The research centre in the faculty of engineering was established in February 2011. The reason behind opening this centre was supporting the staffs and students in the faculty to promote their scientific activities; especially through suggesting the research field that provide benefits and future development in Kurdistan; and in Koya city in particular. On the other hand, to contribute in progression of the scientific knowledge worldwide through exchanging the experience and knowledge with the research centres those have similar approaches over the world.
The vision of this center to reach these objectives has summed up by establishing scientific interrelations between the faculty – especially in science and engineering fields – with the industrial companies; governmental and private sectors. As such, besides the companies would receive advantages to improve the quality and quantity of their products, our staff in the faculty also take practical experience; as this become a potential base for their research activities. The next mission of the centre is announcing the projects that have direct impact on the society, such as the treatment of the underground water in Koya, especially in Haibat – Sultan area and characterization the natural resources (liquid and solid) existed in Koya area.
To convert the above visions into a realistic result, the centre has nominated a plan called “Koya-Record Project”. The aim of project based on three lines:
From the beginning of the project until mid of 2013, six comprehensive meetings have been held between the research centre staff and the representative of Koya’s foundations. Accordingly, a Koya-Record panel is established, which include 35 representatives, as regular meetings are in progress.
On the other hand, the faculty of Engineering has started a plan to engage the postgraduate students, who has finished MSc courses but still waiting for achieving academic position, in these research plans that are related to Koya-Record project. Although the researcher stays for a short time, e.g. several months, the plan is quite similar to the postdoctoral research. According to this plan, by mid 2013, the number of MSc students in the research centre, who had not achieved the academic position, reached 15 researchers. This was a good number to announce the First International Symposium on Urban Development – Koya as a Case Study. The ideas and thoughts of these researchers have become the core of this symposium, meanwhile each of them has been asked to contact other foundations and industrial companies, making new shared projects. As such, half of the submitted papers in this symposium belong to the researchers themselves or to those authors that had been encouraged by the researchers. Thus, an International Symposium on developing cities has been established.
Dr.Payman S. Korachi
Director of Research Center
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