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Dr. Mohammed Ali

Dr. Mohammed Ali is the Vice-President of Scientific Affairs at Soran University. He manages the university’s academic strategy and accreditation. During his time at Soran University, he has led the university to the top of university ranking in Kurdistan. Dr. Mohammed also oversees various centers such as the Career Development Center (CDC), the Center for Language and Academic Development (CLAD), the Center for Pedagogical Training and Academic Development, and Kurdistan Center for Gender Studies (KCGS).

Dr. Mohammed provides strategic support for the adoption of NMUNA at Soran University and higher education in Kurdistan. Dr. Ali is an advocate of educational reform and the need to provide engagement opportunities to students and modernize Kurdistan’s educational system. Dr. Mohammed Ali holds Ph.D in Chemistry from University of Kansas and Master of Science from Salahaddin University.

Dr. Güneş Murat Tezcür

Güneş Murat Tezcür is the Jalal Talabani Chair and a Professor at the School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs. He is a social scientist studying political violence, identity, and movements. His articles have appeared or are forthcoming in many different scholarly journals such as American Political Science Review, Comparative Politics, Foreign Policy Analysis, International Studies Perspectives and Journal of Peace Research. His research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the United States Institute of Peace, and the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. He conducts his research in Kurdish, Persian, and Turkish.

As the Chair of the first and only Kurdish Political Studies Program, Dr. Tezcür works closely with partner institutions in Kurdistan and the US. Under the Higher Education Partnership Program (HEPP), Dr. Tezcür helps develop global citizenship and leadership modules and provide capacity-building for faculty at Soran University. Dr. Tezcür holds a Ph.D in political science from University of Michigan and Bachelor in Political Science from Boğaziçi University.

Dr. Hemn Merany

Dr. Hemn Merany is the Dean of Faculty of Law, Politics and International Relations at Soran University. He manages Soran University’s undergraduate and graduate programs in Law, Political Science, International Relations, Business Administration,  and Management.

Dr. Merany is leading the efforts on incorporating NMUNA’s Model UN program and global citizenship modules into the Faculty’s curriculum.  Dr Merany holds a Ph.D in Politics from University of Leicester in the UK and Bachelor in Political Science. 

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