Second Group of Kurdish Administrators Visits Mason

Posted: December 8, 2011 at 5:00 am, Last Updated: December 8, 2011 at 9:48 am

By Rita Rowand, Office of Global and International Strategies

Mason’s Office of Global and International Strategies recently trained a second cohort of higher education professionals and administrators from Kurdistan, Iraq, as part of a grant from the British Council’s DelPHE-Iraq program.

The group visited Mason in November for two weeks of training in quality assurance practices in higher education. All of the trainees hold positions in their country that make them responsible for quality assurance and were selected to take part in the trip to the United States by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Kurdistan. Universities represented included Soran, Zkho, Koya, Sulaimani, Hawler Medical, Salahaddin, Dohuk and the Foundation for Technical Education.  Ministry representatives came from the Quality Assurance Unit.

The November training covered strategic planning; institutional effectiveness and assessment; institutional reporting; accreditation; teaching excellence; and health, safety and emergency response.

Training was provided by the following Mason staff:

  • Anne Schiller, vice president for global and international strategies
  • Karen Gentemann, associate provost for institutional effectiveness
  • Mary Zamon, associate director, institutional assessment
  • Kris Smith, associate provost for institutional research and reporting
  • Angela Detlev, associate director for institutional research and reporting
  • Claudia Rector, assistant provost for academic affairs
  • Kim Eby, associate provost for faculty development and director of the Center for Teaching Excellence
  • Supriya Baily, assistant professor, IET, College of Education and Human Development
  • Julie Zobel, assistant vice president for environmental health and safety
  • David Farris, director of emergency preparedness  response, Office of Environmental Health and Safety

In addition, Provost Peter Stearns provided a Q and A session on university administration and other topics, and Jamie Coniglio, head of reference for Fenwick Library, offered the trainees an overview of the Mason library system.

The groups visited the Council of Higher Education Accreditation, the American Council on Education, Georgetown University Medical College and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. They also met representatives of the British Council while visiting the British Embassy.

Brwa Koji, director of the Health and Safety Department at the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research Office in Kurdistan, commented, “It has become clear that the system in USA works by a more organized structural system relative to that used in Kurdistan.  I plan to take all the information I have learned and apply the knowledge to improve the aspects of our teaching quality that need improvement.”

In May, five other delegates from Kurdistan took part in similar training at Mason.  Here is that Gazette story.



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