University of Duhok Participates in International Science Popularization Roundtable in China
June 25, 2024, 4:17 a.m.

China – June 24, 2024:

The University of Duhok (UOD) participated a prestigious roundtable on science popularization education, held at Zhejiang Normal University (ZJNU). This significant event, part of a two-week seminar organized by the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China, gathered representatives from 11 developed countries and leaders from 7 Chinese academic associations.

During the roundtable, Ismat Khabour, Director of Media at UOD, delivered an impactful speech about the popularization of science in Kurdistan Region of Iraq. He highlighted KRI's remarkable progress in development and governance since its establishment in 1991, despite its challenging history. "KRI, a federal region in northern Iraq with Erbil as its capital, has grown into a thriving parliamentary democracy that values cultural heritage and economic growth," said Khabour. He noted the region's strategic investments in vital sectors such as oil, gas, agriculture, and tourism, which have created a strong economic foundation.

Ismat Khabour emphasized the critical role of universities in the popularization of science in KRI. He stated, "In KRI, we have 20 public and 18 private universities, as well as 16 other institutions. Our universities are key to the promotion and popularization of science." He highlighted various events such as scientific exhibitions, forums, and summits that showcase innovative projects by students and staff, attracting interest from industry leaders. KRI also hosts numerous conferences and youth events, including the annual national youth forum, which started last year and was hosted by the University of Duhok, to highlight and support scientific contributions by Kurdistani youth.

A cornerstone of KRI's advancement in science and technology is the Kurdistan Innovation Institute (KII), established in 2022 under the leadership of the Prime Minister of KRG. "KII supports research, innovation, and entrepreneurship by offering training courses, professional networks, funding, and expertise in areas such as renewable energy, health, digital transformation, and automation," Khabour explained. He described this initiative as crucial for making KRI a hub of technological innovation and sustainable development in the region.

In addition to institutional support, Khabour pointed out the role of media and public events in promoting scientific creativity. "Our media and many TV programs frequently feature success stories about creativity and innovation, inspiring and informing the public," he said. He also mentioned that various city festivals celebrate scientific creativity, providing platforms to showcase inventions and award outstanding achievements.

Following the roundtable, a networking session facilitated discussions for future collaboration between UOD and the Chinese associations that participated in the event. This networking opportunity aims to foster partnerships that will further enhance the scope and impact of science popularization and innovation efforts.

In conclusion, Khabour stressed the importance of popularizing science and technology in KRI for sustainable development and global engagement. "We believe that enhancing our education system, supporting innovators, and fostering international cooperation will elevate scientific literacy and drive progress," he concluded.

UOD Media, June 24, 2024

Mahir Tahir Kestayi