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PLIQ network meeting in Dortmund


"We have achieved our goals"
by Jonathan Focke, 2010

In December pliq-partners of TU Dortmund University and Iraqi partner universities met in Dortmund for a one-week network and coordination meeting to analyze and evaluate the
programme's activities in 2010 and to plan the next steps for this year. The conclusion of all participants: The current project goals have been achieved.

"We are very happy about the results of the last project year and our meeting discussions", project coordinator Hasan Sinemillioglu sums up the current pliq-project activities. Fellows from the Iraqi
universities of Bagdad, Mosul, Diyala and Duhok came to Dortmund to evaluate the activities of the
pliq-project in 2010 and to coordinate further steps of the programme that need to be done in 2011.

"Looking back at 2010 we can really be satisfied", the project coordinator says. "We have achieved our current project goals. The curriculum for the Bachelor courses has been developed, Iraqi students were selected and the Bachelor programme has started successfully with eleven students in June."
Apart from an intensive German language course the students have been introduced into the basics of spatial planning.

The representatives of the Iraqi universities expressed their appreciation for the cooperation with TU Dortmund. "Germany is the only country that has shown interest in planning in Iraq", Mr Al-Wehab from the University of Bagdad says. "It is important to tell the Iraqi students how to replan their country."

Another last years highlight was the first Joint German-Iraqi Planning Conference in Duhok. "It was
nice to see that there is such a big interest in planning issues all over iraq", Dr. Katrin Baeumer from
the International Spatial Planning Centre (ISPC) at TU Dortmund says. "The conference has been
a good experience to talk to Iraqi people about challenges of urban development in their country."

Hasan Sinemillioglu adds: "The conference has shown that there is a big need for spatial planning
in Iraq. The Iraqi cities face a lot of difficult challenges and problems. But the conference also
made the joint research of the programme partners visible."
Beyond that the last year's meetings in Duhok and Dortmund helped to enhance the relationships
between the programme partners. "We come more and more together", Hasan Sinemillioglu says.
And his colleague from Bagdad University, Mr. Al-Wehab, adds: "The face-to-face communication
at our conferences and meetings makes the cooperation more human."

What is set for the future? This year it is getting more and more into spatial planning for the eleven
Iraqi students. They are going to join the courses of the German Bachelor students and together
with its Iraqi programme partners TU Dortmund tries to organize internships for the students in the
field of spatial planning in Iraq. "We want to connect the German Bachelor courses of the students
with the practice of spatial planning in their home country", Hasan Sinemillioglu explains. "The
students shall experience the situation and characteristics of planning in Iraq." The next joint conference
is supposed to be in Erbil with the topic of "regional development" in the centre of attention. Challenges of transportation, housing and infrastrucutre will be the priorities for the future conferences.

After one week of working, discussing and planning and a wintry one-day excursion to the city of Arnsberg the Iraqi fellows left Dortmund. The conclusion of the participants of the network meeting: fruitful discussions at a professional level.

Photos by Jonathan Focke