Kufa University pioneers 3MT competition in Middle East

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Iraq – Although the Three Minutes Thesis (3MT®) has been in academia for a while, it is the first time that the competition has been staged for Iraqi universities. University of Kufa, after being officially authorised by the University of Queensland, took the challenge of implementing this new idea in the Iraqi as well as Arabic context, and ran the event successfully last June.

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) celebrates the exciting research conducted by PhD students. Developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), the exercise cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills. The competition supports their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

The 3MT competition in Iraq exceeded all expectations, Kufa University officials say, not only for participation and the great breadth of ideas, but also for the goodwill and sincerity of everyone’s contributions.

PhD student Afya’ Sabah Nasir from the Department of Ecology at the Faculty of Sciences held the first rank for her dissertation abstract entitled “Effects of Some Antioxidants Equalised with Lithium and Chrome on Rats” supervised by Dr Haider Salih. The second rank was seized by PhD student Mithaq Muslim from the same department for her dissertation entitled “Environmental Assessment of Najaf Sea” supervised by Prof Dr Thamir Merza.