January 20, 2012
Frank Adams, Information Technology Coordinator, tested videoconference connections with three satellite centers for the English Language Institute that CID is assisting the Iraqi Prime Minister’s Office establish in Baghdad. The three satellite locations are in Mosul and Najaf. On January 21, Dr. Mary Theresa Seig, Director of BSU’s Intensive English Institute, CID Director Ken Holland and Frank Adams had an important Skype conference with the leadership of the Iraqi ELI. The renovations to the former U.S. military base in the Green Zone that will house the ELI will be tendered for bid in early February, the Iraqi teachers will be hired by March, Phase I of BSU’s training program will begin soon thereafter, the American teachers and director will be hired by April, Phase II (face-to-face) training will begin in May and the first classes will commence on September 1. Frank is also helping the Iraqi ELI finalize a contract with a U.S. provider for a student information and course management system capable of accommodating 500 students. Students in the satellite locations will be taught from Baghdad by videoconference.
Ken had additional conversation with contacts in Iraqi Kurdistan concerning the establishment of an ELI in Erbil to serve the needs of recipients of scholarships to earn degrees in the United States and United Kingdom from the Kurdistan Regional Government. Final negotiations await the change of government in Kurdistan agreed to in a deal with the Iraqi central government.To manage the institute, including performance of human resources, administrative and financial functions. Headquarters will select, enroll and track students.
January 25, 2012
Director and Associate Director will be Americans hired by Ball State University and funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of State.
To manage the information technology functions including: IT software and hardware, networking, student information systems, learning management systems, and digital video conferencing.
To provide both face-to-face and mediated training in English language and keep the curriculum up-to-date. The instructional unit will evaluate all teachers and make recommendations to HR concerning salary merit increases. The American teachers will be hired by Ball State University and funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of State.
To provide a comfortable and supportive environment for the students. Student services will provide counseling and academic advising and provide transportation to and from the ELI. Students entering the International Zone will need badging and transportation to the ELI.
The Security Unit will ensure a safe environment for the students
Students, staff and teachers will eat at the institute
The Maintenance Unit will tend to the buildings and grounds an maintain ELI vehicles
September 25, 2011 - SITE VISIT TO BAGHDAD, IRAQ:
Mary Theresa Seig, Director of the Intensive English Institute, Cynthia Brubaker, Instructor of Architecture, and Ken Holland, CID Director, spent the week of September 25th in Baghdad, Iraq, to begin implementation of a project to establish an English Language Institute for recipients of scholarships from the Iraqi Higher Committee for Educational Development and Iraqi Ministry of Higher Education. The institute will prepare students to pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees at U.S. universities. Cynthia Brubaker worked with two Iraqi architectural engineers to finalize the design of the institute and Mary Theresa Seig worked with HCED staff to finalize the schedule for training of Iraqi teachers and hiring of American teachers. The U.S. embassy hosted them for a lunch. The project is jointly funded by the Iraqi Prime Minister’s Office and the U.S. Department of State.
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