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Transforming Engineering Education in Iraq

Engineering students in the Kurdistan region of Iraq will soon benefit from new teaching methods, experiential learning in class, and courses that meet global standards. For these students, schoolwork usually has traditionally meant taking copious notes during lectures and memorizing textbooks to prepare for weeks of final exams. The graduates will become the engineers that Iraq relies on to rebuild infrastructure and create innovations after years of conflict and neglect; however, most of them will leave the university with little hands-on experience with real engineering projects. A partnership between IREX, the University of Duhok Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department in Kurdistan, and Michigan State University (MSU) aims to change this through the Iraq University Linkages Program (ULP).

Engineering students in the Kurdistan region of Iraq will soon benefit from new teaching methods, experiential learning in class, and courses that meet global standards. For these students, schoolwork usually has traditionally meant taking copious notes during lectures and memorizing textbooks to prepare for weeks of final exams.

Young Leader Gains Workforce Skills for Tunisian Economy

“Being a female in the field of technology in Tunisia is quite challenging … in Tunisia we still have that idea that women are still incapable to achieve what men can do in the technology field.” Houda is a Thomas Jefferson Scholar developing her technical skills in information technology this year in the United States through the Tunisia Community College Scholarship Program (TCCSP).

Tunisian Female Loves Technology“Being a female in the field of technology in Tunisia is quite challenging … in Tunisia we still have that idea that women are still incapable to achieve what men can do in the technology field.” Houda is a Thomas Jefferson Scholar developing her technical skills in information technology this year in the United States through the

Houda is working on a professional certificate in Local Area Networks at a US community college.

Evaluation Shows Multifaith Dialogue Has Community Impact in Iraq

An independent evaluation recently found IREX’s Uniting Communities Through Multifaith Dialogue (UCTMD) program improved the abilities of Iraqi faith-based organizations to facilitate dialogue, mitigate conflict and advocate for religious tolerance through the media. “The Uniting Communities Through Multifaith Dialogue Project has resulted in a generation that do believe in peaceful coexistence,” said Program Director Ahmad Suleiman Jaff. It has helped them “understand that they are human beings before being different.”

An independent evaluation recently found IREX’s Uniting Communities Through Multifaith Dialogue (UCTMD) program improved the abilities of Iraqi faith-based organizations to facilitate dialogue, mitigate conflict and advocate for religious tolerance through the media.

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In Erbil, volunteers staged a play on multifaith tolerance.

Moldova Launches Electronic Payment Service at Library

The Moldovan government launched its new online payment service, M-pay, at the Orhei District Public Library in central Moldova. Through IREX’s Novateca project, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in cooperation with USAID, contemporary public libraries like the one in Orhei support the expansion and promotion of new services like M-pay to community groups, while facilitating public internet access and e-governance tools, in addition to traditional library services.

The Moldovan government launched its new online payment service, M-pay, at the Orhei District Public Library in central Moldova.

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Prime Minister Leancă watches a library patron use the M-pay service

On the Air in Georgia: Promoting Development through Community Radio

In the town of Ninotsminda in Georgia’s Javakheti region, a community radio station is promoting civic engagement, increasing community development and improving communications for hundreds of Georgians. Radio NOR, the country’s first and only community radio station, is broadcast online with support from IREX through the USAID-funded G-MEDIA program. What makes this form of radio so compelling is its inclusion of community members: anyone who is interested can participate. Volunteers manage and prepare programs while having the opportunity to create an open public dialogue on topics that mainstream media often neglect. 

In the town of Ninotsminda in Georgia’s Javakheti region, a community radio station is promoting civic engagement, increasing community development and improving communications for hundreds of Georgians. Radio NOR, the country’s first and only community radio station, is broadcast online with support from IREX through the USAID-funded G-MEDIA program.

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Community Radio NOR Georgia

New Business Ideas Brew at Cafe in Romania

Trivia, karaoke and board games may not seem conducive to business development. But at Bankers Café and Hubb – a small business incubator that also serves up espresso coffee and virgin cocktails – the activities are part of a lively atmosphere designed to attract young entrepreneurs. Radu Oprea, who co-founded Bankers in Galati, Romania last year, says that combining a café and a business incubator under one roof might appear odd, but it works.  

Trivia, karaoke and board games may not seem conducive to business development. But at Bankers Café and Hubb – a small business incubator that also serves up espresso coffee and virgin cocktails – the activities are part of a lively atmosphere designed to attract young entrepreneurs. 

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Radu at the Bankers Cafe and Hubb in Romania

Multimedia Education Center Producing Tech Savvy Georgian Journalists

Tucked into a historic neighborhood of Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi, is a place where young journalists can learn the new skills needed to meet the challenges of the future. The Multimedia Education Center (MEC) provides state of the art technical facilities and digital, multi-platform content production for Master’s level journalism education. Designed to encourage student productions and packed with modern digital equipment, the MEC was built by IREX through the USAID-funded G-MEDIA program.

Tucked into a historic neighborhood of Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi, is a place where young journalists can learn the new skills needed to meet the challenges of the future. The Multimedia Education Center (MEC) provides state of the art technical facilities and digital, multi-platform content production for Master’s level journalism education. 

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Journalism lecturers at the MEC in Tbilisi

Newspaper Spektri Gives Voice To Isolated Minorities in Georgia

In the remote reaches of the Kakheti region, thousands of ethnic Azerbaijanis are now engaging local leaders on pressing community issues with the help of a local newspaper. By printing an Azerbaijani-language insert along with the regular paper, Spektri has helped bring concerns like lack of drinking water and run-down school facilities to light.

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A newspaper in Georgia helps Azerbaijanis in Kakheti region voice their concerns to public authorities and become more involved in the community.

Industry and Higher Education in Iraq Partner to Strengthen Workforce

In Iraq, university graduates typically search for two years before securing a job. The average employer spends nine months training new employees to get them up to speed. But as a result of a partnership facilitated by IREX's Iraq University Linkages Program (ULP) between the University of Duhok’s Career Development Center and OilSERV, a leading oil service company in Iraq, students recently strengthened their job prospects and gained real world work experience.

In Iraq, university graduates typically search for two years before securing a job. The average employer spends nine months training new employees to get them up to speed. But as a result of a partnership facilitated by IREX's Iraq University Linkages Program (ULP) between the University of Duhok’s Career Development Center and OilSERV, a leading oil service company in Iraq, students recently strengthened their job prospects and gained real world work experience.

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Iraqi Engineering students gain valuable on-the-job training to combat regional unemployment.

Triple Challenge to Literacy in Pakistan

The United Nations recognizes literacy as a human right essential to lifelong learning and development. IREX implements multiple programs working with thousands of teachers around the world each year to improve literacy and education. In honor of International Literacy Day “Literacies for the 21st Century,” teachers from Pakistan recently shared with IREX the realities of achieving this goal. 

 The United Nations recognizes literacy as a human right essential to lifelong learning and development. IREX implements multiple programs working with thousands of teachers around the world each year to improve literacy and education. In honor of International Literacy Day “Literacies for the 21st Century,” teachers from Pakistan recently shared with IREX the realities of achieving this goal.

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TEA Pakistan Teachers
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