The Academic Skills Development Program for Postgraduate Students is the first program in the Iraqi universities. The program aims to develop the academic skills of graduate students represented in the following points:
1- Expanding the research perceptions of postgraduate students.
2-Increasing the skills of graduate students in finding appropriate solutions to research problems.
3- Benefiting from the professors ’experiences in the field of scientific research, preparing and writing dissertations, choosing the appropriate journal for publication, the method of arranging the references, the method of presenting scientific results ... etc.
4- Getting free courses in the most outstanding engineering programs used worldwide in solving research problems.
5- How to organize time required to complete the research with high efficiency.
6- Workshops on specialized topics needed by the student during the research process.
These lectures and workshops contribute to enhancing the students' level during the research period. As a result of the current situation, some lectures were approved virtual and others in attendance. As a master's student needs to complete this program 30 units within one year, while a doctoral student needs to complete 60 units within two years. Units are calculated by two units for every hour of the lecture that the student attends, provided that he finishes all the hours of the lecture in which he participated. At the end of the workshops, the Department of Graduate Studies at the University of Technology provides the student with certificates of participation in the workshops, and the certificates are attached to the thesis.