Category Archives: Education

Child education at a Syrian refugee camp

By Halsho Abdulfatah: Amoda Primary School is 20 kilometres from Slemani and accommodates 355 Syrian refugee children aged six to fourteen at the Arbot refugee camp. This is a fraction of the total number of children at the camp who need education. The school is managed by the Education Department of Slemani Directorate (EDSD) which has appointed…

Closing the gap between higher education and workplaces in Iraqi Kurdistan

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By Rawaz Sulaiman: Having professional qualifications is always vitally important when applying for jobs. Like other parts of the world, the Kurdistan region of Iraq has been making progress in many different ways, as shown by the economic boom. Undoubtedly, this prosperity requires that we have well-qualified people to govern the region effectively. Nowadays, higher education…

Some memories and differences between now and then

By Adil Sallih: Translated by Muhammad Fatih Ghareeb There were problems before I got employed. But our employment was the first generation in the Kurdistan Regional Government. It was in the beginning of Kurdistan liberation. The villages were being re-inhabited. The compound residences were being evacuated and people were going back to the villages. This…

On Education

Interview with Sara K. Othman, PhD: Interviewed By Aras Ahmed Mhamad AA: What are the most important things that you first teach your students? How do you prepare them for the year psychologically? SO: This is a very good question ‘What to teach first?’ Before teaching any item, students should be prepared psychologically that the…

Investing in our future: Students and teachers must work together

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By Aras Ahmed Mhamad: The common purpose of education is to guide students to the straight path and help them to make a distinction between light and darkness, right and wrong. It is to encourage students to embrace new thoughts and opinions, raise awareness, suspend superstition, support equality and oppose inequality.  A teachers’ main responsibility,…

Discontent at the AUIS

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KT News and Comment: Students complaining and bypassing instructors in the Kurdistan region are thought to be common problems in our academic institutions. Recently, however, the nature of this complaining has reached a new level at the American University of Iraq-Slemani (AUIS), where some students are very unhappy with the way their university is run…

$20M good news for AUIS – but how to improve education for all?

KT News and Comment: The Anglo-Turkish oil giant Genel Energy has donated $20 million to The American University of Iraq – Slemani (AUIS).  Dr. Athanasios Moulakis, president of the AUIS, has expressed his gratitude: “We thank the Genel Energy for their generous donation. We also thank the (KRG) Kurdistan Regional Government Prime Minister and both…

3 students die in Suli University fire tragedy

KT News: Three students died today and 57 were injured as fire swept through Suli University’s main student accommodation building. Initially a spokesman for the ministry of education told the media that the accommodation had passed health and safety checks and that he thought the fire must have been started deliberately. However,  Halwlati reports that the cause…

KRG higher education has the ‘lowest standards’

KT Comment: Research conducted by assistant professor Dr Sleman Jaffar Mohamed at the University of Erbil sheds critical light on the standard of higher education provided by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). Mohammed has completed a thesis on the “evaluation of the standard of higher education in the KRG “ and concluded that, using international…

Learning from teaching in Kurdistan

By Ashna Shareff: Perhaps education teaches many things, but not all educations teach everything. A few days ago, with three of my teammates, I was teaching 20 or so girls from Salahdeen university software programs and multimedia. The workshop was basically to empower young girls from Kurdistan, to teach them how to use different programs…

Please scrap qualifications that have no value

By Mufid Abdulla: Recently in the city of Sulaymani, 9,000 students applied for unemployment benefit because they could not get jobs. Young people all over Kurdistan face a daunting labor market and university qualifications are critically important to their job prospects. However, Kurdistan’s education system has ignored labor market realities and is failing in its…

First time in history of the invisible nation: Iraqi Kurdistan autism centre nominated for UN award

By Laween Atroshi:  Throughout history Kurds have been forgotten and stigmatized as having a record of unemployment, lack of human rights and primitive education. To tackle this misperception and gain international credibility for our Kurdish professionals I feel we have an ethical and moral duty to represent Kurdistan on different platforms. Bookmark on Delicious Recommend…

Iraq government and KRG don’t care about their citizens

By Mina Haider: When the indigenous Kurds and Arabs demand an extension of the US presence in Iraq, it’s not only because they know better than anyone that Iraq is held together with chicken wire and chewing gum and unable to protect its own sovereignty, but also because they know that Iraq is run by…

Choosing the right college in Kurdistan

By Meer Ako: Choosing the right college is a pivotal task for all students and this is often very burdensome. Most students’ lives hinge on what college they will end up in. This will determine how busy they will be, how much money they will be able to make, and what skills they will need…

It’s time for university reform in Iraqi Kurdistan

By Michael Rubin: It has been a decade since I ended my first sojourn in Iraqi Kurdistan. In between a post-doctorate fellowship in Washington, DC, and the start of my broader career, I went to teach English and history classes at the three universities which then existed in Iraqi Kurdistan. The universities were dynamic places….