The CIS Intensive Training Program aims at supporting scientists from all departments of Iraqi universities in integrating modern technologies and methods in their teaching and research practices, improving their intercultural communication skills and giving them the opportunity for scientific exchange and networking with their German colleagues. These courses are open to faculty members from all Iraqi universities independent of governmental funding. They last for two weeks with the opportunity to participate in an additional cultural program. Iraqi Universities are welcome to ask the CIS to design special courses according to their demands.
Upcoming Intensive Courses
Past Intensive Courses
2017 FALL INTENSIVE COURSE: ECONOMICS & SOCIAL SCIENCES
Berlin-Jena, September 11–23, 2017
The 2017 Fall Intensive Course was designed for lecturers and students from colleges of administration and economics, humanities, medicine and sciences of Iraqi Universities. The primary content of the Course were two intensive workshops at the Free University of Berlin on “Progress of Iraqi Universities in Context of National, Regional and Global Trends in Higher Education” and on “Power of Youth – Iraqi German Students Network”. The highlight of the Course was, however, the participation of the trainees at the 33. Deutscher Orientalistentag “Asia, Africa and Europe” (33. German Orientalists’ Congress) at the Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena (http://www.dot2017.de/en/). On this Congress, the trainees organized two panels with six paper presentations in each panel by the trainees. In these panels (“Issues of Higher Education in Iraq I and II”), the current situation, most pressing issues and new developments at Iraqi universities were presented and discussed from the perspectives of the lecturers (Panel I) and students (Panel II). These panels attracted a great audience and were applauded as highly valuable contribution to the Congress. The trainees were able to get in contact with a number of German counterparts. Another highlight of the Course was the participation of the trainees at the “4. Iraqi-German Business Forum” jointly organized by GHORFA – Arab-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (http://education.ghorfa.de/) and the Iraqi Embassy in Berlin. The participants of the Fall Course were 10 lecturers from the Universities of Dohuk, Mustansiriya, Salahaddin (Erbil), Sulaimani and Zakho, and 9 students from the University of Sulaimani.
2017 SUMMER INTENSIVE COURSE: ECONOMICS & SOCIAL SCIENCES
Erlangen, Nürnberg, Bamberg, Würzburg, July 17-29, 2017
The 2017 Summer Intensive Course was designed for lecturers from colleges of administration and economics and other social sciences. Accordingly, the program included in addition to an intensive block workshop-seminar in economics also lectures on Arabic language and literature at the University of Bamberg and musicology at the University of Würzburg by leading institutes and chairs in Germany in these subjects. One highlights of the Course was the visit of the Human Rights Office of the City of Nuremberg with the presentation of the Human Rights activities of the City of Nuremberg and a guided tour of the “Way of Human Rights”. The participants of the Summer Course were 18 lecturers from the Universities Baghdad, Basrah, Mustansiriya (Baghdad), Kerbela, Kufa and Al-Furat Al-Awsat Technical University.
2016 FALL INTENSIVE COURSE: ECONOMICS & SOCIAL SCIENCES
Berlin, September 26 – October 10
The 2016 Fall Intensive Course was designed for lecturers from colleges of administration and economics and other social sciences. The highlights of the Course were the specially designed presentations and workshop at the Humboldt University, Free University of Berlin, and Berlin School of Economics and Law. But also the receptions with lectures and discussions at the Middle East Department of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Federation of German Industries (BDI), and at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) were highly instructive and much appreciated by the course trainees. A special occasion for networking was the participation of the trainees at the 7th Arab-German Education and Vocational Training Forum organized by iMOVE – training – made in Germany and GHORFA – Arab-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (http://education.ghorfa.de/). The participants of the Fall Course were 34 lecturers from the Universities Baghdad, Duhok, Kufa, Mustansiriya, Muthanna, Qadisiya, Salahaddin, Sulaimani and Zakho.
2016 SUMMER INTENSIVE COURSE (August 08-22):
Building Materials & Hydraulic Engineering
The Summer Course 2016 on Building Materials & Hydraulic Engineering was the first course within the CIS Intensive Training Program which was organized on special request of one of the IG-CON Partner Universities of the CIS. It was designed according to training needs of the staff members of the Department of Civil Engineering of the College of Engineering at the University of Al-Qadisiyah and should be attended exclusively by those faculty members. Unfortunately, the city of Al-Diwaniyah was victim of a horrible terror attack leaving several staff members of the University of Al-Qadisiyah severely injured shortly before the start of the course and none of the potential participants already in possession of entry visas to Germany could attend this course. Thanks to the great demand for the training courses of the CIS at Iraqi universities, the course could be conducted with ten new trainees from the civil and environmental engineering department of the universities of Baghdad, Basrah and Al-Mustansiriya (Baghdad).
The constituting element of the course program was a three-day workshop on Water and Construction Engineering as well as Lab Testing, Software and Field Application at the Faculty of Civil Engineering of the Georg Simon Ohm University of Applied Sciences in Nuremberg. One of the highlights was an excursion to the Barrier Lake “Brombachsee” with a guided tour through the Hydro-Electric Power Plant by the Engineer in Charge. A visit of the Knauf production facilities in Iphofen allowed the participants to get a valuable insight in one of Germany’s leading manufacturers of construction material.
Erlangen/Nuremberg/Munich, April 03 – 15, 2016
The CIS Intensive Training Program – Spring Course 2016: Civil & Environmental Engineering was designed for lecturers from colleges of engineering, especially for civil and environmental engineering, of Iraqi universities.
One of the highlights of the Intensive Fall Course 2016 was a three-day workshop on “Lab Testing, Software Application and Field Application” at the Faculty of Civil Engineering of the Georg Simon Ohm University of Applied Sciences in Nuremberg showing the Ohm University’s newest research methods and projects as well as their application in cooperation with private companies and public institutions
Another highlight was an excursion of three days to Munich including visits to the chairs and laboratories of the Faculty of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) according to the specialization of the trainees and an experts visit to the Hydroelectric Power Station Walchensee.
The participants of the course were 18 lecturers from the Universities of Al-Qadisiya, Babylon, Baghdad, Basrah, Salahaddin (Erbil), Sulaimani, Nahrain (Baghdad), Tikrit and University of Technology (Baghdad).
2015 FALL INTENSIVE COURSE
Erlangen/Bochum/Freiberg, September 13 – October 04
The Center of Iraq Studies (CIS) organized in 2015 the first Intensive Training Course for faculty members and administrative staff of Iraqi universities. The 2015 Fall Intensive Course was designed for lecturers from colleges of administration and economics. It contained, however, also modules on engineering for attendants from colleges of engineering. An additional cultural program of the course contained visits to events in the cities of Bamberg, Dresden and Wurzburg.
One of the highlights of the Intensive Fall Course 2015 was the CIS-Panel on “Economic Development in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq” at the 22nd International Congress of Contemporary Research on the Middle East (DAVO-Congress), Bochum, Sept. 24–26, 2015, which brought together the Iraqi trainees with more than 200 academics from a great number of German and foreign universities with a wide range of research interests in the Middle East.
For Engineers, the training course included the participation to an introductory course to ‘DASYLab’, a software used for data acquisition in engineering, at the Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg as well as visits of the chairs and laboratories of the Faculty of Engineering of the FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg.
The participants of the Fall Course were 32 lecturers from the Universities of Baghdad, Anbar (Ramadi), Mustansiriya (Baghdad), Salahaddin (Erbil), Sulaimani, Babylon (Hilla) and University of Technology Baghdad.