Septmeber 2014
Network Meeting in Duhok



Mai 2014
Coordination Meeting in Erbil next steps: Extention of the Bachelor Programme to the University of Diyala



April 2013
Meeting in Duhok to coordinate the new bachelor prgramme teaching
April 2013
Start of the summer semester for all bachelor students in Dortmund
March 2013
Coordination Meeting for the project year 2013 in Dortmund
February and March 2013
Semester break for bachelor students
October 2012
Semester start for all Bachelor students in Dortmund
September/October 2012
Joint conference and network meeting in Iraq
August 2012
Exkursion with the bachelor students to "Der Selfkant" - the most western part of Germany

July 2012
Cross Cultural Training for the bachelor students in Dortmund




Project Activities

Summer School 2016
Professional Training for teaching stuff of Dohuk University September 2015
Joint Planning Conferences 2010 - 2012
PLIQ network meeting in Dortmund - December 2011




PLIQ network meeting in Dortmund - December 2010



A Trip to Iraq

Text by Thilo Kötters, March 2012

Photos by Jonathan Focke and private

The bachelor programme will be based in Dohuk 
- a city which is becoming more and more attractive, says Hassan Sinemillioglu.
Hassan Sinemillioglu, PLIQ project coordinator at TU Dortmund University, had been to Iraq several times before. But his recent stay in the North of the country was a bit different from what he had experienced so far. The negotiations there proved to be the breakthrough for the future bachelor programme in planning. When the work was done, the most difficult task was yet to come: the return journey.
The project coordinator had imagined the journey to last several hours by car which transported him from Dohuk, where the future programme will be based, to Turkey where he was intending to meet some relatives. Long drawn border controls were only too familiar to him. But border officials more than surprised him when it took them nine hours to process all the cars in the queue before them. “That was even more irritating when you consider the fact that the Iraqi and the Turkish frontier posts are only 1.5 kilometres apart”, Hassan Sinemillioglu says.
These final strains could not cast too dark a shadow over what the project partners achieved. “The journey was the kick-off for the new bachelor programme”, Hasan Sinemillioglu says. On the agenda were agreements upon the curriculum – which will be closely related to the curriculum of the spatial planning programme at TU Dortmund so that students will be able to graduate with a joint certificate of the universities of Dohuk and Dortmund. The programme in Dohuk will be taught in English.
“During my stay there, we also talked about premises and technical equipment – so things to be provided by the partner university”, the project coordinator says. He assisted in the accreditation process at the Iraqi Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and helped to put up a list of the future teaching staff. Still unsettled was the question who should chair the programme. “The university proposed someone without any notable knowledge of English. But the head of an Anglophone bachelor programme should be able to converse in English.” Hassan Sinemillioglu hopes there will be a solution soon.
In the last few years, he had to learn making decisions in Iraq often means becoming accustomed to processes slightly unfamiliar to German thinking. “The structure is more centralist than in Germany, everything is organized in a top-down manner. The challenge is to know how to deal with the many hierarchies.” From time to time, the project coordinator had to train his endurance. “A big advantage for us was the access to higher levels of the hierarchy. Above all, the rector of Dohuk University showed a high degree of personal commitment for the matter.”

Mam Khalil (right) is running a cafe in the bazar area
of Erbil. During his stay in Northern Iraq, project
coordinator Hasan Sinemillioglu visited him and
handed out an newspaper article about his life.

In Dohuk, Hasan Sinemillioglu stayed in an apartment directly on campus. Even though he had been to the city several times before, he was surprised of its rapid development. “Dohuk becomes larger and larger. And more beautiful, in many respects”, he says. “There is a huge building boom.” The city which comprises 250,000 inhabitants faces a problem typical for many Iraqi cities – the traffic. At rush-hour, thousands of cars jam the valley in which the city was built.

As for the programme, only in half a year’s time, the plans of many years will become reality. The main facts for the new bachelor programme: 40 students will begin their studies at Dohuk each year, the half of which will come from the Kurdish region of Iraq. At least 30 percent of students shall be female. Hasan Sinemillioglu hopes that this share will actually be fulfilled. “That would be a huge success.” As early as May 2012, he will travel to Iraq again. Then, together with the Iraqi partners, he presents the bachelor programme to the public. After that, he will be counting the days up to the magical moment when the first planning students will pour into lecture halls and seminar rooms.


Joint Planning Conferences in Iraq 2010-2012
1st Iraqi-German Universities' Network Conference in Erbil
Project Flyer

PhD Studies in Dortmund