Project Title

governAnce, quality, accountability:
a Piloting Reform PRrocess in kurdistAn regIon of Iraq

Programme: European Commission, Erasmus+, KA2 – Capacity-building in the Field of Higher Education. The project has been funded with support from the European Union.

Project Duration: from 15 January 2021 to 14 January 2024.

Mission Statement

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.

Project specific

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. Specifically, the project aims to:

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.

Key Expected Results

1. State of the art on governance and quality assurance in the universities of Kurdistan region of Iraq.

2. University roadmap for better university governance and implementation of Bologna process in the HEIs of Kurdistan region of Iraq.

3. 56 university leaders (presidents, vice-presidents, heads of IROs and QA responsibles) upskilled on strategic planning, quality assurance and credits recognition.

4. 80 administrative staff upskilled on university administrative management, quality assurance and internationalisation strategies.

5. Further 160 university staff (20 people from each HEI) benefit from the institutional ToTs during the harmonisation phase.

6. 8 shared strategic institutional plans validated by the KRI Ministry and adopted by the HEIs in Kurdistan

The project will also contribute to the cooperation between the EU and Kurdistan region of Iraq by setting up a committed and professional partners team that will engage the university leadership at Partner Countries level and that will work together for three years with a strong sustainable commitment. This will, in turn, promote reciprocal learning and exchange of good models/practices (including voluntary convergence with EU developments in higher education) by increasing the knowledge of HE leaders and university staff in the HE developments in Europe and also having an impact on the intercultural awareness and understanding between the HE communities.