collaborating through virtual challenge on ideas that will address pressing global challenges. These teams have already tested their business concept.
Global Solutions is funded by the Stevens Initiative, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, with funding provided by the U.S. Government, which is administered by the Aspen Institute and implemented by IREX. It is also supported by the Bezos Family Foundation and the government of Morocco and the United Arab Emirates.