An emerging university facing challenges
Ninevah University of (NU) was established in Feb. 2013 by parliamentary law No. 2/2014 issued on 3/2/2014. College of Electronic Engineering (CoEE) and the Ninevah College of Medicine (NCoM) were transferred from University of Mosul and affiliated with the NU. Thus, the newly-established university has acquired two well-established and well-equipped colleges. However, the NU is striving for further developments towards excellence in teaching and research.
Aims: As a newly established university, NU emphasizes on completing the infrastructure, improving laboratories and developing academic staff. Of major concern is to develop and update curricula and enhance student training in a way that leads to a more efficient education process and better linkage with industry.
Ninevah College of Medicine :
History: Ninevah college of medicine (NCoM) was established by a presidential decree issued in 2001, as a second medical college among the 22 colleges of the University of Mosul (UoM). This was in response to the growing need for qualified doctors in the governorate due to the city expansion and suburban growth of population and the increasing demand for the medical services.
After the official establishment of (NU) In Feb. 2014, Ninevah college of medicine and the college of electronic engineering were transferred from UoM and affiliated with the NU. Thus, the newly-established university has acquired two well-established and well-equipped colleges.
Developments: Ninevah college of medicine started its operation in October 2002 hosted by the Mosul college of medicine with limited space for teaching and laboratories. In 2004 the college established the departments of: biochemistry, anatomy, physiology and microbiology followed by the establishment of the department medicine and the department of surgery in the year 2006. Seventy five student were enrolled in 2002, while the 2014 enrolment was 120. The college follows the traditional model of teaching comprising 3 years of pre and para clinical study followed by 3 years clinical teaching and clinical training. The total number graduates until 2014 exceeded 300 practitioner. The majority of them are now practicing their profession in the ministry of health establishments and some have already enrolled in postgraduate study of various specialties and some have joined the college to be trained as future faculty members. Recently the college have made several steps towards the implementation of the problem–based model of teaching which is projected to start in 2018. The college occupies an area of more than 10000 square meters with all the required facilities for teaching undergraduate students including 8 modern laboratories, 4 lecture halls more than 70 rooms for faculty members, a conferences center and a medical consultation bureau .
The college has not established postgraduate study so far due to the relatively high academic load of the staff. However, the college is planning to start postgraduate studies soon.
Human resources: The 104 academics in the college are distributed among;5 Professors, 17 Assistant professor, 68 Lecturers, and 14 Assistant lecturers. There are also 20 member of staff who are studying towards higher degrees (M.Sc , Ph.D., and medical professional degrees) both in Iraqi universities and abroad.
Faculty members distributed according to their specialty as; 25 Premedical, and 64 Medical. Supporting staff team comprising 25 technical staff and trainers who help in the laboratories and hospital wards. There are also nearly 80 administrative member of staff.
COLLEGE OF ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING;
History: The College of Electronic Engineering (CoEE) was established in July 2002, as a specialized college among the 23 colleges of the University of Mosul (UoM). That was in response to the need for qualified engineers in the rapidly developing and highly interrelated fields of computer, communications, and electronics.
Developments: The college started with three departments; Communication Engineering, Computer Information Engineering, And Electronic Engineering. Study in the three BSc programs started on Sept. 2002, and the first groups were graduated on July 2006. The college have grown steadily, and the 4th Department of System Control Engineering was established on July 2013. An MSc program in Communication Engineering was established starting from Sept. 2009, and then followed by another MSc program on Computer Information Engineering on Sept. 2012.
In spite of the hard circumstances that were prevailing in Iraq in the last 12 years, the college achieved steady developments. The number of BSc students has grown from 120 at the start to 706 in the academic year 2013/2014. Since the establishment of M.Sc. programs, 15 MSc students have graduated at the two programs while other 28 are on course and research stages. During the years, 9 of the junior academic staff got PhD degrees, and other 11 have joined PhD studies in well-recognized universities in USA, UK, Germany, and Australia. Moreover, 20 of the technical staff have got MSc degrees, and other 10 are in their MSc studies.
Challenges: As Ninevah province was captured by "ISIS" in June 2014, the main environment of NU was vastly affected. Most of the academics and students of NU have been displaced or migrated away from Mosul site while some remained in Mosul site, where academic activities are at a standstill. Since July 2014 the University head office has managed to establish a temporary site at Duhuk province / Kurdistan region of Iraq. Great efforts were made to resume and complete final and makeup examinations of the 2013/2014 academic year. However, the fate of the 2014/2015 academic year is still uncertain. Although many students have been hosted at other Iraqi universities, the majority are still idle in Mosul.
Future steps; The university thus seeks the collaboration of international academic organizations to help in minimizing the suffering and destructive results of the prevailing circumstances. While working hardly to utilize local resources the UoN looks forwards for supports/funding to the following activities:
1-Training and capacity building of the academic staff.
2-Establishing joint research programs with international universities.
3-Performing engineering training of final-year honor students at
international universities and engineering companies.
4-Twining the college with other colleges, where selected number of
students can spend their final year at an international university.
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