UK universities and schools, working with Levant Education Group, joined forces in Dubai last week (February 23,34) to meet with the Iraqi Ministry of Education to discuss opportunities for collaborations and support for Iraqi scholarship programmes that aim to internationalise Higher Education in Iraq, and to increase quality and capacity.
The aim of the workshop was to clarify procedures for recruiting Iraqi scholarship students. The Iraqi government is aiming to send 10,000 students abroad every year, although estimates of actual starts in the UK so far range between 300 and 1000.
During the event, in a specially arranged session with Dr Bahaa Kadhum, Director general of Scholarships and Cultural Relations, delegates discussed the challenges of preparing and assisting Iraqi students for Masters and PhD studies in the UK.
Attending the event on behalf of language and pathways providers Kings Colleges, Regional Director Tim Kerrdineen commented, “This was a perfect event for us in terms of networking generally and the closed-door session with the Director General of Scholarships. The PG scholarships are driving demand for English and Academic preparation, areas where we are particularly keen to offer our services”
The 2 day event also included focus panels chaired by UNESCO, the Iraq Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research, McGraw Gill Education, GEMS Education, and SSAT Middle East.
Levant Education Group Owner / Director David Mitchell reported, “We saw that the US State Department was very active at the Summit, and US institutions are well advanced with projects to assist the Iraqi Government with providing international education and training. Our goal was to ensure that UK schools / universities were present and meeting key Iraqi education officials, to encourage better mutual understanding of needs and processes, and to begin a dialogue that we are sure will continue in the coming months.
“As part of our Iraq-focus this year, we will also be taking around 20 UK institutions to the Kurdish Region of Iraq in the first week of April, our 4th such mission in 2 years, and have seen the benefit of a UK-focussed approach over the ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach of international education / multi-sector fairs”.To register for the next UK Education Tour in Kurdish Iraq, please click here.
Iraq: Governments Work on Grants for Iraqis to Study in the U.S.
With the withdrawal of American combat troops from Iraq, the U.S. State Department and Iraqi government are beginning to step up efforts to enroll thousands of Iraqi students in American universities.
The number of Iraqi students studying in the United States was up 45 percent in the 2010-11 school year, according to recent data from the Institute of International Education. Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has earmarked $1 billion to be spent on education initiatives over the next several years, part of which will go towards funding scholarships for 2,500 students to attend U.S. universities in 2012. The new scholarship scheme is expected to increase fourfold the number of Iraqi students in the U.S. from 616 in 2010-11.
While the Iraqi government has begun pouring money into education, the State Department has launched an outreach effort to identify some of Iraq’s brightest students and connect them with American universities, reports USA Today. Recruiters from 22 American universities attended a college fair sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in October in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil. They met with nearly 1,500 students, most of whom were already approved for Iraqi government-funded scholarships.
The State Department also assisted Iraq’s Ministry of Education in getting ready to hold a major conference in Washington in January to recruit American universities to bring students to U.S. campuses.
Following on from our successful UK HE events in northern Iraq over the past 2 years, Levant Education is working in partnership with CWI Summits and Iraq Prosperity, to assist the Iraqi government in rebuilding education capacity and education levels, and to bring new opportunities for UK universities working in Iraq.
We are pleased to announce that the Iraq Education and Technology Summit will take place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Dubai, UAE, 23-24 February 2013. The summit is supported by the Iraq Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, and the Iraq delegation will be led by HE Ali Al-Adeeb, Iraq Minister of Higher Education & Scientific Research. (A similar event took place last February, in New York).
A central pillar of Iraqi Government strategy under the new Infrastructure Law, which is being passed by Iraqi Parliament at the moment, is to form and strengthen relationships with leading international partners who can bring the highest level of education, technology, training and management skills to the country.
According to Iraq’s 2010-2014 National Development Plan, Iraq must mobilize $186 billion in investment – around $8 billion for education – create 3.5 million new jobs, and cut unemployment by half from 15 percent. Priority sectors include, among others, the education sector. Non-oil sector growth will be dependent on the reconstruction and development of decrepit infrastructure throughout the country. Scholarships for post-graduate education alone number 10,000 students per year.
The Iraqi official delegation will attend with an aim of meeting universities and companies who can offer practical and technological solutions to improve education capacity, education levels, education technology and innovation.
Iraq Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, HE Ali Al-Adeeb, will be accompanied by:
Deputy Minister, Scholarships and Cultural Relations Department,
Ministry of Education (Primary & Secondary)
Ministry of Science & Technology
Education Committee – Iraqi Parliament
UK Higher Education Delegation Workshop: The UK Higher Education delegation, led by Levant Education Group, will meet with Iraq Ministers, Deputies and Director Generals to review Iraqi initiatives for Higher Education, including the scholarship programme.
Private ministerial meetings: Meetings will be scheduled with Ministry officials. Deputies and Director Generals will attend with their plans for HE projects and requirements to discuss with the attending delegates.
The Ministries of Education and Higher Education are extremely keen to meet UK education providers who can fulfill the requirements of their most pertinent, funded projects, which include:
• Overseas education for Iraqi Students, especially at post-graduate level
• Implementation of the Education Overall Plans and Projects
• Establishing an Open and Distance Education System
• New Universities, Campuses and Dormitories projects throughout Iraq
• Libraries, Laboratories and Publishing of National Curriculum
• Registration and Licensing of Foreign and Private Educational Institutions
• Building Ministry of Education capacity
• Specialised technology training for Ministry staff and teachers
• Development of the Iraqi Virtual Science Library for scientists and lecturers
• Development of computer literacy
• Establishment of accredited training centres for programmers and IT students
• Training of IT in education
Each ministry department has a set of priority assignments and will be using this official summit as a platform to determine the best partners and suppliers to work with. The summit will provide an essential forum for universities, schools and education providers interested in working with the Iraqi Ministry of Education.
REGULAR DELEGATE PACKAGE (2 DAYS) £2,950
• One full conference Delegate Pass, including networking luncheons and refreshment breaks
• Pre-scheduled private meetings with official delegation
• 35 word company profile to be included within the Official Summit Guide