A KOU Graduate has Created her Own Private Business: UNIDO Filmed her Business Progress

Shawin Dlawar Sadraldin; Koya UniversityUNIDO has issued a video for one of KOU trainees: Ms. Shawin Dlawar Sadraldin is an Alumni of Koya University, Department of Physical Education for the Academic Year 2017-2018. Like most of her classmates and graduates, she was finding herself in a situation where the Kurdistan Region was hit by the deep economic crisis and the Kurdistan Regional Government was not capable of employing university graduates anymore.

After successful participation in the Entrepreneurship Development Program at Koya University, a program that has been implemented by Career Development Directorate and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, Shawin obtained the highest rank in the Business Plan Competition phase of Enhancing Youth Employability among Syrian Refugees, Internally Displaced Persons and Host Communities in the District of Koya. She then obtained Financial Assistance from the program to breed 17 Honey Bee Nests along with supplementary materials and started her own business as the first Honey Bee Female Farmer in Koya District.

While we (the staff of the EDP Trainers) congratulate her for her outstanding efforts and enthusiasm, we believe that through fostering entrepreneurship programs we can obtain more rewarding outcome on one hand, and on the other hand, we encourage more females to join her path and start their own business(es).

Click here to see the video depicting Shawin in her daily work routine"

Shawin Dlawar Sadraldin



Koya University (KOU) is located in the city of Koya (Koy Sanjaq) which is 1.0 hr drive to the East of the Kurdistan Region capital Erbil (Arbil, Hewlér) in Kurdistan Region (Curdistão iraquianoكردستان_العراق) of F.R. Iraq. It is on the foothills of beautiful high mountain. Its campus has been carefully laid out to embrace the beautiful mountainous nature. . There are 4 Faculties and 2 Schools in KOU; Faculty of Engineering (FENG), Faculty of Science and Health (FSCH), Faculty of Education (FEDU), Faculty of Humanities and Social Silences (FHSS), Shcool of Physical Education (SPHE) and School of Medicine (SMED). Also, there are two research centers; Genome Center and Malai Gawra Center. Moreover, at KOU there is an English Language Center (BELC) at KOU has been opened with the sponsorship of IREX and American embassy in Baghdad as well as with the support of Spring International Language Center of The University of Arkansas.  KOU has two Scientific Journals; ARO-The Scientific Journal of Koya University, which is indexed by Clarivate Analytics (ESCI), and Koya University Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences (KUJHSS). KOU is a proactive member of Erasmus/ Marhaba Project and Erasmus+. KOU signed many Memorandum of Understandings (MoU) with many International Universities, e.g., The University of Arkansas (June 2015). The Lulea University in Sweden (April 2014), The University of Nottingham in the UKThe University of Buckingham in the UK (Oct 2008), Belkin University in Turkey (Sep 2009) and The University of Greenwich in the UK. Koya University is a member of the International Association of Universities.


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