For Immediate Release
SABIS® University (SU) recently held its first award ceremony honoring students who successfully
completed courses thorough the university’s Continuing Education Department. Held on
November 21, 2011, in the university’s assembly hall in Erbil, Kurdistan, the ceremony brought
together SU students, faculty, staff, SABIS® team members, and supporters—including several of
Kurdistan’s ministers—who celebrated the 24 students who received certificates of successful
completion for the Cambridge International Certificate for Teachers and Trainers (CICTT) program
or the International Computer Driving License (ICDL).
“SABIS® University is pleased to have contributed to these individuals’ achievement by providing
the environment necessary for learning and by partnering with prestigious organizations such as
Cambridge International Examinations,” said Mr. Carl Bistany, Chairman of the SABIS® University
Board, in a speech delivered at the ceremony. He continued, “This means that the certificates we
award today are more than just pieces of paper; they represent the successful completion of
programs that are recognized world-wide; and they open the door to boundless opportunities for
There were eight recipients of the CICTT certificate, all of whom are Ministry of Education teachers
who teach in SABIS® Public-Private Partnership schools in Kurdistan. The program provided these
teachers with world-class instruction to enhance their skills through a two-semester, practice-based
professional development course.
“The aim is to develop innovative, reflective teachers and trainers who are able to implement
international best-practices in their day-to-day teaching,” stated Mr. Myles Holloway, SABIS®
Special Projects Coordinator-English and CICTT program leader. “Our candidates’ success in this
demanding course is a positive sign that these Ministry of Education teachers in Kurdistan are
ready to embrace the challenges of the future,” added Mr. Holloway.
Of the eight CICTT certificate recipients, an impressive three were honored with “distinction” status,
indicating that they took a coherent, appropriate, and relevant approach in interacting with learners
and have the confidence to innovate in a realistic and resourceful manner.
Rounding out the certificate recipients at the ceremony were the 16 ICDL candidates who received
certificates in the internationally-recognized, integrated digital literacy program. SU’s ICDL course
provided students with comprehensive curriculum useful in today’s high-tech world, covering IT,
computer and file management, word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentations, and
online information and communication.
Addressing the audience at the ceremony in his first visit to a private university, Kurdistan Minister
of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MOHESR), Professor Dlawer Ala’aadin said
“MOHESR has embarked on a journey to reform the entire higher education system to be in sync
with the rest of the world.” He continued, specifically referencing SABIS® University, “You have
given us enough confidence in your contribution to make us one world.”
Established in 2009, SABIS® University currently offers 16 degree programs in the College of
Business and Management Studies and the College of Education. These colleges were carefully
selected and designed to fulfill the critical education and industry needs of Kurdistan and to meet
the demands of the global workplace.
For more information about SABIS® University, please visit www.sabisuniversity.net.
Contact Name: Ms. Amy Wesley Contact Number: +1 952 918-1850 Email