A delegation from The Catholic University in Erbil participated in a fifteen-day program in Potsdam University, Germany entitled “Religious and Cultural Diversity in Kurdistan’ sponsored by DAAD project with a group of academicians from Salahaddin University and Ishik University.
The delegations attended two-day training courses on Quality Management at the Centre for Quality Development under the supervision of Michaela Fuhrman, Director of Quality Management Centre, and Coaching for Postgraduates in Graduation School with the supervision of Dr. Heike Kuchmeister, Director of Potsdam Graduate School. In addition to the seminars and workshops about religious and cultural diversity and exploring and sightseeing the city.
Furthermore, a panel open to public entitled ‘Religious and Cultural Diversity in Kurdistan’ was held on September 24, 2018, the reason for the discussion was the cooperation between the four universities as mentioned above with the Chair of Religious Studies (SP Christianity) at the University of Potsdam. Several professors gave short talks on the war against ISIS, the expulsions of religious and ethnic minorities, and civilian new beginnings. Afterwards, the question of how it is possible that different ethnic groups (including Kurds, Arabs, Assyrians, Yazidis) and religions (including Muslims, Christians, Yazidis) live together peacefully after barbarism today.
The exchange program for students and faculty between the four universities is ongoing collaboration.