January 29, 2009
Under the sponsorship of the U.S. Embassy and Iraq's Ministry of Higher Education, seven Iraqi university presidents will travel to the United States from February 3-13 to attend the American Council on Education's (ACE) national conference and to meet with senior education officials in the U.S. The goal of this visit is to establish linkages between
American and Iraqi universities.
The university presidents, representing the Universities of, Anbar,Babil, Baghdad, Dhi Qar, Dohuk, Kirkuk, and Kufa will attend the 91st Annual Meeting of the American Council on Education, which is the pre-eminent association of American university educators. Following this meeting, and with the support of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC), the seven university presidents will travel to North Carolina State University, Ohio State
University, and Texas A&M University to meet with university officials.
"This is an important and historic visit. It will lead to enduring partnerships between American and Iraqi universities. This is the peace dividend we have all been waiting for and was made possible by the Strategic Framework Agreement between Iraq and the U.S.," said U.S. Embassy Counselor for Public Affairs Ambassador Adam Ereli.
Iraq's Minister of Higher Education, Dr. Abid al-Ujayli praised the visit, noting that linkages between Iraqi and American universities will allow faculty training and exchanges, joint research, graduate and undergraduate student training and exchanges, curriculum enhancement, access to funding, promotion of intercultural understanding, capacity strengthening, access to professional networks, expansion of research interests and fostering of international relationships.
US Embassy / Press release.