University of Leicester announces collaboration in Iraq

Posted by fi17 at Jun 01, 2012 04:25 PM |
Initiative brings benefits to universities in UK and Iraq

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office, Friday 1 June 2012

The University of Leicester is forging new links in Iraq and is one of a number of high-ranking UK universities to be invited to a conference at the Iraqi Embassy in London on 6 June to promote closer ties.

Following a successful collaboration under a British Council programme called DelPHE-Iraq, the University of Leicester and Kufa University, Iraq, have signed an agreement to cooperate in such spheres as visiting staff and students, split-site PhDs, academic training and development, and mutually beneficial research projects. 

Professor Douglas Tallack, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) said: “The context for this specific agreement between two leading universities is an impressive commitment by the Iraqi Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research to a major capacity-building scholarship scheme of more than a thousand PhD scholarships in various specialities. 

“The University of Leicester is one of a number of high-ranking UK universities to be invited to the conference at the Iraqi Embassy in London on 6th June at which this capacity-building scheme will be launched.”

The delegation from Iraq saw aspects of the work at the University of Leicester - the visit included a tour of the Medical research facilities conducted by Dr Caroline Beardsmore and also a visit to the Department of Computer Science.

Dr Mohammed Al-Uzri, from the University of Leicester said: “It is rewarding to see the collaboration between the two universities expanding further and bringing benefits to both parties. This agreement would strengthen the growing links between the two universities providing a model relationship between British and Iraqi academic institutions.”

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For more information, contact:

Dr Mohammed Al-Uzri

University of Leicester

Tel. 0116 295 3092

E-mail: mmau1@le.ac.uk

The DelPHE-Iraq programme

Years of war badly affected universities in Iraq, leaving them under-resourced and isolated from the global academic community. But Iraq's universities are now able to open their doors again.

The DelPHE-Iraq programme, funding for which has now closed,  brings Iraqi universities together with universities in the United Kingdom to strengthen Iraq's higher education system and equip talented Iraqi students with the skills they need to rebuild their country.

http://www.britishcouncil.org/delphe-iraq.htm

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