Five academicians ( Dr.Idris Hadi, Prof.Dr.Ahmed Oztas, Asst. Lect. Mohammed Abdulghani Taha, Asst. Lect. Emine Bala and Asst. Lect. Ali Bala ) and six students (Didar Mohammed Fadhi, Rawezh Farid Noori, Ibrahim Fatih Rasul, Hasan Wishyar Jamal, Soma Farhank Mustafa, and Suraya Mohammed Ahmed) from Tishk International University joined a students and staff program in Germany, the visit was about the project that Tishk International University has been conducting with The University of Potsdam from Germany, Salahaddin University and Catholic University for two years. The project is focusing on Religious and Cultural Diversity in Kurdistan and supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

The staff and students attended a summer school in Potsdam between June 28 and July 12 for fifteen days.

The staff and students had five full-day workshops on various topics around religious and cultural diversity in Kurdistan and Germany. Furthermore, a Mapping Project was initiated which is a research project about the history, architectural and congregation structures of the mosques and churches. They visited the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development office and two officers made presentations about guidelines, funding, and programming for this region. Besides academic visits, they had some sightseeing to ancient sites in Berlin, Leipzig, and Potsdam including museums, churches and some other historical places.


In the second week of the summer school, Tishk International University’s Head of Board of Trustees and President Dr. Idris Hadi, President of Salahaddin University Ahmed Dezaye and President of Catholic University Dr. Sabah Yousif Al Maleh joined to the delegations and they had some meetings with Vice President of Potsdam University to negotiate about future staff and students exchange program.

It was a fruitful summer school for both the staff and the students. Participants who attended the summer school reported that exchanging the ideas, observing and experiencing different cultures promoted to broaden the perspectives of them.