A Panel on Educational Collaboration Between Countries and Kurdistan Region

4 months ago

The panelists were Mr Dominique Mas, the French Consul General in Erbil; Mr Katsumi Moriyasu, the Japanese Consul General in Erbil, and Dr Jeffrey Armstrong, International Adviser in the United Kingdom’s Consulate General in Erbil. The event was attended by diplomatic representatives of a number of countries, international organizations, staff, students and the public. The panel was moderated by the Director of International Relations Mamilan Raouf.

In his welcome speech, the Vice Chancellor highlighted that in 1991 there was only one university whereas today there are fifteen public universities, twelve private universities and a number of branches of European universities that represents the high demand on higher education in the Kurdistan Region.

The panelists highlighted several opportunities and challenges that they face in terms of educational collaboration with the Kurdistan Region. The French Consul General said they have reached some understanding with the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Ministry of Higher Education to develop some cost-sharing opportunities for scholarships in France for students from the Region. On his part, the Japanese Consul mentioned his country’s support for exchange programs and scholarships they have provided for undergraduate and postgraduate students in the Kurdistan Region. “We have also opened the door for Kurdish lecturers, professors and research if they want to gain research fellowship in Japan,” he said.

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