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PDI Offers Project Management Professional (PMP) Training Course

PDI was the first Registered Education Provider (R.E.P) for the Project Management Institute (PMI) in Iraq and has offered this course to hundreds of professionals from a dozen of different multinational companies and organizations in the past 6 years.  This latest public training course in PMP was conducted over a period of 6 days, from 18 to 23 February, 2016 at the AUIS campus. The course provided a review of the study of project management in companies and it was formulated in the context of Project Management Body of Knowledge i.e. PMBOK, an international standard for project management. The course was taught by a PMI-certified professional, Mr. Ahmed Al-Alou. “In collaboration with the university staff, we strive to make the PMP exam preparation course more than a training experience” said Mr. Ahmed; “the course is rather a platform for professionals from different industries to share their experiences, improve their understanding of real world project management tools and skills in friendly, professional and enjoyable sessions Around 20 professionals from different companies and organizations participated in this course. “[The] PMP course was very important, useful and compatible with my practical work experience. Personally I found it interesting and powerful to improve my managerial skills in project management.” Commented a participant; Mr. Mahmood AlGburi, SCADA/HMI Applications Manager at Korek Engineering Systems in Sulaimani. “I'm really glad that I took this course which added to me an international standard of knowledge, and I highly recommend this course to be taken at AUIS to all my friends and collogues who are interested in getting the PMP certificate.” Ms. Lizan Ali, who is an Internal Auditor at Asiacell, commented that “The course was well organized and structured toward achieving PMP Certification, it was very informative as it filtered out the most important information for the (PMBOK) Guide , which helped me to better understand Project Management and improved my ability to study for the PM Exam.” She continued by saying that “[the instructor’s] grasp of the material was superb and combined with an ability to apply real-world examples to the concepts was particularly helpful in translating the information into retainable scenarios. I would strongly recommend this course to other people who would like to get the PMP Certification.” PDI will continue this pilot course in the future as well. The next (Project Management Professional) training course is scheduled to start on September 2, 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. 

Engineering Center Now Open for Student Support

The Engineering Department has established an Engineering Center aimed at supporting undergraduate students in fundamental engineering courses. The Engineering Center (EC) promotes the development and enhancement of fundamental engineering concepts and skills that are essential for an understanding of higher level engineering courses. The center will provide peer tutoring for 200 and 300 level courses each semester as well as review sessions. This semester, the tutors have all volunteered their time to provide tutoring for their fellow classmates. They also completed a two day training session last week. On the first day, the students were introduced to the learning process and how to become effective tutors. The second day was focused on dealing with different tutor-tutee scenarios. Pairs of students role-played possible interactions that may occur during the tutoring session. "The training sessions were very helpful, informative, and fun.", said Abdalla Mohammed, a tutor, "I learned multiple different ways and more effective strategies that will definitely serve me when I help my friends. I am looking forward to using what I was exposed to in these two sessions at the center." After each demonstration, students discussed the scenarios and provided feedback on how to improve. I hope this center will provide a healthy environment where students can seek the support and encouragement they need to succeed in their courses.   - Raguez Taha The Engineering Center started accepting students from Sunday, February 12, 2017. Find out more about the center, guidelines, and tutor availabilities here.

AUIS Awards Certificates of Appreciation to DITAB Members

To strengthen the ties between educational requirements and market needs, AUIS continuously invites and incorporates inputs from industry experts and the private sector. A few years ago, the Information Technology program at AUIS established the first Department of Information Technology Advisory Board (DITAB). The role of DITAB is to contribute to the development and operation of the IT program by providing feedback on current activities and inputs for future initiatives of the program. Validating current activities and establishing new ones based on teaching guidelines, academic research, and industry demands ensure that the program is more beneficial to the students and to the society at large. “University programs, especially programs of fields that change very fast such as IT, need to be tied to industry needs and demands. AUIS practices this understanding through different activities on an institutional scale, but having an advisory board focused on one program has been more relevant and valuable to the program and the university”, said Dr. Hemin Latif, assistant professor of Information Technology who initially established and oversees DITAB. Dr. Atheer Matroud, chair of Information Technology Department stated, “DITAB is an essential component of our department. Throughout the years, DITAB helped us to understand the IT market, which guided us in making changes to our curriculum accordingly.” The first DITAB was composed of five industry experts from various companies in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, with IT and business expertise. The members included Dr. Faris Al-Salihi, CEO of Com Tech Communications, Mr. Jabbar Tahir, CEO of MidyaTech, Mr. Ahmed Rasheed, CTO of Gorannet, Ms. Zino Faruk, CEO of Rasan Pharmaceutical, and Ms. Bnar Salah, office manager at Genel Energy.   Recently, the term of the first DITAB members ended and the department is in the process of establishing the second term of the board. As a gesture of appreciation for the valuable contributions of the current members, AUIS presented certificates of appreciation to the members. The members reassured AUIS that they will continue their support to help AUIS create a better future for all.

Webinar on the Economic Benefits of Cultural Heritage

  February, 14, 2017 - Dr. Tobin Hartnell and the Center for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage (CACHE) at AUIS, facilitated a webinar by Dr. Edward Salo, a professor at Arkansas State University, on the economic benefits of cultural heritage. The event was attended by AUIS students and a few guests from the University of Sulaimani. Dr. Salo talked about the importance of  using historic preservation as a way to help create communities and to encourage economic development, which as he explained is “not just about saving pretty buildings”. He started by explaining what historic preservation can do,“It can give us roots, enhance community pride, teach and inspire us, make communities more attractive and encourage travel and tourism.” He presented an interesting linkage between the past and future and how crucial historic preservation has been in unveiling the history of minorities in the United States. Dr. Salo also expressed his interest in the historic sites in Iraq, and mentioned how historic places are used in the United States and what they bring to their communities, “ They are used to create a basis for heritage tourism and that way they can enhance the economy and identity of communities,” he explained.  Photos contributed by Sara Aso. News contributed by Bana Aso.

Wikipedia Education Program Workshop

A workshop by Wikipedia Education Program for students and faculty on how best to use Wikipedia for assignments and research; editing Wikipedia pages, and creating new content.  About the Workshop While you read this, Wikipedia and its sister projects develop at a rate of over 10 edits per second, performed by editors from all over the world in more than 295 languages.   Currently, the English Wikipedia includes 5,288,573 articles while the Kurdish Wikipedia has only about 18,000 articles and the Arabic Wikipedia has only around 477,000 articles. Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge. That's what we're doing!  Please join us to learn how to be a Wikipedian and find out how easy and simple it is to add free and useful content about a topic of your interest!    The presentation will include: Brief introduction about Open knowledge and Wikipedia. Learning how to edit an article and how to create a new article. Introduction of Wikipedia Education Program and how to implement it in American University of Sulaimaniya. Notes for participants Please bring your laptops with you to the workshop Please create an account on Wikipedia before attending the workshop. It only takes a few minutes! 

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