On Sunday 31th of January 2021, the Rector of the EPU, Asst. Prof. Dr. Kawa Abdulkareem Sherwani, the Assistant of the Rector for Administrative and Financial Affairs Dr. Jawdat Jaafar Khattab, the Director of the Scientific Affairs Dr. Heshu Rebwar, and the Director of the Curriculum Development, Mr. Kovan Omar Hassan, visited the Erbil Technical Administration College. The purpose of this visit is to be aware of the quality of examination inside the exam rooms.
The Dean of the Erbil Technical Administration College, Asst. Prof. Dr. Azad Ahmed Mahmud, the Dean Assistant, and the head of the departments, warmly welcomed the Rector and his companions. After discussing the exam status and the problems and how to solve them, they visited the exam halls.
On Wednesday 24th of February, 2021 Erbil Polytechnic University and Tishk International University have held 7th international Engineering Conference which will continue for two days. Assist. Prof. Dr.Kawa Abdulkarim Sherwani, the Rector of EPU, Dr. Idris Hadi Salih, the president of TISHK International University and and a number of academic specialists and scientific researchers attended the conference.
At the beginning of the conference Dr. Idris Hadi Salih delivered a speech, and then the Rector of EPU performed a statement. His Excellency Assist. Prof. Dr. Kawa Sherwani started his speech by saying: “It is my great pleasure to launch the 7th International Engineering Conference in collaboration with TISHK International University. We are delighted to welcome the representative of the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Dear colleagues, since 2014, we have annually held conference with our colleagues from Faculty of Engineering at TISHK International University. Our partnership has strengthened throughout the years. We have provided the platform for local researchers and international academics to present their innovative research. The conference has provided great networking among participants.
He continued his speech and said: “Although COVID-19 has changed the way of life and has impacted the education sector most and created challenging tasks, we have responded and adapted to overcome these challenges through sharing knowledge via virtual platforms in order to overcome the social distancing that exists. This conference, precisely, serves this purpose by brining together 113 academics and researchers from 37 academic institutions and organisations in 10 different countries to share knowledge in the field of engineering. To reflect this difficult time, the conference is themed (Research & Innovation Amid Global Pandemic) . The accepted papers are published in the Polytechnic Journal and Eurasian Journal of Science and Engineering. We have received 65 papers after blind reviewing by two members, only 46 met the conference requirements.”
It is the vision of Erbil Polytechnic University to contribute to the advancement of knowledge and to enhance its ranking and improve the quality of research. Organising conferences is part of the EPU’s strategy towards internationalisation and globalisation. This leads to enhancement of quality of life, better services for the community and addressing social problems.
At the end of his speech, the Rector of EPU said: “I would like once again to warmly welcome everyone and I hope we are having a productive and fruitful two days of scientific discussions and networking. I would like also to mention my gratitude to the members of the organising committee for their excellent team spirit and cooperation. I would like to express my sincere appreciation to everyone of you who has worked tirelessly to ensure the success of this conference. I wish you all a fruitful two days.”
It is worth to be mentioned that this conference will continue for two days on the days 24 and 25/02/2021, with the attendance of 113 academics and researchers from 37 academic institutions and organisations in 10 different countries to share knowledge in the field of engineering.
Aiming at developing English language curriculum and pedagogy, the International Relations Office at Erbil Polytechnic University, in collaboration with the Imperial English UK (IEUK), has organized a virtual TESOL training for English language lecturers at the university from 25th January to 4th February 2021. The training highlighted lesson planning and classroom management themes, assessment, teaching grammar and vocabularies, speaking and writing, listening and reading; besides, academic English, language awareness, materials investigation, teaching large classes, and world English. British TESOL experts delivered the training at British academic institutions. Many ideas and experiences have been shared, and the lecturers have been given appropriate time to conduct a self-study and reflect on the subjects of each session. After successfully completing the training and self-study, the lecturers are given British TESOL certificates issued by the IEUK.
The TESOL training is part of the international agreement between EPU and IEUK, a trusted British brand in English language learning and teaching pioneering digital learning in the English language and is accredited by a UK government approval body (regulated by Ofqual). In the current academic year, the EPU has started offering IEUK courses to first-year students in the technical colleges to bring in international quality of English language, enhance students’ skills, improve their communication and prepare them for the job market.
On Thursday 11th of February, 2021, the Presidency of Erbil Polytechnic University, with the Rector of the EPU’s presence, Assist. Prof. Dr. Kawa Abdulkareem Sherwani honored the supervisors and the students who were top one in the scientific conference of the students, under the name of (Covid-19 from Confrontation to Opportunity) at the Conference Hall of the |EPU.
At the beginning of the conference, his Excellency Dr. Kawa Sherwani delivered a speech in which he welcomed the guests, lecturers, and students. He Said: “We are so happy to honor and reward the supervisors and the students who participated in the first scientific conference of the students. I want to express my warm gratitude towards the students and the supervisors of this fruitful event and to thank the higher committee for arranging this conference. And also would like to thank the sector committees of our university like: Agriculture Sector, Engineering and Technology Sector Committee, Health Sector Committee, Administration Sector Committee, and the dean, the head of the departments, and the supervising lecturers. Finally, I want to thank all those who left their fingerprints by doing great works in this pandemic situation.”
In another part of his statement, Dr. Kawa appreciated students’ efforts in offering excellent projects and researches, and he announced that his assistant for students affairs, Assist. Prof. Dr. Yousif Mustafa Rasul has already started to supervise and prepare for the second scientific conference of the students.
At the end of the ceremony, the Rector of the EPU, his assistants, and the guests awarded the top students and the conference supervisors with an honorary certificate.
It is worth to be mentioned that the Conference of “Covid-19 from Confrontation to Opportunity” continued from 16 to 18th of August, 2020, with attendance of 100 pieces of research in the fields of agriculture, Technology, Engineering, Medical, and administration, which were prepared by the students of the colleges and the institutes of the EPU. At the end of the conference, they selected the best researches which were evaluated and nominated, then they have been rewarded at this ceremony.