Erasmus +( Plus)
Erasmus+ is the EU Programme in the fields of education, training, youth and sport for the period 2014-2020. Education, training, youth and sport can make a major contribution to help tackle socio-economic changes, the key challenges that Europe will be facing until the end of the decade and to support the implementation of the Europe 2020 strategy for growth, jobs, social equity and inclusion.
Moreover, there is a need to provide youth organizations and youth workers with training and cooperation opportunities, to develop their professionalism.
The Erasmus+ Programme is designed to support Programme Countries' efforts to efficiently use the potential of Europe’s human talent and social capital, while confirming the principle of lifelong learning by linking support to formal, non-formal and informal learning throughout the education, training and youth fields. The Programme also enhances the opportunities for cooperation and mobility with Partner Countries, notably in the fields of higher education and youth.Salahaddin university -erbil is a partnership of two Erasmus + program, which are:
1- GeoNetic: Salahaddin University-Erbil submitted a research proposal to the Erasmus + shared with its partner University [University of Lund-Sweden] .The project is concerned with the environment, Climate Change and applications of GIS in Kurdistan Region as a case study. The departments of Environment, Physics, Geology and Geography will be able to carry out different GIS applications for dealing environmental problems both in rural and urban areas. It is hoped that EU commission will approve the project and implementation starts soon.
Dear Dr.Ahmed Dezaye,President Salahaddin university -Erbil
We are pleased to inform you that your organisation SALAHADDIN UNIVERSITY ERBIL has been validated in the EC Participant’s database as a Public, Non-profit and Higher Education Establishment with the following PIC 949382748.
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Date: August 14th,2015
Project Name: Erasmus +
Project Number: 561967-EPP-1-2015-1-SE-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP (2015-3767/001-001)
Title: International MSc Educational Program in Environmental Management and Modeling ( GeoNetC ).
This project is a grant given by European Commission to open and establish a course at Salahaddin University and Dohuk University in Kurdistan Region on the impact of climate change.
The projects started on 15/10/2015 and continue until 14/10/2018.During this period a detail programme of the mentioned course will be written. The project is a partnership programme with two Iranian universities and four European universities and coordinated by Lund University-Sweden. The project is fully financially funded by European Union.
The first kick off meeting of the partners of the project was hold at Lund University-Sweden ( http://www.lunduniversity.lu.se/) in the period March 10th t0 12th ,2016.In this meeting the partner universities were dicide to establish team works on the 13 modules of the project.
Erasmus Plus group Photo-Kick off meeting, March 12th 2016, Lund University-Sweden
The second meeting is planned to be held in the Institute of Geodesy of Vilinius Gedmininas Technical University (http://www.vgtu.lt/), Vilinius-Lithuania in the period October 25th-29th, 2016.Project partners from Sweden, Germany, Netherlands, Lithuania, Portugal, Iran and Kurdistan region-Iraq will come together in Vilinius to discuss and detail project implementation as well as presenting the progress after the kick off meeting in March 2016.Salahaddin university will participate in this proposed meeting via a delegation of three academic staff.
In the above mentioned period,the workshop was conducted.The representatives of all the partner universities were present.The three days meeting were very fruitful and many suggestions and decisions were made in order to forward the project implementation. Dr.Mohammed Azeez Saeed sepcialist in Climatology represented Salahaddin university -Erbil in the workshop.
Group Photo,Second Erasmus Plus meeting, VGTU-Vilnius-Lithuania, October 28 , 2016.
Third meeting of Erasmus + GeoNetC was held at ITC University of Twente, Enschede- Netherlands in the period January 16th to January 21st, 2017.
The meeting concentrated on Developing online M.Sc. Courses on Climate Change, Food Security, Environmental Change and Environmental Parameters.
2- Project Name: Erasmus Plus: Cooperation for innovation and the
exchange of good practices – Capacity Building in the field of Higher Education
Title: Online Platform for Academic Teaching and learning in Iraq and Iran/ OPATEL
It is a second European Union project in which Salahaddin university-Erbil participating with 13 partner Universities and institutes in Europe, Iran and Iraq. They are:
1-Leipzig University of Applied Sciences (HTWK)-Germany, Coordinator of the program.
2-Instituto Superior de Paços de BrandŮ…o (ISPAB)-Portugal
3-University of Patras (UPAT)- Greece
4-Int@E UG (Int@E)- Germany
5-University of Duhok (UoD)-Kurdistan-Iraq
6-Salahaddin University-Erbil (SU)-Kurdistan-Iraq
7-University of Baghdad (UoB)-Iraq
8-Duhok Polytechnic University (DPU)-Kurdistan-Iraq
9-University of Basrah (UOB)-Iraq
10-Sanandaj branch, Islamic Azad University (IAUSDJ)-Iran
11-Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS)-Iran
12-Paulo & Beatriz – Consultores Associados, Lda (P&B)-Portigal
13-University of Torbat-e Heydarieh (UTH)-Iran
The aim of OPATEL consists in establishing and developing a center to train staff and students in Iraq & Iran universities by using Online Platform for TEaching and learning to be as a hub for using best practices in ICT in education, as well as raising competencies of lecturers and teachers by enhancing the learning processes of students.
1. Establish a well-equipped center for E-Learning in partner universities
2. Transfer EU-experience in areas of E-Learning, skills development and merge new generations
3. Training and follow up with staff and students on how to develop, share learning objects, and
collaborate their courses, presentations and exercises on online platform.
4. Improve quality of teaching and learning by building the capacity of universities how to evaluate,
develop and design e-courses.
5. Enhancing cooperation with EU partners through mutual visits to develop strategies how to move from
teaching to learning and developing scalable sustainable solutions.
The use of Online Platform will steer the education, technical ICT in the right direction. Training of staff
to enhance and develop their abilities, will promote reform and modernization of higher education in
Through this platform, partner universities will have a new vision in education systems and this will
enhance quality and relevance of higher education. They publish their results to other universities in the
Training coaches mentors continuously through EU trainers, this will achieve the application of means
and methods of modern and innovative education and training.
Accordingly, the transfer of EU-experience in areas of E-Learning in education will be applied.
This solves problems of usage of E-Learning in education; participants create and publish common
methodology and documentation for lifelong learning, E-learning and training for Iran and Iraq in
accordance with EU-Standards.
Three languages will be used in the project: Arabic, Persian and English.
Many factors will be used for dissemination and success of OPATEL such as press and media; presenting
progress via websites; participation of staff and students, governmental support participation of
ministries of high educations and other HEIs.
Thus, the general objective of the project improving the quality of teaching and learning at the Iran and
Iraq universities through incorporating technological tools in consistence with pedagogical best practices
and by building the capacity of the universities to evaluate, develop and design e-curricula, as well as
raise the competencies of individual lecturers and teachers to become ability to use the ICT and ELearning
for teaching. Another target of this project is building a strong and deep connection between
higher education, teachers, students and society. Specifics of target groups like teachers, lecturers and
Online Platform for Academic TEaching and Learning in Iraq and Iran / OPATEL
Administrators in Iran and Iraq.
A set of activities proposed and the working methodology to be used for achieving the objectives:
1. Review, state of the art, Agreement and Network between partners
•Project start up activities
•Prepare operation plan and methodology to develop and update the strategies used to ensure the
sustainability to use ICT in Teaching and Learning
2. Assessment studies for the needs of teachers, lecturers and administrators
•Analyse and identify different entities to utilise ICT in education
•List of needed skills in ICT and E-Learning
•Nominate IT specialists at consortium universities
3. Purchase of teaching equipment and bibliographic material
•Selection of equipment: All partners in Iran and Iraq have select the equipment for the project.
•Implementation of the Platform for E-Learning Systems as a center to train the staff , teachers lecturers
and later students.
4. Make E-Learning System an integrated part in educations and teaching
•Develop teaching and learning programs for the Staff, teachers, lecturers and administrators.
• Training courses to train staff, lecturers, teachers and administrators in competency based learning.
•Developing E-Learning System and integrate it effectively in practice and application in the teaching and
learning at the universities
5.Quality control and monitoring
•Quality control, monitoring and budgetary control
•Check of quality assurance and evaluation plan courses materials & courses placement and courses
•Project task supervision, result evaluation, a verification of targets and success indicators that have
been defined within this project.
•Opening of the project via Internet, social media and ministry of high educations
•Prepare and conduct internal/external information events, mid-term/final conferences
•Participation in annual erasmus project meeting.
•Distribution of project documentation material (Media, banners, flyers, Facebook), seminars and
7.Exploitation of results and sustainability
•Involve the public/private universities and ministry of high educations
•Make the E-learning is mandatory to use in teaching
•Courses sustainability in long-term perspective
•Work on the development of this rule on an ongoing basis and update equipment and staff development
•Workshop on broader strategic options as follow-up project activities
8. Coordination and management of the project
•Project management & coordination meetings, steering committee meetings
•Activity & result monitoring & Evaluation
•Activity and budget planning and budget control, reporting.
As the project manager, HTWK is responsible for overall operation of the project and its smooth running,
financial and administrative management including the preparation of budget and reports, timelines and
A Steering Committee composed by one representative for each partner of project will be formed. It will
be responsible for project management and monitor the progress of all activities.
HTWK and local coordinators will make strategic decisions about the development of the project and
ensure that activities are well organized and completed on schedule and that all deadlines are met and
objectives achieved. HTWK and local coordinators will also be responsible for authorizing the purchase of
all equipment, customs duties and all connected paperwork.
Local coordinator UoD in visits all partner in Iraq for controlling and management the project, writing
Online Platform for Academic TEaching and Learning in Iraq and Iran / OPATEL
Reports about project phases, make control about the bought equipment and send all reports to HTWK
Local coordinator IAUSDJ in Iran visit all partner in Iran for controlling and management the project,
writing reports about project phases, make control about the bought equipment and send all reports to
UoD and IAUSDJ visit HTWK more times and discuss all project phases and the need of the partners in
Iraq and Iran.
EU partners (HTWK, UPAT,UPJS, P&B and Int@E) will visit all partners in Iraq and Iran more times for
training, for quality controlling and for dissemination and exploitation of results and sustainability. EU
partners visit Iraq and Iran in the same flight to spare the travel and stay cost. They travel between
partners to train partners monitoring and and to check the progress of the project phases.
From March 13-16th, 2017 the Erasmus +, OPATEL kick off meeting was held at Lipezig University of Applied Sciences,Leipzig-Germany.The aim of the meeting was to introduce the partner universities themselves and to put forward the steps and plans for the implementation of the program. The program is for establishing Online Platform for Academic Teaching and learning in Iraq and Iran coordinated by HWTK and financially sponsored by European Union.The meeting was successful.
E-Learning Laboratory at Salahaddin University: In Erasmus Plus/OPATEL project about 25,200 Euros grand has been allocated by the European Union to establish an e-learning laboratory. A special committee at salahaddin university has finalized the list of required upto date equipment and announced for tendering.The laboratory will be established at the directorate of Rescearch center soon.
Today Thursday, June 15th, 2017 Erasmus Plus meeting was held at salahaddin University guest house meeting hall. The meeting was conducted by professor Dr.Riyadh Qashi , the coordinator of the project from Leipzig university of Applied sciences, Leipzig-Germany. The representatives of the Iraqi partner Universities( Salahaddin University, University of Dohuk, Dohuk Polytechnic University and University of Basra are participated in the meeting.In the meeting the following titles are tackeled and discussied:
1- How to buy Equipment for establishing e-learning centers at partners Universities.
2- Staff convention, that is the paper work for the staff payment working days.
3- Staff and students survey on e-learning system applications.The future trainings on e-learning needs of partner universities were discussed.
Dr.Riyadh Qashi conducted the seminar presentation and gave valuable information on the subjects mentioned above .
Updated on June 16th, 2017
Mohammed Azeez Saeed