University partnerships


University partnerships

There are currently 14 partnership programs that are part of the DAAD German-Iraqi University Partnerships scheme.

Six partnership projects have been receiving funding since 2009: the Technical University Dortmund, the University Erlangen-Nuremberg, the Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg and the University of Leipzig and their numerous counterparts in Iraq. Read more about these partnerships here:

Since April 2014 eight new cooperation projects are being supported in their activities by DAAD.

Scientists from the universities of Oldenburg and Koya discuss their future cooperation
Scientists from the universities of Oldenburg and Koya discuss their future cooperation
The new cooperations include several projects from various German universities and research institutes with their respective Iraqi counterparts. Most of them are initially limited to one year with the perspective to continue the co-operation after the first meetings have taken place and the involved scientists can assess whether a more intense collaboration is feasible.

The only exception to this one-year rule for now is the project “Dialogue in Architecture Urban Design and Management“ by the Brandenburg University of Technology in Cottbus and the University of Sulaymaniya. It will be running for at least three years. Both universities have cooperated in the past leading to a joint workshop for young scientists on Architecture, Urban Design and Urban and Spatial Planning with specific focal on old city renewal in Sulaymaniya in 2011. The new project focuses on the more general field of urban development. The long-term goal is to develop and implement new modules for curricula in international Master's programmes. The project will be kick-started by a visit of the president of the University of Sulaimaniya to Germany and a first meeting of scientists in Sulaimaniya within the next months. It is also planned to involve the University of Baghdad, College of Engineering in the project.

Another co-operation that involves the University of Sulaymaniya is the joint project of ancient Near Eastern archaeologists and philologists  from Sulaymaniyah and from the University of Munich. Its goal is to foster scientific and infrastructural exchange on the levels of students, teaching staff and administration. There will be joint instruction and archaeological projects in Sulaymaniyah. Also the Iraqi side will be invited to Munich in order to profit from latest archaeological technology and historical and philological knowledge. Furthermore a visit to German and international archaeological and historical workshops and meetings and a joint excursion of German and Kurdish students in Kurdistan Iraq are planned.

The Technical University Dresden cooperates with Polytechnical University Erbil and the Technical University Baghdad in the field of heating and air conditioning technology. This project has been initiated by a team consisting of an Iraqi PhD-student, who came to TU Dresden through the BaghDAAD scholarship scheme, and his supervisor. There is a big interest in Iraq in making air conditioning technology more efficient especially by investing in high-tech solar energy and storage technologies. The cooperation will focus on simulation and optimization technologies to integrate solar collecting/concentrating technologies into cooling systems as well as planning and establishing big urban/district heating & cooling networks (CHP & CHCP) in Iraq. In this year the project will involve a kick-off meeting in Dresden, a cooperative workshop in Erbil and another move-forward meeting in Dresden where the potential future will be discussed.

The “IGP-Multiflow“ project which is being conducted by the Insitute of Fluid Dynamics of the renowned research center Helmholtz Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf and the Department of Petroleum Engineering at the University of Zakho has the goal to support the installation of a multiphase flow laboratory. There will be workshops in Germany and Iraq this year in which a finance plan and programme plan will be created. Both cooperation partners hope to continue the project through the signing of a cooperation agreement.

The Universitiy of Leipzig and SUH Erbil, which already have strong ties in the field of German as a Foreign Language, are extending their cooperation to the field of Educational Sciences. The main focus of the project "Capacity building in teacher education" is teacher education in Iraq and Kurdistan. The German-Iraqi teams will analyze the current state of teacher education in Iraq. In the long run the goal is to support Kurdish and Iraqi decision makers and teacher educators at the SUH Erbil in the process of the modernization of teacher education.

Another research project in educational science targets at the joint education and teaching of children and youths with and without disabilities: The University of Oldenburg is cooperating with the universities of Koya andDohuk in order to implement the inclusion of children with special needs into the regular education system. Iraq has signed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and is therefore obliged to provide access to the regular education system for handicapped persons. Furthermore, because of the various wars in the past decades there is a high percentage of physically or psychologically damaged persons in Iraq. Unfortunately, special needs education in Iraq is not very common so far. The project aims on providing experience-based organisational and specialist support in the development of curriculum elements of special needs education at the universities of Dohuk and Koya,  to be integrated in the university syllabus on teacher training in the field of inclusive pedagogy with regard to the joint education and learning of children and youths with and without disabilities.

There is a second partnership that involves the University of Oldenburg. In the Nano Zakho project it will cooperate with the University of Zakho in the field of Nano technology. The research center for Nano technology in Zakho is in its build-up phase and will start working this fall. In order to link research and teaching of both institutions several activities are planned this year. There will be two joint courses in Zakho and a joint Summer School in Germany. Furthermore 5 students from Zakho will be invited to Oldenburg for a 2 month research internship.

Last but not least there is the “BIONIQ – Biomedical Engineering in Northern Iraq“ project between the“Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen University of Applied Sciences“ and the University of Dohuk. The University of Dohuk wants to establish a Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering. It already has a Faculty of Medical Sciences and a School of Engineering within the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Those two institutions and the Department of Hospital and Medical Engineering, Environmental Engineering and Biotechnology of the THM will be involved in the development of the new bachelor's programme and the corresponding staff, units and equipments. The THM has a number of students with Kurdish origin and plans to involve some of them in putting forward the project.