Operational Activities

Research is conducted by UKH-based research staff, visiting fellows, UKH postgraduate students linked to the centre, and in collaboration with the external network of researchers. The external network may also include project directors and network members each located at their university or institute around the world, who contribute to the ongoing research projects.

This network and collaboration may also include research staff from international and non-governmental organisations and institutions, as well as different International Development Aid Agencies active or interested in the region’s development programmes. This cooperation ensures a broader support for reconstruction and development in the region and dissemination of KBS research findings, which enhances training for our own research staff.
The purpose of REC is to provide enterprises and the Kurdish economy with short and long term tasks for rapid development, so that an effective market system and a healthy economic environment can be realized, which in turn will help to contribute towards the growth and development of the region’s economy. In order for REC to establish itself as a Non-Governmental Think-Tank, research and analysis will be based on field oriented surveys, on real economic development and on the evaluation of alternative policies.
To carry out its function as a reliable information base, REC will provide practical guidance towards the establishment of strategies, through analytical and systematic gathering of data on domestic and neighbouring economies and on industrial trends to produce timely economic forecasts.

Funding Resources

REC’s activities will mainly be financed by UKH. Operating contributions and contributions earmarked for specific research projects and consultancy revenues may be received from different public institutions in the region, public and private donors, different International Development Aid Agencies, non-governmental organisations and other international organisations.

Fellowship Programme

A fellowship programme should be attached to REC, where academics and people with different and special skills can be fellow members at no cost, and to serve as support personnel in teaching, research and advisory activities, this will improve to a high extent the current worldwide ranking of UKH in general and KBS in particular. They can also make contributions to the publications of the Centre ( For examples of such Fellowship programs please see the Institute for Study of Labour (IZA): www.iza.org , and the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW): (www.diw.de) .

Working Papers in Business, Economics, and Finance

It will be good to organise a series of workshops where students are presenting their term papers. These term papers will serve as a basis for creating a Joint Kurdish Working Paper Series in Business, Economics and Finance. This Working Paper Series will be part of the future publications of the REC in the UKHJSS. It will also benefit from contributions from Fellow Members.

Information as Infrastructure to Co-operation

Since KBS aims to establish co-operation and exchanges of staff and students with other universities and centres, it is expected that KBS information is accessible to others as well and provide its partners adequate information and local knowledge. It is obvious that in the beginning of such relationship the flow is uni-directional with little mutuality in benefits. KBS’s actions will determine how the relationship develops.

Equality of Gender and Opportunities

An important factor in establishing co-operation and receiving financial and human resources from sources outside the region requires that the gender equality be taken into consideration.
It is crucial that KBS improves the gender situation. In addition to the goodwill of its partners’, allocation of any support is done in competition with other receivers and the donors’ expectations about positive outcomes.
Support is very often linked to gender issues. It is not enough to admit students to undergraduate studies, but to show that at every stage one can account on the system to be fair and providing equal opportunities to both sexes.

UKH Journal Publications, Internship and Sabbatical Programmes

Research of high quality, written in English, on development economics and business and management can be forwarded to be considered (no guarantee) for possible publication in the UKH Journal of Social Sciences. The United Nation University (UNU) publications could have major impact on Kurdish issues. It is recommended for students to apply for internship for Ph.D. and research for short term sabbatical programmes at UNU/WIDER(For detailed information on these activities please see the website https://www.wider.unu.edu/opportunities?f%5B%5D=field_opportunity_status%3Acurrent).
In addition to that, KBS should try to acquire copies of PhD dissertations in business, economics and finance from various universities worldwide to serve as a guideline to KBS PhD scholars.

A Centre to Locate and to Promote the Return of Kurdish Academics

What is surprising is that the focus of attention is always on bringing foreigners when help is needed. There are thousands of Kurds with recognised degrees and special skills abroad that are willing and could support the KBS education system. It is suggested to establish a small centre abroad like the current Kurdish Studies Network (http://welcome.to/kurdish-academic ) with the objective to locate and promote those individuals to return to Kurdistan to assist KBS with its development.