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About APPRAIS Project

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APPRAIS ( governAnce, quality, accountability: a Piloting Reform PRrocess in kurdistAn regIon of Iraq) is a European Commission, Erasmus+, KA2 project for Capacity-building in the Field of Higher Education. The project has been funded with support from the European Union.

The overarching goal of APPRAIS is to support, through the cooperation with European institutions, the rebuilding and modernisation of the governance system of higher education institutions (HEIs) in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, with a specific focus on strategic planning, quality assurance and Bologna process implementation. To institutionalize good governance practices in Iraqi HEIs also means enforcing institutional values such as
autonomy, accountability, participation, quality assurance, and internationalization, as well as implementing well-structured management systems. The project will contribute to the development and modernization of the HE sector in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, supporting HEIs in meeting international standards and empowering university staff to effectively manage and implement changes.
APPRAIS project idea comes from the willingness of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MOHESR KRG) to improve and develop the higher education system in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. The MOHESR KRG has encouraged several Iraqi Universities to adopt the European higher education model, supporting therefore the implementation of the Bologna Process.

The specific objectives of APPRAIS are:
-Enhancing good governance, by strengthening the definition and development of HEIs roadmap;
-Improving HEIs capacities on quality assurance mechanisms, strategic planning, management and accountability practices;
-Supporting the implementation of Bologna Process within HEIs in Kurdistan region of Iraq by improving knowledge on recognition of credits and learning mobility;
-Adopting the university reform on good governance and Bologna process at each HEIs, through the definition and validation of institutional action plans

Like any governance dimension, all the above-mentioned objectives require a strong strategic orientation and capacity to be accomplished but, at the same time, they are also preconditioning for an effective strategic planning. Consequently, the project aims at supporting each HEIs to develop their own strategies and specific action plans in order to make the governance changes possible.