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COURTESY OF ALI NAJI ATTIYAH

Ali Naji Attiyah, department
head of the civil
engineering department, of
the College of Engineering
at the University of Kufa
in Iraq, visits his partner
institution, the University of
Kentucky.

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good learning experience. For those going through
the capstone program, we are helping to get them
jobs with foreign companies relocating in Iraq."
Blandford's Kufa counterpart confirmed the value
of the program to Kufa and its students. "The main
difference between the engineering education systems in Iraqi and American universities is the content
delivery, rather than the contents themselves," says
Ali Naji Attiyah, department head of the civil engineering department, of the College of Engineering
at the University of Kufa. "The topics in engineering
courses is almost the same in both systems, but our
college is still using the traditional methods of teaching. The use of student-based learning methods and
use of new technology in in-class and out-of-class
education are new issues that we have tried to use in
our college because of ULP."
Blandford says one surprise was the strong presence of women in the Kufa engineering program.
"There were quite a few women in the University of
Kufa's civil engineering program-35 to 40 percent,
which is much better than at [University of] Kentucky,
where it is 20 percent women," Blandford says. "That
surprised me. With Third World countries, there is
more importance placed on technical things, medical
first, engineering number two. Very bright women go
into it. There are also some barriers: women are not
looked upon favorably at a construction site."

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chairperson of the University of Kentucky's Civil
Engineering Department, George Blandford, has
worked with Kufa's College of Engineering to help
it try to meet the ABET science and engineering accreditation standard.
"The Iraqi institutions have made big strides toward accreditation, particularly Kufa," says Blandford.
"Myself and a colleague have had video conferencing
to show what is required. At Kufa, they will probably
go first with a Middle Eastern accreditation. The engineering department at Kufa is close to being ABET
accredited, but the problem is that ABET won't go
there until there is a clean bill of health regarding
safety. Areas of the Kurdish region [in the north] are
still not stable enough for a visit."
Blandford's efforts at Kufa also included efforts
to provide for more hands-on work for engineering
students.
"In the past at Kufa, the seniors did a senior thesis, but they now have the option to do a capstone
graduation project instead, which is a requirement
of ABET and was based on a similar project offering by the University of Kentucky," says Blandford.
"The capstone project is integrating the material of
the course into a design project executed by a group.
The Iraqi students were not very familiar with group
work and initially did not have good communication
skills, especially for oral presentations, so it was a

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International Educator - November/december 2013
Contents
From the Editors
In Brief
Core Values
Reawakening Higher Education in Iraq
University of South Florida: What's in a Name? The World
Foreign Student Affairs
View From Out Here
Forum
In Focus
Supplement
When a Student Dies Abroad
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