Kurdish Iraq Spring 2014 – Now Booking

In the Kurdish north of Iraq,  a stable security situation has led to a high level of economic and business development.  British-Kurdish relations are strong and British education has an excellent reputation for  the high quality of its university system, research, teaching and training.  Many government and industry leaders were educated in the UK.

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“UKET is well organised and a well connected fair to the people in Kurdistan.
It is well known by the Ministry and has been running for some years which gives us confidence to attend the next one”. Kathryn Land, University of Portsmouth (Autumn 2013)


Following more excellent events in 2013, will be returning to Sulaymaniyah, a vibrant commercial city in the east of the region, and home to the Univeristy of Sulaymaniyah. We will then head to Erbil, capital of Iraqi Kurdistan and one of the oldest continually-inhabited cities in the world. As well as the University of Salahaddin, there are several public and private universities in Erbil and surrounding cities.

UK Education Tour N. Iraq 2012
UK Education Tour N. Iraq 2012

The Human Capacity Development Program in Higher Education (HCDP) is an ambitious program that aims to develop human capacities in Kurdistan Region in the field of higher education. An annual KRG budget of one hundred and twenty billion dinars (GBP62 million) is allocated to the scheme. It provides an opportunity for thousands of distinguished young men and women to continue their education in internationally renowned universities.

Up to 2000 students will be sponsored to study abroad in 2013/14. Furthermore, the Iraq Education Initiative scholarship programme, run by the Iraqi government in Baghdad, aims to send 10,000 PG students abroad every year until 2015.

“The event provided an excellent opportunity to network effectively with Ministerial and institutional staff, to meet and understand more fully the needs of some ambitious and talented students”.Jeremy Burgess, Warwick University (Kurdistan, October 2012).
“The event provided an excellent opportunity to network effectively with Ministerial and institutional staff, to meet and understand more fully the needs of some ambitious and talented students”.
Jeremy Burgess, Warwick University (Kurdistan, October 2012).


Schedule

Tuesday 4th MarchSulaymaniyah

Afternoon: Briefing, Exhibition
Evening: UKET Dinner, Suleymaniyah

Wednesday 5th March: Erbil International Hotel
Morning: Scenic drive to Erbil
Afternoon: UKET Official Opening, Exhibition
Evening: UKET Dinner

Thursday 6th March: Erbil International Hotel
Morning: UK Education Exhibition
Afternoon: UK Education Exhibition

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“Very worthwhile, well targeted and good fun”

Joanne Jacobs, University of Manchester.

“Very effective, well organised event. Well done!”
Nick Bradley, University of Swansea.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and will happily attend again”.
David Stoll, Aberdeen University.

“Exceptional organisation leading to a relaxed and convivial working atmosphere. Many students at both fairs ‘asked all the right questions’ and were genuinely seeking advice on their UK study plans!”
Sarah Byrne, Liverpool School of English.

“Another great event, especially the meeting with the Ministry of Higher Education”
Tim Kerr Dineen, Kings Colleges.

“Well organised on the day and the UKET team were friendly and supportive. I think the events were effective and would consider doing them again”.
Siobhan Robinson, Cardiff  Metropolitan University

Iraq Scholarships Workshop

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.

L-R: Noor Al Zubaidi, Bangor University; Jon Inegbedion, Southampton University; Dave Liston, Liverpool John Moores University; Sarah Byrne, Liverpool School of English; Andrew Mandebura, Huddersfield University; James Kennedy, University of Warwick; Dr Bahaa Kadhum, Director General of Scholarships & Cultural Relations, Iraq Government; Jenny Saville, Nottingham Trent University; David Mitchell, Levant Education Group; Prof R Gill, Middlesex University; Tim Kerrdineen, Kings Colleges.
L-R: Noor Al Zubaidi, Bangor University; Jon Inegbedion, Southampton University; Dave Liston, Liverpool John Moores University; Sarah Byrne, Liverpool School of English; Andrew Mandebura, Huddersfield University; James Kennedy, University of Warwick; Dr Bahaa Kadhum, Director General of Scholarships & Cultural Relations, Iraq Government; Jenny Saville, Nottingham Trent University; David Mitchell, Levant Education Group; Prof R Gill, Middlesex University; Tim Kerrdineen, Kings Colleges.

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 Education Summit Dubai 2013

 Iraq Education & Technology Summit (IETS) 
 23-24 February 2013, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Dubai, UAE

OVERVIEW 

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

LEVANT EDUCATION DELEGATION GROUP DISCOUNT PACKAGE (2 DAYS) £1,950 

• One full conference Delegate Pass, including networking luncheons and refreshment breaks 

• UK HE seminar with Iraq Ministerial delegation 

• Pre-scheduled private meetings with specific Iraq delegation officials

• 35 word university profile to be included within the Official Summit Guide

(UK Universities / Schools attending this event will earn a £450 discount for UKET Erbil & Sulaymaniyah in April 2012. )


PLACES ARE LIMITED AND ARE EXPECTED TO FILL BEFORE THE DEADLINE, WHICH IS DECEMBER 19th 2012.

TO REGISTER FOR THIS UNIQUE EVENT PLEASE COMPLETE THIS ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM.

Any questions? Please email David or complete the form below.