COUNTRIES: Iraq
DURATION: 09/30/2019 - 04/30/2022
FUNDER: U.S. Embassy Baghdad
PARTNER: Purdue University
CONTACTMatt.Brown@worldlearning.org

Program Description

Building the capacity of the University of Anbar to provide improved educational and career development opportunities to students, thereby preparing graduates with the 21st century hard and soft skills needed to successfully enter the workforce.

The Investing in the Liberated University of Anbar project, funded by the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, aims to strengthen the capacity of the University with particular focuses on engineering education, English language teaching and learning, and career support for students. The project consists of a substantial collaborative needs assessment followed by technical assistance activities to address priority needs.

World Learning is delivering several professional development workshop series for faculty in three colleges who either prepare English teachers or teach through the medium of English, to strengthen the respective skill sets and pedagogies. World Learning is also delivering workshops to strengthen the University’s career services to better meet the needs of students, as well as facilitating a labor market assessment to inform curricula design and student support. World Learning’s implementing partner Purdue University is supporting the University’s College of Engineering with international accreditation preparation as well as a range of faculty development initiatives.

Program Goals

  • Identify and prioritize the University of Anbar’s capacity development needs through a participatory needs assessment.
  • Support and foster sustainable partnerships between the University of Anbar and Purdue University and World Learning/SIT Graduate Institute.
  • Strengthen the human and technical capacity of the University of Anbar through implementation of priority activities in STEM, career advisory and internship placement services, and English language teaching and learning.