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UoZ Participated in IKRUPP 2015 Program

Fifteen faculty members representing eight state Kurdistan universities including Zakho, Soran, Saladdin, Raparin, Koya,Halabja, Garmian, and Sulaimani universities participated in IKRUPP 2015 program held in Washingto DC, and Virginia tech from 22nd of July to 19th of August 2015. University of Zakho was represented by three faculty members of English Department/ Faculty of Humanities, Ivan Murad Hassan, Mahmood Haji Ahmed , and Sanan Shero Malo. The program started with an opening session in Washington DC for three days where an introduction to the workshop started focusing on U.S higher education, leadership and academic development. The main capstone which was held in VTLCI (Virginia Tech Language and Culture Institute) for three successive weeks included seminars and discussions on American culture, history and higher education as well as developing teaching skills, professional development and using technology in classrooms. Participants were required to do an e-portfolio and present it at the end of the program in VTLCI. Likewise, an action research proposal related to classroom issues and management was presented by each participant at the end of the program in VTLCI. On the Other hand, the program was very intensive and included some meetings with the English faculty staff at Radford University, and Virginia Tech University discussing issues in teaching, curriculum development and assessment with comparison and contrast between the U.S higher education and Kurdistan higher education to overcome issues in Kurdistan Universities. The program also included some tours to Newman Library in Virginia Tech, McConnell library in Radford University and the career center in Virginia Tech. A session was also given by the librarians of Newman Library on how to use resources electronically and overcome issues in finding and limiting search for resources through using Summon searching engine. The career center was also very important as the one in Virginia Tech helps their students to get employments through connecting them with the industrial sector, state companies and private companies. The center also successfully arranges interviews between alumni students of Virginia Tech and companies to get employments. The purpose of these tours was to enlighten the participants of the immediate need of an online library, access to academic journals, internet access and the immediate necessity of opening career centers at home universities which facilitate the conduction of research and help in solving issues of employment. The program had its closing session in Washington D.C on August 17-18, 2015. The closing sessions included some presentations on the selected topics for the Training of Trainees (TOT) workshop outlines which would be selected for the End of Program (EOP) conference which would be held in Erbil on September 19-20, 2015.

The University of Zakho Participated in the International Conference SuDBE 2015

Dr. Kamil Mansoor Yousif, lecturer at the Environmental Science Dept. at the University of Zakho, took part in the 7th International Conference on Sustainable Development in Building and Environment–SuDBE2015, which was held in Reading, UK, on 27th to 29th of July, 2015. Dr. Kamil M. Yousif and Mr. Muneer Ayoub shared in this congress with an unique paper (Water Quality Index of the little Khabur River in Zakho city Kurdistan Region). The organizers of SUDBE 2015 belong to the University of Reading, UK, University of Cambridge, UK, and Chongqing University, China. The congress was an exciting event and lots of thoughts were put together planning to make this conference a successful event. The 7th SuDBE conference included a wide range of topics of sustainability across the range of urban development and buildings. The conference draws prominent speakers and technical presentations from universities, installations and industries around the world. It was an exciting opportunity to showcase the new technology, the new products of the companies, etc. The program was very intensive. It was a scientific opportunity to update knowledge on sustainable technology in the field of civil construction and environmental technologies. The technical sessions in this international conference, included, Sustainable Development in the Built Environments, Low Carbon and Green Buildings, Water and Ecological Environment Security (e.g. Water Pollution Control and Water Resource Conservation, Drinking Water safety, Sustainable Water Distribution System, etc.).

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