An International Virtual Challenge between EPU and USA students

Erbil Polytechnic University (EPU) won a grant for the Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge Program which starts today, 15/09/2019 and lasts for 10 weeks. This program focuses on cultural challenges, business sustainability and development, and making a difference in the community. Moreover, students will gain workforce skills of entrepreneurial thinking, cross-cultural communication, team collaboration, empathy, critical thinking, creative problem solving, adaptability and human-centered design thinking. They will also develop solutions for real global challenges and expand access to a professional network.

In this year ‘s challenge, only EPU, Sulaimani Polytechnic Universty and Anbar University from
Kurdistan region and Iraq, whose representing academic facilitators have attended an extensive two days training program on how to run and guide students who participate in the program. This event will be run by Dr.Selar Othman Ali, Dr.Abdullah Omer Yassin and Mr.Zanear Jabbar. At least 30 undergraduate students out of more than a hundred applicants from EPU have been shortlisted after two days interview and divided into 3 interactive teams.  These teams will compete to design the most innovative sustainable solution to a challenge within the community.  It is worth mentioning that the top three finalist teams win a grant to make their prototype a reality.

The Global solutions Sustainability Challenge Program is a virtual exchange in partnership with American students in the USA and Jordanian students in Jordan. The Program is supported by Stevens Initiative, sponsored by the US Department of State, administered by Aspen Institute and implemented by IREX.

EPU participated in another series of TVET workshops

On Sunday 21/7/2019, a delegation from Erbil polytechnic university, consisted of Dr. Aras khoshnaw, the head of administrative sector reform committee, Mr. Omed Hawezi the head of Health Sector Reform Committee and Dr. Botan Majeed the head the Reform Committee of Engineering Sector, participated  in the third (TVET) workshop.

The workshop lasted for three days in Duhok, hosted by Duhok Polytechnic University. The event aimed to discuss the steps of reforming technical and vocational education at the technical colleges and institutions in Kurdistan regional, especially implementing Bologna process and ECTS.

It is worth  to be mentioned that, EPU will implement a part of these reforms in 2019-2020 academic year.

A delegation from EPU participates in a workshop in Czech republic

On Monday June 24 2019, a delegation headed by Dr. Najeeb Toma the University president’s assistant for scientific affairs, accompanied by Dr. Ranj Sirwan Abdullah the head of the international office participated in a workshop entitled ”The Development of Internationalization Strategies, at Kurdistan Universities”.

The workshop comes within TIGRIS Project in Europe. Its main goals are to develop the Internationalization Strategies, and the administration system at Kurdistan Universities.