In the Context of the Headway Program, The Directorate of Career Development Launches a Website for each UNDP-Funded Startup

UNDPUnder the umbrella of the UNDP/UN-Habitat joint action Headway ProgrammeCareer Development Directorate at Koya University, with support of Rwanga Foundation in consortium with Erbil Governorate proposed the Entrepreneurship Development Programme, implemented the programme inside Koya University campus between 28. Oct. 2020 – 28. Feb. 2021, and provided financial support for 20 businesses.

Headway is intervening in countries affected by the impact of the Syria crisis (Lebanon and Iraq) and funded by the “EU Regional Trust Fund in response to the Syrian crisis, the EU MADAD Fund”.

The Directorate Career Development at KOU strives for creative actions. This has been apparent in proposing the designing and launching a website for each established startup within the context of the Headway Programme as listed below:

  1. Balla Embroidery in Koya:
  2. Halwest for Pickles in Taqtaq:
  3. Ala Real Estate (First female real estate agency in Iraq):
  4. Elin Culture Bactria Lab (First of its kind in Koya, run by a woman):
  5. Seban Furniture (Run by a Syrian Refugee):
  6. Lavan Farm (First Hydroponic Farm for Strawberry in Koya run by a woman):
  7. Alla Medical Lab (Run by a woman):
  8. Lyana Geese Farm (Run by a woman):
  9. Pamo Online (For online shopping run by woman):
  10. Gozabana Sweeties (Run by a woman):
  11. Van Fashion (For online shopping run by a female):
  12. Euro Cosmetics (For online cosmetics run by a female):
  13. Ronahi TV Dishes (Run by a Syrian Refugee):
  14. Oscar Fitness Center (Run by a woman):
  15. Portable Construction Service (Run by a Syrian Refugee):
  16. Hawarga Sheep Cattle Farm (Run by a woman):
  17. Mobile Fastfood Restaurant (Run by a Syrian Refugee):
  18.  Sewing Bride Costume Shop (Run by a woman): to be finished soon..
  19. Honeybee Hive House Carpentry (Run by a man): to be finished soon..  
  20. Women Dressmaker Shop (Run by a woman): to be finished soon..

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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 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 ArkansasKOU 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.


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