Kurdish Students Pursue Petroleum Engineering Education in NCKU

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Kurdish Students Pursue Petroleum Engineering Education in NCKU


TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Ahmed Mustafa Ahmed and Ali J. Jani are away from their home in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq to study in Taiwan and strive for their dream of becoming petroleum engineers. They are currently studying in the Department of Resources Engineering at National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Tainan, Taiwan, according to a NCKU press release.

"Before I went to Taiwan, I was accepted by a college of electrical engineering in Baghdad, the capital city of Iraq. At that time, the security there was bad and I was frustrated that I couldn't study," said Ahmed.

"I heard from my friend there was a study program in Taiwan. When I couldn't decide whether to choose China, Russia or Taiwan, my friend told me that you have to choose Taiwan because the life here is so great," Ahmed added.

Ahmed has spent five years in Taiwan. He graduated from the Department of Chemistry at NCKU last year and was just accepted by the Department of Resources Engineering this semester. He said, "I enjoy my life in Tainan very much."

"The transportation in Taiwan is super convenient and the food is amazing here in Tainan," he added.

Ali is Ahmed's best friend and both of them have been accepted into Bieng-Zhi Hsieh's Carbon Dioxide Sequestration & Reservoir Engineering (CO2RE) Lab in NCKU.

"We are very happy to have Ali and Ahmed in our lab. They help the local students get the pictures of life in the Middle East and the friendship the local students offer makes them feel welcome," said Hsieh.

"Also, our department is the best institute of petroleum-related research in Taiwan. …

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