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Tishk International University

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Tishk International University (TIU), (previously Ishik University), is a private  university  established in 2008 in Erbil-Kurdistan, Iraq and owned by local and International investors and educators. Tishk International University is granted ISO 9001:2015 Certificate for the Quality Management System and is a member in the Union of Arabic Universities. The university started educational service with 5 faculties containing 9 departments on the first campus in Erbil. The rules and regulations of Tishk International University allow international students from any country to join any study program within the University. In the academic year 2015–2016, the number of international students studying at the University reached 100 students. Teaching language at Tishk International University is English, except the law program which is based on Arabic language. Also Tishk International University has adopted the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) to assess the achievement of expected learning outcomes. At TIU the academic year is divided into two main terms: fall and spring. In addition, the University offers intensive summer schools which allow students to study a number of courses and cover the required credits. At Tishk International University, several programs are awarded International Accreditation. These are Civil Engineering, Architectural Engineering, Interior Design, Computer Engineering, Information Technology, accredited by the “Central Evaluation and Accreditation Agency” (ZEvA) ; Physics Education, Biology Education, Mathematics Education, English Language Teaching accredited by the “Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges & Universities” (ASIC) and Law program accredited the Quality Assurance and Accreditation Center of AArU (The Association of Arab Universities). Tishk International University has also been awarded Institutional Accreditation by ZEvA in January 2021.

In May 2018, TIU was certified to ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Systems Certificate by Bureau Veritas Certification Holding SAS-UK Branch. The Certificate was accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Services Body (UKAS). There is more than 100 international staff working in both academic and non-academic positions, from a wide range of countries such as Turkey, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Syria, Kenya, Nigeria, India, Yemen, Russia, Bangladesh, UK and United States.

2014-2015 Academic Year was a turning point for the University from many angles:

o    A new building dedicated to the Faculty of Education was constructed.

o    Sulaimani campus was established

o    The Research Center and Engineering Consultation Bureau were established.

o    The University was certified with ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System.

o    Memorandums of Understanding with more than 40 universities from around 20 countries all over the world were signed.

o    Student Exchange Programs started with 16 students.

o   Double Diploma opportunity with University of North American University in Houston, Texas was implemented.

o    TIU became a member of the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC).

o    TIU became a member of the Association of Arab Universities.

Tishk International University (TIU), (previously Ishik University), is a private  university  established in 2008 in Erbil-Kurdistan, Iraq and owned by local and International investors and educators. Tishk International University is granted ISO 9001:2015 Certificate for the Quality Management System and is a member in the Union of Arabic Universities. The university started educational service with 5 faculties containing 9 departments on the first campus in Erbil. The rules and regulations of Tishk International University allow international students from any country to join any study program within the University. In the academic year 2015–2016, the number of international students studying at the University reached 100 students. Teaching language at Tishk International University is English, except the law program which is based on Arabic language. Also Tishk International University has adopted the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) to assess the achievement of expected learning outcomes. At TIU the academic year is divided into two main terms: fall and spring. In addition, the University offers intensive summer schools which allow students to study a number of courses and cover the required credits. At Tishk International University, several programs are awarded International Accreditation. These are Civil Engineering, Architectural Engineering, Interior Design, Computer Engineering, Information Technology, accredited by the “Central Evaluation and Accreditation Agency” (ZEvA) ; Physics Education, Biology Education, Mathematics Education, English Language Teaching accredited by the “Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges & Universities” (ASIC) and Law program accredited the Quality Assurance and Accreditation Center of AArU (The Association of Arab Universities). Tishk International University has also been awarded Institutional Accreditation by ZEvA in January 2021.

In May 2018, TIU was certified to ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Systems Certificate by Bureau Veritas Certification Holding SAS-UK Branch. The Certificate was accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Services Body (UKAS). There is more than 100 international staff working in both academic and non-academic positions, from a wide range of countries such as Turkey, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Syria, Kenya, Nigeria, India, Yemen, Russia, Bangladesh, UK and United States.

2014-2015 Academic Year was a turning point for the University from many angles:

o    A new building dedicated to the Faculty of Education was constructed.

o    Sulaimani campus was established

o    The Research Center and Engineering Consultation Bureau were established.

o    The University was certified with ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System.

o    Memorandums of Understanding with more than 40 universities from around 20 countries all over the world were signed.

o    Student Exchange Programs started with 16 students.

o   Double Diploma opportunity with University of North American University in Houston, Texas was implemented.

o    TIU became a member of the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC).

o    TIU became a member of the Association of Arab Universities.

University information

Selection process:

Tishk International University intakes are the qualified students successfully completing the High School Baccalaureate certificate normally administered by the Ministry of Education. Differentiation between fresh students intake between years is mainly based on weighted average student achievements already directed and monitored by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in the Kurdistan Region (KRG). Students’ age is in the range of eighteen years to twenty.

The general requirements of student intakes to TIU is based on a Competitive Average Marks. Students are accepted to the programs according to the results of the general examinations held by the Ministry of Education for 12 th  grade student (last year of high school).

Regarding English language proficiency,  students enrolled at TIU may take an English Language Proficiency Exam. The following conditions and articles are applied:

  • 50 % of High School English language exam score and 50 % of TIU proficiency exam score decide upon the language level of the student. If the average is more than 50, the student moves onto the first year. If the average is lower than 50, the student will study English language in prep school for one year.
  • If the students graduated from high school with an English medium teaching, s/he can bring English certificate from his/her school in order to be accepted in 1st year without the English proficiency exam.

 

Admission process 

1-        The Students Affairs (SA) receives a notification about the deadline of admission process from the Ministry of Higher Education-KRG.

2-        Students visits the SA office to apply within the permitted time.

3-        The student fills the form of enrolment and provides the required documents.

4-        SA admin gives the student an “entry code” for applying for the TIU English Proficiency Exam.

 

Registration  

1-        The Application Instructions (per bachelor program) issued by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of Kurdistan Region are received by the SA admin,

2-        SA provides the student with a formal letter of acceptance to show it to his / her high school in order to get his / her original high school certificate. The certificate is then submitted to SA office.

3-        The student contacts the financial affairs for paying the tuition fees then he/she can start the process of courses registration.

 

While submitting, students have the right to select three choices for the private universities and institutes departments, and selecting or setting the choices is only decided by the student who applies. This is an important and essential measurement in choosing to apply for the desired departments.

Students must be high school graduates of the KRG Ministry of Education or the Iraqi Federal government, and their diplomas must be approved by the education general directorate of their governorates.

Foreign graduates are also accepted after they equalize their diplomas in the  Central Examinations center  in the General Directorate of the Ministry of Education.

Admission Requirements: The Council of Higher Education at the Ministry of Higher Education is responsible for determining the admission policies, requirements and criteria for both public and private universities. For public universities, this Council also determines the admission procedure and the number of students in each university and programme within the university.

Human resources

The human, financial, physical, and technological resources at TIU are utilized and managed effectively to attain its mission, objectives, and goals, and to assure a good quality in all the procedures at the University. Academic Staff at Tishk International University are financially supported to be active in the research fields.

Physical resources

TIU maintains adequate physical resources to support the mission of the institution and the scope of its programs and services. Tishk International University exercises appropriate control over its physical resources and coordinates the planning, development, and use of its physical facilities to support the institutional mission and strategic goals.

The physical resources and infrastructure at TIU are relatively new. The first permanent building was completed in 2010. Since then, the following expansion/new constructions have been completed:

·          Dentistry Faculty Building, 2010-2011.

·          The extension of the main building, 2011-2012.

·          The Education Faculty Building, 2014-2015.

·          Special Building for Research Center, 2016-2017.

·          Third floor in the Education Faculty Building (for Pharmacy Labs), 2017-2018.

 

In fall 2018-2019, the University has started constructing a new building which is totally dedicated for the Technical Labs (engineering labs, medical and pharmacy labs, research labs, etc). Also, physical education fields are planned to be constructed in the 2021-2022.

Classrooms

Tishk International University allocates spaces for holding lectures, all spaces of appropriate interior design wide corridors and indoor resting places for students, off-white colors and orange colors makes indoor environment more cheerful.

Students’ number in each classroom is within the carrying capacity of the class. Each classroom is equipped with a digital projector and a smart board. In order not to disturb the lecture, delivery back doors are available for late students.

Also, Tishk International University is doing new constructions and expansions in order to provide more spaces to fulfil the requirements of the education process. 

The outside environment of Tishk International University is of lively green landscapes with trees and sitting places.

Laboratories and Lab Devices

Prior to each academic year, the Heads of Departments fill in the “Equipment-Device-Tool Annual Departmental Request” form to ask for labs/devices/tools to fulfill the requirements of the educational process. The form is forwarded to the University Council for verification, then to the Financial Committee to make the procurement decision in accordance to the strategic plan and planned budget.

Labs are provided with safety systems like alarm systems, ventilation system and CO2 fire extinguishers. Furthermore, the labs are provided with protection and safety facilities such as lab coats, gloves and muzzles, goggles, sterilizers and detergents, First Aid Kits and labs waste containers. Each student at TIU has more than 2.5sqm in the lab (means that a laboratory area accommodates less than 25 students per one lab-session).

The labs are checked in a regular basis by the ISO Office and in cooperation with the Lab Ranking Team which is composed of representatives of each lab in the University. The labs are checked on a regular basis by the ISO Office and in cooperation with the Lab Ranking Team which is composed of representatives of each lab in the University. The following indicators are checked in the regular audits of the labs.

  • Labs Management, Leadership and number of employees;
  • Providing Safety Systems;
  • Civil Design of the Lab;
  • Training Certificates for the Labs Employees;
  • Durability Systems for the Equipment;
  • Specialized Titles for the Labs;
  • Appreciation Certificates;
  • Presentation and Protection and Safety Facilities;
  • Providing Lab Safety Equipment;
  • Number of Students in the Labs;
  • Labs Procedures.

Library

TIU has one central library located in the “Main Building”. It was established in the Academic Year 2010-2011. The total space reading spaces within the Library is 300 (sqm). The Library is managed by the Director of the Library who is a subordinate to the Vice-President for Administrative& Financial Affairs. The annual budget of the library is 50,000 $/year.

At the beginning of each academic year, the Academic Departments prepare “Lists of Text Books” required for courses and they submit these lists (after the approval of the University Council) to the Director of the Library to purchase the required books.

 

Financial resources

The revenues of the TIU budget are composed of:

  1. Tuition fees.
  2. Some operational revenue (fees for courses delivered by TIU Continuous Education Center, very little income comes from the Dentistry Hospital)

 

There is no support from the state budget and no revenues from the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research or any other governmental bodies. TIU self-finances its research activities via the annual Research Provisions administered by the TIU Financial Committee. The Research Provisions are being determined to cover the expenses of remuneration for research staff, updating library stock, purchasing data processing software, covering the academic staff´s research-related travelling expenses and others.

Tishk International University supports the future career of the students through its “Career Building Office”. The main purpose of Career Center is to assist students in getting acquainted with the business world before graduation and to help them making a smooth transition into the profession life. The Center also aims to help students building up their career path effectively and providing qualified, self-confident and diligent individuals based on market demands. The Center mainly provides the following services to the TIU Students:



1. Finding job vacancies for the students.


2. Finding internship opportunities.


3. Presenting soft skills seminars (ow to write CV, Job Interview, and Job Hunting).


4. Organizing scientific trips.


5. International internships opportunities.


6. Arranging volunteering services for the NGOs.


7. Organizing Career Days annually. In this important event, the center invites the companies to meet with the TIU students and to introduce their job vacancies. The students can submit their CVs during this event and to apply for the proposed positions.


8. Providing career-related consultancy services.

Available programs

TIU established Joint Master Degree Programs with public universities in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Students of these Joint Programs can use facilities of both universities and receive upon completion a single degree certificate issued and signed jointly by both partner universities. The program is managed by the Executive committee which is formed by one senior academic from both partner universities, each of whom has one vote. The members of the committee are assigned by their home universities. The Executive committee will set up a joint Master Program Board for each Master's program consisting of members from partner universities. The Board will have the responsibility concerning all major internal decisions such as common objectives, entry requirements, admission procedure, core contents and structure of Joint Master Programs. These decisions will be subject to the final approval be the executive committee.

Lecturers and supervisors of the students will be assigned by the Executive committee from both universities. Each of the followings are determined, set and controlled by the Ministry:

Ø   Conditions and Requirements of opening Master Degree Programs,

Ø   The conditions for Iraqi applicants (application qualification),

Ø   The conditions for applicants which live outside of Kurdistan region and do not have Iraqi ID cards,

Ø   The scientific requirements for obtaining a Master Degree,

Ø   The structure of the Master Degree Programs courses,

Ø   The plan and number of seats of Master Degree Programs,

Ø   The tuition fees of the Master Degree Programs.

 

Assessments at the Master Programs

In the first year, students should prepare two papers (minimum of 3,000 words for each) within each semester. Each paper is awarded 50% of the totals score of the related course. Every paper should be evaluated and scored by 2 examiners (one form TIU and the other is from outside the university specialized in the same are of the paper).

In the second year, the students are required to conduct a research project and to write a thesis based on the research methodologies. The master's thesis must demonstrate that the student knows the background and principal works of the research area, and can produce significant scholarly work. It should contain some original contribution whenever possible.

The master student also has to publish at least one article extracted from the master thesis.

The Defense (VIVA) Committee of the master thesis is composed of:

·          The Thesis Supervisor, with no assessment right.

·          An Internal Faculty, with assessment right.

·          Two non-TIU/partner members (External Assessors), with assessment right.

 

The eligibility criteria for the membership in the VIVA committee are:

  • Holding an “Assistant Professor” Academic Title or higher.
  • For academicians holding a “Lecturer” Academic Title (only for PhD holders), he/she should have minimum two years’ experience teaching in a higher education institution after the issuance of the last academic title, and he/she should have minimum two articles published in an approved journal after the issuance of the last academic title.
  • It is important that members are at “arm’s length” from the student and the thesis.
  • Having strong expertise in the field of the research.

 

Master Programs

The number of the allocated seats for the master program is determined by the Ministry of Higher Education .

Criteria for applying for TIU Master Programs:

1- English Language Requirement:

The candidate should score equal or more than 5 in the IELTS test, 56 in the TOEFL IBT test, 495 in the TOEFL PBT test, 47 in the ACADEMIC- PTE PEARSON test, or determined in the Master TIU English Language Proficiency Exam. The scores should be valid during the application period.

2- The Bachelor Graduation Rate:

Bachelor programs graduates with a graduation rate greater than 60% can apply to the TIU master degree programs. Selecting the candidates for enrolment in the master programs is based on the competitiveness in terms of number of grades above 60%.  For example; if an applicant’s bachelor graduation rate is (65%), s/he will get (5) points for entering the competition, while for another applicant with rate (70%), s/he will get (10) points.

3- Entrance Exam:

The applicant must successfully pass the TIU Entrance Exam with a minimum score 50 out of 100. Selecting the candidates for enrolment in the master programs is based on the competitiveness in terms of number of grades above 50%.  For example; if an applicant’s bachelor graduation rate is (65%), s/he will get (5) points for entering the competition, while for another applicant with rate (70%), s/he will get (10) points.

Students accepted for enrolment in the master degree programs are selected based on the:

-           Accumulated competitive points

-           Number of university seats determined by the Ministry 

Calculating the accumulated competitive points:

30% of the TIU entrance exam related points + 70% of the Bachelor graduation rate related points.

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