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Department of Spatial Planning

Summer School in the Frame of DAAD-Programme "Hochschulpartnerschaften mit Irak"

31 students from Iraq visit the Summer School at the TU Dort­mund Faculty of Spatial Planning in cooperation with the Uni­ver­sity of Duhok

31 students from the Uni­ver­sity of Duhok in northern Iraq are attending a three-week summer school in Germany. At the beginning of the joint BSc program, 16 students of spatial planning came to their partner faculty at the TU Dort­mund to attend the Summer School as part of their studies. This is the fifth time, after a break in 2020 because of Co­ro­na-pandemic that the Summer School has been organised which students of the sixth semester have to complete as part of their studies in Duhok.  As always, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) supports this measure.

Dort­mund is the first station for students studying in the sixth semester in the Bachelor's programme "Planning in Iraq". This course of study is traditionally supported by the Faculty of Spatial Planning of the TU Dort­mund. "The three-week stay in Germany is certainly a highlight of their studies," says Dr. Hasan Sinemillioglu, who played a key role in the program for the students.

On the one hand, students at the TU Dort­mund are familiarized with the spatial planning course of study in Dort­mund. On the other hand, speakers present planning procedures in Germany - with a focus on planning in the German Ruhr region. Municipal planning using Dort­mund as an example is just as im­por­tant as landscape planning, also from an ecological point of view.

The second week of the Summer School takes Kurdish students to Berlin. A visit to the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs is on the agenda and the relationship of the former GDR to the former Federal Republic. Logistics and transport systems are topics for students in the third week when they "move" to Hamburg. A period of reflection concludes the Summer School, which offers the opportunity for student-planned excursions.

"I am pleased that we have been able to continue our cooperation with the Uni­ver­sity of Duhok," said Prof. Gruehn. "Even though the Kurdish region in northern Iraq has been partially spared from armed conflict, the upheavals that the conflict in Iraq has brought, and still brings, also present the country with spatial planning challenges. We are pleased to be able to help them address these challenges."


Summer School in the Frame of DAAD-Programme "Hochschulpartnerschaften mit Irak"

18.09. - 10.10.2021

Students of 3rd year, B.Sc.-programme "Planning in Iraq" at the Uni­ver­sity of Duhok, Kurdistan - Northern Iraq - Module 17