Duhok Polytechnic University is the top 3rd winner in a Student Exchange Program
A number of DPU student and students from Hillsborough Community College in United States became the top winners in the Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge program. The team named PolyHills.
A collaborative business concept has been formulated between Duhok Polytechnic University and Hillsborough Community College in Florida, USA to help refugees and IDPs for creating job opportunities for them. The program started from November 27, 2020 and ended in December 16. 2020. That was a first experience of DPU to conduct a Virtual Student Exchange program with an American academic institute. The organizer of DPU team is Mr. Muhammad A. Ahmad Duhoki which brought his students from four campuses: Akre Technical College, Technical College of Engineering, Technical College of Administration and Technical Institute of Administration from various parts of Duhok province.
Twenty-four binational teams and 570 students from Jordan, Iraq, and the U.S. competed to create the best sustainable business concept to address the challenge: The arts and entertainment industry requires sustainable development that meets the needs of the present without compromising future generations. How can we create greater sustainability in and through the arts and entertainment industry through the three pillars: people, planet, and profit? DPU competed with all the mentioned teams and proudly ranked the top winners.
Prof. Dr. Adnan Mohsin Abdulazeez, the president of DPU welcomed the team in the presidency of the university and praised them for their work and granted a gift for all participants from DPU side to the program.
The PolyHills Model is presented by an intercultural team comprised of students attending Duhok Polytechnic University in Duhok, Iraq, and Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida.
The Business Model:
The PolyHills model is the formulation of an environmentally friendly firm that can employ the world’s IDPs/refugees and homeless.
This first implementation of the PolyHills model is through the creation of a lifestyle clothing brand.
The work of the students is a compliance with three components of the triple bottom line: people, planet, and profit.
• People: Employing IDPs/refugees, along with an eco-friendly clothing option to buyers.
• Planet: Helping reduce the burden of landfill waste by manufacturing with only organic fabrics and materials.
• Profit: Selling the clothing online to the general public.
Please watch the 4 minuets video to see the business model of the team.