INSPIRE - INnovative Governance Practices in the Higher Educations Institutions in Iraq

Unibo structure involved: International Relations Division -DIRI
Scientific manager: Giovanna Filippini
Unibo Team: Filippo Sartor, Franca Maria Mura

Action type: Capacity Building in higher education
Project Reference: 598790-EPP-1-2018-1-IT-EPPKA2-CBHE-SP

Start Date: 15/11/2018
End Date: 14/11/2021

Total: 993.365,00 €
UNIBO: 63.798,00 €                

Coordinator: Universita' Degli Studi Di Siena (It)

  • Unimed - Unione Delle Universita Del Mediterraneo (It)
  • Istanbul Aydin Universitesi Vakfi (Tr) 
  • University Of Baghdad (Iq) 
  • University Of Basrah (Iq)
  • Wasit University (Iq)
  • Ministry Of Higher Education And Scientific Research (Iq)
  • University Of Sumer (Iq)
  • Al Qasim Green University (Iq)
  • Basrah University For Oil And Gas (Iq)
  • Al-Karkh University Of Science (Iq)
  • Southern Technical University (Iq)
  • University Of Mosul (Iq)
  • Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna (IT)
  • Universidade De Evora (Pt)
  • Al-Furat Al-Awsat Technical University (Iq)

The overarching goal of INsPIRe is to support modernisation and internationalisation of the Governance system of HEIs in Iraq with a specific focus on planning and programming systems. Due to the recent crisis and political economic situation, the current higher education system requires a strong intervention to face the weakness of the existing governance system. The WP1- Update of needs analysis requires the realisation of a comprehensive literature review aimed at identifying the existing governance frameworks and the development of an update needs analysis in Iraq HE system. The WP2- Training and capacity building activities for internal staff in quality assurance and strategic planning aims at realising capacity building through: online training; 3-days training study visits at four European Universities; 3-days training field missions in Iraq; 10 ToT (one per Iraqi university). Once the training section will end, the partners are ready to start the WP3- Implementation of changes and best practices through action plans, where the trainees and their institutions will be involved in the development of action plans that should be implemented by each HEI. According to the relevant literature on higher education governance, internationalization and wide participation of stakeholders are trend topic that guarantee a better governance. Thus the WP4 provides a specific focus on the management and governance of international relation through the development of useful tools and techniques. The WP5 provides the set up of a formal consultative body within HEIs, in order to assure a better coordination between the systems of higher education, and private/public sector, also ensuring the involvement of other non-state actors. In term of impact at short term, improvement and strength of skills and knowledge on innovative governance practices and strategic planning topics will be ensured as well as on long term the development of an ongoing process of self- improvement.

Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union