PDI Successfully Launched Two New Courses for the First Time

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 10:15

The Professional Development Institute (PDI) at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) recently conducted two new public courses in (International Contract Management) and (Human Resource Management).


The first course, (International Contract Management), was conducted over a period of 6 days, from 19 to 24 November, 2016 at AUIS campus. The course provided a review of international contract management as an area of theoretical development as well as a field of practice in Kurdistan and in Iraq. “The contract management seminar was a specific, focused, and highly pragmatic course designed for the working professional to increase their industry specific knowledge”, commented Mr. Thomas Donovan, instructor of the course, “the students were professionals and shared their experience in their different careers.”

Many professionals, who mainly manage contracts, from different companies and organizations participated in this course. “The course was interactive and explored both local and international laws”, commented one of the participants, Mr. Rebaz Qaradaghi, Business Development and Client Relations Manager at Kelkan company. “We also learned a lot from our classmates and our discussions”

Mr. Faisal Riyadh, Procurement Officer at Zain IQ, had come from Baghdad to join this course. “The material in this course set a good foundation that can be applied practically, and I recommend this course highly as it was excellently delivered with well-timed breaks and well-presented material.” He added by saying “it was practical, relevant, and to the point.”

The second course that was launched by PDI was in (Human Resource Management). It was conducted over 5 days, from 27 November to 1 December, 2016 at AUIS in Sulaimani. This course taught theoretical basics and practical instruments to manage human resources in companies, and it involved active participation to combine the learned content with their daily practice.

“The course was very lively full of inspiring discussions and fascinating experiences of participants”, said Dr. Helmut Dreesmann, who was trainer of the course, “They were taught about the theoretical basics and learned helpful tools and instruments for personal growth and efficiency of their companies.”

Rozhan Raouf, L&D Supervisor at LafargeHolcim, was one of the participants of the course and had this to say: “I personally loved the way how the professor was presenting the contents using different psychology facts and figures”

Mourtdha Talib, who had come from Basra to join this course, commented: “The training course helped me in all areas that I was previously unclear about,” He continued by saying that “the training objectives were clearly explained and successfully achieved.”

PDI will continue these pilot courses in the future as well. The (International Contract Management course) is scheduled to start on May 6, 2017, and HRM is slated to start on 23 July, 2017.


The Professional Development Institute complements the educational objectives of the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani by providing opportunities for life-long learning through programs and services that enable participants to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve personal and professional goals, improve the productivity of organizations, and provide leadership and service to their communities. Working collaboratively with individuals, businesses and both government and non-governmental organizations, PDI seeks to identify and develop value-adding programs and services, and it firmly believes that by providing consistent, ethical and quality programs and services, it can play an important role in human capacity development for the community. Click here to find out how PDI can support you or your organization in achieving your professional goals.