Erbil History, Archaeology, Arts and Architecture (Second Round)

February 4, 2022

The University of Kurdistan Hewlêr (UKH) is glad to announce the start of the second round of the bi-monthly webinars in partnership with the Institut français du Proche-Orient (Ifpo). The webinars focus on the history, archaeology, arts and architecture of the city of Erbil.

This project is based on a number of online webinars starting from February 03, 2022 through May 19, 2022 which can be reached through a link on UKH website. It aims at spotlighting parts of the rich archive of scholar and professional work about the city of Erbil and its history, archeology, arts, and architecture. This is the second round of a successful event which initially started in November 2020 with eleven sessions in which more than 20 presenters were involved.

The project is based on an agreement between UKH and Ifpo. The webinars are targeting a general audience of interested people who relate to the city and inquire about its history, archeology, arts, and architecture. Both UKH and Ifpo have invested in encouraging and inviting active speakers in the field to share their work and create a rich environment for debate and discussion of the findings.

In the online opening ceremony on Thursday February 3rd 2022, UKH Director of Policy Gary Kent presented UKH President Bill Rammell’s speech and highlighted Kurdistan’s rich past in archaeological treasures that “deserves to enjoy and see”. “The past is also vital for the present and the future. When air travel becomes easier, the past could be a rich resource for international tourism. Yet, many of this country’s rich historical heritage is poorly signposted and understood” he added.

Dr. Soorkeu Atrooshi, UKH Dean of the School of Science and Engineering who is also involved in this project delivered opening remarks and voiced his happiness in hosting this important project. “UKH takes pride in continuing to have a humble but still a leading role in contributing to illuminate the rich history of the city to which it belongs” he said. “Our role as ushers and facilitators beyond a sustainable driving force that strives for improvement and intellectual contribution is changing by the day. However, still knowledge, abilities and skills define the job market and provide the edge that is mostly the deciding factor for any career. UKH continues to redefine itself with reform and new ideas and the never-ending race is on at full throttle” Atrooshi continued before the start of the first session titled “Using Photogrammetry in Documentation of Cultural Heritage”. 

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