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With US embassy funding, US chamber of Commerce and Center for International Private Entrepreneurship (CIPE) and Kurdistan Economic Development Organization (KEDO) 50 Students of Charmo university participated in a one year job skills development program. Also 100 students from University of Halabja and Garmyan University participated in the same program. Below you can see an online virtual meeting for the closing ceremony for all the participants.

Opportunity: CELTA Course at Masaryk University ONLINE

posted Jan 15, 2021, 3:38 AM by Pshtiwan Faraj Mohammed

Masaryk University is opening a CELTA course again this spring. It is going to be fully online!

15 weeks, March 5 through June 11

Wednesday evenings and Friday all day

More information can be found here: or send and email to the address below for Šárka Panochová (MENTIONING MY NAME) and she’ll answer all your questions. 

Šárka Panochová has asked me if we have any of our lecturers interested, they can fill in the application form on the website and send to her email address.

Applications are open only until January 24.   Šárka Panochová/ Program Administrator, Masaryk University/Language Center/ tel: +420549495906/ website/

 With thanks.

All the best

Dr. Pshtiwan Faraj

Director of International Relations Office


به‌ڕێوه‌به‌رى په‌یوه‌ندیه‌ نێوده‌وڵه‌تیه‌كانى زانكۆى چه‌رمۆ به‌شدارى كۆنفرانسى لوتكه‌ى جیهانى كاریگه‌ریه‌كانى كۆفید ده‌كات

posted Nov 23, 2020, 12:07 AM by Pshtiwan Faraj Mohammed

به‌ڕێوه‌به‌رى په‌یوه‌ندیه‌ نێوده‌وڵه‌تیه‌كانى زانكۆى چه‌رمۆ به‌شدارى كۆنفرانسى لوتكه‌ى جیهانى كاریگه‌ریه‌كانى كۆفید ده‌كات د. پشتیوان فه‌ره‌ج كه‌ به‌ڕێوه‌به‌رى په‌یوه‌ندیه‌ نێوده‌وڵه‌تیكانى زانكۆى چه‌رمۆیه‌ و مامۆستایه‌ له‌ به‌شى زمانى ئینگلیزى به‌شدارى كۆنفرانسى لوتكه‌ى جیهانى نه‌ته‌وه‌یه‌كگرتوه‌كان كرد كه‌ تیایدا پاپاى فاتیكان و سكرتێرى نه‌ته‌وه‌ یه‌كگرتوه‌كان و 66 كه‌سایه‌تى و پسپۆرى جیهانى باسیان له‌ كاریگه‌ریه‌كانى فایرۆسى كۆفید-19 كرد له‌سه‌ر هه‌ڵكشانى ڕاده‌ى توندوتیژى به‌رامبه‌ر ژنان و منداڵان و به‌ساڵاچوان و په‌نابه‌ران و كۆچبه‌ران و ئاوه‌ره‌ ناوخۆیه‌كان و ئه‌وانه‌ى كه‌ نه‌خۆشى درێژ خایه‌نیان هه‌یه‌. دكتۆر پشتیوان كه‌له‌ هه‌مان كاتدا نوێنه‌رى ڕێكخراوى میدیاى سه‌ربه‌خۆیه‌ له‌ كوردستان و ئه‌زمونى 15 ساڵ كاركردنى له‌ بوارى مرۆیی هه‌یه‌ له‌گه‌ڵ زۆرێك له‌ ڕێكخراوه‌ نێوده‌وڵه‌تیه‌كان و ڕێكخراوه‌كانى سه‌ر به‌ نه‌ته‌وه‌ یه‌كگرتوه‌كان ته‌نها پسپۆر و شاره‌زاى عێڕاق بوو كه‌ به‌شدارى ئه‌م كۆبونه‌وه‌یه‌ى لوتكه‌ى جیهانى كرد و تیایدا جگه‌ له‌وه‌ى كه‌ ئه‌ندامى ڕێكخه‌رى كۆبونه‌وه‌كه‌ بوو وه‌ك پانێڵیستێك تیشكى خسته‌ سه‌ر ژیان و دۆخى ئاوه‌ره‌ ناوخۆیه‌كانى عێڕاق له‌ كوردستان كه‌ ژماره‌یان نزیكه‌ى یه‌ك ملیۆن و نیو كه‌س ده‌بن و باسى له‌وه‌ كرد كه‌ به‌ هۆى قه‌یرانى كۆفید و وه‌ستانى سه‌رجه‌م كایه‌كانى ژیان ئاوه‌ره‌ ناوخۆییه‌كان زۆر زیاتر كاریگه‌ر بوون به‌ په‌تاى كۆفید و داواى له‌ سكرتێرى نه‌ته‌وه‌ یه‌كگرتوه‌كان و كۆمه‌ڵگاى نێوده‌وڵه‌تى كرد كه‌ بایه‌خ و گرنگى زیاتر بده‌ن به‌ ژنان و گه‌نجان و منداڵان و به‌ساڵاچوان و ئه‌وانه‌ى كه‌ نه‌خۆشى درێژخایه‌نیان هه‌یه‌ له‌ ناو كۆمه‌ڵگاى ئاوه‌ره‌ ناوخۆیه‌كانى كوردستان. زانكۆى چه‌رمۆ خۆشحاڵه‌ كه‌ مامۆستایه‌كى هه‌یه‌ له‌ سه‌ر ئاستى جیهانیدا چالاكى و به‌شدارى گرنگى هه‌یه‌ له‌ پرسه‌ جیهانیه‌كاندا و توانیویه‌تى كاریگه‌رى و جێ ده‌ستى خۆى له‌ كوردستان دیارى بكات و پرسه‌ گرنگه‌كانى كوردستان له‌سه‌ر ئاستى جیهانیدا بناسێنێت.

Charmo Welcomes a delegate from Kurdistan University in Iran

posted Oct 27, 2020, 1:41 AM by Pshtiwan Faraj Mohammed

On 21st and 22nd of October 2020, The President of Charmo University Prof. Salah Saeed and Director of International Office Dr. Pshtiwan Faraj, Dr. hardi Shareef, Dean of the College of Education and Languages and both Dr. Ibrahim, head of the English department and Dr. Arin welcomed both Dr. Habib Sulaimani, manager of the office of the President of Kurdistan university in Iran and Dr. Cyrus Amiri, Vice Dean for Academic and Research Affiars. Both parts discussed the mechanisms to strengthen bilateral ties, research supervision, joint research and teaching at Postgraduate studies. Also discussed was how to do joint seminars, online and virtual conferences as well. Charmo University will soon start to arrange for strengthening and improving bilateral relations and benefit from the skills and knowledge of Kurdistan University.

Tigris Project 3rd (Final) Dissemination Conference

posted Oct 16, 2020, 1:43 PM by Pshtiwan Faraj Mohammed   [ updated Oct 16, 2020, 1:55 PM ]

The 3rd (Final) concluding conference was arranged by EPU and it took place on Tuesday, October 13th, 2020. Eight partner Universities of Kurdistan and all the European Partner Universities in TIGRIS project and more than 184 participants participated in the virtual concluding conference. Prof. Salah Saeed President of Charmo University as well as the head of Charmo IRO Dr. Pshtiwan Faraj, The dean of Public Administration and Natural Resource Mananement Dr. Lajan Ameen and Mr. Shakhawan Hares Participated in this virtual conference. 

Contents and Agenda of the final conference

During the conference, we 

  • looked back on three years of TIGRIS,
  • presented key outcomes of the project in its third year, and
  • had a joint discussion (round table) on the regional (KRI) and global outlook of internationalisation.

Following-up our efforts in supporting the reforms for the implementation of the Bologna Process in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq,  Prof. Robert Wagenaar from the University of Groningen participated as a key speaker. Previously, Prof. Wagenaar conducted the TUNING training workshop in March 2020.

During his talk, Prof. Wagenaar gave his expert assessment of the ongoing modernisation of the Higher Education sector in the Kurdistan Region, outlining requirements and potential future steps, as well as present on latest developments in regard to the Bologna Process.

Considering that Bologna-related reforms will be a key focus of Kurdish partners in the coming years, this would be of great interest to all. Therefore, Prof. Wagenaar’s inputs also includes some time for Q&A sessions where kurdish partner universities actively succeeded the current and future themes. 

Dr. Pshtiwan Faraj from Charmo University and head of IRO also commented on the future of internationalization in the light of current Covid-19 pandemic.

Panelists held round table discussion

 Dr. Ranj Abdullah head of EPU arranged the meeting and Q and A sessions with both university presidents and focal points of Tigris project at each partner university.

For further details of this virtual conference please scroll down:

3 rd TIGRIS annual CONFERENCE OF THE EARSMUS+ TIGRIS Project Concluding the TIGRIS Project

 – Past Achievements and Future Outlook for Higher Education in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

Modernisation of the Higher Education Sector of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq in an International Context: Requirements and Next Steps

Prof. dr. Robert Wagenaar Director International Tuning Academy Member NL Bologna Expert Team University of Groningen, The Netherlands


1. Why do we want to reform our HE programmes ? What is needed? 

2. Role of the Bologna Process / European Higher Education Area 

3. Ambitions versus reality: the International Strategy of the Kurdistan Regional Government 

4. Bologna Process / EHEA next steps: Rome Communiqué and beyond

 5. Implications for the HE sector of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

1. Why do we want to reform our HE programmes ? What is needed? 

Offer perspective and prosperity to ones population 

This requires a sound and competitive economy and a sustainble society

 Conditions an educational system and degree programmes which are aligned to the needs of society in the 21st century

 Degree programmes need to be relevant; graduates knowledgeable and skilled + be able to take responsibility

Key Bologna Process Commitments Aim: Reinforcing and supporting quality and cooperation inside the EHEA: 

• a three-cycle system compatible with the overarching framework of qualifications of the EHEA and first and second cycle degrees scaled by ECTS 

• compliance with the Lisbon Recognition Convention 

• quality assurance in compliance with the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area

Regional Government has set very high ambitions

 These ambitions require a systematic / step-by-step approach which involves full commitment of all stakeholders 

It asks for consistent (financial) support, attention, evidencing and reviewing over a longer time

 The three action points identified in the Bologna Process are crucial, because these intend to build trust and confidence in a system … but take a lot of time to realize

Strategic objective1: 

Providing the preconditions for improving the internationalisation of higher education and science in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq Warning: Internationalisation might be a means, it is not a solution. 

Reforms are realized in a national context (in alignment with international standards) 

The Bologna Process have been / is used as a leverage for national reforms by most of the EHEA countries. 

Crucial for reform, however is not external pressure but real ownership of the reform / modernization process by all stakeholders involved.

Strategic objective 2: 

Internationalisation of teaching and administrative staff by increasing their capacity to engage in internationalisation activities and international mobility Warning: 

Internationalisation of staff and students requires a (sophisticated) infrastructure of procedures, processes, instruments, documentation, forms, etc. 

International mobility will help developing the infrastructure and instruments when implemented gradually by offering a learning process over time.

Strategic objective 3:

 Increasing the number of students involved in international student mobility Warning: large scale mobility depends on whether one has its own house in order. 

Reciprocity plays an important role in this respect. Mobility requires that one is an attractive partner. 

This means offering courses in a widely spoken language; transparency regarding procedures; course catalogue according to ECTS standards; recognition mechanisms (e.g. learning agreements, transcript of records, DS)

Strategic objective 4:

 Internationalisation of study programmes by internationalisation of curriculum and the development of joint international programmes

 Warning: International / joint programmes are the most ambitious and complicated level of internationalization. 

Developing and agreeing international joint programmes require agreement on the level of the aims and objectives, learning outcomes, student work load and learning, teaching and assessment approaches.

Strategic objective 5: 

Facilitating the internationalisation of research Warning: Research has its own dynamics.

 It requires priority setting. Focus on national strengths for international cooperation before widening.

 Building international research networks is time consuming and costly. 

Transfer of knowledge and technology requires trust and confidence and development of personal relationships between researchers.

Strategic objective 6: 

Strengthening society through internationalisation of higher education in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq Warning:

 Internationalisation will contribute to building international relationships and development of a better understanding of the other, but this requires time and effort. 

Student and staff mobility is relevant here, but it should be assured that after return they contribute to society building.

Strategic objective 7: 

Implementation of the Bologna Process and ECTS at Kurdish HEIs supported by international experts Warning: Implementation of educational reforms are a condition for international cooperation. 

This modernization is a world wide process and not limited to Bologna or ECTS.

 The Bologna Process and ECTS (as other related initiatives) can serve as tools for making the paradigm change a reality. Anyway, this reality conditions further internationalisation. See objective 3.

4. Bologna Process / EHEA next steps: 

Rome Communiqué Rome Ministerial Communiqué 19 Nov. 2020 and beyond (work in progress) (1)

The structure: 


Our vision

 Fundamental Values 

Building the Future: An inclusive EHEA An innovative EHEA An interconnected EHEA


The EHEA in a global setting

The Annexes: 

1. Statement of Academic Freedom 

2. Principles and Guidelines to Strengthen the Social Dimension of Higher Education in the EHEA 

3. Recommendations for national/governmental support/action for the enhancement of Higher Education Learning and Teaching in the EHEA

The vision An EHEA

 - in which students, staff and students can move freely

 - fully respects the fundamental values of higher education and democracy and the rule of law 

- which is inclusive, innovative and interconnected 

- prepares learners to become active, critical and responsible citizens

 - meets the United Nations’ Sustainability development Goals (SDGs) by 2030

 - which assures a robust culture of academic and scientific integrity

Building the Future: An innovative EHEA Ministers support Higher Education institutions to:

  Search for solutions to the challenges our societies face. (Special emphasis on social, human and creative sciences and arts) 

 Up-dating of knowledge, skills and competences 

 Flexible and open learning paths / Student-centred learning / smaller (and flexible) units of learning

  Development of digital skills and competences for all (sharing materials)

Annex 3: Recommendations for national/governmental support/action for the enhancement of Higher Education Learning and Teaching in the EHEA Three recommendations: 

Making student-centred learning a reality: innovative education; prepare students for the future society; student-centred – active learning; flexible learning paths; open education strategies 

Fostering future teaching : make teaching and research mutually supportive; support professional development and create attractive career pathways

Strengthening higher education institutional and systems’ capacity to support learning and teaching: develop strong and effective strategies for learning and teaching in a digital world; foster national and European cooperation

5. Implications for the HE sector of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (1) 

Bologna / EHEA Process is agenda setting (but not revolutionary) 

Rome Communiqué offers further guidance / incentives for reform

 Necessary reforms are of global significance (not limited to Bologna Process members) 

Intend to boost economic and societal welfare (national interest) in an international setting

 Requires aligned action of governments and HE institutions (staff and students)

Policy recommendations: 

Focus primary on the Kurdistan Region HE needs and requirements to contribute to the welfare of society 

Take international initiatives such as the Bologna Process as a reference for reform

 Accommodate legislation to facilitate reforms

 Offer financial incentives to stimulate reform

Recommendation to Higher Education institutions: 

Change the paradigm of teaching and learning

 Promote staff development 

Make use of the many examples of good practice available such as the ECTS Users’ Guide, the materials and tools developed by the Tuning and CALOHEE and other initiatives. 

Introduce Work-based learning in all HE institutions to strengthen the relation with the potential labour market: see WEXHE project tools

Main recommendations for all:

 Create an infrastructure on regional level and the level of individual HE institutions to allow for reform: 

 = Align the Kurdistan Regional HE system to the Bologna / Global cycle system (Bachelor-Master) 

= (invest in efficiency and quality not length of studies) 

= Create a reliable Quality Assurance System (follow ESG recommendations) o Implement the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS): 

=  Define programme and course unit learning outcomes (make use of CALOHEE Project outcomes) 

=Allocate credits to course units / calculate fair workload o Move from staff / expert driven education to student-centred education and active learning

=  Accommodate learning, teaching and assessment to this (new) paradigm





Edited  and revised by

Dr. Pshtiwan Faraj

Director of International Relations Office

Charmo University 

IREX Online teaching training shared with Charmo Lecturers

posted Oct 5, 2020, 2:14 AM by Pshtiwan Faraj Mohammed

Charmo university lecturer's received a one month training by IREX and then those who participated in the training shared the lessons learned with all university lecturers at Charmo University. Below you can see a photo of the zoom online meeting for the teachers and lecturers.

Report with findings of the Peer Review Meeting (WP4.3)

posted Oct 5, 2020, 1:36 AM by Pshtiwan Faraj Mohammed

Below you can find the Peer Review Report of IRO of Charmo University and its internationalization efforts.

ChU Peer Review Online Meeting with Gottingen University

posted Aug 19, 2020, 1:26 PM by Pshtiwan Faraj Mohammed   [ updated Aug 19, 2020, 1:29 PM ]

Today Charmo International Office Relations held a peer review meeting with Gottingen University. The peer review online meeting was an evaluation of the implementation of the TIGRIS project which is also implemented by several other Kurdish Partner universities in kurdistan. Dr. Pshtiwan Faraj ,Director of the IRO office with Charmo University President Prof. Salah Saeed, the director of the Charmo research center Dr. Omed Amin, along with two students Shagul Ibrahim and Lavin Salah talked about their exchange visit to China and two other university staff members, including Dr. Lajan Muhammed Ameen and Dr. Kazi Hassan also participated in the peer review meeting and talked about their participation for staff mobility. In it they discussed the Internationalization strategy of ChU and how to implement and monitor it. Mr. Jakob and Dr. Uwe Muss from Gottingen University of Germany thanked all for their active participation in the peer review meeting.

زانكۆى چه‌رمۆ به‌شى په‌یوه‌ندیه‌ نێوده‌وڵه‌تیه‌كان كۆبونه‌وه‌یه‌كى فیدیۆیی ئۆنلاینى له‌گه‌ڵ زانكۆى گۆتینگینى ئه‌ڵمانى ئه‌نجامدا. له‌ كۆبونه‌وه‌كه‌دا هه‌ریه‌كه‌ له‌ د.پشتیوان فه‌ره‌ج به‌ڕێوه‌به‌رى په‌یوه‌ندیه‌نێوده‌وڵه‌تیه‌كان و پ.د سه‌لاح ڕه‌زا سه‌رۆكى زانكۆ و د. ئومێد ئه‌مین سه‌رۆكى سه‌نته‌رى توێژینه‌وه‌یه‌كى زانكۆ و دوو خوێندكار و دوو كارمه‌ندى زانكۆ و به‌شى په‌یوه‌ندیه‌ نێوده‌وڵه‌تیه‌كان به‌شدارى ئه‌و كۆبونه‌وه‌یان كرد.
كۆبونه‌وه‌كه‌ تایبه‌ت بوو به‌ هه‌ڵسه‌ندگاندنى پڕۆژه‌ى تایگریس كه‌ فه‌ند كراوه‌ له‌لایه‌ن یه‌كێتى ئه‌وروپا وه‌ و له‌ ساڵى 2018 ه‌وه‌ له‌ كوردستان جێ به‌جێ ده‌كرێت. ئامانج له‌م پڕۆژه‌یه‌ به‌نێوده‌وڵه‌تیكردنى زانكۆكانى كوردستانه‌ و پڕۆژه‌كه‌ هاوكار بووه‌ له‌وه‌ى كه‌ زانكۆى چه‌رمۆ و زانكۆ به‌شداربوه‌كانى دیكه‌ى كوردستان ستراتیژى نێوده‌وڵه‌تى خۆیان بۆ چوار ساڵى ئاینده‌ بنوسنه‌وه‌ و كارى پێ بكه‌ن. زانكۆى چه‌رمۆ ئێستا ستراتیژى نێوده‌وڵه‌تى خۆى هه‌یه‌ و بڕیاڕ وایه‌ تا ساڵى 2024 جێ به‌جێ بكرێت. له‌ هه‌ڵسه‌ندگاندنه‌كه‌دا دوو خوێنكارى به‌تواناى زانكۆى چه‌رمۆ شاگوڵ ابراهيم و لاڤين سةلاح به‌شدار بوون و باسى ئه‌زمونى ئاڵوگۆڕى خۆیان كرد بۆ وڵاتى چین. هه‌روه‌ها هه‌ریه‌كه‌ له‌ لاجان محمد امين به‌ڕێوه‌به‌رى كوالیتى ئه‌شوه‌ره‌نس و دكتۆره‌ كه‌زى حةسةن كه‌ سه‌ردانى وڵاتى ئةلَمانيا و فینله‌ندايان كردبوو بۆ ڕاهێنان  باسیان له‌و ئه‌زمونه‌ى خۆیان كرد له‌گه‌ڵ سه‌رنج و تێبینیه‌كانیان سه‌باره‌ت به‌ و خزمه‌تگوزاریانه‌ى كه‌ به‌شى په‌یوه‌ندیه‌ نێوده‌وڵه‌تیه‌كان پێشكه‌ش به‌ خوێندكار و كارمه‌ند و مامۆستایانى ده‌كات وه‌ك كارئاسانكارى له‌ وه‌رگرتنى فیزا و نامه‌ى پشتگیرى بۆ وه‌رگرتنى فه‌ند و مینحه‌ى توێژینه‌وه‌ و چه‌ندین كاری ترى په‌یوه‌ندیدار بۆ به‌نێوده‌وڵه‌تیكردنى زانكۆكه‌. له‌ میانه‌ى ئه‌و چاوپێكه‌وتنه‌كدا جاكۆب هیده‌بیرگ و دكتۆر ئۆڤه‌ر موسیش ده‌ستخۆشى و سوپاسى زانكۆى چه‌رمۆیان كرد بۆ به‌شداریكردن  له‌و كۆبونه‌وه‌یه‌دا.

خوڵى ڕاوكردنى كار بۆ ده‌رچوانى زانكۆى چه‌رمۆ ئه‌نجام درا

posted Jul 20, 2020, 2:21 PM by Pshtiwan Faraj Mohammed

Job Hunting Skills for Fresh Graduates of Charmo University

The IRO office of Charmo University together with the support of CDC held a virtual training for Charmo University fresh graduates on 18th-19th July 2020.
The training was taught by Ranjdar Khalid Grawi, a TOT trainer and author of many relevant books on Job hunting skills and leadership. The fresh graduates actively participated in the two day training of which they will be awarded a professional certificate for their attendance.

خوڵى ڕاوكردنى كار بۆ ده‌رچوانى زانكۆى چه‌رمۆ ئه‌نجام درا
به‌شى په‌یوه‌ندیه‌ نێوه‌ ده‌وڵه‌تیه‌كانى و به‌شى پێشه‌نگكارى زانكۆى چه‌رمۆ به‌هاوكارى ڕاهێنه‌رى و نوسه‌رى به‌توانا ڕه‌نجده‌ر خالد گراوى خولێكى دوو ڕۆژه‌یان بۆ تازه‌ ده‌رچوانى زانكۆى چه‌رمۆ سازدا له‌ به‌روارى 18 و 19 ى ته‌موزى 2020 و ئه‌وانه‌ى كه‌ به‌شدارى خوله‌كه‌ بوون بڕوانامه‌ى به‌شداریكردنیان پێشكه‌ش ده‌كرێت.

Charmo University attends a webinar with University of Kurdistan/Iran

posted Jun 30, 2020, 2:44 PM by Pshtiwan Faraj Mohammed   [ updated Jun 30, 2020, 2:51 PM ]

Charmo University along with ten other Kurdistan Region Universities participated in an online webinar today from 10:00 am to 01:00 pm on June 30th 2020.

Dr. Pshtiwan Faraj, Director of International Relations Office of Charmo University attended a webinar which was prepared by  the University of Kurdistan/Iran along with ten other Kurdish universities in kurdistan region of Iraq.

Dr. Pshtiwan thanked the President of the University of Kurdistan and directors of international office for their engaging, useful and active participation in today’s online meeting.

Both universities received lots of nice suggestions on different topics of the meeting agenda and how to develop mutual collaboration together. 

having such meetings and close discussions will help developing more collaboration between our universities. Charmo University indicated that our academic institute is ready to engage with and that University of Kurdistan was also much interested to develop cooperation with KRG universities in different aspects.

 As was mentioned in the meeting, a report on today’s online is coming soon.

Below you will find some photos taken during and at the end of our meeting:

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