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Establishing Planning Education in Iraq

Background: In February 2009 the German and Iraqi governments signed a Memorandum of
Understanding on university cooperation. Five German universities were commissioned to develop specific cooperation with Iraqi partner universities. The Faculty of Spatial Planning at TU Dortmund University was tasked to design education and research components in the field of Spatial Planning.
The project is part of the DAAD funded programme "Strategic Academic Partnership with Iraq".

NEW: Publication
"Spatial Planning in Iraq: A Summary Review of the Planning Education in Iraq (PLIQ)"

Project reflects a long-lasting collaboration between TU Dortmund University and the universities in Iraq.  Of central relevance in this book is the continuous efforts of both the TU Dortmund University and University of Duhok on the subject of “Planning Education and Spatial Planning in Iraq” since 2000.  This partnership has led to the establishment of a BSc. Study Programme at the University of Duhok that graduated the third batch of spatial planners with a BSc. joint-certificate from both mentioned Universities in summer semester 2019.  The development, history, lessons learned and evaluation of the program is the focus of the first section.


The remaining three thematic sections discuss various challenges in Iraq from the perspective of spatial planners, such as the continuing political crisis and poor institutional set-up, huge rapid urbanisation, neglected rural regions, missing public transportation facilities, fragile infrastructure and services, scarce resources and especially poor management in water resources.  These sections represent the joint research development within the program between Iraqi and German scientists and planners that aim to illuminate these subjects and propose spatial and landscape planning solutions for these challenges.  The book provides a thematic basis for the development of future joint research projects and a joint MSc. curriculum in urban, regional and environmental planning at the University of Duhok. 

First Publication:
"Planning Education for Iraq - German and Iraqi Planners in Dialogue"

Book cover of "Planning Education for Iraq - German and Iraqi Planners in Dialogue"

The publication is the product of the DAAD funded cooperation project pliq (planning education for Iraq). The pliq project is developed from a long-standing co-operation between the Faculty of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University and Iraqi universities in Dohuk, Mosul, Diyala, Baghdad, Sulaimania and Erbil. The publication provides a platform for exchange between planners from Germany and from Iraq, from academia and practice, thus encouraging and strengthening dialogue concerning the state of the art in the field of planning. By comparing planning philosophies and exploring new approaches and best practices in planning education and planning practice in the respective countries, it seeks to sharpen the profile of spatial planning as a discipline with an important development task.

Joint Planning Conference in Iraq
„A very beneficial exchange for both sides“

(11/2012) Already three times Dr.-Ing. Thorsten Heitkamp, senior researcher at the Faculty of Spatial Planning at TU Dortmund, has travelled to Northern Iraq. Since 2009 he joins the annual Joint Planning Conferences of the PLIQ Project. This year the conference focused on the challenges of the rapid urban growth in the country. Over the years Dr. Heitkamp has noticed perceptible improvements of the Iraqi partners. But in the interview he points out that spatial planning in Iraq still has a long way to go.

Read the full interview here.

Nineteen months in Germany...

Photo from four Iraqi students

(04/2012) „It was a tough time. But I’m proud I achieved so much so far”, student Arkan Al-Bakr says. He and nine other Iraqi students have been in Germany for more than one and a half year now. They take part in the PLIQ project (Planning Education for Iraq) and will be studying Spatial Planning at TU Dortmund University from the start of summer semester 2012 on.

Read the full report here.