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PDI Conducts Public Relations Workshop for Private Sector Companies and Individuals in Sulaimani

  As part of its continuous efforts to support professional capacity development in the region, the Professional Development Institute (PDI) at American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) delivered a one-day workshop on October 6, 2021 the role of public relations in organizations and developing effective PR plans for private- and public-sector businesses in Sulaimani. The workshop was delivered by AUIS Director of Communications, Ms. Delawit Mesfin.   Attendees received a comprehensive, yet condensed overview of the foundations of PR from both an academic and practical perspective, in addition to essential tools to create effective PR plans. Moreover the workshop presented a way for attendees to strengthen the role of PR processes in their organizations to further strategic goals and objectives.    PDI seeks to identify and provide value-adding programs and services to develop individuals´ knowledge and skills necessary for achieving personal and professional goals. For more information about PDI and its courses, please visit https://auis.edu.krd/PDI-Home  

PDI Delivers Sales Workshop for Private-Sector Companies in Sulaimani

  As part of its continuous efforts to support professional capacity development in the region, the Professional Development Institute (PDI) at AUIS delivered a one-day sales workshop for professionals from a group of private-sector companies in Sulaimani on June 30, 2021. The workshop was taught by Dr. Ranj Hussein.   Participating companies included Qaiwan Group, Halabja Group, Alsard Fiber, Bestun Group, Moonline Travel and Trade, Jazeera Paints, and Network Marketing. The program began with welcome remarks and a presentation by PDI Business Development Manager Rawand Abas and Coordinator Hanar Hemn, followed by the workshop titled "The Selling Process" and a Q&A session.    The workshop provided a comprehensive, both academic and practical, overview of essential skills and techniques for effective sales. More precisely, the workshop focused on Sales Prospecting as a critical part of a successful sales process. Participants found the workshop highly useful as well as very practical. They were also taught that the learned skills could be practiced in real life and lead to better sales results.      PDI seeks to identify and provide value-adding programs and services to develop individuals’ knowledge and skills that are necessary for achieving personal and professional goals. For more information about PDI and its courses, please visit https://auis.edu.krd/PDI-Home

PDI conducts organizational development workshops for Mercy Corps

  The Professional Development Institute (PDI) at American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) facilitated two organizational development workshops in financial management and human resources (HR) for Mercy Corps´s INNOVATE program in Sulaimani. The workshops took place on June 17 – 20, 2019 (Financial Management) and June 26 – 27, 2019 (HR) and were taught by Mr. Soran Sadiq and Ms. Rava Khorshid. The objective of the workshops was to build the sustainability of Mercy Corps’ local partners through capacity building. The INNOVATE program is itself implemented through a partnership with local NGOs.   The PDI workshops were part of the INNOVATE project initiated by Mercy Corps to reduce the vulnerability of conflict-affected youth through increased livelihood outcomes utilizing an approach that fosters psychosocial wellbeing. The workshops provided a comprehensive view of financial management and HR principles and strategies as well as an introduction to different tools for managing their processes. The program also focused on understanding long-term thinking in financial management and HR as well as techniques for developing various policies, procedures and guidelines within both fields. The scope of the program also involved a follow up period by the trainers to measure the outcomes for the workshop and to support the NGOs in applying the learning in their daily work.     The Professional Development Institute (PDI) seeks to identify and provide value-adding programs and services to develop individuals´ knowledge and skills necessary for achieving personal and professional goals. For more information about PDI and its courses, please visit https://auis.edu.krd/PDI-Home.

Human Resources Management (HRM) Training with PDI

  The Professional Development Institute (PDI) at AUIS delivered a comprehensive Human Resources Management (HRM) training for a group of professionals from the oil and gas; recruitment and training; international trade and development; as well as NGO sectors on May 5-9, 2019.   Taught by Dr. Helmut Dreesmann, the training focused on explaining various elements and the philosophy behind HRM, as well as its impact on company effectiveness and success. The training provided a comprehensive view of theoretical basics and practical instruments to manage human resources in organizations. The most important elements of HRM practices were treated in case studies and simulations and all training elements are directly applicable to students’ daily work. Following this outcome-driven training, participants will be able to apply learnings to their work practices.   The Professional Development Institute (PDI) at American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) seeks to identify and provide value-adding programs and services that develop individuals´ knowledge and necessary skills for achieving personal and professional goals. For more information about PDI and its courses, please visit https://auis.edu.krd/PDI-Home.

Sales & Marketing Training: Professional Development Institute collaborates with Al-Mouyasser Company

The Professional Development Institute (PDI) at AUIS delivered an intensive one-week sales & marketing training for professionals at the Al-Mouyasser company in Erbil November 11-15, 2018. Al-Mouyasser, operating under the Fattal Group, is a Lebanese-Iraqi joint venture providing FMCG and home appliances. The training provided a comprehensive view of marketing principles and strategies as well as sales management and processes. Following the completion of the program, participants are be able to understand the importance of marketing as one of the central functions of the organization and focus on product development, pricing strategies, and branding. The program also focused on understanding long-term thinking in sales as well as principles and practices involved in selling processes. As sales and marketing skills are becoming increasingly vital in today's competitive and challenging business environment, mastering these in-demand skills will create potentials for business growth. The Professional Development Institute (PDI) seeks to identify and provide value-adding programs and services to develop individuals' knowledge and skills necessary for achieving personal and professional goals. For more information about PDI and its courses, please visit https://auis.edu.krd/PDI-Home.

PDI Offers Extensive Mini-MBA Workshop for Asiacell Staff

The workshop was offered to three separate groups over three weeks. Over the course of each week, five different business fields were covered by distinguished AUIS professors. The topics included telecom technology and management, sales and marketing, finance, leadership and management, and lastly, strategy and business environment. The workshop was conducted exclusively for 44 senior employees and managers from Asiacell, and through highly interactive sessions and exercises with the participants. The workshop aimed at further advancing the participants' professional and management skills. “It was a great pleasure to organize and deliver for the second time in the past 12 months a Mini MBA program for over 40 Asiacell employees. The curriculum was designed in collaboration with Asiacell and it was expertly delivered by 4 different AUIS professors” said Mr. Anwar Ibrahim, PDI Director and one of the instructors of the program, “the feedback from participants and instructors was excellent. We are very pleased to have contributed to the skills enhancement of such a fantastic group of professionals.” Dr. Firend Rasch, another instructor of this workshop, added to this by saying “This course brought together employees of various departments [of Asiacell] to assess and evaluate their organizations and benchmark it against the latest theories and managerial concepts. Brainstorming solutions allowed attendees to see the full picture, have a better understanding of future potentials and possibilities, and better understand trends in their industry.” Participants expressed their desire to see a continuation of such partnership in the future. “The training course, including the topics presented and discussed, will enhance my information which will serve my work progress and achievements.” Commented Mr. Ranj Jamal, Training & Development Expert at Asiacell and one of the participants of the workshop, “In addition, the subjects delivered by AUIS" respectful instructors helped in developing our management, finance & marketing knowledge and make them comply with international standards”.    PDI has frequently worked with private companies, NGOs, and the public sector in the past to deliver highly customized trainings and consulting services to support them in building skills and knowledge in specific areas to achieve their goals. In August, in partnership with World Food Program (WFP), PDI offered a Skills Development Pilot Program for Syrian refugees who currently reside in Kurdistan Region. Last year, PDI had offered another Mini-MBA workshop to Asiacell staff as well, and also, in June 2016, PDI delivered a Crisis and Strategic Management training in Sulaimani to senior employees of the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Ministry of Education. The Professional Development Institute (PDI) 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. PDI 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.

World Food Program Hosts Skills Development Pilot Program for Refugees at AUIS

  August 30, 2017 (Sulaimani, KRG - Iraq): The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) concluded today a seven-week digital skills training program for refugees which drew upon the expertise of the Professional Development Institute (PDI) at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS). The pilot program was attended by more than a hundred Syrian refugees from Arbat camp in Sulaimani. Fifty five percent of the trainees were women, while 45 percent were either enrolled in, or had graduated from, a university before being forced to leave Syria. The WFP Tech for Food program teaches digital skills through vocational trainings, providing refugees and displaced communities a chance to improve their skill set and livelihood prospects in the long run. As part of the program, PDI ran a seven weeks’ training tailored to specific needs and literacy and skill levels of the participants. Taught in two shifts daily, the refugees were offered intensive lessons in basic English language skills, social media, and information technology (IT) skills - such as using Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, and other applications. The courses were taught by PDI English language instructors and IT professionals, including some AUIS IT graduates. According to WFP Project Manager Sandra Raad, providing access to the digital economy has a huge potential to impact communities affected by the Syria crisis: “It is an untapped well of opportunities that WFP is engaged in bringing to its beneficiaries. WFP works carefully with collaborators and providers who understand the possibilities of Internet-Based jobs and was pleased to find in AUIS the agility and forward-looking approach necessary to pull such a pilot off,” she said at the graduation ceremony held for the participants at AUIS today. The PDI has extensive experience in delivering tailored training programs for development organizations, as well as the public and private sector. Sharing his thoughts on WFP’s pilot training program in Iraq, Anwar Ibrahim, PDI manager said, “These have been fantastic seven weeks of energy and motivation for the students, instructors and management alike. We feel honored to have contributed to the planning and implementation of such a vital program for vulnerable refugees. We truly believe in contributing to the development of our communities. I thank all the people and organizations who contributed to this success story, especially the WFP for having the confidence and trust in AUIS. Above all, I would like to thank the students and their families and wish them all the best.” About the Tech for Food Project: WFP is working on new, sustainable approaches in helping food insecure refugees and vulnerable host communities in the region, including women and youth. Teaching digital skills through vocational training represents a unique opportunity in building sustainable and transferable capacities on a larger scale for the most vulnerable communities, both Syrian refugees and host communities. Together with the private sector, WFP is connecting those people who are most in need to internet-based opportunities. The project started as a pilot in Lebanon and is now being introduced in Iraq due to its successful results. Click here for more information. About the Professional Development Institute: PDI complements the educational objectives of the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani by providing opportunities for lifelong 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. Click here for more information. For more information, please contact: Mehr Zahra, communications director, AUIS: [email protected]  | +964 772 339 9305 Bzhar Ali Boskani, media and public relations adviser, AUIS: [email protected] | +964 770 152 1893 Sandra Raad, project manager, WFP: [email protected]

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® Guide, 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.  PMP®, CAPM®, PMI-RMP®, PMI-SP®, and PgMP® are a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

PDI Introduces Two New Professional Training Courses

  The first course, International Contract Management, was conducted over a period of 6 days, from November 19 - 24, 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,” said 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. It was practical, relevant, and to the point.” The second course - Human Resource Management - was conducted from November 27 to December 1, 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 the trainer, Dr. Helmut Dreesmann. “The participants 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, said: “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 said, “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 July 23, 2017. ---- About the Professional Development Institute 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.     

PDI Offers Mini-MBA Workshop for the First Time

  Over the course of the workshop, five different business fields were covered by distinguished AUIS professors. The topics included supply chain management, strategy and business environment, leadership and management, marketing, and finally, finance. The workshop was conducted exclusively for 15 senior employees and managers from Asiacell, and through highly interactive sessions and exercises with the participants. The workshop aimed at further advancing the participants' professional and management skills. “The participants were great and keen to learn,” said Habyl Sadiq, professor of Finance, “The communication and environment were excellent. I really enjoyed the class and I believe the students did too.” Participants expressed their desire to see a continuation of such partnership in the future: “AUIS is a leader for customer satisfaction,” said Jamal Ezzat, senior program manager at Asiacell, “I feel eager and enthusiastic to have another chance in such a wonderful and friendly place.” Another participant, Ms. Israa Abdullah, added, “Today, leadership, management and finance can be considered as the basic elements to measure successful businesses in the global market. The up-to-date thoughts and methodologies we gained through PDI’s Mini-MBA in those subjects have much enhanced our information and experience to lead our (Asiacell’s) business successfully.”   PDI has frequently worked with private companies, NGOs, and public sector in the past to deliver highly customized trainings and consulting services to support them in building skills and knowledge in specific areas to achieve their goals. In June, PDI delivered a crisis and strategic management training in Sulaimani to senior employees of the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Ministry of Education, and in July, PDI conducted crisis planning workshop for displaced education sector professionals in Duhok. 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. PDI 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. 

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